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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:38 pm

So, everyone thats viewing KNOWS whats about to happen here.... I plan to take a Little Red WEagon kit, from Lindberg and turn it into a........................ MONSTER TRUCK!
Well isn't that crazy!? Well not really, something different. (there are a few here that knows me from other sites thats seen this build "sort-of", as I've paused on its continuance.)
Anyway, this posting the whole thread is revamped from those old postings the others that know of this build by me has seen due to a lot of "missing" pictures and even complete areas, (I'm not sure how that happened!) Anyway, so, I choose to re-write the whole thread as I do all my postings of builds I'm doing, they're written out in MS notepad, first.
So on with it already huh? YES!
I found a Lindberg Dodge Little Red Wagon kit, for sale at a local junk shop, as a really COOL price! Bought it, and WAS gonna build it as the Little Red Wagon, BUT then about the same week I got this kit, I wound up with 3 more kits also at really good prices! SO, looking at the amount I had, I had to make them all sort of, different as really who needs 4 of the A100 as the Little Red Wagon? All can be made in a lot
of different ways, so thats when I went to look to see what "existing" model car and trucks I had.... as I had some from years past, that I've held onto for whatever reason now, I'm glad I did..... So what I found in my aged stash of parts was 2 old AMT-Ertl '70 Coronet Super Bee's one the stock street car, the other the "Pro-Street" version. I noticed that back in the day when I originally built them, I put a 440 with Tunnel Ram in the "Pro-Street" car, and the street car ha the 426 DOHC Hemi in it.... Why? I do not know, thats how I was back then, just to be different I guess! WELL I pulled the 426 DOHC Hemi and sat it aside! Pulled another box, and found a model of USA-1 that my Step-Son built and was falling apart and he at his age then, something like 17 or 18 at the time, so I know he wasn't gonna want it back. I took this truck and yanked all the suspension out from under it and saved it, and sat the rest of the Chevy truck aside (for trading)
SO, heres what little I got on the engine as I was doing it, as back then (about 2 years ago) I didn't take nearly as many pictures as I do now!
This was the start, I took the motor, removed any parts that were loose or could be removed easily without breaking it,and then took all those parts and stripped them of any paint.
I began to build it, and got to this point:


After looking at it this way, I wasn't happy with it, so apart it came, I soaked it in ELO (Easy-Lift-Off) that not only removed paint, but light glue too.... to loosen things to allow me to totally rebuild the engine, again!!!!
While waiting, I got to thinking, you know John, this is a 426 DUAL-over-head-cam engine, SO why not use "DUAL" in everything? So, thats where it all went out the window! LOL


So as you can see, I began at this point and got it all started with dual spark plugs per cylinder, as well as dual Magneto's as well! The work was done with scraps I had laying in my scrap bins and turnings I made on my Unimat Metal Lathe, in plastic!


So as you all can see, I waisted no time to get moving on adding "DUAL EVERYTHING"!!!!! Dual, Superchargers, dual spark plugs per cylinder, dual magneto's, will even have dual Holley carburetors when I'm through! Among "dual" other things as you'll see in time!






SO, with "Dual Everything" now in full swing on the build, I had to get the wiring to the plugs, and then get
the DUAL Super Chargers with their belts in place, with a "custom belt setup" too. the top Blower is driven from the back of the engine! As there would have been WAY To many belts up front, remember I had the belt system for the dual over head cams to add too! SO making the belt system quite complex!
Not only did the engine get dual Superchargers, but also dual coils for the Magneto's as well as some custom added details to the valve covers, along with the oil filter (Which I STILL may change that to "dual" as well..... As you'll see in a while WHY I say this!
More to come! Stay tuned! -Thanks for looking!


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Re: 1965 Dodge A100 Monster Truck "Doomz Day" build NEW Progress 10-20-2016

Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:39 pm

OK so back at it..... Shall we?

Frame has been "beefed" up just a tad, (IF your familiar with the kit you'll know!) And then the suspension removed from the "Donor" truck to be fitted, BACKWARDS to the frame. Why "backwards"? WELL the length of the truck and I wanted to keep the axles centered in the actual wheel openings of the truck. This was done by using the "shorter" end of the suspension to the ends of the frame as these parts ARE NOT centered over the axles! All is mounted solid, and looks pretty clean, I may go back and add a bit more "beef" in and around the mounts for the suspension...

AFTER the frame was sort of figured out, I had thought about engine, and placement. This engine as you know is pretty big! The length is even so, as well as width. SO, I took and placed it all around in the bed to see what best "fits" the space, given and work with it. This required some pretty serious modifications. One such, was to cut off the tail cone of the Transmission, As I wanted to keep the transfer case somewhat centered in the truck, like a older built, real one.

Because of the engines placement, and the intent of how I'm going to complete the top end of this engine, its going to be mounted, backwards! The Blower "Hat" will not be at all. (I'm saving a few "secrets" here for a surprise when its all done!) But, there are some good ideas coming! But have a look at how wide this motor is!

Then the interior floor plating. I had to figure out how that was all going to work, I have yet to figure out radiator placement and such for the engine and how all of this will come together, I thought about looking into a "gator 'net" for the tailgate and putting the radiator BEHIND the engine with a couple electric fans on it to suck or push the air though it the other way instead of the conventional way, it only needs cross flow of air to cool the fluid inside so.....

Then, I got an "under" shot....I think I have plenty of clearance, huh? AND there isn't any axles or Quads in place YET! I've got to build them!
ENJOY! More to follow!
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Re: 1965 Dodge A100 Monster Truck "Doomz Day" build NEW Progress 10-20-2016

Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:39 pm

...And now back to my regularly scheduled modeling of the Monster Truck....
So, a bit more to add to this build of mine.
I got the engine placement, sorted, fitted, and sitting to a married Transfer Case, Originally, I was going to do a divorced transfer case, BUT the length of this model prohibits that, (to short of wheel base)

A LOT of hacking on the frame, building non-existent engine mounts, and cutting the floor boards out of the bed to get it all to fit in place, WHAT FUN it was!

