chassis parts were all made and prefitted before final assembly.
an idea of the scale of the parts, this is a quarter between
the radius rods and tie rod.
box with shafts.
The front wheels were
assembled using 22 individual parts (see Parts List at bottom).
The Loukas &
Preising Replica took Roger "Riceman" Lee close to
a year, from start to finish, to assemble. He estimated the construction
hours at 1200. The Replica was scaled down to 1/22 scale from
pictures supplied from John Loukas and Crew. During the building,
pictures were taken and sent to John to meet his approval for
size and accurate reproduction. Each part was prefitted before
Next the wheels, drig
link, radius rods and front suspension was added.
Hand made "Speed
With the chassis soldered together,
Roger added the rearend housing, brakes, steering assembly, gas
pedal and parachute bracket.
Again, a quarter is used
to illustrate the size of the finished hemi engine.
Fuel tank in place.
With the engine in the
semi-completed chassis, Lee custom fit a resin coupe body.
With the coupe body in
place a dragster nose piece was fitted.
Finally the proper paint
and decals were applied and another Riceman Replica was finally
With the body fit and chassis
detailed, the engine was completed with fuel lines, linkage,
plug wires and blower belt.
Is it real... or is it Riceman?
Actually the photo above is the only one on this page of the
real car. It just goes to show how accurate Lee's replica is.