Customizing and TuningRLD Workshop - What'cha Modding?

LeagueofSpeed
..and those Redlines are going to look SWEET

This all metal 71 Mach 1 is getting a FTE upgrade and some weight.

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...ya know, trying to build some contenders in the modified class for...Legends of Tobacco Road-American Muscle on Nov 11 2017

LeagueofSpeed
shameless plug :)
Mopar_Mafia
Nice builds LO$
LeagueofSpeed
I hope they will be...potential is there for sure

The pink car is my oldest daughters first mod. She did all of the painting and detail. Only thing I did was drill and JB. I put the purple lined rims on the purple 1/4 mile coupe. I like the purple on this car.


LeagueofSpeed
tell her the LoS said nice work!!!
Mopar_Mafia
LO$ thank you I just did
redlinederby
does that say "nerf this"? awesome

This all metal Stingray will get some color shifters nickel platted axels, some weight and a new gloss white paint job. I'll get these three muscle cars done and hope to create some elite speed 

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LeagueofSpeed
The 35g Color Shifter Stingray was faster in testing than the 50g Mainline Stingray...fingers crossed for making a beast

Love the pink and flat black combo!  The purple does look good on the coupe. Did you paint the wheel trim?


Mopar_Mafia
Thanks DvB. No just wheel swap. I had to cut the axle length a bit it's a looker for the shelf very slow

Got my cars out for the Boot Leg Race and just started fiddling' - so here's what I've been up to

This one is for smitty

This is a maisto had terrible axles, runs smoother looks better.


LeagueofSpeed
I see some possible candidates for Legends of Tobacco Road -American Muscle
fordman
thanks maffi... love to make model As out of those...

Got the axels out of CS Camaro...going to polish them and the chassis over the next couple of days...put it back together, then start the Mustang soon thereafter.


Trying to get back in the swing of things...


Building this for the DCR East Ridge Modified Challenge

long & lean

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LeagueofSpeed
How much does that Caddy weigh???
Traction-Event
110g
LeagueofSpeed
I thought it looked stout...what's the max g's
Traction-Event
no limit
LeagueofSpeed
Hmmm...I may bite on this as well
Mopar_Mafia
Nice

The 67 Summit Camaro...from 42.5g to 56.7g 

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LeagueofSpeed
Next step graphite and testing...it looks nasty

Well...well...well...this JL sled matched up to some FTE I had lying around...just might get some speed outta this $5 bucket just yet....and admit it...that looks damn goodHot Wheels Matchbox diecast cars


Hot Wheels Matchbox diecast cars



LeagueofSpeed
....what are the chances that random FTE fit like they were meant to....hopefully it's a sign from the Gods of Speed
LeagueofSpeed
The Hot Johnny Camaro.

Well the axels are set and aligned...it's at 53.8g as it is, so going to add a little more weight to it before I re-set the body and send it to the Graphite Bay.

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LeagueofSpeed
Hopefully the Hot Johnny Camaro will be a contender
LeagueofSpeed
May move it up to the 65g class...dunno yet.

Getting some cars ready for CC Riders feature race this week.

Hot Wheels Matchbox diecast cars

Going to go with the same size tires front and rear on the Mach 1, the width of the small tires is marginal to the width of the rear fats and the chassis will hold the fats on the front as well....so hopefully in theory this Mach 1 should be a good closer.

  Hot Wheels Matchbox diecast cars

LeagueofSpeed
It works for the Speed Bump FTE...that was the inspiration for the change.

All metal 80 Corvette...going to strip the paint and go gloss black and put an FTE package off a Maserati MC12 whose body style just isn't indicative to speed most of the time.

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This 69 Dodge Charger 500 will be getting the CS package off this CS 77 Dodge Custom Van...and some weight.

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All metal stock Mach 1 and all metal modified Mach 1...weight and graphite is next...going to class it at 65g 

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LeagueofSpeed
It weighs in at 65.2g...the Graphite Bay is next

So far...so good with the Mach 1, it beat the test car it lost to before graphite...now 100 runs to season it and then back to the Graphite Bay it goes.

My Property Manager loves to hit garage sales and he'll bring me a box of absolute beaters from time to time, most are complete drek and there racing days well behind them and more suited for a diorama junkyard, however, you can find one now and then that could be revitalized by modification...hence this 1982 casting of a 1979 Z28 Camaro...had to get the Rollback out for this project.

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LeagueofSpeed
Found some FTE's that will fit it...going to class it at 57g
LeagueofSpeed
I'm confused as to why they put a construction type tire on a Camaro

The 69 Hotchkis Camaro is getting faster...it has more seasoning runs before more graphite, but it is improving.

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LeagueofSpeed
classed at 57g

The 80's Corvette in all black

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LeagueofSpeed
56.7g...Shadow Vette

Don't know what kind of Racer it will end up being, but it was fun bringing it back to life...hopefully life in the fast lane.

