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#1 dc-65x

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 04:37 PM

I recently acquired the book by Alex Gaggard, "Ford Total Performance - The Road to World Racing Domination, 1962 - 1970"
 
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Here is the introduction to the book that explains the era much better than I can:
 
“The great legacy of Ford Motor Company’s foray into world class racing was known as the “The Total Performance” era, and it remains as one of America’s highest achievements in the international arena of motorsports. No other car manufacturer, before or since, has undertaken such a massive corporate program like the one Ford launched in the early ‘60’s to complete in every major motorsports venue in the world. No other make can lay claim to even a fraction of the success that Ford had, from high speed rallies to the Indianapolis 500; from Formula-1 to endurance racing; from road racing to stock car and drag racing. “Total Performance” was Ford’s corporate motto, expressed as “engineering excellence demonstrated in the heat of competition”. By the end of the decade, Ford had won everything there was to win.”
 
That’s quite an amazing variety of racing as pictured in period magazine ads below:

 

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Let’s see, let’s not forget “high speed rallies”……….
 
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………and the winningest engine in Formula 1 history:
 
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All this got me to reminiscing about my “yute” in Southern California. I grew up totally car crazy in the 60’s when this was all going on. I attended many a road race at Riverside International Raceway; SCCA regionals, CanAm, TransAm and NASCAR. I spent a lot of time at the drag races at Irwindale Raceway. I was even lucky enough to tour the Shelby American facility at the peak of their success.
 
Hmmmmmmmmm…………..seems like it’s time for a slot car salute to the era and a good excuse to build some neato slot cars!
 
Rodney and I are going to use Ford Total Performance as a building theme not because it's Ford (we like all performance cars) but because it covers virtually every type of auto racing there was in our favorite "Golden Era of Racing 1962 - 1970".
 
My thinking on the type of cars we build is very broad, 1/32 or 1/24 scale and any body type (fiberglass, wood, model kit, resin, clear plastic - vintage or repop). We’re going to use vintage motors and chassis or scratch built chassis designs of the period, 1962 - 1970.
 
I’ll post our builds separately and preface the title of the build with, "Total Performance". For example, "Total Performance - Cobra Daytona Coupe" will be the first post of Rodney’s first build for this topic.

 
My first build will be, "Total Performance - Cobra 289 Racer".

At the beginning of each new build thread I'll put a link to this "Total Performance Era" description thread and the picture of the book’s cover that really says it all:
 
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Okie Dokie, time for us to start building and posting……..not just Rodney and me but everyone is invited to share your 1962 to 1970 Ford racers. Post pictures of your vintage racers here. Please keep it vintage though, no Pama motors, pink gears or ProTrack wheels and tires.


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:46 PM

This is gonna be cool! I'm about 10 yrs. younger than you Rick, but I remember my dad's '63 Marauder w/ a 390, and he had the 1st Cougar in town, '67 with a "Dan Gurney Special" engine package...actually, I think it was just a dealer installed chrome dress-up kit, but to a 7 year old, it was awesome!  My dad was a Ford / Mercury man, and so am I...my 1st car was a '69 Mach 1...still have it.

 

Looking fwd. to the cars youze guys build!

 

Wish I still had my '65 2+2 Mustang...the '68 Cyclone fastback...the '69 Torino GT...sheesh...(sellers remorse all these years later... :dash2:  :laugh2: )


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:58 PM

:popcorm1: Build on Rick & Rodney :good: Some serious machinery from that period in 1:1 and a golden era for slots...



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:12 PM

The rail will be a bastard through the dead man. :laugh2:   

 

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:19 PM

:laugh2:  Hey John, what kind of jig will you use for the "rail" chassis ?  :laugh2:

 

Rick, have you driven a Ford lately ?  :)


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:39 PM

 

Rick, have you driven a Ford lately ?  :)

 

When it's not raining and it's POURING in Western Oregon right now! :laugh2:
 

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:46 PM

That is a bad to the bone Ford, Rick :good:

 

The law in Oregon is, if you have a rifle rack in your vehicle, you must have a fishing rod on the top rung, and an umbrella on the bottom rung :laugh2:   But I think you can get a waiver for the Mustang :crazy:


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:43 PM

Actually Pablo I think this is what's needed here, my Jeep Wrangler Rubicon:

 

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Jeeps are everywhere here and you can load them with rifles and fishing rods in any order you please. :crazy:

 

I should probably get rid of the Mustang but when the sun is out it's really fun and those Flowmasters sound so good. :D


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:54 PM

You would regret it for a long time.


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:58 PM

Don't get rid of the Mustang ! :good: :D



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:12 PM

Rick, X-pipe too?

 

All great machines in the centerfold above :shok:  .... Gas Ronda is the best name of them all.

 

Semi-Hemi..lol

 

We had a local guy named Nate Cohen, everyone called him "Crazy" .. he ran a factory 64 Thunderbolt in SS ... the name of his car and SpeedShop was..."Nazy Crate" what a character, great car. Always kept us laughing.

