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#1 Quickcars

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

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Bought this one along with an unassembled kit version.  This one arrived today and I can't believe how small it is!  Take a look at the pic next to a standard size stapler.

 

Can't wait to see how it runs.  I will post pictures of this one and the kit version once I've built and detailed them.

 

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:55 PM

Those are lovely little cars, and exist in 4 different configurations, with one or two-piece bodies and two different grille options. One could decorate them in six different schemes as the decal sheet allowed for that. Fortunately Strombecker sold lots of them in racing sets and kits, so they are not too difficult to find. The kit had a factory assembled chassis but needed body assembly, and that was not often done too well by the customers. Excess glue is generally the main issue with missing trim parts on the survivors, unless one would be lucky to find an intact kit such as this one, signed by USAC hero Bob Harkey:

 

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:01 PM

Sure rattles the menory. My 1st set was one package up for Sears by Strombecker .Included 2 midget cars.cars didn't run for long before the motors gave out. May still have the box with track in it.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:11 PM

Aren't the axle spacers the wrong way round on the front of the car in the photo?

 

I would have thought for LTO the offset would be the other way, wide on the right, so the weight is on the inside of the turn.

 

(But remember, I'm an import - I know little about "roundy-roundy" racing!)


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:28 AM

Put it on the track and it is slooooooooooooooooooooooow.  Maybe I got a dud motor?  Were these cars particularly slow?


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

The motors were quite lively if I recall, sometimes over powering the little cars, so you must have a mediocre one in that car.

 

Aren't the axle spacers the wrong way round on the front of the car in the photo?

 

Dennis, there are no spacers to speak of in these cars, the front and rear axle are factory set and cannot be changed. The front axle has lots of play on its plastic hook protruding from the chassis, so it can look offset but it is actually centered.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:56 PM

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:48 PM

Paul, I believe those little motors were exclusive to just that one Strombecker car. Although I think the same basic motor, but slightly different is used in the strange Tootsietoy metal Corvair. Motor should run good, how do the wires look at the com? All there? Not cooked? Does the motor look like it was taken apart?

 

P.S. I did not forget to look for your drop arms, will keep you posted. Joe


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:43 PM

Thanks Joe!


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:33 PM

Indeed those motors are smaller than the standard Igarashi that powered the other Strombecker models, and is of the same size but not identical to that of the Tootsietoy Corvairs. Since Cosmo-Dowst owned both the Tootsietoy and Strombecker trademarks and all were built at the same location, and that Cosmo-Dowst also owned the Igarashi Motor Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, by that time, it is easy to understand...


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:32 PM

Has anyone tried squeezing another type of motor in this cramped little car?  Maybe an FF motor or 13D?


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Posted 03 August 2015 - 02:29 PM

Hmmm>?  Anyone???


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 09:31 AM

as Philippe says, the midget car had an special little version of the standart common open Strombecker ( made by Igarashi in Japan ) motor.

It´s like an standart Igarashi motor, but with little magnet, cause the small space.


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 09:37 AM

If you want to try with another motor non Factory assembly, maybe with the smallest Pittman or with Keyser MK I or MK II.


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 10:03 PM

Has anyone tried squeezing another type of motor in this cramped little car?  Maybe an FF motor or 13D?

I built one with a 13D set on edge that ran very well. I'll try to get it dug out  for some pix soon.


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Posted 06 August 2015 - 03:12 AM

Would love to see that...

 

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 06:03 PM

Me too Al.  Please dig faster!  LOL


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Posted 07 August 2015 - 04:24 PM

The monogram F-1 car also issued a midget body for THAT 13d powered frame...a bit larger than the Strombecker.  As it IS..a shelf princess, leave it alone.  To set one up to have fun with, the ff-050 should be a good option.  Look for a sub 15,000 rpm motor and create a whole new frame for it....Penelope Pitlane or other kit.  Might make a good resin cast kit....


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Posted 13 August 2015 - 09:42 PM

As promised, the 13D car. I used the rear carrier from an Eldon Concours chassis (maybe the only practical use for it). It's epoxied to the motor. The front of a Strombecker Midget chassis was trimmed to be screwed to the endbell and the whole drive assembly slides in with just enough resistance to keep it in place. The front axle tube is simply epoxied to the body shell. The wheel/tire combo is out of scale, but we ran an MPC spec rear tire and I just matched up the front.  I I also built one with the motor flat, but this one was always the car to beat in our group races. 

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 11:37 AM

Awesome, thanks for sharing!!!!

 

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