Post by thirdgearspeedshop on Apr 15, 2019 9:35:31 GMT -5
This is a 55 Chevy dirt stock car that I just finished up. Something that would have run in the late model class in the early to mid 60s around a short red clay dirt track. A reissued AMT kit was used with aftermarket wheels and tires and scratch built roll cage/front bumper.
I dig it! Dirt trackers aren't really my thing but I just finished watching "Thunder Alley" the other night and was admiring all the old stock cars and beaters in that movie, and your '55 has that vibe.
I have a feeling that some years ago I asked about the TRaKability of a Vintage Stock Car and if I remember correctly, Bob was OK with it.
TRaKable or not, it's a very nicely done '55 Chevy! I've seen lots of these old Dirt Track racers built as models, but this one is definitely one of the best looking Dirt Trackers in a long time. I agree that the weathering turned out very realistic! Nice work.
Very cool! Looks quite similar to a '56 a guy in the neighborhood ran on a short (1/4 mile) asphalt track in the Tacoma (WA) area, as well as a couple of other western Washington paved tracks. The thing I remember about that car was that it was nearly a pristine '56 hardtop before he started stripping it out to make a short tracker out of it. That's how common '55 - '57 Chevys and Fords were back in the '60's, that's another reason you saw these cars cut up as Stock Cars, huge wheel wells cut for slicks asGassers. It's something that's lost on a whole lot of modelers building a '60's era race car that wasn't valued yet as a classic, they were just another old car you could get cheap! Your engine is absolutely spot on for this type of race car, they were just hobby stockers ran by the average guy who wanted to go racing.
I can't honestly remember. I know I wanted to keep it to what it's been, and I don't think I wanted these types of race cars because it's more of a 70's style , or it's at the least...hard to determine.
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Not sure what the problem is? This car looks period correct and both Mark Moore and Bernard have been allowed to show dirt circle track cars here in the fairly recent past. Granted those were early 30’s Fords but still...
As one of my threads is listed above, (the first one in fact), let me address this from a 50+ year stock car racing fan's perspective. I don't think my thoughts will make it a slam dunk decision either way, but they might shed a bit of light on this. And to begin with, I'm going to quote Bob in the very discussion in my thread:
It's been quite awhile since discussing dirt trackers. I don't have a problem with them, but I feel it strays from the traditional aspect of this forum. To muddy up, beat up etc... just doesn't fit what we do here. However, I would be willing to entertain a build like this IF it stays within guidelines. I don't want to see 60s or 70s or more modern builds of dirt track cars. To me, if it's going to fit this forum, I would like to see photos of actual inspirations that existed for the time period WITH the build in the thread. I want to see realistic style and parts used from 1950 and back and on a STOCK chassis. No exceptions.
This goes for dirt trackers only.....end of subject, now you have permission to do with what you will.
I will amend this to guidelines.
Narrowing it down even more:
To me, if it's going to fit this forum, I would like to see photos of actual inspirations that existed for the time period WITH the build in the thread. I want to see realistic style and parts used from 1950 and back and on a STOCK chassis. No exceptions.
Technically this very nice 55 doesn't qualify as a modified, it's more of an early-mid 60's Late Model Sportsman. Mid 50's cars didn't really start appearing on local short tracks, (note, this is after their NASCAR eligibility in the Grand National Series of the era), until the 60's. The 1st dirt track race I attended at the age of four had a lot of them, & that would have been circa 1965-1966. So according to Bob's thoughts in that thread, this likely isn't trakable.
That 34 Ford modified I was working on, (need to get back to it in fact), utilizes the period correct speed equipment parts that are included in the kit, "homemade" wide five rims, & tires that I was modifying to be era appropriate to the mid-late 50's.
In fact I have done more work in the interim that I need to post in that thread. Now, getting back to this model, for me it so closely skirts the line & the timeline that I feel it all comes down to a judgement call of balls/strikes, & I can't say myself for sure.
Last Edit: Apr 17, 2019 16:02:04 GMT -5 by Mark Moore
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Post by scalespeedshop on Apr 17, 2019 20:18:42 GMT -5
Not a traditional rod or custom, as the TRAK guidelines require. But it is a modified car that that would have ran in the mid 60's, so personally I don't have a with it being posted here. Our board participation has been down and maybe it is time to relax some of the guidelines. And welcome those builds that maybe pushing the limits of trakability. Not trying to get anything started, that's just my thoughts.
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