THEN, the fun, I had to cut the floor boards a bit to get it all to fit PLUS after the engine was "fitted" go back, and trim the floor boards even more, to add in the exhaust the engine needed! That was fun, to do just to keep the work nice and clean!

With the engine in place, and sitting as close as I can get it, puts the transfer case almost mid-ship to the model. Which gives me plenty of space, to add in custom made drive shafts, as well as a "parking brake" off the top rear-most transmission connection to the transfer case. This ought to prove a fun bit of detailing for me! As I plan to use as big-a-part "Brake Drum" as I can fit in this area (pretty tight quarters!)


Motor still sits what seems to be pretty low slung, not that I'm complaining, BUT, it will sit low enough to just be visible when all together in the location its seen here. All this makes is adding the exhaust manifolds or Headers a bit more difficult. BUT, I'll shoe-horn them in as needed (I think, I may have that issue already sorted out to this point!)

My only biggest concern for this evening, was how to shoe-horn a set of either Exhaust headers in place, OR a set of exhaust manifolds....Wasn't to much "room" for error to say the least! Its a tight fit. EVEN sitting in the bed of this truck, could you imagine putting this thing in the "stock" location!? The Blower "hat" would be sticking out the roof of the cab, as it be normally in the hood! LOL (Tho, that be kinda cool I think) Not to "driver" friendly to say the least, (no room for him to sit), altho he could have a vibrating "hot seat" and sit on a valve cover I suppose! LOL

After all of this, I sat out to see if I could "close" up the hole that was behind the insert, of the floor inside the cab seen in a couple of posts above to make it all a hole-less floor inside the cab, A LOT has to be done underneath this and have a place to mount things such as gear shift linkage, and transfer case linkage, as well as parking brake or "viewing" brake lines as well as some sort of steering lines, (NOT sure what that may consist of yet, well see....) I also have lines to run into the dash area as well....Plus inside the cab, will be the battery location possible other items that would normally be "under the hood" so to speak, As there will only be one racing seat in this! THEN the fun, I need to add a fuel cell....I think that may wind up in the factory "engine location" to even the frame build out alittle.

BUT I'll mention here, I got a few secrets that are coming to go along with this build, just because, I can....Always the anticipation of surprise with me. you just never know!
ENJOY!
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Re: 1965 Dodge A100 Monster Truck "Doomz Day" build NEW Progress 10-20-2016

Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:39 pm

Well now, its time we go back to the engine of this BEASTLY thing.....
So before I begin, I'm gonna say, there is a "secret" about to be revealed in this build, as you'll see..... REMEMBER me saying "Dual EVERYTHING"????? WELL here goes nothing!
I found this in an online search I did, NOT looking for such things but, I found this:

This engine has been the inspiration in 2 of my builds so far!!!! NOW to set the record straight, THIS Monster Truck build was this engines FIRST inspiring task! BUT, it only "inspired" me a little.... As you can very well see a few posts up the page, I didn't add the Hillborn Injection to my 426 DOHC Hemi! I went Dual Blowers instead!
BUT..... (Yes, there is a clause!)
I thought, dual EVERYTHING? What about DUAL Turbo FED BLOWERS? YEAH now were talkin'!!!!!
So, lets get right to it....







As you can see, the Dual Turbo (or Twin-Turbo) however you want to call it, is in place, AND has some lubrication lines in place as the engine was detailed.... As you follow the pictures, notice some of them have writing in them, I added this to do a little explaining details I was adding to those who don't know! I will do the other side, NEXT!!!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:39 pm

So then, the other side.....
On either side of the Turbo's are lubrication lines, oil pumped in, and oil thats passed through the bearings and back into the oil pan. One side is "feed" to the bearing in the turbo's the other is return oil to the oil pan! This is why this Hemi has 2 sumps in its oil pan!






In the pictures you can see I marked PCV in the valve cover, that connects to the rear-most carburetor! I turned custom Aluminum valve cover breather for the opposite side as well, added to that sides valve cover! I also added Waste Gates into the turbo piping which all still needs more details added to them at this time!
Enjoy! More to follow, Thanks for looking!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:39 pm

I had some SERIOUS thinking/designing to do on this model. Why might you ask? I need to add some stuff to the engine, and that "stuff" is that "secret" I mentioned a while ago, and never gave anyone ANY influence on....WELL now, some of it, will come together!
Have a look for yourself:

Notice whats BEHIND the engine pointing to the FRONT of the truck! LOL Talk about serious horse power in plastic, only this detail is brass AND solder glued together and in some areas actually "soldered" together....Adds a slight bit of weight, BUT looks the part, as I wanted it too! I have some "fill" to add here and there, that will be done from a tube to sort of, close gaps and such with little to no sanding, if I can help it....THEN, I have to paint all of it....BUT It does need some more detail added before any of that can be done, as I want to close the gaps up now as the detail will make that fill adding part of the build almost/near impossible!

NOTICE the exhaust pipes and where they go.....I think thats an AWESOME way to exit. Something different!!!!! I've also thought of adding a "Y" and having "stacks" with a box that close flow to go one way or the other....Kinda like a "dump valve" or waste valve like used on a turbo set up to bypass induction, BUT, not yet, I've got some other details to come up with first.....

As you can see, I got the aftercooler made to fit, and "placed" its NOT glued, nothing is, except whats on the motor as I have to get this all out of the body to paint the frame and do other details with it not in place....SO, I've got to add a regular radiator yet, this will be a "stand-off" from the aftercooler, and will be "fed" by means of openings in the rear of both front wheel wells....NOT the grill! You will see this as I approach that end of detailing the whole works!

