New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

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New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby TuscoTodd » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:53 am

With the fun I am having with the Hurst Olds, I decided I needed a running mate to go with it - but with a twist!
This one is going to be a gasser designed to pull wheelies!
(yeah, yeah, I know that's not going to be the fastest way down the track - but it ought to be a riot to run! :D )

Starting point for the build is an AMT '40 Willys Coupe kit:

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Body straight out of the kit:

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One of the things that was a nice surprise is that the wheels that come with the kit are designed and come with 1/16" steel axles and the supplied rear wheels also fit nicely as an insert into the Pro-Track wheels/tires I intend to use! Adding -312 size o-rings to the supplied front wheels puts together the following look:

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Construction of the chassis has started, and I am trying something a bit different... I plan to keep the guide flag and wheelie bars as one portion of the chassis and the motor/wheels/etc as a second part of the chassis, with the pivot point between the two being a sleeve over the rear axle tubes. (plan to arrest the rise height via spring)
It may not work the way I am hoping - but figured it might make for a more controllable tune-able set up than a normal drop arm set-up...

Shot of the rear half of the main chassis soldered up and the pivot sleeves slid over the axle tubes:

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A quick mock up of the sub assembly under the rear half of the body to see how the tire protrusion is going to look...
;)

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More updates to follow!
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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby chappyman66 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:29 pm

This should be interesting.
Good ol' iso-fulcrum design to the rescue!

Now ya gotta have the Hemi Under Glass and the Lil Red Wagon to run with them. :music-rockout:
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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby waaytoomuchintothis » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:40 pm

When it rears up, does it go "woop-woop-woop-woop-woop, nyaaaaa" ?

I have the companion kit, the 3 stooges '40 Ford Panel truck.
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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby ourwayband » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:25 pm

That is going to be a cool build!!
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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby FC47 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:34 pm

The Olds is Great!, I'll be following your wheelie Gasser build. I'm thinking the same way for the chassis' as I gather up to build a pair of wheelies out of Deal's Go-Mad Nomads.

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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:38 pm

Well check this out! Nice choice!
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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby TuscoTodd » Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:49 pm

No three stooges sound effects coming from the build - but I did make some more progress on the main section of the chassis tonight!
:D

Box tubing frame rails added:

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Front leaf springs made from brass strip cut down to approximately 1/8" wide and formed around a touch-up paint can:

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"Springs" mounted!

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Wheels and tires put on to check the look / stance.... :D

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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby bookie » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:28 am

Todd
What time does the excitement kick off on Wednesday nights
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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby TuscoTodd » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:47 am

Rick,
We normally start the action with HO racing on the custom routed 4-lane HO track at 7pm - progressing through stock t-jet, super stock, Wizzard Thunderstorm and Tyco 440x2 box stock classes and then have been moving over to the drag track after that - between 8:30 and 9:00 depending on how many racers we have in the HO action.
Makes for a fun filled night!
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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby Fitzy » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:19 am

Awsome Model Looking Good! Where are those O-ring front tires from?
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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby TuscoTodd » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:02 am

Thank you sir!

Not being a fan of the unrealistic look of the normal o-rings that come with the front "skinny wheels", I did some digging and found that -312 o-rings make for a nice alternative as they have the same ID dimension - but have a notably larger 3/16" cross section.
I picked up a bag of 50 of them from the local hydraulic shop - but they are also readily available online as well.
Hope that helps! :D
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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby Fitzy » Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:19 am

Thanks that helps looking forward to seeing the Willy's finished
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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby MoparGreg » Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:57 pm

Im really enjoying this build. Keep it up!

Bonus is you could use that included Whoopie Cushion for some extra boost when installed on the car! Nothing like a big block Whoopie Cushion under the hood :)
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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby BIG E » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:22 pm

Very cool project, have FUN with it!
Notice on the model kit box art - "Curley" is wearing old school googles... and NO helmet!
Thanks for the photos, and... Enjoy! Ernie :>)
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Re: New build in the works! '40 Willys gasser!

Postby Broman62 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:30 pm

TT...that is looking soooooo sweet!!! Probably my most favorite type of car of all time "Willys"!! Looking forward to more progress!!
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