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  1. A friend owned a pristine rubber nose car in BRG over black. And it was stunning.
  2. The directional blinkers are manual and I believe (not certain) they have a fiber optic wire. It absolutely has full engine detail as do all his builds. His usual hiding place for batteries are under rear seats or under trunk/rumble seat/spare wheels. He also usually wires to switches on a gear or brake lever or pedal as well to operate the various lights.
  3. Speaking of which.......... ???? Will David be angry???
  4. Benz Bonus !! Being a simple Rolls-Royce boffin, I confess to having been baffled at the size and scope of Benz 500 sport cars and Pocher's compromised attempts to replicate them. Sadly, no one Pocher version matches exactly any one prototype car. In recent conversation with Mr Cox I lamented this very situation. I was stunned to get in return this image, never before seen by me, (I was deep in work on the Rolls) and probably no one else beyond his own web site: Immediately, filled with questions, I barraged him for more information. Cox, being a 'student of the game', has a huge library of reference BOOKS, by expert-in-field authors on each marque in Pocher's classic line. Decades worth of collection and study. So I asked, is this a Spezial? Cabriolet? Roadster? I'm confused by the clues; split windscreen, roll down windows, top stack, long doors, rear seat? I'll let David's words describe what we have here: "First of the Pocher Mercs, this model was a mystery for just the reasons you mention. Most cabriolets (heavily padded folding tops, roll-up door windows) had flat windshields, and some had rear quarter windows behind the door windows. The Pocher literature mentions two prototypes with 7 liter engines. Long story shorter, Melin found the prototype for a Spezial Cabriolet A (four-seater) which perfectly matches the Pocher model. The prototype was in the collection of Bernie Ecclestone, the F-1 czar, and was a one-off car with the standard 5 liter engine. It has since been sold at auction, and is described as a cabriolet with Spezial Roadster details— dash, windshield, door hardware— and features long doors and a long tail. Serial number 130859. My model differs from the prototype by having a cover over the spare wheel, black wire wheels, and black leather. The idea was to build a model of the “other” Spezial Cabriolet." Always chafing at having to build an 'exact' model, David incorporated some of his touches (note the automatic pistol in the door pocket) on the customer's behalf. Black leather, black wire wheels and a spare cover on the extended deck are three. Built in 2018, the model carries a host of 'normal' Cox operating features: The major differences from the 'Ecclestone' car are cosmetic - it had tan leather, top and wheels, open spare and white walls. This is the definitive, exact version I would have loved to build. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Having less chrome trim than a full Spezial Roadster I find it clean, elegant and tasteful. My thanks to David for sharing with us. Questions and opinions always welcomed but feast in these beautiful lines:
  5. Excellent result. Looks like the troubles are behind you - no pun. I mean rear wing...errr....forget about it.....
  6. A brilliant explanation of Ron's exact problem. Pascal, you are a most valuable resource for technical, hands-on information on this forum. I add my thanks and respect to Ron's. C
  7. Not my first choice either Ron. (Actually black would have been ) but I caution that was early talk months ago that I got about the silver. Not positive it's the final decision. But I certainly agree the chrome trim will not be shown to best advantage on silver. And if I had spent a lifetime crafting it as well as Cox, I'd want it to stand out. But I think the leather will hold it's own for attention. Time will tell but I'm pretty sure any of us would like it on our shelves.
  8. Inching up... David tells me he has completed the process of perfecting all the bodywork for final color. He has fit together most of the bits for an overall look in one color - high build primer. It has been a time - consuming process of filler, spray primer, sand and repeat. Many times with many grit changes. The cowl/firewall assembly will be removed and that horizontal join will be addressed. The startling effect of the lipstick red upholstery is evident and a white or off-white color would be amazing. However, I believe the client has chosen a silver. It will not disappoint. I believe this one will have blackwall tires, somewhat unusual these days on frequently over-restored cars. Best way to avoid handling trouble is to store completed items in protective boxes or bins: Impossible to tell that's a brass hood top with plastic sides: Remember the front apron is copper and the big and little hatches are plastic: Look back and remember that this door has a vertical, diagonal slice and splice in it where it was radically shortened to become a '540' door. Remember that there will be delicate and elegant real chrome trim zooming over the curves and flanks in the opulent MB manner. Holes are for pinning the trim and door handle. And for us, an 'incentive' view possibly from the MB museum, of what David has been after. These proportions do not come out of the Pocher box this way. More as soon as Florida weather conditions allow...
  9. DUH! Ron's link just reminded me that guitar strings (wound wire) are perfect match for his example and your needs! I have much of it in many various sizes, long forgotten! EDIT: Here it is on long-ago built 1/12 935:
  10. Surgically neat work make those kit details pop. Tips from the experts above will put the model in another realm. My 2 Cents worth is your philosophy of the build. Very apropos to your career. Before going into patina or wear, decide; do you present a concours $44 Million gem? Or a vintage raced classic just off Goodwood or Silverstone circuits? Until you have definitive idea, go easy on aging. Much will be unseen unless in your photo records.
  11. What about Pledge/Future as a barrier on the stripped plastic?
  12. Sorry - you can't be a 'Mr Mustang' with a Bowtie truck that nice...
  13. Forgot to mention that Vortecs can tolerate up around .050 cut if you can tolerate more compression..
  14. Just a caution, 108 LSA may not help your torque for truck application. I had .613/.633 at 108 but in 2600 pound Cobra...
  15. Stock Vortec's an excellent choice for budget power. For a 406, bowl porting is even better. If yours have (or can afford mod) screw-in rocker studs, consider a hydraulic roller cam swap (around a 113 LSA for torque) and 1:6 rockers. Should be cheaper than that $1700 head change. Obviously you have dyno access. Virtually all kit models get ride height wrong. Judging by Dyno's Maverick, you know how to make this one right.
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