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#1 Mbloes

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:42 PM

It seems that every "large lot" has one of these things. I already have like four and I would really feel bad just throwing them away but there is really no future for these that I can see.
 
Same with the MRCs – I’ve got a bunch of these as well.
 
I feel like offering more and telling them just to keep it.
 
Carry on.
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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:25 PM

They work good with vintage cars and if you're just playing around try one with a Jail Door car that has a Fal motor.

You might have to switch the black and white wires.
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Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:00 PM

I'm gonna beat a friend's drum: Jersey John Molnar built THIS for George Blaha, when George developed some nerve problems and wondered if he could maybe work better with his thumb. Pretty good use of a plungerpak, I think.

 

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:25 PM

Ok I will dust one off and fire it up on my home track.

 

I will report back.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:34 PM

Cox sold nearly three million of these controllers, so you will see thousands of them surviving...

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 06:53 PM

Some of the odd colors are in demand. I always bid on lots that have one of the colors I don't have. Even if the rest of the stuff is crap.

Jersey John has given me some tips on how to make an electronic conversion to one. Just another slot project on the bucket list.
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Posted 22 January 2014 - 07:34 PM

They exist in gray (for home use), black, semi-transparent dark red, all from 1966. In 1967 there were updated versions in metal-flake semi-transparent orange and green, plus the adjustable Mark 7 in black. In 1969, the new "pro" controller was molded in black but it is a totally different animal.

Did I forget any color?

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 08:23 PM

Mike,
 
If there are any of the adjustable versions of either the Cox or the MRC in your stash, please let me know, I may want them.
 
I have a very good set of the regular Cox ruby and/or black ones, as well as some regular MRCs.
 
Also looking for at least one Pro controller - was that the one with the plug-in resistors?

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 04:46 PM

I keep my original black Cox variable in my antiques box along with the MRC and Ram controlers. 

Have got two different transistor thumb controls with four wires on the 'work to do' list as well.

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:22 PM

Also lookig for at least one Pro controller - was that the one with the plug-in resistors?

 

Yep, that's the one... :)

 


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:23 PM

A cursory review of my inventory this morning turned up only one Cox (red, my original when I was a kid) but three MRCs - two blues and one orange. I could have sworn I had a red Varipower but who knows, I know I've traded away stuff over the years.
 
Instead of getting mad maybe I'll do the whole "different color" thing. Good idea, Sam!
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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:24 PM

Mike,

Collecting controllers may cause (added) brain damage... :laugh2:
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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:41 PM

While a mere tot I lived in fear of a controller going out and not having one for each lane of my basement oval.
 
Now I have probably a hundred Cox, MRC, and various other controllers. I no longer fear a burned out controller and am much relieved!
 
Really wanted a Hoffman box, too. Now I'm blessed with a dozen or so. Happy, happy, happy.
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Posted 23 January 2014 - 09:43 PM

Don, it's great being old, isn't it? <G>

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:10 PM

When I was a kid never had a Cox controller, just MRC and BZ.
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Posted 23 January 2014 - 11:32 PM

Hi Bill,
 
Yea, it's nice to finally have a little spending money! :)
 
When I was about 16 I ordered two Thoric controllers from I believe it was called Discount Hobbies in Los Angles for about $3 each. Maybe the first electronic controllers and both still work fine. Had to wait till my second childhood for the Hoffman boxes though.
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Posted 24 January 2014 - 12:37 AM

I started racing at Polks Hobbies in NYC with one of the English-made blue controllers from a company called MRC, and changed to a Towerstat when they became available...
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Posted 24 January 2014 - 01:04 AM

MMRC?

 

IIRC...


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 01:25 AM

Maybe MRRC?
 
They must have been pretty popular, I have four or five of those, too. With the separate prong and nut for the brake wire.
 
And a half dozen or so of the Towerstats, too. It's cold outside tonight, eight degrees now and going lower. Believe I'll run a few laps with a Towerstat to warm the house before going to bed! :)
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Posted 24 January 2014 - 08:04 AM

They used to get to get smoking hot but they kept working... Sometimes they would stick, and wham... your car was wall fodder...
 
We ended up using an extra set of handles and screwing them on top of one another and connecting them together and then stretching the pushrod with some brass tubing and then holding the top handle to keep your hand away from the resistors...  

The English controllers were made with a resistor made from copper wire wound on a paper core and held together with a sort of varnish, but when they got hot the wire would fall off the core. But they were a lot better than trying to use the Scalectric controller on Polk's routed track....
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Posted 24 January 2014 - 12:28 PM

These are my personal favorites for classic controllers. Unfortunately, I only have this one. I used to have an orange one, tagged Mura.  
 
So, could the person to whom I traded the orange one to please contact me so you can return it!

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 07:02 PM

Looks a lot like my Ram with fancier parts.  All of the Rams I have seen were simple bike grips.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 07:11 PM

Mike, That is just a great looking piece of work


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 07:53 PM

Very Nice, art deco appeal.  

 

Mike,  Any story that goes with it?


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 08:27 PM

You know, nothing really.  This one was an ebay find.  I knew what it was instantly because I had one (the orange one) from when I was a kid.  I traded it away about 25 years ago for some more "modern" equipment.

 

There is an older thread on these here but there were no great photos, so I thought I would upload some of mine.  Larry was right - I believe they are related somehow to the Ram bike grip controller.

 

And I agree - just a fantastic design.  Very organic.


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