This pic shows a little better of how the stock Mopar manifolds are coupled to the custom made turbo's....They will have another pipe coming off them, that will sit atop the plenum that will sit on the carburetors that I still have to make, and then the intake air will go through a rather large blower "hat" but with NO "butterflies" in it.....Just a set back-in, filter seen from the front of the truck....
Thats it for now, BUT a lot of detail for this is to come! Stay tuned!
ENJOY!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:40 pm

So now comes the frame....AND what is connected to the frame? Well suspension, BUT whats connected to that? Suspension I mean, meaning, the axles? THE WHEELS! OHHH NO, NOT wheels for me! TANK TRACKS!


Not just ANY tank tracks will do, not for my crazy in the head-self! NO WAY, I have to the most difficult damned track type made, WHY you ask? Cuz I'm me and hard headed! Nahhhh not really, just the tracks made one link at a time allows me to make them as i need to to fit FOUR "tracks" to make this monster truck a "QUAD-Track" monster truck! Why not? It afterall is "DOOMZ DAY" right? LOL

Then a shot of the frame and detail work I've done....So far, it fits, I even used one of the original "Motor Mounts" to be a "DUAL" fuel filter mount! Not that its in place now BUT it will be, AFTER the frame has all it needs to become flat black....FIRST, before ANY detail really is added!
So then, I got the pics of the engine and a little of the frame, AND then that HUGE engine needs coolant, right? WELL, yes, sure, BUT how? Not only a Radiator, but a turbo aftercooler too........ ALL in one, mounted......BACKWARDS, just like everything else on this build!
Ohh yeah, believe me, its ALL wired in too! The fans are "electric" so....

3 fans, 2 on the radiator, and one larger one on the aftercooler, so there are 3 different color wires for each fan coming from the fan, to the control box, with yep you guessed it one open hole with no wire that will lead to the cab!
ENJOY!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:40 pm

So, where to begin?
Ahhhh, we'll start with the frame! Its painted, flat black, with a flat clear cote to give just a hint of texture to look like undercoating...I've glossed the fuel tank/cell, to look as tho it has a epoxy resin coating on it....
THEN the fuel supply lines were address, ALL braided "hard lines" to the transfer case cross-member, and the "to" line goes through a series of fuel filters, hanging on the underside of the frame, that may get a "skid" plate" for protection before I'm all said and done with it....
So have a look:

Looking at this picture you can see that gloss black round item that looks to be connected to the transfer case? WELL that is a "Parking Brake". I've read that these are a lot like emergency brakes that basically make it sit still, which is used mostly around viewing crowds...NEVER used during competitions!

Better view of the transfer case!

A bit of a view of the fuel tank/cell and lines to support it. As well as the dual fuel filters.

A bit better shot of the frame underside showing fuel line details!

Last but not least, a picture of the frame with just the engine setting in place for an idea of how it all looks!
ENJOY, More to come following these GRAND messages!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:40 pm

So as you all have read, I been "pondering" tank track colors....I've custom mixed this color, its a lot of Graphite shade, with some silver added for shine, a bit of Steel added for depth, and then just a hint of Gun metal to give it some tone....

I then took the "cleat" in the track and with a silver Sharpie "paint marker" (Oil based) and made the edge bare metal, to look slightly, used....I don't often do weathering on model cars, but when I do, its VERY light, this will probably be thee only weathering on this entire model! (I'm after that "Show" look) so....
Anyway, I know your ALL waiting to see how I came up with the tracks and there shape by now, and I knew this when I started posting BUT to keep ya all at the edge of your seats, I waited till last! SO with further stall time, HAVE A LOOK!

Granted whats seen above is merely a pile of parts! I know, ALL scratch built and ALL of what I been writing about in my postings with no pics....In this picture, you see about enough parts to assemble 2 tracks! Minus the track themself, they aren't in the pic at all....BUT, this is that "track frame" I was speaking of.....

This little gem ---^
Happens to be the bottom track guide wheels and frame work. I have a bit of detail yet to do to ALL 4 of them I'll need to make a strut apply downward pressure on for the actual truck to ride on this is the inside of the track frame. A little work is needed before I am happy with it, just got to get my ideas together as to how I'm going to carry it out!

NOW yer getting to see the work involved...This "tri-angle" is a track sub-frame, that supports the tracks, and all of the rollers! See that one single "pole"? That is a pivot point for the track guide to pivot on "This little gem" from the picture above!
As seen in this picture, the FRONT of these that will be looking at your face standing in fropnt of it, is to the LEFT.... The "Steep" side of the tri-angle, the rear "slope" will be on ALL 4 corners!

This picture is merely taken upside down....That single wheel seen there with all the structural bracing, is a carrier wheel guide, as you'll see in a moment, its not one that would need to be adjustable to the track as its in motion, this wheel merely carries the track from one corner to the other, un-pressurized as it doesn't need to apply tension to the track, just needs to carry it!
More to come! L-O-N-G postings!!!! Makes for added postings, I won't do a posting all of these at once!
Stay tuned!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:40 pm

So then, now that you seen the Drivers side front track frame, Hows about the back? of the track frame? Needless to say, This is pretty bare right now, I have some "H" beams to add here to prevent that "tri-angle" plate from curling over time and distorting the whole build in years to come so I have a few added details to put in place here to prevent that and it looks like real stiffening parts anyway, as I'll get pictures of as time allows!

Now, comes the fun! You'll see the whole works together, all the parts, wheels guides, rollers, and TRACKS!

