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#1 MSwiss

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 02:39 AM

After waiting for a couple of years for someone to come up up with ready-to-use hypoid gears for Retro racing, I finally gave up and designed a low-profile straight motor bracket for those who aren't whizzes at using a lighter to reform straight Parma King crown gears.

1" wide, .040" brass, 4.4 grams
Slightly better thickness to weight ratio than the .0335" thick, 3.7 gram JK hypoid bracket.

Versa-bracket, .040" brass - $9.50 each.
Brackagra for above, .040" brass - $10.50 each.
Combo - above two pieces and a 1.400" pre-cut 7/32" bearing tube - $19.95 set.
Taking orders now. Will ship in 7-10 days.

Questions and comments are welcome.

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Combination straight or hypoid bracket with adjustable height axle tube slots.

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Virtual perfect fit with new Brackagra bracket brace/weight.

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Unique design with flat bottom axle bearing plates and angled motor mounting plate. The motor at it's highest point is only raised approximately .030".

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Angled motor plate allows "straight" arm shaft/axle alignment for smooth gear meshes 99% of the time.

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"Straight across" motor plate design allows over .500" of solder area for TonyP style top piano wire bracket brace.

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For those racers like TonyP who think World domination can only be achieved by mounting the motor hypoid, the slotted holes in the face plate allow the motor to slide down even with the bottom of the chassis for the lowest CG possible.

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The only small compromise in mounting the motor hypoid is that with the angled face plate, the motor must be soldered in. The top must be tacked in first.

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Once the top is tacked in, for maximum strength, you must flip the chassis over and add solder to the slightly angled opening at the bottom.

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The slightly raised motor mounting plate facilitates soldering the motor on the bottom without having solder flow below the bottom level of the chassis.

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For those not wanting to use the Brackagra bottom plate, a hand-cut piece of 1/4" X .064" brass to brace the bottom of the bracket is available for $1.00.
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 06:02 AM

Mike, you are a genius. :D
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 08:53 AM

Hi Mike!

Beautiful parts!

I think they will be useful to build a 1/32 F1.

Are they already available?

Will you send the kit to me in Brasil?

Best regards,

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 09:17 AM

Pablo,

Thanks for the compliment.

Since you posted, I've added the pics and explanation on mounting the motor hypoid.
I was in the midst of doing it late last night when Slotblog "went down".

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 09:25 AM

I think they will be useful to build a 1/32 F1.

Are they already available?

Will you send the kit to me in Brasil?


At 1.000" wide, I'm not sure they would be ideal for 1/32 F1.
If this part is well received, I will come out with a .750" wide version ASAP.

I am taking orders now for 7-10 day delivery. (I've added that info to the original post.)

Yes, I ship to Brasil.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 07:31 PM

Yes, I considered just the motor bracket wideness, I forgot the Brackagra ...

I hope the 1/32 model will be available very soon.

Best regards,

André Acker.
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Posted 12 September 2010 - 07:23 PM

Mr. Swiss sold me (at three times the normal cost) serial # 001 and demanded I build it up and post pictures...

So her they are. All I did from stock was shorten the back up a little.

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Motor mounted inline. The front of the can is even with the bottom of the chassis, it does not hang down like it looks in the picture... just the angle of the shot.

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Bracket is perfectly square.
Best feature is the oval rear axle tube holes which allow a little tweaking to get the jig wheels perfectly flat.

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:03 PM

Tony,

Thanks for posting the great pics.

Nice looking chassis.

I'm pretty sure guys wouldn't also mind seeing at least one pic of the front of the chassis to see how everything went together.

When I get some bracket sets in tomorrow, I'll post a few pics of your terrific observation/idea on how to use the bracket hypoid and still be able to screw the motor in normally.
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 05:14 PM

Pretty cool. Always an adventure, this engineering thing.

I'll post a few pics of your terrific observation/idea on how to use the bracket hypoid and still be able to screw the motor in normally.


I was wondering about that. Seems like developing the bottom of the bracket so as to sit flat when tilted, then bending normal right angles, would allow the thing to set flat when built inline, and in hypoid mode the faceplate'll still sit flat against the motor - you just have about 1/64" of angled sideplates hiding up inside the Backagra. Most of us build things that look like that anyway, we'd never know the difference!

