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#1 pn6



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Posted 16 September 2023 - 03:58 PM

So I just picked up 2 more Dynamics with Classic 26's in them. I guess the Classics must've been cheaper back in the day as this will make 4 Dynamics with Classic 26's in them that I have. Anyway.....I was wondering if there was a way to move the shaft from the can side to the bell side without any damage to the arm/comm. This is a factory blue wire arm. Will it just press through or is something splined or ??????




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Posted 16 September 2023 - 04:40 PM

 "I guess the Classics must've been cheaper back in the day" a HUGE amount of Classic stuff was available for pennies on the dollar from a company named Discount Hobby Distributors. They sent out a mimeographed catalog with other brands too, but most of it was Classic, stuff like Manta Ray bodies for $.10, tires and wheels for the same $.10, motors for $.75 and everything else for comparable low prices and obsolete kits and RTRs from Classic and lots of other companies for 2 or 3 dollars. You never knew what you would get ordered a car, they sent whatever they had. As l was just a kid l never knew what the story was (l did buy a lot of stuff from them though) but l figured they must have bought a warehouse full of everything Classic real cheap.

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Posted 16 September 2023 - 09:45 PM

Classic sold 26Ds three different ways. Endbell drive, can drive, & extended arm shafts out both ends. The blue wire arms are the factory stock ones. All sold for $3 initially. I never tried to push an arm shaft from can drive to endbell but doubt if it could be successfully done. I would think you'd risk destroying the somewhat scarce 26D arm. If you want to try practicing, get some old Parma 16D arms & drill a 2mm hole in a piece of hardwood.

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Posted 17 September 2023 - 06:27 AM

Of course Bill is 100% correct as usual.


Especially about 26D arms being scarce.


Tried once or twice to "move" the arm.


Didn't work for me. 


If you really need a different drive have John Havlicek build you one.


He did a couple 26D arms for me and they are screamers.


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Posted 17 September 2023 - 02:50 PM

Well that would explain all the Classics...


Fortunately one of the cars coming has the extended shaft so I'll just use that one in the sidewinder.. Maybe I'll get lucky and pick up another for the other sidewinder I have.

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Posted 18 September 2023 - 09:17 AM

I believe this guy is retired but at one point in time, he did it all.





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Posted 18 September 2023 - 11:58 AM

John Havlicek stopped here but is active on Facebook, https://www.facebook...461112260770860

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