WIP: BHP pro mod 99 mustang

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04-28-2005, 10:34 PM
This is my first post here in the motorsports forum. This idea came to me a couple weeks ago. I had this 99 Mustang Cobra body sitting around from the kit bash for my 69 mach 1. I was reading my latest Hot Rod magazine, and saw a 69 Camaro Pro Mod. well this is when it hit me. I've got the body in primer, filled the cowl panel and i am working on the rear wing and supports at the moment. I've only got a picture of the body mocked up on wheels and tires. Give me your input. As for the Title, BHP stands for Butler High Performance. I'm going to see about having someone print up some sort of BHP decal for the car somewhere. anyone got any ideas of someone to contact? BHP is an entity that i created in my head, i've always been interested in High Performance vehicles, and if i were to have my own high performance shop that is what i would call it. As for the engine and drive train. I have kits on the way that i won from ebay...if the guy has sent them yet, it has been 10 days and still no word.


04-28-2005, 11:33 PM
you should turbo the cobra motor! mean! looks awsome man ill be watching this!

04-29-2005, 12:13 AM
i thought about turbo. but i think im going with a SC Funny Car motor. i want a big CF blower hat sticking out of the hood

04-29-2005, 09:24 AM
looks good. are u going to scratch your tube chassie or are you kit bashing another one?

04-29-2005, 11:41 AM
not sure yet. if i can find some pictures of just a pro mod chassis, i might scratch build it. i enjoy building everything from the ground up. like that chassis for the 57 vette in my sig.

05-02-2005, 10:11 PM
some updates. i got the rear wing and supports done.



05-03-2005, 02:24 PM
a little more. im working on the hood. as you can see im making a "deflector" for the blower. i used strips of .020 styrene to make a skeleton and i'll fill in between with putty, so i make sure i get the look and shape im looking for. as for the body, i got paint on it. but i forgot I need cut outs for the headers. i'll have to take care of that later and lay some more paint. enjoy



05-03-2005, 02:31 PM
looks awesome so far.

05-03-2005, 03:20 PM
great job so far!

05-03-2005, 05:19 PM
Looks good so far. Cool project. Might I suggest trying to use styrene sheet instead of putty for the hood?

05-03-2005, 10:45 PM
well, i've already started slapping putty on there. lol. my styrene skills have yet to advance that far.

05-04-2005, 07:12 PM
Hey, my styrene skills were shady at first. The best thing to do is by a cheap kit and just start building with styrene. Its good practice. Just a tip for the next build. Cant wait to see more.

05-04-2005, 08:20 PM
thanks mike. i'll take that into consideration. your tip on the brass rod for my street rod rame really paid off. thanks for the help

05-04-2005, 10:31 PM

This looks like it is going to be freaking awsome!!! I wonder why Kat hasn't commented yet. lol. Keep up the awsome work!

Frank X.

05-04-2005, 10:53 PM
i dont know if she spends much time in the motorsports forum. i've got a list of builds lined up!!! i've got 3 Dale Sr. wrangler cars on teh way. i've got some progress for you guys. the body shop took the day off and i've had the chassis shop workin over time, gave the engine guys a little project too.

chassis. i spent a lot of time fitting the wheel wells. got started on the rear end housing. The rear end will be SOLIDLY mounted to the roll cage. much like a funny car. I also got the trans/drive shaft tunner marked off. i've been searching for some pro mod chassis pics. need to know what the base looks like. imight just have to wing it. the base will be attached to the bottom of the interior plate shown. and then the cage will be attached to teh top. so that it is sandwiched between the two parts


this is the driver side header. I decided i didn't want zoomies. so i wouldn't have to cut holes in the side of my nice painted body. so i opted for some shorties. they are constructed out of solid wire solder. probably about 1/16 inch diamter. maybe slightly larger, and they terminate into a peice of 1/4 inch aluminum tubing. the primaries were then sanded to make it appear that they flowed smoothly into the collector. next is to pull them off of the block and make a flange, and then duplicate for the other side. let me know if you think that they are too large. the primaries are the same size, as the zoomies that came in the funny car kit, so i think they are relatively in scale.

comments and criticism very welcome at this point. and if anyone has any pics of pro mod chassis' please e-mail them to me at r_d_butler@sbcglobal.net thank you

05-05-2005, 01:30 AM
Header's look right. Nice work on the chassis, looks like it's going to be a killer stang! If I find any chassis pics for a Pro Mod I'll let you know.

05-05-2005, 08:58 PM
Wow....I'm not usually a fan of Mustangs but this is lookin' SWEET! I love those headers....nice n' loud.

