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#1 dc-65x

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:12 PM

I'm finally retired now but I've never worked harder over the last four months :wacko2: . But it's done, my old track was disassembled and moved to Rodney's house. My workshop, milling machine, all those "Toys For Retirement" and our other worldly possessions were packed up and moved to our new (well, eight year old) home in beautiful southwestern Oregon.

The builder of the home was a quilter and had the living room and dining room turned into one large craft room. That's now "my room". It's 25' long and 15' wide. Here's a top view of the room layout and the space I'll have for a track:

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I wish it was bigger... heck I'd love to have a full size MTT but this will work :) . I'm going to be contacting track builders to get some ideas. Rodney and I were thinking of a mini Hillclimb style that would have a couple of straights on top of each other to save space like this Steve Ogilive track:

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Maybe only three lanes and it would have to be modified so the donut would fit in the angled part of my room. I'll be contacting track builders in the hopes they'll work with me... just a little hobbyist dude. :unknw:

Anywho, here's the room with all my tools and supplies spread out on the floor waiting for my LISTA technical workstations to show up:

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Here's the view out that window in the above picture. I'm in a neighborhood but I can still see the mountains. I can look out and know I'm NOT in the city anymore. :) :

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This is where the two LISTA workstations will go:

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Here's my view out these windows:

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And next to the window, above the workstation is a little flat screen TV on an articulating arm mounted to the wall:

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When the workstations showed up, one was shipping damaged :dash2: . I did get the undamaged one set up and it's slick:

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All that stuff along the wall fit into it :shok: . You can see the back wall is empty now...

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... and everything is in these drawers:

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:16 PM

Very cool, Rick; well deserved. I'm jealous!
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:18 PM

GREAT setup you have there!

I really like the work desk/work bench. Is it custom-built or available at some store?

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:20 PM

That's wonderful!! Yeah - I'd go down to three lane to save room - check out Dennis Samson's track - and a smaller version of my Hillside would work as well. Have fun getting it designed and set up!! Looks like you're on the way to truly enjoying retirement!!! :)
She's real fine, my 409!!!

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:26 PM

Thanks, Tex. The downside to this is I'm old :laugh2: . I sure don't miss getting up at 5 AM to go to work though.

Rick, the LISTA stuff is really nice. We used them where I used to work. The downside is they really cost too much!

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:28 PM

Hi Tim,

Can I see some more pics of your track please?

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:33 PM

Wheee... :good: :D :D
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:02 PM

Rick, way to go! I have too go with Tex's post. Build on please.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:15 PM

Wow... great setup, better view.

Life is good! Best of luck.
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:47 PM

Nice slot space but moving is a pain, is it not.

Views? Carpet on the floor? Pristine benches?

You have it made....enjoy yourself, Rick.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:59 PM

Wow, with all those tools you would think you could build something worth looking at :laugh2: Of course you know I'm kidding. What a dream setup. I do not see the most important pieces of equipment, the fridge and a vintage Sansui quad amp with speakers and turntable. :D Also an open jar of Wintergreen oil, some dried out rubber and some smelly aging Butyrate woiuld add to the overall experience. Anyway,it's just wonderful all around. Good for you, I'm sure you worked very hard all of your life.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:17 PM

Here's the other side of the "my room". It has all my vintage "pieces parts" drawers. On top of that I put down some shelving and set some hobby size power tools. I'm trying to use up as little floor space as possible to save it for the track:

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The cabinet on the right holds more stuff:

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The oak library holds mostly organized photo copies of vintage magazines. Period ads and articles are arranged by manufacturer:

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The original magazines and newletters are stored above my wife's clothes in the master bedroom closet:

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Future projects are there too in shoe boxes:

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The few model kits I kept for the move are there too. I just don't seem to build many hard body cars :unknw: . I don't know why because hard bodies can be really beautiful:

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This is my last space inside the house....my "body closet". Lots-O-Vac-Bodies:

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Next is the garage-shop......

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:22 PM

Nice going Rick.
Apart from a couple of Datsuns, that looks like part of my hard body collection.
Looks like you're on the way to a lot of FUN... :clapping:

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:00 PM

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:30 PM

Wow, what a great fabrication and building situation to have! A very capable workspace and tools and great supply of parts and bodies.

I hope one day you could build a chassis for me. I would be patient for it too.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:47 PM

My wife and I are both what she calls "crafters". We've both planned for this for a long time. We have no living room or dinning room...we have craft rooms :)

WEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Let the games begin :dance3:
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:59 PM

Congrats on your new home!

