Perhaps some of you guys might enjoy hearing about some of the techniques and things learned while building Shemp's race car. The body which was originally a NASCAR stocker was chosen to accommodate the large decals. The NASCAR look just wouldn't do at a Nitro Slots race event, so the body had to be deNASCARed. Roof rails and vents had to go. So did the windshield and rear glass braces and window net molded into the glass.
The window braces were raised, so I carefully filed them smooth with the glass surface. Then wet sanded with progressively finer grit sandpaper, ending with 2000. Next it was polished using Maguire's clear plastic polish. Finally the driver and passenger side windows were cut out.
One thing I wanted to do was tint the glass but the experiments attempted did not produce satisfactory results. "Night Shades" taillight tint went on too blotchy. The candy colored lacquers, that you've seen on several of my cars, crazed the plastic. Fortunately I only tested them on an area that will never be seen.
This was a fun body to make. It's getting to the point where I'm enjoying doing the bodies as much or more than trying to get speed out of the cars.
Here are a few pics of the Stooge car and a stock Monte Carlo body.
You've got the customizing fever and I'm happy to tell you......there is no cure! I personally like to hear about the tips...techniques...trials..and tribulations of customizing. I think it inspiring to other members including myself. The Carolina Crusher was a Best in Show here at Bear Creek, so you are putting out some top shelf customs. It's a trick to have a car that is fast and looks good. A lot of the things that are done aesthetically aren't always associated with speed. Lowering...narrowing...heavy custom bodies...etc. Keep posting.
Last Edit: Nov 21, 2019 17:51:50 GMT -7 by jjwallace