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BIG DRAG by Monogram

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BIG DRAG by Monogram
Posted by thunder1 on Sunday, July 01, 2018 10:35 AM

Hello All


 I'm converting a Monogram BIG T into the "Big Drag" version. Question: the actual model of the dragster shows a full dashboard with the same 5 gauges as the Big T. I thought that dragsters of that era (1950's early 1960's) had only a tach and an oil pressure gauge. Since it was only running the quarter mile I guess  it wouldn't have a fuel gauge and speedometer. Can any drag enthusiest point me in the right direction? 



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Posted by mississippivol on Sunday, July 01, 2018 10:13 PM
Sounds about right to me, I think you have some liberty in what gauges you want to have represented.
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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, July 01, 2018 10:22 PM

I'd add to the list fuel pressure.

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Posted by CrashTestDummy on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 2:35 PM

It's pretty much up to the builder/owner/budget on what gauges, if any, get into the car.  Some come with zero gauges when built.  Others, if the owner has a bit more budget, and really doesn't like rebuilding engines due to silly things like oil pressure loss, or overheating, will add gauges as appropriate. 

There are rarely sanctioning body rules covering gauges, so it's up to the builder owner.  They do add weight, which can be a concern if your class has no minimum weights, or you're having trouble making it.

Gene Beaird,
Pearland, Texas

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Posted by thunder1 on Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:24 AM


Thanks for the info, I'm a "Ship guy" rather than a "Car guy", your insight helps a lot. I build an occasional car kit, usually a re-pop from the 1960's like the Stone-Woods Willy's dragster. I've collected 5 of the old Monogram large scale car kits (mostly basket cases) had them all as a kid and re building them is a trip down memory lane. They were a fun build when I was young and today these old kits are a great scale to work in(especially regarding loss of sharp eyesight and dexterity of the fingers).

Thanks again.




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