 

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:38 PM

Bob,

 My neighbor Bob Hurley always talks of Nate, they were good friends. Bob ran a '55 or '56 T-Bird in Modifed/Sports class at the

OLD BRIDGE drags back in the day...


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 10:23 PM

Bob,

 My neighbor Bob Hurley always talks of Nate, they were good friends. Bob ran a '55 or '56 T-Bird in Modifed/Sports class at the

OLD BRIDGE drags back in the day...

 

Was that T-Bird like a maroon/dark cherry color, if so I remember it.

 

Hurley had a pond too ... no?   lol


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:20 AM

I've already started on my car Rick. (Total Performance) 
Just not ready to start a thread till I get further along.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 08:50 AM

There are some real greats in that picture.  Jerry Titus, Peter Revson, "Fast" Freddie Lorenzon, Mario Andretti of course, Tom McEwen, Connie "Bounty Hunter" Kalitta,  A.J. Foyt in his champ car, a virtual who's who of racing back in the day when Ford was out to be the most recognized name in racing, and they pretty much were.

 

I can remember back during that time the 427 Ford Fairlanes that were running A/Stock class in NHRA.  They were build solely to compete against the Hemi Powered cars of they day and they held their own and then some. Very lightweight, very trick, tons of horsepower,  and launched like monsters off the line.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 09:41 AM

 

Was that T-Bird like a maroon/dark cherry color, if so I remember it.

 

Hurley had a pond too ... no?   lol

Bob

 

 It was white with a black roof...I've been trying to get photos for a good while now with no luck.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:06 AM

I grew up a huge fan of racing in general and Ford racing in particular. I will never forget when I was 14 riding home from a race at Parma raceways on the Ohio turnpike and hearing the news on the radio that Ford was pulling out of racing having accomplished all they had set out to do. The announcer went on to describe Fords domination of racing for a decade. The news hit me like a ton of bricks, luckily for us Ford fans racers like the Wood brothers, Holman Moody, Pete Robinson, Don Nicholson,  Dan Gurney, and AJ Foyt continued on with the blue oval. And for those local to the Detroit/Toledo area Joy Fair winning just about everything in his lone Mustang against the hundreds of Camaros on the short tracks always gave us ford guys a thrill.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:32 AM

I'm glad you guys are enjoying the pictures.......fabulous cars all.  :sun_bespectacled:

 

I've already started on my car Rick. (Total Performance) 
Just not ready to start a thread till I get further along.

 

That's great Jairus. I can't wait to see it. :victory:

 

I've got Rodney's build pictures and text to put together into a post. Then I'll post my first build. :dance3: I track tested and tuned it yesterday and it runs great. Now I've got to, gulp, paint it! :o I just ordered some Tamiya Spray Lacquer TS-85 Bright Mica Red from Tower Hobby and the "Korrect" decals from Patto's............Onward!


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:49 AM

Rick,

 

Do you have an X-pipe on (under) the Mustang to hum along with the Flowmasters?

 

I'm doing a refurb on a Metallic Gold Cobra Daytona ... any suggestions on decals and wheels... please.

 

 

Pete L.,

Was the T-Bird a black rag top? If not...then I Don't remember it..lol.

Next time I go through my 'Raceway' photos I'll look for a white M/P Bird.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 01:45 PM

I edited post number 1 with the following:

 

 

Okie Dokie, time for us to start building and posting……..not just Rodney and me but everyone is invited to share your 1962 to 1970 Ford racers. Post pictures of your vintage racers here. Please keep it vintage though, no Pama motors, pink gears or ProTrack wheels and tires.

 

Rodney has a Ford GT and Lola Ford GT to share:

 

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Share pictures if you got um guys! :)
 


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 02:16 PM

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Lotus Gurney Indy car ~ Scratchbuilt.

 

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GT 40 MkII ~ Cox replica


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:17 PM

Now that's "Total Performance"!  Thanks for sharing the cool cars Jairus :good:


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:31 PM

:heart:  Thanks Jairus, stunning !!


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:42 PM

You know.... I don't think you guys have ever seen the GT40.  I fiinished that one few years ago... right about the time Pdl put me on restriction. I posted a thread on Slot Forum but never got around to a thread here.

Tell you what, soon as I get home I'll start a "Total Performance" thread just for the GT40 MkII build.


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 05:47 AM

J, I don't remember seeing the Gurney Indy car either. Is there a thread on it somewhere?

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 10:34 AM

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That was one of the first I built for Chris Clark. The level of scale detailing started with this car in 2008.
Unfortunately many of Chris' photos have disappeared.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 04:59 PM

A new entry from Rodney:

 

Monogram 427 Cobra.  Patina paint.  Ulrich full suspension chassis.  Pittman powered.
Took quite a bit of work to get the front suspension to line up.
 
Next up Rick's Ford MKII returns.
 
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:03 PM

Nice Cobra :D :good: How does the Ulrich full suspension handle ? Sure looks like it could handle well, do I spy Ulrich Halibrands too? :D



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:38 PM

I'm guessing the wheels are Revell Paul. I'll let you know :)


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:47 PM

Ah yes, I've seen the Revell wheels before in packets online & never in person. Just an automatic reaction when seeing Halibrand threaded wheels, the :heart: goes "Ulrich" :laugh2: :D

 

Rodney has done a great job on this Cobra :good:



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 08:32 PM

Next up Rick's Ford MKII returns.

