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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:30 AM

Here's the latest vintage drag racer restoration from Rodney:

 

I got around to restoring the second Brooklyn dragster.  
 
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Magnesium frame rails were shortened to cut off the corroded part of the frame and the frame was lightened mainly for a kooler look.  A big brass weight is in the nose.  An International axle bracket is installed along with Weldon gears.  The usual set screw Russkit wheels and German tires are used.  A long drop arm was made.
 
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This dragster had the RAM armature that powered the proxy event winning "Fred Dragster". A new motor was built a while ago using a Ram 850 6 volt motor.  The motor was lightened.  The armature was epoxied.  The non-brush side end-plate is shinier because a second one was made due to finding a crack in the first one made.  The magnet took quite a charge.  Ball bearings were used throughout.  A Ram stiff spring is used for the brush tension.
 
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Thanks for the Hubley Stinger body Ron.  The chassis has the usual aluminum sheet covering.
 
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Beautiful Rodney! Thanks for sharing. :D

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 01:06 PM

Wow! :heart: :D

Never get tired seeing vintage padlock dragsters and especially Rodney's restorations! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 10:32 AM

Another cool original '6's dragster restored by Rodney:
 
Pictures of the dragster that ran at J&J and Lee's. This was part of a box of dragsters that was sold on eBay.
 
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The box had dozens of winner ribbons and plaques from J&J and Lee's Raceways (eBay pictures attached).  
 
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The body number 9 is the original body.  
 
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Also attached are pictures of the unrestored car. I noticed the other dragsters posted on the French version of Slotblog.
 
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Years ago, Gary and I ran the dragster and got a couple of crazy ETs of close to 1 second flat. Then the commutator glazed over and times were reduced to 1.3 seconds. I did not have any comm drops.
 
I cleaned up the car and installed a new body. The motor was rebuilt. The motor was originally set up for 36 volts. Crazy spring tension. I had to change the spring to get it to run on normal voltage. I kept the original body.
 
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Note the wheelie bar wheel. The car was not run in our proxy drag race because wheelie bars were not legal for our event.
 
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Thanks for sharing Rodney!

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 11:06 AM

Excellent, thanks, guys! 

 

Didn't think wheelie bars were legal at the time either; at least, never seen one in the period reports. 

 

Don't remember seeing the photos on any French site: was it FOLM, French Slot Forum, or Retro Slot? Those are the three main ones I know of... 

 

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 07:26 PM

Hi Don. From Rodney:

 

More cars shown on  France - SlotForum
 
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I paid around $120, the cheapest mag car.
 
Rodney

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 03:55 AM

Thanks Rick and Rodney - should've known, our old buddy Fred! Who's built a couple drag strips here in France and even had permanent premises for awhile in Dijon, but lost them. And he was in our club in Paris about 15 years ago... 

 

I was lucky enough to get a period magwinder (with lots of period corrosion!) in the early days of ebay, but since then prices have skyrocketed. 

 

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 09:22 AM

Amazing finds and restorations :D

Rodney certainly has the magwinder :wizard: finding and winning these pieces of history.

Would love to grab one but those prices have definitely sky rocketed :(

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 09:34 AM

Here's the latest drag racer from Rodney in his own words:

 

 
I finished one of the aluminum dragster frames I recently purchased.  The chassis builder says he used T6 alloy for the chassis.  The main chassis is one piece. This chassis has an aluminum drop arm.
 
The wheel-base was extended with some brass rod.  The chassis extension also allowed the front end of the chassis to be dropped.
 
A Pittman 65-6 motor was used in place of a Parma D-can motor the chassis was built for.   No modifications to the frame were needed for the motor transplant.
 
Bevel gears with a 4 to 1 ratio were installed.  Russkit wheels and German tires are used along with ball bearings for the rear axle.
 
A tin motor shroud was constructed to hold the plastic Ford engine and blower.  A Cox driver figure, plastic gear cowling, a brass "gas tank" and some hand lettering complete the detailing.
 
Rodney
 
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Beautiful car! Thanks Rodney :)

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 12:42 PM

Had the exact same idea when these popped up on the auction site! Great job Rodney really looks the part :D
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