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What nice coverage of your ‘55 in HOT ROD! On the cover, top of the contents page, two page full shot, great full page motor/front end shot & a couple of other pages devoted to it! Nice! Fantastic build.
 

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Hey everyone,

It's been a little while so here are a few updates on the '55.

1- After I had my father visit e here in soCal last month and had him take my cars out for a spin I removed the transmission out of my '55 to have it rebuilt. I had changed my pedal height at some point to level them out and forgot to double check to make sure there was no drag when the pedal was pushed in. it shifted fine which is probably why.. long story short it wore out the 2nd gear synchros and needed servicing. While it was out I attended the 3rd annual Midwest Diecast Collector Convention last weekend out in Sioux City, Iowa, and was gifted a custom hand made cartoonish replica of my car (the other designer guest received one of his car, too).

2- I had picked up the rebuilt trans just before my trip so my first chance to reinstall it was on Monday night as I was trying to get the car ready for event earlier today. I put it in, and on Tuesday night I added fluid, checked the clutch pedal for proper disengagement and then went for a test drive. After I came back I parked it and came back to it to discover a puddle in my driveway. I looked up and the trans was leaking. Pics below of what I saw before and after wiping it clean to inspect it. So on Wednesday night it came back out again and I elected to pull it apart myself to realize that the numbskull who worked on it didn't fully seal the front cover. Pics below of the missing sealant. So I cleaned it and resealed it myself, reinstalled it Thursday night, and added fluid on Friday after work, tested fro disengagement and went for a drive. All seemed good so today I drove to Riverside, Ca, for the event (about 60 miles each way)

3- Attended a "House of Cars" store opening. It's what's becoming a chain of diecast shops around the country for those who collect diecast vehicles and other collectibles. Inside the store was a bunch of freehand airbrushed painted cars and murals, one of which was of my '55. I also came home without issue, too, and plan to do another car event tomorrow morning, too.

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Tuske427 that’s awesome you’re enjoying the car…….and I feel it’s crazy the amount of people that are now recognizing what we build to pay tribute to the past with a few changes due to safety and efficiency, and obviously more power (insert Tim Allen Grunt) with your car being a marketing marvel!
Just like snake and mongoose you are now injecting the hobby into the youth.
That mural is sick , did you sign it for them!
 

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Tuske427 that’s awesome you’re enjoying the car…….and I feel it’s crazy the amount of people that are now recognizing what we build to pay tribute to the past with a few changes due to safety and efficiency, and obviously more power (insert Tim Allen Grunt) with your car being a marketing marvel!
Just like snake and mongoose you are now injecting the hobby into the youth.
That mural is sick , did you sign it for them!
I didn't think to, and they didn't ask. Earlier in the year my car was at one of their conventions in Vegas where they had it on display, made replicas for sale (weathered and distressed- a point of difference form the production Hot Wheels versions) and my wife has made some T shirts for sale with the Triassic-Five logo on it which are a hit at the conventions, too.
 

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Tuske427 that’s awesome you’re enjoying the car…….and I feel it’s crazy the amount of people that are now recognizing what we build to pay tribute to the past with a few changes due to safety and efficiency, and obviously more power (insert Tim Allen Grunt) with your car being a marketing marvel!
Just like snake and mongoose you are now injecting the hobby into the youth.
That mural is sick , did you sign it for them!

Following up on my earlier reply here's some pics of the diecast event I attended in Vegas. They had my car on display inside the Palace Casino in Vegas, and the event cars were customized ones based on my car, too. It was a trip getting the car inside as while they have a huge lift in back, they have a small angled two door entrance with a post in the middle. Furthermore the walls inside are also limiting so I was unable to just drive or push my car in. I got it in as far as the pic shown, and then we had to jack it up and push it over a foot to make it clear. Same process to get it out.

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