Forward facing, with the tracks on the frame with all the wheels in place, This is how the passenger side of the whole rig will look, notice the tracks themself, the "cleats" are "upside down" the point is facing the cab, NOT the ground....WHY? The out side edge, is facing the ground, TWO of those edges are better traction, on the outside of the track then one in a smaller area in the center, it distributes the weight better and for competition sake, I don't think loosing "grip" will be an issue, BUT it looks GREAT that way, ALL the treads on the tracks will be backwards.... For this very reason!


And here ya go!!!!!!!!!!!!! This track is the front PASSENGER side unit. The whole truck, would be going forward in this direction. As seen I still haven't gotten my thoughts together on how I'm going to assemble and add in the strut, I know I have too, BUT I am not into making a mistake, these were not the easiest things to create never mind make 4 of them! SO, I'm building the other 2, and thinking of how I plan to go about the strut and the mounting there-of.... I think the whole thing so far, looks GREAT, I have some tweaking to do here and there on making them solid and mounting them to the truck rears but, I'm pleased on how they turned out so far!
And there ya have it....ENJOY!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:41 pm

I haven't got that far just yet, I'll begin building that part, when I have all the tracks ready for mounting as it sits quite high with the triangle tracks to the suspension,.....
I think I may modify the Rockwells, I'm not sure yet....I have to get to a point to see how all fits together to give me an idea of what I need to build for it....As I make things as i go, and thats one I've held off on due to the drive shaft angles so.....
We'll see, when I'm at that point!
So, as you all have read in the past, (I don't know) 10 postings of mine, I was debating the way or design of the bottom roller wheels "suspension? I just at the time, had to many ideas on how to do it (ANY ONE of them would have worked but...) I wanted the ONE that was the best for the application, of the Quad-Tracks to the truck itself and what it would be used for.
SO, here is what I thought to be the best:

As you can see, the top of that roller suspension, on the bottom, there is 2 "cylinders" connected to a mount post on the tracks frame. Then, you look, this "strut" design has 2 struts per track, giving equal downward pressure for the outside most portion of the track....Maintaining a good grip to the ground was the goal here....The struts were painted, 2 different shades of metal, the first being the "middle" color, "Steel" from Testors. The narrowest section painted "Silver Chrome" ALSO from Testors, and then the actual "body" of the strut, being white (company color) the "silverish" colors being parts of polished steel or grades of steel for wear and such. I then, painted the mount the same color as the roller wheels frame, this is a custom mix of paint, I made that was also seen on my transmission to this truck, the transfer case in the frame and various other places that "bare" cast iron would be seen. The WHOLE "white" area, will be painted Plum Crazy Purple also from Testors.... The rest, is to come, wheels power rollers, and all that, the tracks themself are now painted for the 2 almost complete track frames.
SO, what was I to do, while paint and glue was drying? WELL work on a project for a friend I took on, and was waiting his interior work to dry as well, I began to think of a little something different (as if this model isn't already, right?)
BODY WORK! WHAT, did I want the body to look like? (Was a pretty serious question in my mind!) So I got to looking at the body of the A100, and just kinda pondered for a minute....All in the while remembering what the "Little Red Wagon" looked like, Bill Golden, had originally used it as a drag racing truck, custom, in the beginning, he drove it in the "normal" driving location on the left hand side of the truck. Leaving the interior "complete" but lightened for speed. Later on as the truck was deemed for "show" and the wheelie stander era started, the driver seat was relocated, to lighten the front even more, by centering the whole works! This removed A LOT of complex steering "Bell Cranks" which could shed off up to 400 pounds right in front of the front axle! So, this truck, was re-done several times, including the motor....BUT, then it hit me, this truck ISN'T Bill Goldens "Little Red Wagon" anymore....Still a competition truck, BUT not for a quarter mile race! SO, with that said, thought of how much space was in the bed, and how much was engine and where was I to put the up coming battery, electricals (there is no "under the hood with this truck!), and any other small detail? WELL the passenger side area of the cab floor! This will include all those small details, and some "secrets" I haven't revealed yet.
WELL that being said, this model, both doors are to open as modeled. I am have rethought that one! Isn't no reason this truck needs a passenger side seat, nor any of those parts, so, this opened up a bit of "lost" space, as all the stuff, that would have been found in the bed, can now be placed in the passenger side of the truck!
SO, no passenger seat, not nothing but dash, and open floor space, WHY is a opening, or functional passenger side door needed? It isn't! SO, I started to "weld" it shut!

The door seams were welded shut with plastic welder from Tenax-7R. Once dry and the door was fitted to match the contour of the truck body, I then began to "feel" the seams to see how much filler was needed and to make a choice on the best possible filler to use (I originally was going to use REAL "Bondo" but, thats a lot of work for such a small area! AND more work then I'da been willing to do, AFTER the task done was to late to re-think it. SO, I used Some "Fix-All" adhesive, from "Super Glue" bought at the local Dollar Store, and then on the outside a drop or so, of "Crazy Glue" to harden the outside edge to make a sandable "crust".... The Fix-All adhesive stays somewhat flexible and not "hard" to be sanded, which is why I added the Crazy Glue....Plus, the added Crazy Glue, Adds just a touch of crust when cure, and "builds up the area a bit more for sanding, AND fills in the cracks that are not seen easily....
Then the fun! The door hinge openings! HUGE holes that go all the way inside the cab! THESE, had me stumped for a short while, as i had to yet again think up a way to "fill" them, yet be able to be sanded easily, with multiple contours in and around them!