 

This is my second old race car from my vintage racing days at Slot Car Junction in South San Francisco. I retired it after it was literally broken in half when it jumped into another racers lane and received a full bore wall shot. I can't believe that Rodney got it looking so good. :good:

 

Here's Rodney's track report:

 

"The Captain Rick Ford Mk II ran great at Eddie's last Sunday.  Fast lap times.  Like the real car, the slot car has great power (Pittcan 6001BB powered).  Also like the real car, the slot car is a little heavy.  Not very tossable but very stable.  Little short on brakes but easy to manage.  The spongie rear tires came back to life with a good cleaning and an application of some drag race tire glue.  The car has been through the wars but still looks great." 

 
"Check out the Rick special slab sided body work.  Very nice car."
 
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Great save Rodney!

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 10:43 PM

Bad to the Bone :D


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:31 PM

Fellas,

 

 Super builds everyone of them...I'm still in the planning stages, keep up the good work. Very inspirational !!!


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:39 PM

Great Save!!!! :good:


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 11:04 PM

Nice - that kit is perfect paired up with the Dynamic chassis, really like the pan on that also. Looks fast...


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 03:23 PM

Thanks guys. :)

 

Rodney did a great rescue mission on the MkII.   :good:  It was a good car in the day.

 

I was a racer first in those days and I somehow managed to heat up the curved body sides and straighten them out so wider chassis pans would fit. I hadn't yet figured out that you can have too much tire with vintage hardbody cars. It would tilt at the absolute limit which lead to it's demise from a "rider" wall shot. :o


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Posted 20 March 2014 - 12:20 PM

F-O-R-D used to stand for first on Race Day (Yes, I know all the other acronyms). I sure hope they can return to their winning ways.

 

Anyway here is one of my all time favorite FoMoCo's

 

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Here is the kit I would use to build it.

 

 

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 04:05 PM

Rodney has built up another cool Ford, this time a drag racer:

 

"Just completed the Falcon last night .  A little early for For High Performance being 1960.  It was a hit at Eddie's.  I wanted to build a drag race car like the one I modified for DVan for the Gene Hustings Proxy.  Body purchased off of ebay.  Pittman 65- 6 volt used.  Urethane tires.  Monster crown gear for 4 to 1 gear ratio.  Car really jumps!"

 
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Way cool Rodney :good:

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 06:32 PM

Love it ! Way to go Rodney :good: Should be good to see how the DC65 performs on the strip :)



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 07:17 PM

That Ford MKII is AWESOME!   :good:

 

Looks like one of my cars, but waaaaayyy better!:

 

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:20 PM

Rodney,

 

Way cool Easy/Gasser.

 

We still have room .... Do you want me to ad that car as a Confirmed Back-up under DVan's name?

 

Darn .. I've never had the courage to try and use those K&B locking crowns, the teeth are just so shallow they look 'unserviceable'.


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 01:34 AM

Pete Shepherd, "scudbong" over at that other forum, posted an amazing link to some massive Ford galleries over at flikr.

Some great pictures from early 60's USRRC events, a ton of Can Am and Trans Am, GT, and GP stuff also - there's something like 600 photos for the 66 Le Mans alone ! This is a truly brilliant resource and well worth checking out:

 

https://www.flickr.c...henryford/sets/


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:01 PM

Wow, great link, thank you!.....love surfing through old photos ....
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:48 PM

Ditto, Jocke! :good:


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Posted 08 May 2014 - 04:15 PM

Thanks for the cool link Simon :)

 

Rodney has a couple more Total Performance Cars to share. First up:

 

Been working on this Lotus F1. Cosworth power!! 
 
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Aluminum frame and Lotus body by Michael Sickels.  Basic frame is like an aluminum "U shaped" Revell frame.
 
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Got the balance just right with the added brass bits and relocating the guide flag.  I put a '68 Mabuchi in the car. Tires are urethane. The car is very neutral with a touch of oversteer when pushed.
 
Next up from Rodney is a personal favorite of mine, the Cox Gurney Stocker:
 
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I finally got around to tuning my first Dan Gurney Cox Stocker.  Had it since the 70's.  36D Nascar powered.
 
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Dug up some soft compound Cox tires.  They work the best on these cars.  It is a must to true the front and rear tires. 
 
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Also, for handling, remove the "guide rubber band" and add guide spacers to lower the guide.  The car drives perfect.  No hopping.  No tilting.
 
Thanks for sharing Rodney!

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 04:44 PM

Thanks for sharing !! That Cox Gurney Stocker is just :heart: :D



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 05:31 PM

Fellas,

 

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 08:05 AM

Rick, do you still have the Gurney you cloned?


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 11:37 AM

I do Doug........I really should get her painted up..... :unsure:


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 08:33 PM

Yep, I thin' so, Quicks Draw!


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