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 06:40 PM

Duffy,

You guessed correctly. Good job.

The undercut of the motor plate, while designed to facilitate the bracket laying flat, (why have three bottom surfaces to deal with to keep flat, when you only need two?) also allows you to push the bracket back .040" and have that undercut sit on top of the front of the Brackagra instead of butting up against it. That combined with the oval holes for the motor mounting screws, motor bearing and axle tube still allow the motor to lay flat with the bottom surface of the chassis and the axle tube to be jigged at the proper height.

And, yes, the side plates now angle down slightly and yes, it's not enough to matter.

The only minor compromise is the opening for the gear is now .040" forward so you might have to file the back of it (the opening) a bit if you use a 29t gear or not a problem at all if you do your build without the Brackagra.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 01:26 AM

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As mentioned in the post above, if you commit to run hypoid, you can build your chassis with the bracket face plate at 90 degrees which will allow you to screw the motor in normally. You have to build your chassis with a motor screwed in as shown.

Just hold the motor firmly against a flat surface and once you tighten the screws, the bracket side plates will wind up sitting at a slight angle as shown above.

Of course, once you have your main rails or Brackagra soldered into place, you can remove the motor if you wish.

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The undercut of the motor mounting plate is slightly higher
than the .040 thickness of the Brackagra.

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That undercut will allow you to either mount the motor/bracket in the "normal" fore-aft position on the Brackagra...

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... or the slightly cleaner look by pushing it back with the bracket face plate sitting above the Brackagra and the back
of the motor up against the front edge of it (the Brackagra).

In this position, you might have to notch the gear opening slightly larger in the back for larger diameter gears.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:55 AM

Truly a scratchbuilder's perfect bracket.

Bravo, Mike! :bb:

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 11:21 AM

Mike, add another 20 cents on royalties for figuring that out for you. LOL...

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 01:04 PM

I'm still glad you built #001 with the bracket "normal" so you can hear any improvement in the gear mesh or notice any loss of handling with the motor mounted angled up/NON-hypoid.

I'm sure a semi-smart guy like you will start in that position with a new virgin crown. Once you run it awhile that way, go to hypoid and defile the crown with your cigar lighter if necessary.

In our Hot Rod class, with using 1" tires, most car are built with the JK straight bracket and a pc of 1/16" brass under the motor. These races, if the marshals aren't chattering, are eerily quiet. The cars are like Whisperjets. Unless the reason is the larger diameter crowns we typically use with these (30-34t) are inherently quieter, a straight aligned motor shaft to axle has to be a way to reduce friction.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 01:15 PM

The trick is of course to start hypoid with a new crown, not one messed up by inline meshing gears. LOL...

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 10:46 AM

I like the piece shown in post #1 above for retro builds. I had to bump this up. Mike, I will call you. And Tony, great looking chassis as usual.
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 11:25 AM

Beautiful, Mike!

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 07:52 PM

Congrats to John Clow in winning the Dixie Retro Can Am race this past Saturday at Viper Pit in Thomasville, GA, with the C/R Versa-bracket/Brackagra combo, running non-hypoid.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 11:40 PM

Minor announcement.

Geary has revised his prices a bit to me.

The price of the Versa-bracket and Brackagra bottom plate have flip-flopped.
The Versa-bracket is now $9.50 (was $10.50)
The .040" Brackagra is now $10.50 (was $9.50)
The combo of the above (with a precut 1.400" long, 7/32" diameter bearing tube) is still $19.95.

Thanks to all who have purchased these in the past. The sales on these have exceeded my wildest expectations.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 01:34 PM

By the distinctive bending reliefs in the corners, it appears the C/R Versa-bracket swept both classe sat the Retro East™ opener/ John Gorski Sr. Memorial Race, at SpeedZone.

Congrats to Ed Sohl and Jay Kisling.

