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Billy Pauch Gremlin Mod

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  • Billy Pauch Gremlin Mod

    I'm going to try to do a couple of modifieds this year. The first will be the mid 70's Gremlin driven by Billy Pauch. The body is homemade from styrene sheet.



  • #2
    Looks the part...........I know from experience the difficulty in getting that styrene to do COMPOUND curves
    ..................................Good job.....Brew

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    • #3
      Very well done car. I'm hoping to build a bunch of Grant King modifieds in 1:32 scale this winter and one of them will be a #121 with Pauch listed as the driver. First thoughts are to make the bodies out of styrene but I'm still unsure. The bodies I print on heavy photo paper are the most realistic paint scheme wise and only one needed repair after making contact with another car. Back in the 80's I built modified bodies out of sheets of thin tin available in hobby shops next to the brass tubing and rods used for chassis. Tin bends, folds, and solders easily so I could build a whole new body every week if I wanted to. Generally, if I went to a DIRT modified race and a car I hadn't already replicated won the feature that was my next project.

      I started work on templates for the Gremlin body but am also considering a trip to the Grant King Race Shop and Museum in Indianapolis to get some closeups of stuff and see if I can take some measurements.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the kind words. Fortunately for me around the mid to late 70's they relaxed the rules in the Northeast enough so that guys started fabbing up their Gremlins from flat sheets instead of stock body panels. I'm going to send two modifieds this year and the second one will probably be a Gremlin as well.

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        • #5
          That is nicely done. Look forward to running them!
          -Harry

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          • #6
            Originally posted by slothead View Post
            Very well done car. I'm hoping to build a bunch of Grant King modifieds in 1:32 scale this winter and one of them will be a #121 with Pauch listed as the driver. First thoughts are to make the bodies out of styrene but I'm still unsure. The bodies I print on heavy photo paper are the most realistic paint scheme wise and only one needed repair after making contact with another car. Back in the 80's I built modified bodies out of sheets of thin tin available in hobby shops next to the brass tubing and rods used for chassis. Tin bends, folds, and solders easily so I could build a whole new body every week if I wanted to. Generally, if I went to a DIRT modified race and a car I hadn't already replicated won the feature that was my next project.

            I started work on templates for the Gremlin body but am also considering a trip to the Grant King Race Shop and Museum in Indianapolis to get some closeups of stuff and see if I can take some measurements.
            Now i'm inspired ... just googled Grant King... gotta get my nose to the grindstone and build one of these!
            Click image for larger version  Name:	grant king.jfif Views:	0 Size:	11.2 KB ID:	10872

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            • #7
              Grant King was the real deal - built all sorts of race cars from Indy to dirt modifieds. His cars started the revolution in big time dirt modified racing towards custom built race cars with tube frames. When Grant King cars started showing up at NY & NJ tracks the home built cars became obsolete. At first I rooted against those cars and the teams that could afford them, but now I look back and see works of art.

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              • #8
                LOOKING GOOD!!
                TOM...HOME RACING GOO GOO!!!

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                • #9
                  That is definitely looking the part!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by slothead View Post
                    Very well done car. I'm hoping to build a bunch of Grant King modifieds in 1:32 scale this winter and one of them will be a #121 with Pauch listed as the driver. First thoughts are to make the bodies out of styrene but I'm still unsure. The bodies I print on heavy photo paper are the most realistic paint scheme wise and only one needed repair after making contact with another car. Back in the 80's I built modified bodies out of sheets of thin tin available in hobby shops next to the brass tubing and rods used for chassis. Tin bends, folds, and solders easily so I could build a whole new body every week if I wanted to. Generally, if I went to a DIRT modified race and a car I hadn't already replicated won the feature that was my next project.

                    I started work on templates for the Gremlin body but am also considering a trip to the Grant King Race Shop and Museum in Indianapolis to get some closeups of stuff and see if I can take some measurements.
                    Keep us posted on the Grant King Modifieds. As a kid I was lucky enough to watch Gary Balough in and the Feriaollos Brothers #73 Grant King car dominate the North East tracks

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