Best filler again was same as the first I used on this project, the Fix-All adhesive, with a bit more Crazy Glue added to its outside surface, with a squirt of Baking Soda, to cure it instantly, and have a really "high-build" effect, for finishing the body work to the contours of the truck. Altho pretty smooth right now, I still have some sanding needing done BEFORE I seal it all with Lacquer clear coat just prior to the first wet sanding of the body.....Plus, I have some mold seams to sand down as well, (thought, I'd do the major body work first) and then graduate to the more lighter normal stuff)
ENJOY! More to come as time allows!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:41 pm

So, Here again....
The "rollers" I've spoke about? I got them, painted, in that custom mix paint, that I've mentioned....I have them, as of this posting, the wheels are painted flat black. Not seen in the following picture.

Then as I had mentioned, I got the back side of the track frames painted as well....

Once thats dry enough to "stick" it to a section of cardboard, I'll paint the front side of them and then once the whole works is dry, the whole thing will be hung for complete clear coating on both sides!
See:

I'm not real concerned with the scratches and such in the back side of these, or the fronts all that much as it is after-all going to taking a beating in competition, right? BUT it is however going to be cleaned up for "show" use.....
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:41 pm

Here are a few updated pics of the A100, and its FRONT tracks.....

The first things AFTER the frames are painted is the lower 2 rollers. These MUST be the first added, as they are the ones that will NOT tolerate any side to side play, OR up and down movement, they must be glued solid to the frames! I took GREAT care to see that this was the case, to date, 4 times! I have yet to do it again, 4 more times, for the 2 rear track frames!

Showing the detail of the whole completed track, this one is for the front, drivers side track....

Showing a little of the track "tread" and direction the cleat follows! Notice, its looks as tho its upside down, and It really is! I did this for a reason. The tracks as you all know are on a monster truck, hence the cleat outside edges to be facing downward, this is for traction, in real life, on a tank they "bite" from the center, BUT have much more weight to get a good "grip" when in motion. On a monster truck not having the same amount of downward pressure, the outside edge would bit more, and allow the track to "ride" flat across, and this would give greater contact to the ground underneath it....

Shown from the back, this side will also be used as a "ladder" to get to the door for the driver to open! And the track natural "sag" over the carrier roller, this roller is rigid mounted and would only "spin" in real life, no deed for it to have a shock, or be "sprung" for tension, its merely to carry the track from the bottom roller to the top powered roller!

This shot, shows a bit more of the tread and the cleats and how the natural sag is, on the track! This was merely possible to model (the natural sag) as the tracks are one cleat, or link at a time and is supported by a clip in the center (drive clip) to the outside hinge plates, that also have a pin in them for a bit more outer edge traction!

This shows the 2 tracks, both fronts side by side.....You can see the purple paint on the rear of the track frame here, and to give an idea of what the whole BEAST is gonna look like when these are on the frame!
More to follow! The second set of tracks are being assembled!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:41 pm

So then, as I said, more to follow! So, you seen bits and pieces of the front tracks as they were assembled, right? SO I thought while I was beginning to build the second set, simultaneously I'd get some pictures to show some of the work done with plastic shapes to achieve the appearance seen in the front set thats now complete and ready to be added to a front differential and then onto the frame of the truck!

How the roller wheel and mount gets to keep true to parallel, and or, vertical, to keep the wheels "tread" surface, horizontal to the track and other 3 corner wheels!

A bit of detail seen here, just a different angle of the same part shown above!
Thats it for now! More to come as progress happens!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:42 pm

I may as well get it added as yet another "update" As I wait for other model assemblies to cure for handling, I keep the ole Doomz Day nearby!

Both REAR track frames, have the rigid roller in place and all supporting details as well. I'm currently awaiting the glue to cure on the lower rollers for placement to these frames! BUT that might prove a few days as it gets pretty intense for those, as they have to be just so, nothing else will do!
As I set and work on others, I went and made ALL the needed parts when I was "designing" and now have them loose "as-needed" during the build, makes for easier assembly time! So, all these little "extra's" make no mistake, they were done BEFORE any of this began going together.....When I know something will work, I run with it, and when I run with a part I'm making, I make SURE I count how many I'll need and then go for "stock" to do ALL of them all in one sitting, or at that very time when the machines are running and the wheels in my head are turning!
So, as I wait for another model to dry, and whats seen above to dry, I'm left with well, not much of anything SO, why not begin that radiator/aftercooler duct work coming of the back side of the front inner fender wells....

Just a bit of piecing it together, I might add, A LOT of compound angles to be worked out....I have yet to add the lower and upper parts, but the sides are pretty much done and in place. I do have some filling and sanding to do as they're close but not dead on, as the duct work isn't a perfect thing and using that and a starting point (kit rearward bulkhead, and that not being 100% true, let me to do a bit of smudging it to make it fit....ONCE in the truck, it won't be noticeable!

Passenger side view!

Drivers side view!
These got a ways to go, plus I have to get the whole works ready for paint as this is a center part of the model the frame then this and then the body, so.....The frame is coming along too, BUT I have to get this on it to continue with the details of the motor!
ENJOY! More to come as progress allows!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:42 pm

Got to thinking with all this "interior" work, I ought to see what I have for "racing seats" to use in the truck, and well to my advantage, I have a few old AMT-Ertl '70 Dodge Coronet Super Bee "Pro-Street" models to then see a GREAT candidate for the Monster truck!It needed stripped down, (was paint "Almond" from J.C. Murphy's), almost 25 years ago, if not longer.....The seat? sat in ELO (Easy Lift Off) from Ply Scale, a Testors company/division, for 2 days! That old Almond paint, that was made by I think the spray can company was named "Miracle" or something, WOW is that some damn paint now! BUT.....I got it all off the seat!


Upon seeing how the seat looked "stripped" to bare plastic, I noticed something I didn't before! The glue! Was stuck to the PAINT! I "HAD" seat belts glued to this seat, AND the seat was glued to the car interior tub floor! NO glue distortion on the place!
I'm amazed at how long this was in that car, BEFORE I tore it down for spare parts! This same seat was in the same car, as the engine thats going in my Monster Truck!
So anyway, me, being me, I thought, How or what do I want to do with this seat, to make it better? WELL, first off, NO holes for the seat belts to pass through for the 5 point harness! SO, holes to be drilled were in order!


