Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Chaparral 2D Sebring 1967 from a Chaparral 2D Nurburgring

The following pictures depict the original Minichamps 436 661407 model. This allows to see how it looked like prior to be modified.
Most of the changes concentrated on the rear cowling, but also the front end was extensively modified.
After the mods it is no longer the model of the 1966 Nurburgring winner but instead represents the last race of a 2D (Sebring'67) after the incorporation of a 7 Lts engine. Two Chaparral 2D were built but only one was converted to a 7 Lts engine.
1967; s/n: 2D-001; 1967 Sebring 12 hrs Gr.P+2.0 Team Chaparral Cars Inc with Bruce Jennings and Bob Johnson did not finished due to ignition failure at the 128th lap (winner did 238 laps) ended classified in 41st position OA.
engine is a Chevy-V8cyl dohc 6998cc 525hp at 6000 rpm 3 speeds automatic gearbox 781kg.
Next, you can see pictures of the final result.
Changes included:
In the front: 1 - Cut the front just below the edge as the intake is much bigger due to cooling requirements for such bigger engine. 2 - Make (using aluminium sheet metal) the lower end of the radiator intake as well as the 2 intakes to cool the front brakes and paint it black. 3 - Add 2 air deflectors in front of the front fenders. 4 - Close the 2 openings in the front used for the 3rd and 4th headlights. Cover the headlights with white decal. 5 - Remove the periscope mirror.
Under the hood: 1 - Reroute (widening) the 2 exhaust pipes and mufflers. 2 - Add the oil tank and the pipe with cover all the way up to the opening in the wood. 3 - Add in the left side a transmission oil tank.
In the rear: 1 - Open top of the left rear fender. 2 - Increase the inlet and open the top in the right rear fender. 3 - Open round hole to access the oil refill pipe. 4 - Install air deflector all across the rear edge. 5 - Open holes to pass exhaust pipes. 6 - Make (using aluminium sheet metal) the rectangular box to suck the air from the engine compartment. 7 - Relocate the inboard rear lights under the outboard ones. 8 - Paint the central rear area black and remove the licence plate.

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