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BWA powered Ford stocker

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#1 Robert Livingston

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 02:56 PM

Start with an AMT 1/43 '36 Ford:
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Rebuild as a stock car, from a throwback bull ring where they raced the last of the full-fender cars:
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Artin "Childford" F1 chassis makes things easy. Wheelbase is right, axles/wheels/tires OK, but the 3v motor is way too fast. Substitute one of those sample BWA FF-030 mills, just right for 13.6v running. Slot Car Heroes pinion drives old Carrera take-out gear.
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3/32" ID brass tubing makes better bearings, but is still a little sloppy on undersized Artin axle. But who cares? Note gear mounted on left side of pinion, for high speed oval running:
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Low profile BWA motor allows "full" interior bucket to be retained, such as it is:
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Total car weight is 56 grams, with lots of lead glued under the running boards. Without bothering to true the tires, car sets 1/43 lap record on East New York Raceway, at blistering 7.345 seconds per 61 feet (1/32 NC-1 cars do 6.0, +/-.3). Car is easily driven, seems to have just the right power/weight/traction balance. You can lose it in the corners; no need for more power. Thanks to Al of BWA for the sample motor, with this performance data:

BWA short motor (FF-030), 14,000-14,500 RPM/12v factory rating; tested 13,862 RPM/12v.
28 gcm/12v factory rating.

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 10:19 PM

great job there Robert! ;)

Glenn Orban
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 12:40 PM

This is a really great scratch!

Gratulations !

Richard Muschalik

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