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...definitely faster than it was when it came off the assembly line 35 years ago without construction type tires on it!!!

LeagueofSpeed
Got it up to 55g (54.9 to be exact)

This 1970 Chevelle SS will be getting the FTE package off the SS convertible...some weight and a new paint job...going to do the Corvette Stingray pictured above first ...but the Chevelle is in the pipeline.

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Mopar_Mafia
I predict that LO$ will be the next race grooves.....
LeagueofSpeed
ha...don't know about that one.

Got the Stingray stripped and painted...finish it up over the weekend.

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LeagueofSpeed
...thinking of calling her...Frost Raven.

Frost Raven...most likely going to class at 57g 

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LeagueofSpeed
56.7g

Got the wheels sanded and the CS package out of the 77 Dodge Van and the 69 Dodge Charger 500 ready for the upgrade.

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This Mystery Pack Chrysler 300 will be getting the CS package off this CS Fire Eater...good wide stance on the 300 and it's got a metal chassis...Redlines will look good as well


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The 69 Dodge Charger 500 

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LeagueofSpeed
Classed the Charger at 57g and it has moved into the top 4 of the top 8 Mods for the upcoming American Muscle race

I need the metal base off the red Mach 1...the FTE package off the Chevelle SS and put the green Mach 1 body on top.



Hot Wheels Matchbox diecast cars

Needed to find a casting that took smaller wheels...this 68 Shelby GT500 fit the bill.

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LJLRC is running a no fenders race in November... Built this for it

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72_Chevy_C10
Cool...I'll have mine ready for that race this weekend
LeagueofSpeed
sweet...love the 5 dot

The Mid Drift will supply the rears and the Ferrari California the fronts...the Olds 442 and Herbie will be getting FTE packages and weight.

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LeagueofSpeed
...plus polished and set axels and graphite:)

Got the Olds 442 done...been wanting to modify that car for awhile now.

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LeagueofSpeed
Classed at 59.5g
Mopar_Mafia
after the race is over I want to buy that car
LeagueofSpeed
It's the best Olds 442 casting I've ever seen...one man's opinion
Mopar_Mafia
I second that opinion......

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The finished Shaker for the RI race next month

LeagueofSpeed
pretty work C10...good luck to you and TE
fordman
yup

Stepping out of my comfort zone and modifying a Speed Slayer...had to cut the interior/engine into 3 parts in order to add weight..it's getting the FTE package off a Honda Civic SI...hoping to make a decent racer when all is said and done.

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LeagueofSpeed
nice little center cubby hole for some weight

The over - night set with JB Weld instead of JB Quick...fun doing a different type of casting.

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Speed Slayer with FTE package and weight 

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Traction-Event
built for what race? looks good
LeagueofSpeed
possibly Open Modified for November @@ CC Rider's

Custom 77 Dodge Van for the Heavy Weight Downhill Dash 

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Traction-Event
tipping the scales at???
LeagueofSpeed
96.7g

Ferrari Testarossa Gold Medal Speed...decent stock car, but the Gold Medal Speed models with the wire lace wheels tend to be the superior racers in that line...so going to modify it a little and see it will become nasty.

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LeagueofSpeed
this one has the gold disc wheels
LeagueofSpeed
...or Ultra Hot wheels

I've got a question on sanding wheels. Does anyone have trouble with the wheels getting too loose from sanding in circles or am I doing it incorrectly? Thanks

Traction-Event
I find that less is more when it comes to wheel sanding... less pressure, let the paper do the work

Thanks TE. I didn't think that I was using too much downforce but apparently I must be. I start incrementally at 600 and go to 2500. There seems to be a lot of friction when sanding using the ovals, so I started using graphite on the wheels/axles during the sanding to reduce the friction. Sometimes sanded wheels end up being slower than stock wheels so I guess I haven't figured it out yet.

I sand with the axels still in the chassis as well, but I do it by hand slowly with 400 grit and finish with 800 grit. I'd have to post a video to truly show...and I will, but the method is based on Fine Finish Woodworking and it does the job...a wheel is not done until the wobble is gone.

Mopar_Mafia
I look forward to that. I have been sanding them in the donor chassis
Mopar_Mafia
thanks

I'm glad this subject has come up! I've been messing around with a little different technique...I'll start a thread on it. I spin the wheels with a dremel and wet stand them. I'm liking the results so far. I'll be around today, so I might be able to work on my Byway man and put up some pics.

Mopar_Mafia
I look forward to that too.
Mopar_Mafia
thanks

Just got more polishing disc in the nick of time...my last one was played.

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Also, I had to break out the little space heater in the garage...little chilly down here now.

...time to finish up my Muscle Trucks!!!