So I think they look pretty even so Off to fitting the seat with a NEW seat belt arrangement I had (the old one just didn't fit well to this seat, and will be kept for a future build I'm sure!

Looks to fit pretty good, (I cut it down just a bit, to fit the seat) the other belt set up was simply to long and to wide. This one was merely just a bit to wide!)
SO I cut a few sections out of the middle, and whats missing is a center buckle, no big deal.....I'll glue it back into the belts, just before they're painted to go in the seat....
I also plan to add a seat adjustment lever in the front, to go forward and back for different peoples height, and I MIGHT add a rear back lever to adjust how much the driver sits "upright" in the seat. I then will have to make my own roll bar to justify the belts "mount" behind the seat, which is OK, I was planning to make my own roll cage for the truck anyway!
Stay tuned! MORE to follow!
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Re: 1965 Dodge A100 Monster Truck "Doomz Day" build NEW Progress 10-20-2016

Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:42 pm

So as I said, more to follow, just a little here and there, SO the engine, remember that BEAST? REMEMBER me saying I had secrets to reveal? WELL heres yet another one!
I've went and gone completely overboard with it, the engine with its Superchargers, and dual Turbo's, now also sports a 200 shot of NOS to the dual Holley Double pumpers!

Thats one side, heres the other:

The piping to these, will come from 2 separate NOS tanks, INSIDE the cab! Remember "dual Everything" well I think its now showing! LOL
When I'm working on the engine specially the top side of it, I use the trucks actual frame as a holder, as it keeps it level, somewhat, AND allows me to handle the engine if needed, but holds it steady when I need to do detail work to it, OR add detail to it.... PLUS, it keeps it from sliding around on the work bench and loosening up details I've already added!
ENJOY! More to come as I can get pictures and time for progress!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:42 pm

So then you all have been wondering, I haven't worked on this one to much BUT, over the weekend, and a little tonight, I got some done to this ole stand-by....
The frame now is painted black, and some of the intake duct work, is also on its way to being completed....Heres just a look....

Simple, the underframe got its flat black "undercoating" as spoken about!


The last 2 pictures show the drivers side duct work "Pre-Filter" in place, it HAD to be in place for the duct work "top" to be set in place! THIS will allow me to design the lower top portion of this duct....I still need to do some "angle" work to get this side done. I have yet to make the needed "see-thru" screen for the other passenger side of the interior!
Short update, but since the absence, I thought something was better then nothing!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:43 pm

WELL, I have to bring this one back to the surface.... I've had a recent change of heart and of mind on this build! Its going to happen when I have everything I needed to pick up where I left off, BUT I just got to looking and thinking.....
At times that can be a good thing and others a bad thing, I'm not sure where that might fall here.....
That big Honkin' motor I was planning for this truck? Is gonna CHANGE! I'm replacing it!
Its gonna be BIGGER then what I have made already! With some improvements on "parts choices".....
Stay tuned those who are following along! -Even WILDER things are gonna happen to this one!
The engine thats made? I'm keeping it, for a later time, another build, who knows? It may wind up in the garage to support the race team! I am however, keeping it as-is, and will use it later on!
The only part thats on or too the current engine, that will be used in its reincarnation, is the HUGE Bug catcher....
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:43 pm

Well everyone, Its time I come clean...... I've been making all sorts of master copies, and A LOT of them with some influence to high performance! WELL with that said, I have molded a NEW 14-71 blower now.... which will be posted when I have time to sit my ass down and get pics of the newest parts I have yet to add. BUT to add to that, these 14-71 blowers, I've also done a few high performance type oil pans.... One such would replicate one from Milodon.... See:

I took it upon myself to make one of these in 1/25th scale!



SO having said that, and thinking, I want this engine for this build to be THE BEST IT CAN BE.....
So with all that thought going in, I am changing this engine, as I had mentioned, and this is what its all going to be made from:

As you can see, 2 of the 14-71 blowers are in the picture! I didn't get the oil pan in it, BUT the one I pictured is whats gonna be used on this NEW "Doomz Day" power plant!
A few other things with the engine on the new one will be done too.... A little more Aluminum paint, and some chrome paint, as well as some other interesting parts that I'll point out as I'm building this BEASTLY motor!
Thought you all would like something on this build..... I have been pondering this idea for awhile now, and well, its time I put that pondering thought to rest and get on with it!
The only part the original engine will give to the NEW one is the air intake! Its special made for this build, and will remain with the truck! Everything else, is planned to change!
Stay tuned! Comments welcome ENJOY!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:43 pm

So it has been a little bit on this one. I have been jumping around on different builds to get some of them "up to snuff" and to bring them up to par with details and on a few their getting some changes done to them, like this one for instance! I just got it out one day and looked at it to see what else I needed to collect for parts to pick up where I left off on the build..... And got to looking at the engine and well, it was GREAT, for a time, BUT I as mentioned in a previous posting, wasn't 100% happy with the original engine, it needed something........ MORE!
Well as posted, I pulled out the parts for that engine the 2nd one, and bagged it up and put it in with the truck., Well within the last day, I was bored a little with all the "common" stock building I been doing and needed some PLASTIC HORSEPOWER.... So let the engineering rage flow. right into be what your all about to see with this build!
Engines, is the same basic engine, that I had originally started with, the AMT 426 DOHC Hemi.... Same basic principals too, DUAL EVERYTHING. (almost) in some cases will be QUAD! As you'll see! -BUT I am thinkin' to change the engine size from a "426" to a "528" just because of the like I have remembering when the 528 Hemi came out in the early to mid 1990's....

