Beer & Ice Cream Wild Hair Funco Build

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Even though I am in Texas, I got a chance to work on the car today! While Dave was busy building the side nerf bars (see below), I was working on making some disposable Cibie Oscar lights.

If you haven't tried to find or buy 7" Cibie Oscar's with the early grey housings, get ready to pay a fortune if you can even find a nice pair. We have an original set of Oscars that I found in Finland (ebay.co.uk) We have attached the rear view mirrors on the back of the Oscar's like the car originally had and these will be wired but the covers will not come off of them unless of an emergency. Since nerfing is frowned upon in NORRA, I wanted another set of lights that could be used as daylight running lights up front near the front bumper. (Whenever Bud and Malcolm raced with four Cibie lights, they were racing the Baja 1000.)

I found that a company called SIM was makng reproduction Cibie Oscar's in Italy that are very close to the original Cibie Oscar's. They also make the 9" Super Oscar repro's. Even the original Cibie covers snap right on! Only problem was they come with a black housing. I was able to find out that '80's Ford Dove Grey is almost a perfect match for Cibie Grey. I then found a company that could custom mix me a single stage spray can of this color. In addition to repainting the housings, I also found that Hella makes amber replacement H4 bulbs for them which I installed! The idea is to have these pointed so that I can put the amber bright light in the rear view mirrors of the car in front of me in case they can't hear the horn. Since these cost me about $100 for the pair instead of $400-$700 for the originals, we can afford to use these as daylight running lights.

Thank god the wife went shopping so I could bake the paint.



All finished, Looks like Oscar's to me!



building the nerf bars which we didn't have for the car.



Looking good and correct!

 

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Here are some more pictures from last night. Dave has completed the side nerf bars and he is working on the front bumper/skid plate. He was going to build the additional bumper that is on the Bel-Ray which also serves to protect the front suspension, but I talked him out of it since nerfing isn't allowed in NORRA and the car originally ran many races without it back in 1976.

All welded up and painted



view of both side nerf bars



Bel-Ray Bullet Bumper, the silver bumper will be omitted on the new car.



Checking fit with hood on



Lower mount roughed in. The bumper is being built exactly as original



This is how the bumper and skid plate will look when finished and ready to race

 
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Car is looking great Bob, keep up the good work and keep sending pizzas to Dave!
 

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You can also find new Cibie Oscar & Oscar Plus lights at the Talbot Co. in Whittier, CA.

Link: http://talbotco.com/cibie_aux_lighting.htm

Thanks! I spoke to Gunther there who is a really nice guy. He has the 7" Cibie Oscars with chrome ring in stock for $225 each with covers. These may end up on the Bel-Ray car since it has no Cibie's and borrowed ours for the last race. The ones I have for the front of our car are reproductions that cost me a little over $100 all in for the pair, so I won't be too concerned about running them during the day as daylight running lights.

Rory, Wish this was only costing us pizza money! This build reminds me of an old saying from my '70's drag racing days. "Speed costs money, How fast do you want to go?" I can look on the bright side and realize that we have built a Class 1 Unlimited for a fraction of what a Modern Class 1 would have cost!
 
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By the way, your paint job on the Cibie lights turned out pretty good!

Thank you, I like how they turned out considering they are fakes which we can run during the race. We really don't want to take the covers off the real ones.

Dave worked on the car on Thursday until the turkey was done and finished the front bumper and the front skid plate. In this picture it still needs some final off the car welds finished as well as paint, but you can see he did a great job copying the original.



The body went back to the painter and it may now be primer. It will then come back to the shop for a final test fit before painting it white. The blue and red will come a little latter. The goal right now is to have it running by the 25th when I arrive in CA to test. It is going to be very tight getting this car running by then but we'll see. If it is not running then I will be working on it too which is fine with me. While I am in town I am going to try to make a trip down to see member Lifeflight and do some decal shopping. He has just about every one we need except the large ISS decals.
 