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Yup, only 7 good wheels in this picture...but, lots of good axles :)

Traction-Event
been there, too often... how's your stock of 300C's?
72_Chevy_C10
The 300's are still out there...I usually buy 4-6 at a time and cherry pick the best...these are the leftovers

Got the MB 56 Ford in the jig...getting jiggy with it!!!!

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These are all built for the crucible that is LJLRC... December mail in race , convertibles, and roadsters

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Mcjiggles9
Hey couldn't you send me a link for this racing league?
72_Chevy_C10
If you are on Facebook, just do a search for LJLRC Modified Racing...it's on that page
72_Chevy_C10
Oh, okay, sure TE...now I have to find some convertibles to modify! :)

I'm lining up the Mods I want to start the year off with, and the Speed Slayer was a good start for me in stepping out of my comfort zone, overall I'm pleased with the progress I made in my rookie year on the Modified Circuit. There is definite room for improvement and really looking forward to doing this casting my Daughter aka Speed Force racing picked out last time we were bin diving at Walmart....the El Viento, her words...."Dad this one looks like it would be a good modding platform"....gotta love it and now I owe it to her to make a fast one!!!      

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LeagueofSpeed
She wants to keep the purple tires on one of them...the other will get an FTE upgrade

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I'm looking forward to this one for the Flying Colors race. I modified Gold Roses Dodger years ago, but never an original purple one :)

LeagueofSpeed
if you got that one off ebay...I was watching it too
LeagueofSpeed
plastic chrome base?
72_Chevy_C10
Yup


I haven't starting modding it yet...

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But, this is what I'm.talking about for the Crew Chief Challenge 4...Haulers and Hot Rods! Coming in March!

Cool looking stuff!!! I've got to get back in the workshop this weekend and start prepping for the January racing calender.

May the Quest for Speed be successful to all...see you in the Fast Lane in 2018!!!

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I'm not modding these, but they are pretty darned cool. These are by Greenlight...'68 C10 with the little Airstream...and, oh course, a 2nd Gen Javelin!

Both Greenlight and M2 are doing such nice models anymore.  If I'm not completely exhausted by Toy Fair (which, I usually am), it would be fun to go in and talk to those guys...and see what they ga c e coming out in 2018!

May the Force be with Me 

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Got the donor cars picked out..time to drill the rivets.

Traction-Event
both good choices, Vader

It hasn't gotten above freezing here for a week now and the space heater in the garage just can't keep up, so with the Lady of Speed's blessing...the workshop and the Dining Room table have merged.

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LeagueofSpeed
Nice little blanket of snow on the ground today
LeagueofSpeed
I will have to polish the axels in the garage still but that's okay
Mopar_Mafia
That's awesome L0$ because it is too friggin cold to do anything

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I found this abandoned project in my desk drawer....'41 Willies Coupe body on a Neet Strweer chassis. Pretty cool Hot Rod, for the Crew Chief Challenge race 

Spending some time down at the FTE Donor Farm...checking axle lengths and logging them for future FTE package swaps.

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Again, I'm not modding these, but these 50th anniversary Camaros are pretty cool. Picked these up this morning

I've gotten Vader up from 34g Stock to 48.2g currently...still got a few pockets of space to work with...Lord Vader will be getting the front axel/FTE from a 2005 Viper casting and the rear axel/FTE from a 2001 Engineering Edonis...both sets have had the wheels sanded to competition level...polish the axels and set the body tomorrow. You don't know the Power of the Dark Side!!!

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This Modified Trim Trk was competitive last year in the Open Modified Division at CC Rider's...scoring points each time I raced it, but at 45g was giving up some weight in a 57g class...so added 10g and sanded it's wheels...now some runs and re-graphite and ship it back out to Utah.

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LeagueofSpeed
If I can tweak out just a little more speed...results should be good

Speed testing Lord Vader before graphite and it's looking good so far.

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LeagueofSpeed
It took out my Dodge from the Muscle Trucks without any graphite

Toothpicks...still my favorite way to set end play

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Got the Shoebox tore down and the FTE package is set to have the wheels sanded.

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Got caught up on current race projects before a Saturday of graphite and speed testing to spend some time on some future projects...hopefully a dynamic duo sometime this year.

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LeagueofSpeed
Lakester will be modified as is and 71 Charger Torpedo will get a FTE package
LeagueofSpeed
Measured the Charger for it's upgrade and sanding the Lakesters wheels before drilling the rivets

Getting the '15 Custom Mustang ready for Bootleg Run...34g Stock so going to add 10-11g and install it's FTE package.

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Mopar_Mafia
I think I have this in yellow paint scheme
Traction-Event
yup, great casting
LeagueofSpeed
Most likely going to move it up to 57g class after Bootleg Run
Mopar_Mafia
Orange monster?
LeagueofSpeed
It might make that team...that's going to be a December race
LeagueofSpeed
If it's got some potential...bump it up for Open Modified at CC Rider's

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