MPC 1971 ROAD RUNNER CUSTOM
BUILT BY IRA DAHM (6/71)
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I built the Missing Link for an article that
was in the September 1971 issue of Car Model Magazine. This is the original
model from that article. The Missing Link was designed to have the appearence
of a very fast, powerful Muscle Car. The engine was to be standard production
engine. The Missing Link was "All Show" with just a little "Go".
Major sectioning was done to make the Road
Runner body look more exciting. This was easily done by removing the lower
1/2" from the body sides. A 1/2" was also removed from the nose
of the car, and then it was reshaped with sheet plastic. The hood only gives
the impression of a big engine, the traction bars add to the power look
and the two huge rear exhaust pipes really look aggressive. The exhaust
tips actually represent a secondary muffling system putting out less emissions.
The interior was sectioned about 5/16",
as was the firewall, dashboard and radiator. The stock seats were replaced
with 4 Revell bucket seats each with a shoulder harness and lapbelt details.
Steering is controlled with a "Joystick" mounted on the console.
The traction bars are from MPC's 1971 Vega and the tires are from Eldon's
Milk Truck. The big exhaust tips are made from 1/4" aluminum tubing.
The Missing Link is painted with Pactra's
Candy Lime Green over a silver base. The hood, interior and chassis are
painted flat black with gloss yellow accents.