The Silver Slipper A/Fuel Dragster Jun 15, 2015 0:10:42 GMT -5
Post by Bernard Kron on Jun 15, 2015 0:10:42 GMT -5
The Silver Slipper A/Fuel Dragster
This project was inspired by an aftermarket part and was largely an exercise in using aftermarket parts to enhance a basic kit build and, hopefully, create something different and more unique than the basic kit offered. The inspiration part was a set of Enderle fuel injectors from Speed City Resin. Designed for a big block Chevy, I decided to use an MPC Ramchargers dragster kit (my favorite FED digger kit), combined with a resin replica of the Western Mfg. Special dragster from the mid 60’s. I only used the rear shell, combining it with the nose and engine side panels from the Ramchargers kit. The Enderle injectors and the Big Block determined that it would be an A/Fuel dragster from around 1964. Given the period and type of dragster I chose to build a “show ‘n’ go” rail, one designed to be competitive on the strip but also with paint and full bodywork to compete at the custom car shows. This provided the perfect excuse to experiment with home-made large area decals to imitate a period fogged paint job of candy purple over metalflake silver – hence the name Silver Slipper. If it’s not listed below it came out of the MPC kit, but close to half the build was aftermarket.
Chassis and Suspension: MPC Ramchargers Dragster. Steering converted to external tie rod design.
Motor: Big Block Chevy from VCG resins. Enderle Fuel Injectors from Speed City Resin Models. Hilborn fuel injector pump from Altered States Models. Valve Covers and oil pan from AMT ’37 Chevrolet kit. Cirello/Schiefer "Frankenstein" magneto from The Parts Box with pre-wired cap courtesy of Morgan Automotive Detail. Drive train from MPC Ramchargers kit.
Bodywork: Tom “The Tinman” Hanna style rear bodywork courtesy of Altered State Models (Western Manufacturing Special). Engine Side panels and nose from MPC Ramchargers kit.
Tires and Wheels: Photo-etch wire wheels and 18” Good year motorcycle tires from Replicas & Miniatures Co. of Maryland. MPC Ramchchargers kit rear slicks and mags.
Paint: Homemade purple candy fogged decals over Duplicolor Metalcast base metalflake silver paint, sealed with Duplicolor Clear.