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#1 Maximo

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:58 PM

Brotherhood of the Thingies,

I am building all at one time a number of '60s Ready-to-Run Thingies that I have been unable to purchase otherwise on eBay!

The first one is the Premier Cyclone Avenger and my intentions are to update some aspects of these Thingies but still remaining in the spirit of what made me love these cars and the excited that they generated in my mind when I was a younger chap!

More to follow...!

-Max

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:36 PM

Since this is not intended to be "authentic" as much as retro, I decided to use the Jet Flag guide so that I can more easily use modern brushes. This transition also allows me to still use a vintage guide weight, although I had to drill it from 1/8" to 3/16".

This is how it looked in the package, acquired long ago fron Mike Zimmerman, I also picked up another one thinking it might be used for a different thingie body later.

I noticed that the rear bearing were a very rough fit and would not easily install properly into the holes, so I hand drilled them to ensure a nice fit and also replaced the rear bearings with better ones.

When trying to install the Jet Flag, it was apparent that there was a clearance problem, so I penciled area that would need to be removed but still retaining the original shape of this chassis which form fits the original body! I also needed to reform the wire drop arm to accomodate the new guide.

Once I finished the material removal, I needed to size it up again and then realized that I needed to shim the guide so that the drop arm would better accomodate the guide, so I used an axle bushing intended to reduce a 1/8" axle to 3/32".

That did the trick, so lastly a decided to clean-up the aluminum chassis to shine better!

 

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:13 AM

Interesting, keep up the good work.


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:31 AM

Ben,

I had given up this thread for dead! I suppose that proxy racers are all that seem to matter any more, but here is the next installment.

As you can see, the clearance for the Jet Flag guide is very good now...

Next, I chose a nice set of matching wheels and tires from the '60s era painfully sourced from eBay over time and then used the newer smaller 1/8" brass nuts that I bought from both Professor Motor and EJ's to cap off the ends of the axles.

-Max

 

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:47 PM

Very nice. :)


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 04:43 PM

Here is the latest RTR from my stable. Finally completed with a Jairus body paint work and mounting.

 

I built this one up from available parts collected over years. The wheels and tires are not of OEM issue but work for my version. 

 

I also polished the frame since I was already slowing grinding away some of the metal in front of the original guide flag which I discarded.

 

-Maximo

 

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 05:02 PM

:good: Looking good, Maximo. I have been "poking along" with my Cyclone project. Mine is ready for paint now. I am thinking a single tone paint job with an offset, full length rally type stripe. 

 

I also went with a more modern guide shoe with the push-in brushes. The original Cyclone guides are kinda difficult and harder to use I think.

 

I also need to lathe my rear tires a bit to true them and reduce the diameter a tiny "hair" bit. I am also going to try and reduce the width by plating with gear and spacers.


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Posted 26 May 2017 - 07:56 PM

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Another photo op!

 

-maximo


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