Chaparral 2G, Can-Am '67

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Chaparral 2G, Can-Am '67

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Here is another "white bird from Texas".

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This is Jim Hall's Can-Am contender for 1967 seen at Riverside at the end of the season. It was developed from the previous year's 2E, but with revised bodywork and a bigger, 427ci, alloy block engine, courtesy of Chevrolet R&D. Poor engine reliability meant many retirements but at Riverside Jim Hall had a race long dice with Bruce McLaren, trading the lead several times and, ultimately, finishing second.

The model is based on the Esdo resin kit. The kit suffers from a bit of an identity crisis in that it features the wide rear wheel arch extensions but has the engine cover arrangement seen only at the early races.

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I cut away the resin in the centre of the engine cover, added the prominent raised scoop at the back, and added brass mesh in the appropriate places.

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The chassis and cockpit were modified a bit. With the top of the engine bay now exposed, I removed the poor intakes on the top of the engine and substituted Marsh carburettors and intakes. I added a bit of detail in the cockpit - fire extinguisher, improved seat and belts, plus instrument bodies at the back of the instrument panel.
The rest was fairly straight forward, except that I used better wheels and tyres. The originals were of the wrong style. Paint was by Humbrol, with the decals from a variety of sources - part kit, part Marsh, part Patto's Place.

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Thanks for looking.
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Re: Chaparral 2G, Can-Am '67

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Nice job.
This is my favorite configuration of the 2G. The wider rear never looked as good. Espeicially when they ran the rain tires.
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I love it, fantastic job!

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JSB33 wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:37 am
Nice job.
This is my favorite configuration of the 2G. The wider rear never looked as good. Espeicially when they ran the rain tires.
Thanks very much. I agree, the extra wide '68 rear end did look rather odd. I do, however, have the Marsh kit of the that version waiting to be built in future.

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Re: Chaparral 2G, Can-Am '67

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Firstly, that is truly excellent work. Well done on the quality build. I do have to challenge you on one point though. You say the extra wide wheel arches looked odd. Please explain when any Chapparel didn’t look somewhat odd? :lol:

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Re: Chaparral 2G, Can-Am '67

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reeft1 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 6:58 pm
Firstly, that is truly excellent work. Well done on the quality build. I do have to challenge you on one point though. You say the extra wide wheel arches looked odd. Please explain when any Chapparel didn’t look somewhat odd? :lol:
Good point. Pushing the boundaries, as Jim Hall did on many occasions, did result in unusual looking cars. That's why I like Chaparrals.

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There is odd and then there is "looks challenged" :lol:
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One of those designs which of it were human you’d say “when it was born the midwife slapped your mum”

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