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ISS ready to go
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Looks Awesome Jim! With the exception of a couple of actual current sponsors all the decals on the car will be yours! See you in three weeks.
 

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Anyone out there have any info on this sandmaster funco ss 2

That is a great looking car! Do you have it or know where it is? It looks like a team car and would be very significant. The shock and suspension setup make it look like '75-'77. I don't see a fuel filler cap on the side pod. Some ran a single tank over the trans. The Royal Inn Casino decal was a hotel/casino owned by fellow racer Michael Gaughan from 1970-1979. I have seen this decal on Sandmaster Team cars and on Bud Feldkamp/Malcolm Smith cars. The way this car is built looks a lot like the silver and blue Bobby Ferro Sandmaster Funco SS2 car. Is there a drivers name on the side? I can't make out the spelling. Hope this car exists!
 

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The body was getting more work today by the painter and Dave was busy in the shop. Here is a picture of the colors we have found on the car. The body was gel coated orange. on top of the orange without any primer was white and Bel-Ray blue (Hmmm...) then three color of primer, possible silver in between and then the current red.

If this rings a bell with anyone, please let us know


The front bumper and skid plate is completed, painted and installed




The beginings of the rear engine skid plate


 

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Bob, What size aluminum are you guys using on the front and rear skid plates? The Funco is coming along nicely, give us an update after you take it out for a spin during Christmas break.
 

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Thanks Rory, The skid plates are 3/8th". There is an original skid plate for the underside of this car that is thinner but 3/8th's is used on the nose, under the driver and under the engine. Under the drivers seat 3/8 is sandwiched in with the original full length skid plate running from front to rear. When Dave prepped the Bel-Ray the very first time a few years ago, he found a big dent in the original skid plate that matched up with a crack in the bottom of the fiberglass seat shell which mounts to the floor. (not good!), so the extra 3/8"s piece was added, and now our car is being set up the same way.
 

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That is a great looking car! Do you have it or know where it is? It looks like a team car and would be very significant. The shock and suspension setup make it look like '75-'77. I don't see a fuel filler cap on the side pod. Some ran a single tank over the trans. The Royal Inn Casino decal was a hotel/casino owned by fellow racer Michael Gaughan from 1970-1979. I have seen this decal on Sandmaster Team cars and on Bud Feldkamp/Malcolm Smith cars. The way this car is built looks a lot like the silver and blue Bobby Ferro Sandmaster Funco SS2 car. Is there a drivers name on the side? I can't make out the spelling. Hope this car exists!
it was driven buy jim Hodge And johnson. No we are looking for the car
 

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You never know what kinds of distractions will happen then you are working on your race car. I'll bet most of you have never had this happen! The shop is in Bud's hanger at Redlands Airport. Some of the vehicles and the Cessna 210 have been moved out so that a movie set could be set up. I just talked to Dave and he said there are about 20 people working to get ready shoot some scenes and the actors are getting makeup put on. Dave has been busy working on the rear cage and skid plate. I told him to hurry and get it done before someone yells "Quiet on the set!"

Dave called me last Monday saying something about giving away his secrets. I re-read my last post and realized that I left some secrets out. The 3/8th skid plate is 6061 hardened aluminum. Basically this stuff will not bend and Dave used a mega ton metal worker to bend it. This 3/8th skid plate prevents the bottom tubing from getting flattened while the thickness allow you to counter sink the bolts which protects the bolt heads. If you slam a boulder you will probably feel it more but the car will not get bent.

Dave has spent most of yesterday and this morning working on a new rear cage. The original wasn't quite correct and would not work with the skid plate.

Movie set getting put together


The old rear cage after being cut up


The new cage is close to done
 

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Here are a couple more of the get movie set. I told Dave if there are any good looking actresses to get some pictures with our car.





He finished the welding before they started shooting. so now he is going to Jacinto's shop were he can do some grinding and painting without screwing up the movie.
 
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