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Project by FestusHaagen posted 06-09-2021 09:36 PM 689 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another car to add to my garage. This one is the American Grafiti special driven by John Milner. It differs from his car by having a sun shade over the windshield and a nitro tank on the front. Also it has a jump seat. I included a cutaway photo to show the construction. This is a scratch build so there are no plans.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho





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crowie

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#1 posted 06-09-2021 10:31 PM

Their is some amazing detail in that engine and while I’m not fan of painted timber models, yours does look good sir.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Phil32

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#2 posted 06-09-2021 10:55 PM

I’m always puzzled by the car modelers who think these old cars were straight up & down on the sides.

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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Eric

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#3 posted 06-09-2021 11:47 PM

Looks good Ed, you a great job with details. Love the rumble seat.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#4 posted 06-09-2021 11:49 PM

loved the movie and loved the cars,nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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htl

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#5 posted 06-10-2021 12:45 AM

That’s one sweet Hot Rod for sure and got to love all them added details that just have to make you smile.

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rtbrmb

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#6 posted 06-10-2021 01:15 AM

Excellent job…regardless if the sides are straight up & down.

All of the details you put into this really paid off.

Maybe you should try a black ‘55 next so Falfa and Milner can reside on the shelf next to each other.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 06-10-2021 01:59 AM

Fantastic!

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FestusHaagen

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#8 posted 06-10-2021 02:03 AM

Thanks for pointing out the straight sides Phil32. I am quite aware of the curve and made as much as I could in a 1/4” side as possible. Until you show me how to bend that side we will have to be happy with the straight sides. After all, this is only a representation and not an exact copy.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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Eric

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#9 posted 06-10-2021 02:11 AM

You have my vote Ed, after all this is a fun site to show off our work. Unfortunately it seems a few get carried away and only look for the flaws. We as woodworkers know what flaws are in the build, and hide them the best we can.

I can only think of an old saying as I was growing up “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say a word”. That’s my two bits.

-- Eric, building the dream

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htl

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#10 posted 06-10-2021 05:10 AM



You have my vote Ed, after all this is a fun site to show off our work. Unfortunately it seems a few get carried away and only look for the flaws. We as woodworkers know what flaws are in the build, and hide them the best we can.

I can only think of an old saying as I was growing up “If you don t have anything nice to say, don t say a word”. That s my two bits.

- Eric


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#11 posted 06-10-2021 05:31 AM

I’m not a painter, but in this case I like it! Very nice and cute. Well done.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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FestusHaagen

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#12 posted 06-10-2021 05:40 AM

I like the natural wood look myself but when it comes to this classic hotrod Spieilberg went with a color that would jump off the screen. It would not be the American Grafiti Hotrod without the yellow paint.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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#13 posted 06-10-2021 11:58 AM

very cool!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 06-10-2021 12:39 PM

It would look a lot better natural’ using different woods , great job .
Chuck

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#15 posted 06-10-2021 01:03 PM

I don’t like to paint a wood project BUT this is a great looking car and the paint highlights the scratch build
very nice car – engine detail is fantastic

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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