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#1 rdmac

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 10:36 PM

From the old forum...

dc-65x wrote:
This Choti body is available repoped by Bruce Patterson of Patto’s place fame. He calls it a “1967 Choti Ultra”. You can email Electric Dreams and see if there are any Shanoda thingie bodies left as well.

http://members.optus...place/home.html

The picture is courtesy of our own “Thingie Master”, Edo:

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I have 6 of these puppies on the way to recreate San Francisco Bay Area Thingie Greatness :bounce
Rick

Rick do you have any chassis pictures of San Francisco style cars? I only recall one article in the old magazines showing these cars, but it had no chassis pics.
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Posted 21 February 2006 - 10:40 PM

They were mostly U-Go and Mura single wire inlines fitted with U-Go or Mura-rewound FT26 motors. The body is mounted WAAAAY too high on Edo's car.



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Posted 22 February 2006 - 02:31 AM

Hi RDmac
under the dress:

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But what is more interesting is this original Choti by our own Don (dgersh):

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PS Dokk, I am not about to fiddle with the dress of that red Choti ;)
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Posted 22 February 2006 - 08:27 AM

Edo,

the body yes, but the SF style chassis would be a lot closer to what yours is... I remember a lot of Chicago area racers using these piano wire chassis as well - just a 26D in a bracket, with two piano wire rods to a simple front end with 1/16" o-ring wheels... very fast and effective when used with the usual U-go style rear steamroller wheels.

Not sure where my Choti was used...

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Posted 22 February 2006 - 03:26 PM

Don
I like yours better than mine ;)
Ciao
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Posted 22 February 2006 - 04:10 PM

Sounds like "if you will show me yours, I'll... "
Better pass on that one.

 



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Posted 22 February 2006 - 04:13 PM

Well dok, this is the "Thingies" forum! :D :roll: :D

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Posted 22 February 2006 - 04:24 PM

Yes Bill, we do with what we were provided with, eh! wink.gif



(please note that I did not say, "little", eh! :shock: )



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Posted 29 April 2006 - 03:00 AM

Hi :wave:
some "WIERD" things happened when I made this post :think: so I cant tell you why It took FOUR of them to get ONE to you or why I had TWO posts of the same message :think: :shock:

as always "SUPER SLUTH" Dave 8)

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 03:01 AM

Hi Don :wave:

Don, you are a 100% correct on the thingees of the "BAY AREA" of the time ;) the cars were indeed made of a single wire center section with pin tubes mount off the main rails backed up with piano wire for strength, with a 1/4" peice of brass for a "out rigger" to the body off of the ends of the pin tubes! There were NO back HALVED DYNAMIC cars used up here :shock: :naughty: 99.9% of the cras were scratch built or used U-GO stuff :shock: ! Other various rear axle / motor mounts and tounges were used also,they were made lite as possible, no extra rods or"FULL" brass out riggers with holes drilled in them were used, do to weight :snooty: To back up my thoughts on this subject I got off the phone with my bud Fred Hood :dance: HE agreed with all of the my thoughts on this (REMEMBER ,I WAS 11 AT THE TIME ) racing at the "ONLY" 200 ft' oval know to the slot world! "FINISH LINE RACEWAY" in Fremont, Ca. :)

If there IS any ONE PERSON that knows what went on back in the late 1966's to the early 1968's about "THINGEES" in the BAY AREA,would be Fred ;) PERIOD :clap: HE knows the CARS and WHO raced them up here "BACK IN THE DAY" PERIOD :snooty: Motors of choice were the 26/16d type when they got faster ,the "GO FAST/ MELT DOWN CROWD." Went for the Lenz and Mura 16d and "A" can motors :shock: I will see Fred tomorrow :dance: He's running a enduro down in Fresno, Ca . I will have breakfast with him and help out and hang out for the day :) and get some parts for the U.S.R.A. race at Harbo's next month. Any whoooo he will draw some frames from the "THINGEE" era and I will build some of them for all of you thingee lovers out there to see ,and "BE IN THE KNOW" about BAY AREA "THINGEES"

as always"JUST WHAT IS A FALCON MOTOR" :lol: regards Dave 8)

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 03:23 AM

..."BE IN THE KNOW" about BAY AREA "THINGEES"

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Dave,
we MUSST at this point see pics of those cars, is there any way Fred has some old pics of that era around and give them to you so you can publish them?
Please!
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Posted 29 April 2006 - 11:06 AM

Dave,
Two Detroit area raceways that I used to race at in the 60's had tracks that had 200' straights w/ 10' tall banks at BOTH ends....Shores raceway in St Clair Shores and Grand Prix Raceway in Farmington Hills. The GP was a figure 8 and Shores was an oval (eye think as I only raced there a couple times)
The Saturaday night Stocker races at GP were particularly THRILLING with Daytona 500 "Over the Bank" type MASS CRASHES!!! 8 cars headed into that bank at the same time at MAX Speed!!
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Posted 29 April 2006 - 04:03 PM

Rick do you have any chassis pictures of San Francisco style cars? I only recall one article in the old magazines showing these cars, but it had no chassis pics.


Hi Bob,

We have 2 slot boxes full of SF thingies in the "Society for the Historical Preservation of Bay Area Pro Slot Car Racing" (SHPBAPSCR) Museum. One box was donated by Dave Lenz (Bob's brother). My friend Rodney will, as curator and master restorer, tackle the restoration of these and other Bay Area thingies for a future posting.

Rick
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:41 PM

Did pix of these ever surface Rick? 

 

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