05-09-2005, 01:02 AM
i've been working quite diligently on this one. even tho it doesn't seem like i've mad a ton of progress. I got the tranny tunnel done, the rear end housing fitted, and working on the dash/firewall and the front of the frame. i've got some pics. the stance is how i intend for it to sit. the sanding/fitting/and finish work is what is taking the longest. but hopefully it pays off in the long run. my tamiya clear yellow came in the other day so im thinking about repainting the motor, cause that gold just seems a little too much. the only kit parts used thus far is the body, which includes the rear wing and the deflector on the hood, hood is awaiting paint until i get some dzus fasteners. the rear end, the front a-arms, wheels and tires, and the engine, custom built headers, will add either resin or turned aluminum pullies and full plumbing. stay tuned for more

here are the pics. comments and criticism are encouraged




05-09-2005, 11:27 AM
Looks very promessing!

05-09-2005, 08:31 PM
your putting a lot of work into it, and it shows, spectacular

05-09-2005, 11:54 PM
well the chassis shop has been working over time and we now have a roller!!


05-10-2005, 05:53 PM
Lookin' good man, keep on it!

05-11-2005, 12:32 AM
Thats So Fully Sik!

05-16-2005, 11:04 AM
i've got some work done to the roll cage. i've also been working on some magneto's no pics yet though



05-16-2005, 11:51 AM
Looks good!

05-18-2005, 01:25 PM
no body care to comment on this one? lol. i've gotten some more work done. the motor mounts are in. tires are detailed. most of the interior tub fabrication is done. rear end is mounted, i've started building the magneto's. need to pick up some wire before i can go any further with them. i've got a long way to go on this one still. but here are some pictures. let me know what you think.



i wish i had a better digi cam. these pics are just too blurry. when i shoot the car for the finished thread, i'll break out my 35mm its got macro atleast. im waiting on seat belt hardware, quickturn fasteners, and my blower hat before there will be much more progress. thanks for looking. comments and criticism are encouraged, thats what keeps me motivated

05-18-2005, 02:04 PM
its hard to see in the pictures. but there are fuel lines, the blower blast blanket. and the diaper. the blast blanket and diaper were made from cloth tape, painted with flat black acrylic

05-18-2005, 02:13 PM
I cant wait to see this thing finished, so I can see the detail through clear pictures.

05-18-2005, 03:18 PM
roflmao. you and all the rest.

05-18-2005, 03:47 PM
This thing is lookin sweet. That chassis is looking tight.

05-18-2005, 04:10 PM
Man I gotta tell you, love the car and the motor but HATE your pics. You need more light, in focus pictures with close up on detail. Thats how we all learn from each other.

Please take better, bigger lighter pictures.

05-18-2005, 04:53 PM
i'll see what i can do on the lighting. my camera is the kodak cx7300. there is no macro setting. so the little details dont show up all that well. i'll see what i can do about the pics. thanks for the tips.....oh on another note. i've been watching the drag racing mags and searching the internet but i can't seem to find decent pictures of the interior of a pro mod. mainly the electronics and how they are mounted. anyone who can provide pics would be a great help. and also does anyone know where the brake booster is located?

05-22-2005, 05:13 PM
does anyone happen to have any good interior shots showing the electronics on the pass floorboard of a pro mod?

05-24-2005, 10:52 AM
here is a quick little update. i got the hat yesterday, its been carbon fiber'd. there is a blurry shot of the motor, and one of it in the car. hopefully i will soon have some resin pullies and a belt from perry's resin, as well as a fuel cell and battery box



05-24-2005, 11:32 AM
That thing is lookin serious. Cant wait to see more.

05-24-2005, 08:52 PM
Veryyy Cooollllll!!

05-26-2005, 03:19 PM
hey this is looking real nice. Are you running dry sump on it? Here is a picture dont know if it will help. Good Luck!

05-26-2005, 03:19 PM
Also where did you get the motor?

05-26-2005, 04:35 PM
thanks for that picture...it is friggin awesome. lol. it shows that my cage, as with the other pictures i have, is a little off. mine doesn't have the "funny car" style cage. i keep looking but can't seem to find a resin "lenco" transmission. not sure that i want to tackle redoing the WHOLE cage to make it that accurate. this also shows that i dont need the tranny tunnel that i made. but oh well. do you happen to have any pictures showing the electronics? as for the motor, it came from the revell mobil one dragster. I would recommend anyone wanting to harvest a donovan type drag motor, to get it from a top fuel kit. as the detail is much better than on the funny car kits, especially in the front cover, the valve covers and the intake manifold. i've got all of my air lines plumbed, minus the ones that go to the back of the blower. im waiting on my hex rod to show up so i can start making fittings, that should be in early part of next week. i also ordered a fuel cell and a battery box from perry's resin that will go in the "trunk" area. got a lot of plumbing to do on this one yet. stay tuned. i'll try and get some pics up of the motor later on tonight.

