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Thanks to the lockdown I've got a few builds done that might otherwise never have happened. First was the Earnhardt race truck and second was this one - converting the Scalextric Ford Gran Torino (Starchy & Hutch) to race spec.

In 1978, Will Cronkite bought a five-year-old Ford Torino from Bud Moore that had a 1976 body on it. His plan was to enter Willy T. Ribbs in the World 600 at Charlotte but Willy T. got arrested for a road traffic infringement and rising local talent Dale Earnhardt jumped in the car instead. I had a spare Scalextric Torino and found some decals on eBay to make the race car but they weren't all that great - the stripes being minute and out of register.

Here's the real car for reference:

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Patto came to the rescue, so between the two sets of decals I had sufficient to do the livery - all I needed was time and enthusiasm to sand away the arches, fill in all the body parts and find the right wheels.

Now that coronavirus is here I was going through my project box and found the Torino together with a Scalextric Jeff Gordon Chevy that I got for peanuts because the back end of the body was broken. I decided not to fix the Chevy but instead take its wheels and interior and go ahead with the Torino build.

Taking that first step of sanding the arches back was nerve-wracking, but held by the fact that the Chevy interior drops straight in. Eventually the arches were pared back to where I wanted them.

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Next problem: the axles on the Chevy were shorter than the Torino's. I could fix the rear axle but not the front so I cut away the area around the axle cups and fitted new ones inside the chassis, giving clearance. I took the opportunity to move the axle forward by 2mm and raised it by 1.5mm so that the larger NASCAR-style wheels don't foul the seat of the guide. Not pretty but my first bit of chassis fabrication. And it works!

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Paint and decals were fine. I customised Dale with a resin head from Pendle and made the little wicker bill spoiler from Plasticard. I painted on reinforcing bars to the front and rear windscreens and clear coated the results. All that's now left are the exhausts - but I need to wait for the hardware shop to reopen, then will make these from copper tube. I'll also try and make the fuel filler look a little less like a piece of decal paper painted silver and cut out with a hole punch! Hope you like the results...

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Great job, easy to like. My Truxmore Torino has had similar treatment to get it hunkered down and looking more like the Le Mans entry.
 

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Excellent work there driver#8, I always wondered why Scalextric only made two Torino's, probably Nascar licencing fees

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There must be a lot of other possible liveries, time for a run of white ones Scalextric.
 
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That looks great, it's a shame licensing deals hamper so many interesting car possibilities. Thought it was brave to propose, but I doubt it'll go ahead, SRC I think it was, a Le Mans Cadillac from the fifties.
 

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Motor and wiring in, fuel filler tweaked and interior secured. I'll call it done. Thanks so much glad you like it.

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