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#1 sidejobjon

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 09:18 AM

How many were made? How many still around? What type coin timers? Lap records? Colors? Pictures then and now? Any history out there? I know of two in Jersey, one at my house, DCM.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 06:43 PM

I know of 2 here in the denver colo area. One in storage, the other being used.
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Posted 29 May 2009 - 09:15 PM

The two I know are orange. That makes four. Got to be more then that. I got two lanes running tonight.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 11:02 PM

Stapleton's in Pontiac, MI, had an orange tub track that melted in their fire, when Wilma S. moved the shop out to a small building north of town on the Dixie Highway.

She also had a one there for awhile, I think it was red, used to stop in to chat in the HOPRA days in the '70s, never did race on it, wasn't set-up for open class cars.

There were two of them in Muskegon that we raced on. Gary Rider had one there, but I think he repainted it.
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Posted 30 May 2009 - 07:29 AM

Pat,

Should we count any of the four, or are they gone? I only heard of orange and yellow. There is a blue one in a barn find "on internet" was that painted? Someone said they had serial #; were do I look for that?

Was the one in Stapletons set up for racing? What kind of times?

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 10:21 AM

Back in the day, White Circle Raceway, in Detroit, used to have one. What became of it, I don't know.

Also, I believe that Michigan HOPRA Pres., Scott Terry, used to have one. Although, I don't know if he still has it.

Finally, there was someone, making replica tubs (minus track). I don't know if they're still available.

At least we now know what I don't know!
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 04:10 PM

Neither of Stapleton's tubs were smoothed out or powered for pro cars of the day, mainly had kids running A/FX rentals. One died, the other ???.

Don't know about the tracks in Muskegon, Gary Rider is known to cruise this site, or check MidwestHOGeeks.

Don't know about times, ran 1 minute lap and section qualifying as I remember.
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 08:35 PM

I am wiring the track. I always use bolts ,with aligator clips. What do I have to buy so if someone comes over and uses banana clips. What is the size jack? Are they available at Radio Shack?

Thanks for site, will go on now. Tried adding picture, think they were too large. Is there easier way?

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 08:52 PM

Greetings guys;

Sorry for my ignorance, but what is a Tub track?
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 12:11 AM

A tub track was made by Aurora Plastics. It was made of fiberglass. Used the T-Jet track, six lanes, at one corner it had lap counters. Was made for commercial use.

You could get one for approximately 25 dollars a month for approximeately 20 months. I think that was the fiqure I saw in an old slot cars mag earlier this evening. It was HO scale.
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 12:20 AM

Wow! Thanks, I had never heard of them.

Does anybody have a picture?
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 10:39 AM

Doug Hines at Gotham Cruisers is the guy doing a repro Tub sans track.

Here's a LINK to his website. Scroll down to see the pics of the bare tub.

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 11:20 AM

John,

Doesn't NJ Nostalgia Hobbies have one? I know they used to.
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 12:06 PM

Here's a LINK to a Tub track.

The track was released by Aurora a little too late and, as today, the HO scale doesn't mix that well in a commercial shop.

The inside two lanes are nearly all 9 inch radius turns, middle two lanes are all 12 inch radius, and the outside are mostly 15 inch.

A very interesting track to drive especially with the lower speed HO cars.
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Posted 02 June 2009 - 09:07 PM

John,

Its not in store anymore. I think he restored it & brought it home . I did not want to be the one to say it ,BECAUSE I`am NOT SURE.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:23 PM

Hi Guys,
There was one in the sixties at Don's Hobbies here in Greeley Co.
I would load my Ho stuff onto my cool stingray bike and head dowmtown toplay.
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Posted 13 June 2009 - 08:09 PM

Anyone , How can I solder to bolts for controllers, instead of wrapping ? Do I use torch like plumber pipe? Thanks
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 09:50 AM

John:
I have a pretty heavy duty iron from my chassis building that works OK, but you could pre-heat the bolts with a torch. The solder works better on brass bolts, so I would recommend those. Wrap the wire around the head of the bolt to make a good mechanical connection as well as electrical. I also used plumber-type flux, and then make sure I clean it afterwards.

Anyway, that's how I did it.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 10:01 AM

John,
Thanks for answering so Quick. I tryed calling the 610 # yesterday, To get that answer.
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:44 PM

There is the "new" Brystal routed tub track we raced on at the 2006 Western States and 2007 G3 Championship owned by Craig Nothsine. It is an absoulte blast to race on!

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:56 PM

I'm jealous! Nice track!
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 05:43 PM

Wow Craigs tubby is the best! Heres the one from G&G in Griffith IN . Its now owned by Mark Phiefer in Munster.tub.jpg
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 07:47 PM

That pic is from 71or 72
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 07:48 PM

That pic is from 71or 72
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 05:46 AM

WOW that is nice>
I just got all track screwed down. & lap counter hooked up now I can get back to bulding cars & Racing.
What kind of times for TJETS & 440`s or what ever your racing?
Thanks John
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