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Old 04-21-2018, 08:35 AM   #1
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'70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

Building Dan Gurney's car from the 1/25 scale Revell Hemi Cuda. The lime green parts come from the 1/24 scale Monogram AAR Cuda. Air cleaner from the '66 Revell Shelby GT350. Intake manifold from the AMT '70 Duster. Scratch built the headers and cross over oil tube.






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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

They acid dipped the bodies to reduce weight but as a consequence also reduced rigidity. Therefore they added a lot of reinforcing starting with the elaborate roll cage.







The reinforcing continued under the car by adding a cross brace.

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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

Looking great so far! I would like to do this car as well sometime in the future but don't know that I have the skills or patience to take it to this level. Will definitely be following!

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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

Thanks Mike.
Reshaped the hood to fit:


Add the rear spoiler and fabricated a fuel filler.


Scratch built the front air dam.
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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

Wheels are the excellent 15" Minilites from Fireball Modelworks. Tires are the Good-Year Sports Car Specials that have been issued in numerous kits with some sidewall lettering removed.

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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

Fuel cell:



Recess in inner fender and oil cooler:



Re-positioned battery and over flow tank.


All together:
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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

Engine painted:



Dump pipes:


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Finished chassis:
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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

Really great build afxracing!!! I love the details you put in this car!
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Thanks corrrado.

Some final assembly:






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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

Finished. New decal set by Power Slide.





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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

I really love this subject and the modifications you put into it ! Very inspiring... Is a Dodge Charger part of your plans too ?
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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

Thanks Chris. If I could find a MPC '70 Challenger body for a fair price I would like to do Sam Posey's ride but no luck to date in acquiring one.

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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

I agree, very inspiring and motivating job. I loved those spaceframe roll cage so clean, and your dry fitting test are a pleasure for eyes, great.
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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

Looks sweet! And build speed is astonishing!
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Re: '70 AAR Cuda Trans-Am

Thank you for the comments. The actual build took about 6-months and was completed a few weeks ago. Wanted to share it here as a WIP thread so you could see the added detail more clearly.
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