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:26 PM

Congratulations Rick on retirement and the new abode. Good luck trying to find enough time now. LOL.....
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:02 AM

dang nice set up Rick, sure got a nice view from the track room. nice organization by the way.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:13 AM

Amazing, simply amazing Rick !

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 04:59 PM

Looks like the ultimate play room! Boy, are you guys gonna be busy!

My wife and I are both what she calls "crafters". We've both planned for this for a long time. We have no living room or dinning room...we have craft rooms :)

WEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Let the games begin :dance3:


Ah ha!!! Thanks for the decorating tips! I've just gotten rid of my couch and picked up a Sherline Lathe and Verticle Mill! Acres of room now! :laugh2:
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:41 PM

You can find more pics of my track in the "club tracks" section. Look for "The Hillside Raceway"!! Looking good--keep it up!!
She's real fine, my 409!!!

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:57 PM

I've just gotten rid of my couch and picked up a Sherline Lathe and Verticle Mill! Acres of room now! :laugh2:


Couches, we don't need no stinking couches! Power tools....we need more power tools! :D

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:25 PM

Okie Dokie. I left off with only one of the two work stations....the other one was damaged in transit:

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I still had all this junk in the bottom row of the picture to put into the second workstation:

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YIKES!

Well, the second workstation arrived and all the junk fits :D :

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Here's the new baby:

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Four of the eight drawers opened:

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Both of my babies together (a special prize if you can guess what movie is playing on the TV.....hint....it's not car related):

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And my space, now opened up and ready for.....A TRACK:

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Time to contact the track builders..... :) :dance3: :dance3: :dance3: :dance3: :)

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:34 PM

Nice operating room.

Looks like a whole heap of fun.
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Posted 27 August 2012 - 10:02 PM

That is just awesome!!! I can only wish to be that organized...............
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:10 AM

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:26 AM

Sawing, Dremeling, grinding and turning over carpet !?! Your wife must be very understanding...... :) !

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:30 AM

Movie guess.. " it's a Wonderful Life"

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:17 AM

Wow. Maybe I'll organize my workspace later... Amazing stuff here Rick.
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 12:07 PM

For the cost of those 2 Lista benches you could have bought a Gerding track.... :D

It's a great set-up. Enjoy your retirement to its fullest!
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:00 PM

For the amount of the check I just wrote the contractor for putting in the French drainage system, I could have bought 3 Gary Gerding tracks :shok: :dash2: :laugh2: .

I still buying a track...no matter what :dance3:

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:58 AM

I'll never be that organized. Great shop!
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 12:42 AM

Hi Rick!

Congratulations on your retirement from your "job". I know you'll never retire from building slot cars.

Are you also a Datsun BRE fan?! From the looks of the stacked BRE Datsun model cars it looks like it. I too am a Datsun fan having built quite a few of the real cars.

I know your new place will definitely be a pleasure to work in - congratulations again. Hope to see you at Eddie's sometime in the future?!?!!?

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:40 AM

Hi Ernie,

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The yellow Revell Datsun 510 “Brock Buster” kit in the picture is a model of my real car. I sold it to Pete Brock with everything done but the motor and paint which he finished. I met up with Pete years later and he told me, “That was a great car. I sold it to the president of the Ferrari Club in Southern California”. I sure wish I’d kept it……

With Pete Brock's help I had a 510 Trans AM car built for the street when BRE was racing in the series. It had camber and caster adjustable "heim joint" front suspension with altered attachment points. The rear suspension was adjustable and also had altered attachment points to reduce negative camber gain that occurred after lowering the ride height. The work was done by Troutman and Barnes (builders of the first Scarab and Chaparral I). BRE crew chief Trevor Harris help sort out the suspension on their improvised skid pad next to their race shop.

The interior was completely stripped and redone. Race car fabricator Bruce Burness built the welded in half roll cage, racing seat and head restraint. I went to Simpson for the racing seat belt and shoulder harness. The hood was fiberglass as were the flared front fenders. The rear fenders had fiberglass flares added and the inner fenders were "tubbed". Pete Brock donated the fiberglass parts to the project.

The wheels were magnesium American Mag racing wheels same as the race cars used. The same thing with the tires. I ran Goodyear or Firestone racing rubber same as the race cars. There were no real high performance street tires like there are today. Running racing tires on the street gave me a killer advantage over most street cars. I just had to put up with ZERO traction in the wet, constant flat tires and tire replacement every few thousand miles!

Sorry, I ‘m babbling………

Ernie, I hope to fly down and hook up with Rodney and you. I miss going to Eddie’s…..