05-26-2005, 05:53 PM
i keep looking but can't seem to find a resin "lenco" transmission.


I've gotten both 4-speed and the 3-speed kit and reccomend them both...

nice car btw...

05-26-2005, 08:11 PM
awesome. i will be purchasing that. lol. thanks for the link. i've been to that site but seem to have missed them.

05-28-2005, 12:56 AM
a quick pictureless update. i visited the Top End Miniatures site...and well. i love the lenco transmissions. so i am waiting for my e-bay auction to end. and i am going to order one of the 3 speed kits. well, make that 2 three speed kits, 1 fab 9 housing, and 1 camaro pro mod body. lol. should start work on this one again early next week. once my hex rod finally arrives. keep the comments coming

05-28-2005, 06:03 AM
Looks good dude. But try to take better pictures... Itís hard to see the nice car. Take pictures from a longer distance and then cut them down in Photoshop or similar. Then you can get the object in focus. As your pictures are right now you have the focus behind the object. Keep it up!

05-28-2005, 11:42 AM
thanks for that tip. one of my problems is that my with my digi, i can't adjust the focus.....but i'll try taking htem from further away

06-06-2005, 11:10 PM
i was taking pictures of the viper diorama i just completed and needed to finish off the roll. so here are some good in progress shots for you guys. let me know what you think so far....lots of fittings and braided line to go yet. for the braided line i am using some elastic chord i got at michaels. it serves its purpose and looks decent, i've sunk enough into this with resin peices and brass rod, i needed to spare some expense somewhere.





06-06-2005, 11:23 PM
Looking very very nice!!! cant wait to see it complete!


06-07-2005, 09:05 AM
looks sick man!

06-14-2005, 11:57 PM
anyone got any fuel cell pictures. plumbing and such

06-15-2005, 05:44 AM
looking good man!!

anyone got any fuel cell pictures. plumbing and such

here you go




06-15-2005, 10:12 AM
thanks james. that helped me figure mine out. it is a different style. but i got it. i've got the filler cap at the front, the center portion which is the sending unit, and then at the rear a place for the line. thanks

06-15-2005, 12:27 PM
I some questions : What material do you use for roll-cage, am I right when I say it's wire ? And when it's wire how much is it diam ? :)

06-15-2005, 12:56 PM
its not wire. it is brass rod. the diameter is 1/16. the reason i use brass is because it can be soldered together

06-15-2005, 11:21 PM
ok. after spending the last half hour resizing and rotating pictures i've got quite an update for you guys. lets see. where to start. hmm. I got the roll cage padding done. it was done with some, vinyl? beading chord. and the ties are monofilament fishing line. the seat, its a kit peice from a revell dragster. nothing special. just detailed it by painting the harness red and the hardware silver. the pedals are flattened and textured solder, the steering wheel is from a revell funny car. the guages that are in the dash are aluminum tubing. no guage faces tho. when they are in the car you can't tell anyway. the switches are straight pins. the tach will be moved and hung from the roll cage. the switch panel is styrene card, with, again, straight pins for switches. down in the passenger floor board, i have a scratchbuilt data acquisition unit, and my MSD box from bestresin.com. i know. it should be a pro mag 44 box, but oh well. the battery box is from perry's resin, as is the fuel cell. all of my braided line is simply elastic chord, got that tip from bad scale racing, it makes a convincing replication. as for the motor, i used a motor out of a camaro pro mod i had in my hot rod magazine for all of the plumbing. well on to the pictures. let me know what you guys think. ALL comments and criticism are welcome













and i saved my favorite one for last.....pullin the wheels!

06-15-2005, 11:33 PM
Pretty nice I finaly found my 51 chevy body and am building a pro mod to. Good luck with it and have fun....

06-15-2005, 11:35 PM
can't wait to see some progress.

06-15-2005, 11:59 PM
That hat big enough? You're going to be sucking in audience members. Awesome looking project. On the 3rd outside pic, is that a blue torino I spot in the background, or is it something else?

06-16-2005, 12:06 AM
didn't realize that was in the pic. lol. thats my 67 GTX it is done two tone, in blue and light drift wood. it will be shown completed. along with my girlfriends mopar build. kind of a his and hers. im waiting on a hood, firewall, and core support from revell before i can finish it. im the worlds worst at losing parts

06-16-2005, 12:09 AM
...im the worlds worst at losing parts

Hear you on that. I didn't even get the metal parts in my Integra kit from Revell, and I still havent orderd. That's practically all the models missing besides clear, cut, polish, and glass.

Can't wait to see some updates.

06-16-2005, 07:53 AM
This one is coming along really well. Keep it up.

06-16-2005, 12:11 PM
This is awesome!! Keep up the great work!!:)

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