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 09:35 PM

Congrats to Sano Dave Fiedler on his TQ and win at the inaugural IRRL race at Chicagoland Raceway, using the Versa-Bracket/Brackagra combo, along with a steel Versa-tongue.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:12 PM

Congrats to Cap Henry on his TQ in GTC-FK at R4/5 using the C/R Versa-bracket and Brackagra.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:22 PM

Not sure if he used it "straight" or hypoid, but congrats to SpeedZone's Mike Iles on his podium finish in GTC-PD at Retropalooza 3, using a Chicagoland Raceway Versa-bracket (and coined steel guide brace).

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 07:56 AM

Congrats to Kevin Van Pelt on his second place finish at the Summer race/Sano Warm-up yesterday at Chicagoland Raceway.

After he was convinced at the recent ROC race that modifying his bracket and angling up his arm shaft/pinion, more in line with the axle, "woke his motor up", and contributed to his podium finish in F1, he removed the hypoid bracket from his Ray Price Z-Rail Can-Am chassis, and retro-fitted it with a Chicagoland angled Versa-bracket.

At the race yesterday, along with only falling one lap short of knocking off Sano Dave, he ran fast lap of the race and fast lap on six of eight lanes, including being a full 2 tenths (.20) faster than anyone else on Black, and .16 faster than the field on red.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:44 AM

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:56 AM

Thanks, Mike and Ray, for the kind words and good products.

As you mentioned, at the ROC for the F1 race, I was introduced to the motor mounting practice by Greg VanPeenen. The same motor that was mid-pack in my Can-Am car was put in my Dennis Samson F1 chassis and immediately was one of the fastest cars on the track and convinced me that this mounting practice was the way to go. The problem doing this with a modified bracket, the angle and alignment was eyeballed and not precise enough to replicate with multiple motor installations.

The Versa Bracket has solved that problem. I have installed a number of these in my cars, including the Manta Ray Z-railer I ran this weekend with the same results. If I had my way, I would make the same angled bracket without the "Versa" for an absolute fool proof install.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 10:20 AM

Being an infrequent Retro racer until recently, I have to be honest that most of my blog viewing was done on that other site.

This morning when this topic popped up, I was surprised to see these brackets have been available since 2010. A very well-kept secret by the fast guys that have been using them since then!!

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 03:46 PM

Congrats to Bud Bartos on his podium placing cars in both F1 (including TQ) and Stocker at this past weekend's Retro Summit, using C/R Versa-brackets and Brackagras.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:21 PM

Congrats to Dave "Shadow" Simerka, on his F1 win at  Penn-Ohio Race #5, at Rt. 93 Raceway, in Akron, OH, using the Chicagoland Versa-bracket and Brackagra.
 
Dave also had a Chicagoland brass Versa-tongue on his Bud Bartos-built Z-rail chassis.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:36 PM

Congrats to Cap Henry on his R4/6 Can-Am win.

Cap had a C/R Versa-bracket and Brackagra on his Mike Muir-built, Bartos style, torsion Z-rail chassis.
 
This is the second year in a row Cap has taken a win at the IRRA™'s biggest event of the the year, using a Mike Muir-built Z-rail chassis using the Versa-bracket and Brackagra.
 
BTW, below the pic of Cap's car is the original Hot Rod chassis that inspired me to build my first Retro three-rail, Z-rail torsion chassis, back in 2010.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:25 PM

Brad Feuerstein's Mike Muir-built third place F1 also had a Versa-bracket. My fourth th place car will soon have one LOL.
 
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Posted 02 May 2013 - 06:53 PM

Congrats to Dominic Luongo on his Can-am win at The Retro Revival, held at Rapid Raceway.

 

Along with the Versa-bracket, he also used a C/R "Horseshoe" bracket brace, and C/R steel guide tongue brace.


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 08:47 PM

Congrats to Gary Clinton Jr. on his GTC-FK Coupe win at RetroPalooza 4, at Hudson Valley Raceway, using a C/R Versa-bracket on his Eric Gehrken/3D-built chassis.
 
Gary also took second, with the same car, in GTC-PD.
 
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:35 AM

Thanks, Mike, for making such a great motor bracket. Couldn't believe the difference in setting a proper gear mesh and how quiet my cars were.
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:01 PM

It's all I use now!


