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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 01/18 The Rebuild FINALL

Postby dge467 » Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:20 pm

Nice looking work area, and good to see a update of your track. Also good to see you posting as well!
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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 01/18 The Rebuild FINALL

Postby ShotgunDave » Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:45 pm

Greg, if you fill the gaps, it will crack. With all the flexing from moving it up and down, I'd just leave it. Maybe you can disguise them a little with paint and make them look like an expansion joint on a real street?
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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 01/18 The Rebuild FINALL

Postby dreinecke » Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:30 pm

I've only been waiting for this for oh, EVER! Can't wait to see this track getting done! The cabinetry and build are just first-rate like everything you do, Greg.

BTW - Do you still have the oval in the garage?
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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 01/18 The Rebuild FINALL

Postby MoparGreg » Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:28 pm

Thanks guys. Yes David, oval is still in the garage. It must be 10 years old now but still as much fun as when I first built it. Sadly we have run it very little due to time. Here's a quick pic of it up against the wall-

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Shotgun thanks, I've decided like you said to not fill the gaps. I'll work something out with it later.

Dge thanks for the kind words, expect many Mopars to be built once I get the track operating.



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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 01/18 The Rebuild FINALL

Postby Nor Cal Mike » Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:07 am

Greg Let me add to the chorus of folks who are glad to see you back at this project. It has been a long time coming but I know it will be well worth the wait.

On the subject of filler, I have an oval track that is mounted on a trailer that has probably been pulled around a thousand miles around this state. As all light loaded trailers do, it bounces on every bump. The track gets a real workout. I have patches in it that haven't come out under all of that punishment. I used plastic auto body filler (bondo) as the fill. Here's the trick.......I drill a few holes into the body of the wood at the bottom of the areas to be patched. When the filler is applied, it runs into those holes, hardens and then acts like little roots that anchors the patch in place. Likewise, you can also route little roots horizontally at the surface surface to do the same thing. Either way, or a combo of the two, once filled, sanded and painted the patches become invisible but are strongly rooted into the wood.

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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 01/18 The Rebuild FINALL

Postby SpeedyNH » Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:53 am

how about a little reinforcement between the lifting points? sometimes I use aluminum angles (narrower side against table) because they're lighter than a 2-by.
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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 01/18 The Rebuild FINALL

Postby MoparGreg » Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:24 am

Progress has been made. It's slow but it's happening and that's what counts. It's painted and taped and ready to be wired up.

Here it is -

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I tried something different for the surface paint texture and it was easy and come up great. I used flat acrylic ceiling paint that was tinted like normal at the hardware store. I chose ceiling paint as it had zero sheen. I applied 2 coats. I rolled it on with the finest nap roller was either 3 or 5 mm nap, can't remember. Between the coats I lightly sanded with 240 grit sand paper. After the last coat I sanded with the finest sand paper I had, which was 320 grit. When I sanded I sanded very lightly in a swirling motion. These are the results -

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Next up wiring and drivers stations. Yeah!


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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 02/06 Painted & Taped

Postby ShotgunDave » Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:47 am

Nice work Greg! Looking better all the time.
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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 02/06 Painted & Taped

Postby dreinecke » Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:38 am

YES!!! Progress!

The surface looks great! Not a method I'd have thought of, but the results speak for themselves. Nice work!
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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 02/06 Painted & Taped

Postby MoparGreg » Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:28 pm

Thanks guys. I got some more done last night. Power taps in, driver stations done. Running some wires next!

Johnny - yes it is good to be able to share a hobby space with my wife. Certainly in a perfect world a larger room would have been ideal but we are just using the space we have available. We are open to each other's interest.

David - yes the track surface came out interesting. Basically I am just sanding down the small bubbles that the paint roller leaves behind. In all honesty I had planned to do exactly as you and Lee did with you track. I was just giving it a light sand before a added more paint. I liked the effect so I left it.
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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 02/06 Painted & Taped

Postby MoparGreg » Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:54 am

Update time, YAY! Ive been working on the track here and there. But have been running cars on it alot. The track including the lane changing has been flawless. The only issue I have had with lane changing is my kids like changing lanes. The lane changers get quite hot as they constantly press it. They continue to work but part of the mechanisims are held together with hot glue & the glue starts to melt. So I need to find a different glue. Otherwise perfect!

Heres the underside. Just needs some paint to finish off.

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Ive painted some street markings, added in some sidewalks, the start of Mels Diner & some scenery items. Here's the start of Mels Diner, including menu boards.

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Potential area for a Garage or Used car lot.
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Going around the intersection and where the hotrod shop will be or where Milner works
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Down the main street(back Straight). I can park some cars on the side of the road as the racing line wiggles around them.
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Next up I plan to start building Mels Diner & all the buildings that will run along the back straight. Plus I need to build alot of period cars to use. Im also working on a video so you get an idea of how the track works. Thanks for looking.
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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 07/21 Scenery Started

Postby ShotgunDave » Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:44 am

Alright! Progress!

Glad to see you're still at it Greg. Can't wait to see Mel's up and running.
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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 07/21 Scenery Started

Postby ourwayband » Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:27 am

Looking Good!

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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 07/21 Scenery Started

Postby glasshorsevh » Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:37 pm

One of the coolest d**n track builds I've ever seen! I'm a fan...

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Re: American Graffiti 1962 - Update 07/21 Scenery Started

Postby dge467 » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:26 pm

That is great Greg! Love all the old Mopar's!
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