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#1 Lone Wolf

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 11:30 AM

I have a few cars that were built, raced, and owned by Duane York who was a founder of Team GAMRA. The Grumman Auto Model Racing Association. The paper shown came from Duane also. It highlights the meet where they took on Team EMMRA. Seems they did not do much winning against EMMRA that day. Those that raced against Howie, Sandy, and Brian Wolfsohn rarely did, I imagine, :dash2: Duane did win concours that day but the exact car is not specified.

The car is exactly as found. Front axle setup is a little weird but that's how I found it and that's how it's staying. Someone please tell me the body name and maker.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:30 PM

Joe,

Really cool pics of a dynamite car !!! I think Electric Dreams makes/made a repob of that very same body, that I believe is indeed a Honda.
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Posted 25 October 2012 - 05:38 PM

Possibly a Russkit, altho the nose looks a bit different...

What's odd about the front?

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:35 PM

The front end is a Dynamic dyna-flex and you can't get standard spacers on the axle because there is no room between the axle and the fixed part of the front end, so you have to use thin walled tubing, and in this case oilite bearings are used as spacers outside the tubing.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:37 PM

It is of course a Russkit 1966 Honda 3-liter. Russkit issued the body separately as unpainted, but also as rather scarce kits with either painted/decaled or clear bodies.
of course you would not want to change a thing on the car, because that's the way the Grumman boys ran theirs.
The motor looks like a French rewind, and apparently the gentleman who assembled the car misplaced the brass endbell mount, explaining the tape!

To see more of the Russkit Honda kits, please CLICK HERE and HERE.

Russkit also produced this model as a RTR only for export and generally in a metallic brown color with black fogging, but also in silver or light metallic blue, also with black fogging.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:48 PM

Gary, it's hard to get one past you :) As Ed McMahon once said " You are correct Sir " Thanks Dokk. I must admit I never saw that particular package with that car. Let me ask you another question. Where were these bodies factory painted. And don't say the factory :sarcastic_hand: Was it in the States? Was it done by Women as so many plants like Monogram and Aurora used to assemble and paint things?

And I forgot to mention the way he did the pipes in that color. Looks like a severe lean condition ready for a meltdown. I dig it.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 07:19 PM

Joe,
All the russkit bodies were painted in the Los Angeles area, in the day it was quite routine. Russkit had its own painting booths in all three locations in which they operated. Likely both men and women would have been painting the bodies on front of a wide spray booth, able to accomodate up to 4 employees.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:25 AM

purdy car! i would just replace the missing stacks.
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