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:55 PM

Congrats to Duran Trujillo on his Can-Am win at the Summer Classic at BP Raceway, using a Chicagoland Raceway 2 degree bracket on his Greg VanPeenen-built chassis.
 
The chassis also featured a Chicagoland Raceway coined steel guide tongue brace.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:34 PM

Geary recently whipped up a new bracket for Thazer Raceway owner, Dave Geehring.
 
It's an .040" thick, 2 degree (super gear mesh), with the distance from the the motor to axle approximately the same as a JK.
 
It's 3/16" hole for direct bearing installation, but I'll open up the hole with an Unibit for a 7/32" axle tube, N/C.
 
Along with the square top, taller motor mounting plate, for ease of soldering your piano wire "U" brace, it has screw holes at 12 and 6 o'clock to give racers an easier way to switch motors without removing the crown gear.
 
For 1" wide (shown), order Thazer1.
 
For 3/4" wide, order Thazer75.
 
Add the "AT" suffix for an axle tube.
 
$10.00 each - short discount available to raceways.
 
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Square top, taller motor mounting plate, for more area to solder your piano wire, top "U" brace.
 
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2 degree, SGM design (super gear mesh)
 
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Additional mounting holes at 12 and 6 o'clock.
 
If using a piano wire "U" brace on top, soldered to the face, vs the top edge, unless split, the 12 o'clock hole will probably be covered.
 
I think Dave G.'s plan is to use the 6 o'clock hole to screw in the motor and solder it on top.
 
Note: If using either of these holes with self-tapping screws, the initial installation of the screw will probably raise up
a burr, which should be carefully ground/scraped off.
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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:37 PM

Very nice looking bracket, Mike. :)

Got a slight vintage slot car look to it... or it could just be me? :laugh2:

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 09:52 PM

Here's what the 3/4" version of the new "Geehring" bracket looks like:

 

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 10:55 PM

They look super sano!


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 10:58 PM

Looks good, Mike.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:07 PM

3/4 bracket looks just as good as the 1" one, top stuff!

How much are they, Mike? Same price as the normal Versa-bracket?
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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:39 PM

$10 each.

With the taller faceplate they use up a little more material.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 01:39 AM

Congratulations to Duran Trujillo, on edging out the field at the Aug. 24 SCRRA race, in one of the closest, first thru eighth finishes, in the seven-year history of Retro racing, using a C/R Versa-bracket and guide tongue brace, on his Greg VanPeenen-built chassis.
 
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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:49 PM

Congrats go out to all the winners at Sano 7 using the Chicagoland Raceway Versa-Bracket, Retro racing's original and only (as of this date) production angled face bracket, in their GVP chassis.
 
Ralph Thorne (GTC PD), David Krumnow (Can-Am FK), and Matt Bruce(Can-Am PD) all won, with Matt setting a new distance record of 299-1/3 laps.
 
Ralph and Matt flip-flopped, TQ'ing the class they didn't win.
 
The top three in GTC-PD, and four overall, ran them.
 
In the Can-Am PD A Main, an unprecedented seven of the eight cars ran them, including the top seven.
 
All the above mentioned PD cars, also used the C/R steel and brass, guide and horseshoe bracket braces, and used modified JK D311 (the original circa 2008) nose/pan piece.
 
Greg VanPeenen has asked me to produce the modified nosepiece along with a lightened version of guide brace, time frame to be determined, but realistically, not in the next two weeks.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:14 PM

In the Can-Am PD A Main, an unprecedented six of the 8eight cars ran them, including the top five.

 
Make that seven of eight.
 
My JK X25R had your bracket in it as well.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:28 PM

Thanks, Kev, my brain is only working on seven cylinders.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:44 PM

That's the first time I used one of those brackets and I was digging it. Killer gear mesh!

 

Why make it harder than it has to be?


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:53 PM

Thanks, Ralph.
 
Congrats on your super showing at the race.
 
Your double runner-up and a win (like David K in FK) in PD on the King was a whole lot of all right.
 

Thanks, Kev, my brain is only working on seven cylinders...


... and normally it's one of these. LOL.
 
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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:02 PM

And I just happen to have a JK kit with this bracket in my "to be built" pile... timing is everything! :D
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