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Ivan Stewart Modern motors Chenowth 1000 replica build

Fourstroker

Well-Known Member
I loved that car growing up as well
 

Rory

Crayola Killer
Well, I'm not sure how the Corona flu is gonna slow me down as i need a few things done outside of the shop but I guess I will find out soon. Today I started on the seat belts and stripped them down as much as I could so I could power wash them off and then let them soak in black dye. I found a really cool set of OLD Simpson belts and since this is a museum car and will NOT be raced i thought it would be appropriate. Well, since my power washer decided to take a dump on me today I focused in on the ends. As you can see, they clean up "ok" but I think I can get a little more luster out of them. Check out those old school clips....

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Next I sent the panels to a local guy to Pin Stripe named Dough Boy. I had forgotten all about this guy but he had done some stuff for us at the Fire Dept years ago and it looked fantastic. I dropped the panels off to him on Tuesday and he went right to work...

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Raymond (Dough Boy) has been laying down the stripes over the last two days and i will be picking the body back up from him tomorrow, I can't wait to see the final result...

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I then turned my attention to the aluminum panels that still need to be painted. Norm Francis was scheduled to do it but he ran out of time so my good buddy Jason Tilley at SBP Motorsports is going to lay down some paint for me on Sunday. Jason also painted the Mickey Thompson Challenger IV wing back in 2014 so I'm not worried about the result. Part of the deal was for me to do the majority of the grunt work. I bought a sander and some 220 and 320 sand paper and went to work on the aluminum...

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I also cleaned up the wing so it too can be painted...

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Then I put a coat of etching primer on most of the panels but ran out of daylight so i will have to finish painting the wing and the rear firewall panel tomorrow...

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I'm hoping that the car will be completely painted on Sunday so I can then send the side vents and the wing back to the lettering guy (Chuck) so he can finish his end of the project. After this weekend I will then have to finish the throttle and clutch cable tubes so i can send that stuff off to get powder coated (if they aren't shut down) and then start on getting this thing wired within the next couple weeks.
 

Rory

Crayola Killer
Sneak peak of before and after shots of the body with/without pin stripes. Thanks again to “Doughboys Krazy Brush” in Bullhead City Az.....

hood before..

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After...

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Nose piece...

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After...

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rear quarter panel...

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After...

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if it keeps looking this good I might have to keep it! Hahahaha
 

burro8

Well-Known Member
If you zoom in on this pic you will see the roof is off and there is no helmet clearance. This is John Johnson driving the Modern Motors Chenowth and I believe this was at the Mint 400. JJ being tall they had to take the roof off because his helmet was hitting it. I also attached a Chenowth chassis price sheet from out buggy shop catalog from the 70s. Towards the bottom you will see the mild steel and chromoly Chenowth 1000 chassis prices.img012.jpgimg013.jpg
 

oldschool5er

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It's kinda surreal knowing there is C1RL1W 3 just sitting 20ft from me in my garage everytime I see pictures of this car. I just hope I can find somebody here in Ohio that can lay paint and pin striping as fantastic as the guys that did Rorys when the time comes. It is truly Beautiful. The pin striping just made everything Pop.
 

LantanaTX

Well-Known Member
If you zoom in on this pic you will see the roof is off and there is no helmet clearance. This is John Johnson driving the Modern Motors Chenowth and I believe this was at the Mint 400. JJ being tall they had to take the roof off because his helmet was hitting it. I also attached a Chenowth chassis price sheet from out buggy shop catalog from the 70s. Towards the bottom you will see the mild steel and chromoly Chenowth 1000 chassis prices.View attachment 210989View attachment 210990
This price list is really cool as it shows how to decode the Chenowth model number found on the chassis tag. Our race car is a C1RL1W. This picture should have its own thread on how to decode your Chenowth chassis code. I had thought the R was race but I see here it means regular cage.

So they had regular and short? Rory what is on your tag as I thought yours was tall cage? Can you give us a measurement? I would be interested to compare height with my car. 6’ tall is no problem in my car but guys like Peter III and Dan Cornwell have polished the underside of my roof with their helmets.
 

Rory

Crayola Killer
More paint work today, this time with my buddy Jason Tilley from SBP motorsports. Jason does a lot of UTV work (Fab and painting) but he only does that on the side as he has a full time job like the rest of us. Before I get into the paint work I thought I’d show a couple pics of his workshop. He has a huge RV garage that’s 18’ tall and at the very back he built a shop that is isolated from the rest of the garage with a loft on top. Up top is a really bitchen bar (sorry, no pics) and another work shop for his wife. Here’s a pic of it at the back of the RV garage looking at the work shop...