Laid out to show the parts, I am adding a different Intake! As it sets on the engine after being assembled, its not glued, its merely just setting there! The Intake however is going to be a whole other ball-game, I'm adding DUAL 14-71 blowers in-place of the original DUAL 6-71's I had originally went on to use, till now!
Then, I began more assembly to the engine!


The heads, are my resin castings! I used my own castings to leave the factory AMT ones for "work bench detail" as they are nicely detailed parts, and on an engine those same details won't be seen! I also added the oil filter and such to the block, for painting purposes. BUT that filter will NOT be on the engine as I thought this wasn't the greatest place for a "competition" engine! So having said that, The oil filters (YES 2 of them) larger ones, will be on the frame somewhere!

So after basic assembly, I got right to painting the engine! The block got stock Mopar Hemi Orange, the heads this time around will represent those of the real thing and be cast Aluminum. The valve covers seen here, are only "placed" for building. They aren't glued and I did NOT choose to use my resin ones for this build anyway, (I opted to use the AMT factory ones for a reason as you'll see in a few updates from now!) BUT, my resin ones are PERFECT for "sizing" things to fit! The black timing chain cover is just gloss black as its to be chromed!!!! SO thats one step ahead on the chroming of it.... -Also notice the oil filter has been cut off as well. As I said, those will be mounted else where other then on the engine!


Engine side shots. The block will not be getting the mechanical fuel pump (I'm using an electric looking fuel pump), as the oil filters will be on the frame with the fuel pump! SO, there will be a black plate cover for that area of the block. And speaking of that area, the timing chain recess, is NOT the stock one from AMT. That part came from Lindberg, off the Little Red Wagon kit, as it was chrome, BUT I didn't want it chrome as far as the block section, that part the extends out from the block was actually part of the block so it got stripped and was painted to look like part of the block, and then I chose to re-chrome the cover only, which is the part painted in gloss black!

Front of the block showing the timing chain cover a little better. Also, notice no water pump! I'll also be using a electric water pump as well, a detail part from a Drag Racing engine will be used where the cam would normally be behind the timing chain cover.

As mentioned the intake will be completely different from the first & second engine! -I forgot to mention this engine has been changed 3 times now. The first 2 engines were from the SAME engine, just stripped down and rebuilt, this time, the whole thing is being replaced! But, the intake as you see it, is a 2 piece "medium" rise Tunnel-Ram, thats gonna have A LOT done different to it! -As you'll see during the build.

In these last 2 pictures however the intake is merely just "placed" and is not in-place to stay. I sat it in place to get some pictures to give something for those watching to ponder as it all comes together! This is one of my resin castings! And so is the 2nd part to it, but I have yet to get good pics of that part and whats to come of it. BUT, having sat and looked at it in the pics, myself, I think the color of the intake is going to be Testors Model Masters Metalizer "Magnesium" polished and coated, to look like a competition light weight part, as when done, its gonna be a rather BIG intake, as you'll see in a few updates! (Probably the nest one as I get the intake done for pics!)
Thanks for looking, as always, comments welcome ENJOY!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:43 pm

WELL now, I have got a bit done on and off to this build! I been going at a snails pace with everything going on, BUT, thats OK I'm still making progress I guess!
SO to go in on everything, everyone following this build knows a different beast of a motor is about to take shape! (with some newly added parts!) SO..... Off to showing what I've done thus far!



So you can see that the intakes "base" and its runners was painted! I painted this with Alclad "Dark Aluminum" #103. Looks pretty good to me! I like the idea of giving the engine some other "metal" shades to set things off a bit! Which thats just what this is doing! -I also have chromed the timing chain cover as well! And it looks pretty good being brush painted gloss black, and then brushed on Alclad Chrome to get what you see on the front of the engine! Not to bad for what and how I did that!
NOW this intake base is in-place, to sat! I then set out to figure out how, I wanted the Superchargers to sit, stacked, like they were, OR something "different" WELL, because the ones I plan to use on this one are a whole LOT bigger then the ones I had originally used, I had to come with a way to add two, of the 14-71 Superchargers to the top of this motor and look the part, as well as look to "function" even tho its a made up set up (I do NOT think ANY motor no matter what it is), who its made by would handle what I have planned to build for this truck. BUT, in doing so, It is a model, BUT I want it to almost "jump out and bite" being so "wild" looking.
SO, I then too the "top" of that intake, and got to looking and seeing how different parts would work out keeping in mind, I wanted it to "look" as tho it would work. Stacking 2 of the 14-71 Superchargers, really was NOT an option. Do top the complexity of the engine itself being used. TO MANY belts to make it right.... Unlike the last engine, this one will NOT have 2 Supercharger belts! Because of this, I decided to make the superchargers mount on a HUGE "triangle" intake plenum! BUT NONE of them that I have will fit, nor hold the 14-71's.... Meaning I had to scratchbuild this onto the top of the intakes "top" plate. SO I got right to making things to get this to all fit the 14-71's. WHAT A TASK that was! I got out some heavy card "Manila paper", and began testing angles and size and all that with the make-shift valve covers to fit. (They worked well for that!) SO this is how it all turned out after a few attempted "sizes" done in manila paper, I got it to all work out! THEN I pulled out some .040" plastic and transferred the shapes onto it to be cut out to get going on the Plenum!