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 03:02 PM

Kool Pete Brock story. :music:
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:58 PM

Hi Rick,

That's a great story!!! Can't wait to share it with my Datsun buddies. Last year I corresponded briefly by email with Pete regarding his "Datzilla" 510. After the BRE Trans Am days, I got to know Pete's crew chief Mac Tilton quite well. He built a few of my motors and I remember driving thru the night to get to El Segundo, where his shop was located years ago and always got some free "leftover" Datsun Comp parts because Mac told me he was clearing out all the Datsun stuff to make room for Nascar and F1 race cars parts he was now fabricating at that time.

Thanks for sharing that great story! I don't know if you're aware that Pete started up the BRE name once again offering lots of memorabilia!

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:39 AM

Rick, I noticed you have a Carlisle Magnetize r. I also have one and would like to ask you a few questions. Ive noticed that several people put the cans in differently, some with the can horizontal and others vertical or perpendicular to the jaws. Which is the correct way. Also I race Retro puppy dogs which are sealed. Is there a way to zap the mags with a complete motor..I would like to frefresh the mags after a race.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:25 AM

Hi Rick,

If you'll pardon me for asking this off topic question please?! Would you have photos of your Datsun 510 you sold to Pete please?

Thanks Rick!

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 03:46 PM

Last Friday, while waiting at a light, a bone-stock Datsun 510 (2 door) pulled up next to me. It even had the blue and yellow plates on it. I wonder if the guy gets tired of the offers to buy it. :boredom:
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:07 PM

Rick, I noticed you have a Carlisle Magnetize r. I also have one and would like to ask you a few questions. Ive noticed that several people put the cans in differently, some with the can horizontal and others vertical or perpendicular to the jaws. Which is the correct way. Also I race Retro puppy dogs which are sealed. Is there a way to zap the mags with a complete motor..I would like to frefresh the mags after a race.


Hi John,

I've been doing my magnets vertical with a slug (loose or in the can) as they fit nicely in the curved notches of the Zapper.

Ernie,

My pictures are "pre-digital" so I'd have to remove them from the album and scan them. I found this picture on the internet. It must have been taken at Pete's shop after I sold him the car. The front fenders, rear flares and hood are unpainted. I put the bumpers on to sell the car. I never ran bumpers....too much dead weight. :D

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Here it is after Pete painted it:

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#42 Alchemist

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 01:46 PM

Rick!

I remember that article but at that time I had a plethora of magazine subscriptions so I do not remember what magazine did that writeup?!! Real nice car Rick!

Thank you.

Ernie
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#43 HarV Wallbanger III

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 09:26 PM

That is just awesome!!! I can only wish to be that organized...............


Only one I know that is as organized is Dennis Samson! Looks good when the track going in?

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Hello my name is Barney and I was... I am addicted to glue, magnets, and wings... I have been clean and sober years now... NOW I'm hooked on 1/32 club track racing! Dang!
 

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screw-on braid, motors that look like padlocks, that dang fuse wire in Cox controllers, "hand" painted bodies, the very first can motors from Mabuchi, and the smell of wintergreen then you are OLD!... like me!

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 04:31 PM

Here's the latest addition to the shop. She should help disorganize things pretty quickly Barney:

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That's "Tiny Dancer" a 2.75 pound rescue kitten. Hard to catch her still. Here she is in full blur next to the shoe box size slot car parts bin drawers:

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Along with the the smallest cat in the shelter we thought we should team her up with the biggest......five year old Charlie. He's 18 pounds of "road hugging weight". Kind of the Pontiac of the cat world:


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He's definitely a "wide track" cat. Speaking of tracks, I need one :)

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#45 Champion 507

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:27 PM

Rick,

I'm a little slow. I just saw this thread for the first time tonight.

Looks like your investments in "toys for retirement" have a great new home. May you have many happy years of building enjoyment in your new abode!
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:35 PM

Okay--it's November---where's your track??? :)
She's real fine, my 409!!!

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:00 AM

...no pressure Rick!! :wacko2: :sarcastic_hand: :heat:
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:23 AM

tick-tock-tick-tock...
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#49 'Slots of Fun'

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:39 AM

Couches, we don't need no stinking couches! Power tools....we need more power tools! :D


What's goes next...the bed?!!! :laugh2:

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:57 AM

Yes, I really miss my old home track and being able to go to Eddie's Slot Car World..........

I've been working on the garage. I'm setting up a tool cart with a Micro Mark spray booth on top and room for a compressor and air brush and.....but no track yet :fool:

Here are links to the builders I've found so far:

Gerding Fast Tracks

Steve Ogilive Custom Tracks

Tunkel Hand Crafted Tracks

Cruzin Track Systems

Are there any others out there?

Rick Thigpen
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