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He uses a glass roll up type door to get into the shop area and can close it up and turn on heat or AC to work on his projects. There is also another garage door that he can drive thru to the back yard...

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He really did a great job designing and building this house and shop, definitely some ideas I’d like to incorporate into my next shop. Anyways, Jason continued to prep some of the panels that my lack of paint experience needed...

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it was ready to get ready for paint...

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Jason started laying down the paint...

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With the paint down, we will let the panels sit for a day before I bring them home...

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The panels turned out GREAT of course but I will wait about 3-4 days before I put the panels back on the car to make sure they are completely dry. A little bit more lettering on the wing and the two side vents and then the paint is complete.
 

Rory

Crayola Killer
Jason Tilley finished up the rest of the paint on the aluminum and it turned out GREAT! Here’s a few shots of the finished product starting with the side vents...

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the wing...

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The rear firewall/deck lid area...

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And the side number plate. I already put down the white backing for the numbers to go on...

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Jim Richardson is also working on some new/old stickers for the car Including this beauty...

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Make sure you guys are giving Jim a call for these old stickers. He has spent a lot of time recreating these stickers mainly because he loves to do it. He told me he has something like 90 different stickers that he’s done and are ready for sale. Maybe buy a few and put them on your old prerunner, tool box or Beer fridge...

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here’s a sneak peak at the majority of the panels in place but still missing some lettering...

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i finally finished the clutch cable tube and it is in place, maybe tomorrow I can finish the throttle cable tube...

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After I finish a few more fabrication pieces I will send it all to Allcoat in Kingman for powder coating and then final assembly. Hope to start wiring in a week or so but we’ll see how much I can get done this weekend.
 
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Rory

Crayola Killer
Got a couple things crossed off the list today. First up was the rear engine plate I cut out about 6 months ago, I had to make 2 bends in it so it would mount to the existing chassis mount...

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Here’s my neighbor David Barrett from www.manxchassis.com bending it up for me, did it on the first try...

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Here’s the mount in place, just need to pull the motor and drill 3 holes for the top mount...

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I fabbed up a couple pieces to mount the oil cooler I got from Darin Nessesary...

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Then I clearanced the brake line and throttle/clutch cable tubes in the rear firewall..

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the Sandmaster manifold needed a little altering so I added 1” to the tube so I could slide it over towards the drivers sideto help clear the alternator...

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Was happy with the progress today but I need to keep going and keep the momentum going. Hopefully the rest of the lettering on the bodywork will be finished by Wednesday of next week. Planning on making a trip up to Kingman on Friday to drop some parts off to get powdercoated at Allcoat. Time for an adult beverage and take the rest of the day off. back at it again tomorrow....🤦🏻‍♂️
 

Rory

Crayola Killer
Today I had a bunch of stuff I wanted to cross off the list so I decided to start with finishing up the throttle and clutch cable tubes from the rear firewall back. Well, that little job pretty much took me all day. I don’t have a throttle or clutch cable so I had to improvise.

The plan was to make sure that the cable didn’t bind traveling from cable tube to cable tube. I cut up an old flag stick and they fit perfectly inside the 1/2” tube. I laid out the route, then made mounts....

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I had to disassemble the top part of the engine so I could leave the motor in place to drill the holes in the top engine mount and also drill another hole for the throttle cable to go through. Putting stuff together and then taking it back apart multiple times to get everything just right is VERY time consuming. All in all I spend the entire day finishing up these lines and making some mounts and altering others...

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I pulled the motor and put it on the engine dyno so I could do some more work to the engine and then tune it while on the dyno...

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durning lunch I made a diagram for Jim Richardson for the numbers for the car. They need to be just right so I laid it out on paper so it would be easy to understand...

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Heres the font we will be using...

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That’s all for today, Happy Easter everyone...

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Rory

Crayola Killer
Chuck is working on getting the final batch of panels lettered up and should be available to pick up tomorrow. All he has left is to lay down the outline to the lettering on the wing and side vents...

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The rear deck panel received some lettering also that will help break up all that YELLOW...

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I tackled the intakes to strip all that green off and boy was that a chore...

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this is the result after a couple baths in the paint stripper...

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I stopped off at Rod’s VW shop in Kingman and got some much needed pieces for the race car. First thing I needed was a spring kit for the front drum brakes....

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also picked up some odds and ends like throttle and clutch cables, exhaust and intake gaskets, a long stinger exhaust and an Empi breather box...