A view of ALL sides of this BEASTLY Supercharger Plenum! I took all the shapes of styrene sheet, and filed each to fit and then filed the corners a bit, BUT wanted to keep a sheet Aluminum "welded" look. THEN got it all done but the "top of it" This part? You'll understand in a bit, as its made to follow a "theme" I've got planned!
ON this Plenum, you'll see that there is a "lip" kinda mounting surface to it, thats the lip the Superchargers will mount too. I then painted this the same way I did the Tunnel-Ram base. All to match!
Stay tuned, more to follow right after these short messages! Comments welcome, ENJOY!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:44 pm

So moving right along..... I got to looking after the Tunnel-Ram intake base was in-place, and then the Supercharger Plenum I just made also in-place to say, was mounted and secured good, I got to thinking about that high capacity, low profile oil pan was needed, but haven't YET molded it, BUT what I do have is "extra" oil pans that I can just make another one and then when all said and done I'll get to making a "Master Copy" to mold one! They represent those that Milodon make! SO, I got right to it, cutting the sump off and went right to making that bathtub bottom part from scrap styrene square rod. I painted, as tho it was gonna be a stock colored part right from Milodon, "Goldish", but didn't like it, so I cut the shine on it, and will paint it to match the engine in Hemi Orange!



Not to bad looking! I MAY still leave it like you see it with a slightly different "gold" look, as I haven't yet put it in-place on the engine! AND theres a reason I haven't!
An engine of this WILD high performance, (not that it ever happen or work) but on a lot of them, when the builder adds over a 8-71 Supercharger, they add whats called a "Block Girdle". SO having said that, I then made one as well for this engine! All it is, a piece of .040" sheet cut to be slightly bigger on all four sides of the oil pan, and then glued as tho it is an oil pan, as once done, your only going to really "see" the edge of it anyway!

Notice, I only painted so much of it? That is all thats going to be seen when the oil pan goes into place!


That "block" under the engine is just a metal Machinist "Parallel" to hold the engine to sit level (Its not part of the engine at all!) -Just to hold it up, more or less.


As seen you only see the edge of this detail! The paint is Testors Model Masters Metalizer paint "Titanium" -Slightly polished to give it a slightly different "metal" look, UNPAINTED, as they would not have painted this part when it went in-place! -Altho, I had to paint it to get that desired "Metal" look!
Thats all for this detailing of the engine, Stay tuned, tho, MORE to follow, as always comments welcome, ENJOY!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:44 pm

So after that all went and was set aside for it to all dry I got to looking at the Box-Stock valve covers, for this engine and just like the last ones, I LOVED that center section and how that looked on them, BUT what I didn't like was the color of the valve covers themselves! I just was not feeling that unpolished "Aluminum look" so..... I set out to make NEW ones!

I took it upon myself to make these Alclad Chrome! AND as you all can see, it looks really good too! Gloss Black base, then air brushed over the 2 of them after ALL that center section was made, and dry. That center section? is a scrap piece of "C" channel I had laying around, I'm NOT sure what size it even is, BUT fit, same with the first ones I did on the old engine! I filed the one, to fit around the PCV Valve Cover breather bulge so it can be placed where it was on the real engine! Once the chrome had dried over-night, I then went to drill the dual plug holes, big enough to fit not only the wire this time, BUT also a plug boot valve cover seal too! While at that, I also drilled the center of the bulge for the valve cover breather, which is a neat part as well that I made as I'll explain in a bit!

Once the chrome paint was dry, all the holes drilled I painted the "center" of that "C" channel, like on the last one, and then let that dry, and went to highlighting the tops of the "C" in Hemi Orange. NOW, remember when I was working on the Supercharger Plenum, and said that "top" of it was following a theme? WELL here you see it! That "Top" of the Plenum is the SAME "C" channel that you see down the center of the valve covers! I probably WILL paint its center Gloss Black, just like those on the Valve Covers, as well as highlight the tops of the "C" channel with Hemi Orange.

A REALLY shiny shot of them! That looks GREAT! NOW that Valve Cover Breather, its a bracelet/Necklace threaded clasp..... Knurled for grip, BUT if you looked at it how I did, it looks like a air filter! The only real task, was making it fit the valve cover! SO, I had to turn a section of aluminum rod, to fit inside of it, snugly, and have a point that would just come through the top of the part (where the bracelet/necklace threading would!) -To look like a nut to hold it in-place.... Once I had that turned I CA glued it to the inside of the part, and then used that "stem (or neck) what ever you'd like to call it, to hold it while I painted the straight knurling flat white, to look like an air filter. Once that dried I then glued it to the valve cover from the inside!
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Post by Hemi on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 7:44 pm

So while I had the Unimat set up to turn out parts, I thought well I ought to turn out some Magneto's too! The difference from my turnings of these from Billet Aluminum, is, I turn mine with the Distributor neck as part of mine! Those you buy, you have to find a "neck" to fit there top! Not only just that, BUT, I also polished mine! I plan to put a gloss clear coating over it keep the shine!

Notice one of them has a much "longer" neck? Thats the one that will mount directly to the engine block! The other one, will be fitted to a plate thats a drive case that BOTH necks have to pass through it. Once thats made (the drive case) I'll slip both through holes drilled into it, before the 2 of them are mounted in-place on the engine. I also have yet to drill the holes for the plug wires to "exit" the sides of the 2 magneto's! Thats to come! I polished them before this hole was drilled so that the polishing compound would not get into it, and interfere with the glue that will hold the plug wires in the holes!
THEN, while I was turning out Billet Aluminum parts, I got to thinking of the drive pulleys for the Super Chargers! WHAT a challenge this detail is going to be! I have to drive 2 Superchargers, from the crank, and then get "around" the magneto's, as well as have a tensioner pulley detail! INTERESTING set up it will be! I got right to making them, and here are the main crank drive pulley, 2 Supercharger drive pulleys, and one serpentine pulley. I have yet to make a tensioner pulley as of this posting.

All turned and polished READY to be used...... The belt to go around these is going to be a surprise! (I have a trick for it) so.... See how it all turns out! Stay tuned..... theres more to come but thats it for now! Comments welcome and enjoyed! Thanks for following along!
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