VIPER V-10 BUBBLETOP SHOW TRIKE
BUILT BY IRA DAHM (6/05)
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The "SIZZLER" was designed in the
Wild Style of the "Show Trikes" and "3-Wheelers" of
the 1970's while still using contemporary Viper V-10 Power, Low Super-Wide
Tires and Fire Red "Hot Rod" Attitude!!! The "SIZZLER"
was built using parts from the AMT Barris Surf Woody, the Revell/Monogram
Predicta, Dodge Sidewinder, Olds Aerotech, Groovy Grader & Cherry Bomb.
Here's how it was built. (See the construction
photo at the bottom of this page.) I cut a small section, around the bubbletop,
of Olds Aerotech body. This section of body was then glued to the Surf Woody
body. Two more pieces were cut from the Olds body wheel wells to form the
rear of the cockpit. The middle fin is sheet plastic. Headlight housings
from the AMT 1937 Chevy were used for taillight housings. The fins were
cut off the Predicta in two pieces, left and right, and they were fit to
the narrow Surf Woody body and attached. The rear grill housing of the Predicta
is now, pointed in the center and smaller. Two lengths of strip plastic
were attached to the front/top of the Surf Woody body to blend the Pedicta
fins into the bodywork. The belly pan and rear roll pan were made from sheet
plastic. The bottom, front of the Surf Woody's sides were also filled with
sheet plastic to mirror the top, front sides shape.
Bodywork continued on the "SIZZLER"
with the addition of two exhaust outlets, from the Cherry Bomb, modified
to fit. Sheet Plastic was used to fill in the area in front of the Viper
Engine. The Engine compartment was cut out to clear the Vipers headers.
The front of the Surf Woody body was cut out to clear the front tire.
The Surf Woody Interior was modified to fit
the Groovy Grader Seat and to clear the Vipers Transmission. The Groovy
Grader Seat Backing was trimmed to fit the "SIZZLER" Cockpit.
The Video Instrument Panel is made from a license plate frame from the AMT
The Viper engine required only minor modifications
to fit in the engine compartment. The Viper radiator was cut down to fit
and wired gauges were added to the back of the engine. The front wheel is
made from two inner wheels from the Pie Wagon Kit. The front grill from
the Predicta was trimmed to fit the rear of the "SIZZLER", and
the Flame Taillights are Christmas tree lights from the craft store.
The bodywork was filled with Evercoat Putty,
sanded smooth and primed. The interior is done in Krylon Flat Black. The
"SIZZLER" was painted with Krylon Gloss Red, applied over Krylon
Gloss Yellow, and was then finished with several coats of Krylon Crystal
Clear. The "SIZZLER" decals are from a 30 year old Revell "Tony