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All the fabrication is complete on the Chenowth. I have to run the remaining parts up to Allcoat for Powdercoat tomorrow and will have to wait a week or so for them to be completed. While I’m waiting for those parts to be completed I can finish up the front brakes, adjust to tow in/tow out front and rear, get the manifold back on the motor and put on the new stringer on the exhaust. I will also get started on the wiring so we can get this thing running SOON!
 

Bro_Gill

Well-Known Member
Chuck is working on getting the final batch of panels lettered up and should be available to pick up tomorrow. All he has left is to lay down the outline to the lettering on the wing and side vents...

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The rear deck panel received some lettering also that will help break up all that YELLOW...

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I tackled the intakes to strip all that green off and boy was that a chore...

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this is the result after a couple baths in the paint stripper...

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I stopped off at Rod’s VW shop in Kingman and got some much needed pieces for the race car. First thing I needed was a spring kit for the front drum brakes....

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also picked up some odds and ends like throttle and clutch cables, exhaust and intake gaskets, a long stinger exhaust and an Empi breather box...

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All the fabrication is complete on the Chenowth. I have to run the remaining parts up to Allcoat for Powdercoat tomorrow and will have to wait a week or so for them to be completed. While I’m waiting for those parts to be completed I can finish up the front brakes, adjust to tow in/tow out front and rear, get the manifold back on the motor and put on the new stringer on the exhaust. I will also get started on the wiring so we can get this thing running SOON!
Just don't get sick Home Fry. I know what your real job is!
 

Rory

Crayola Killer
Time to prep the Bilstein shocks for paint. It’s a-shame to cover these brand new shocks with yellow paint but we want to keep it as close to era correct as we can. I’m sure a few of the old school guys are going to notice the Schrader valve on the shocks....that’s because our old shocks we sent in to have rebuilt were so far gone they couldn’t be fixed. On top of that they did not have to old school parts to do it. In true Bilstein fashion they took really good care of us and gave us a SMOKING deal on 8 brand new shocks. Anyways, here’s the shocks getting prepped for paint...

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first coat is on...

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I hope to have them finished by tomorrow but we will see. The car is waiting patiently to have them mounted...

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I purdy’d up the Empi oil breather box with some blue paint...

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And was finally able to mount the rear deck lid on the car after Chuck finished the lettering. I wanted a little something to break up all the yellow so I had Chuck add the wins that Ivan had in the car after only a season and a half behind the wheel (he then went to race for Coco Corral in the 5/1600, then the class 8)...

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Couldn't be happier with the way the ”Modern Motors” vents turned out, was able to mount those yesterday also...

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The rest of the old school stickers, including the numbers should be here in a week or so, that will really bring out the look of the car. Meanwhile I’ve finished up massaging the “Sandmaster” intake in place and cleaning up a few other motor pieces. The motor is almost ready to go but I want to tune it while it’s on the stand before we throw it in the car. Should be a week or so before we do that...

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We are putting the self quarantine into good use as the schedule to get this done in less then 30 days is looking good.
 

burro8

Well-Known Member
Rory, I noticed that the Zenith has the choke plate still on it. Do you have a OEM choke cover plate?
 

Rory

Crayola Killer
Sorry Steve, that’s how I got it, no extra parts. Lots of stuff getting done since the last update but most of it you can’t really see. Majority of it is prep related and updating old “mock up” hardware for the new hardware. I was going to make a new dash but I really wanted to use the original as it was in really good shape and had the original UMP sticker still in place. I had to use what spots were available for the switches so the ideal layout is lacking a little in my opinion.....but I think it will work out just fine.

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I bought to new AGM air brake bleeder and I absolutely LOVE it, perfect for the guy who normally does everything himself...

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I cut off the exhaust and tack welded the new longer tip into place...

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When putting the car together originally I used old bearings just so I could move the car around. I finished putting all the new races and bearings in the front hubs...

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I also finished up all the new hardware for the trans and while I was at it I put in the new Throw out bearing...

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A few more items crossed off the list included:
Gear oil in trans
Prep and paint exhaust
Finish painting shocks (ran out of paint, back order)
Finish cleaning up valve covers/mount
Paint tie rods
Set front tow
Adjust front and rear brakes
New front beam hardware
Grease zero fittings
New hardware for rear trailing arms

the list is down to maybe a half a page, the only BIG step is wiring and I hope to start that next week. Jim Richardson will be sending me all the stickers next week so by early NEXT week I should have the car completely stickered up! Powdercoat should also be done by the end of this week and then I can cross a few more things off my list rather quickly.
 

Bro_Gill

Well-Known Member
Why aren't you using the circular spring retainers for the throwout bearing? Easier to safety wire so they can't come out.
I'm bustin' your nuts Warpy!!!
 
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