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Thanks, Gene! A couple Detroit style Thingies


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#1 don.siegel

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 04:33 PM

Hi, 
 
Since Paul (SlotStox53) asked to see my Dyna-powered Shinoda Thingie, I thought I'd put up some of the great cars that Eldon "Gene" Adams built for me a few years back, around the time of the first Thingie Proxies... 
 
I don't remember all the names offhand, but they're all done up as he would have done at The Groove, back in '67 or so... Here's one with a Dyna motor, just a Classic can in fact - this is the motor I bought from an old toy dealer - it had a dead arm (but the original white epoxy!), so I just put in a regular 26D arm for now...
 
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Winner of the first Thingie Proxy - largely thanks to a great chassis by Gene. I just happened to pull out a Chong rewind I had found in an eBay lot and it worked great throughout all the races - thanks Bruce (Chong)! Those are Ortmann tires, mandatory for this proxy, all on European tracks. 
 
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And the Dart 1, you could tell this was a labor of love for Gene - a lovely chassis, slider type I believe, and an unmarked Dyna motor, with the glassy blueish epoxy... 
 
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Come back with us to the days of The Groove (I was in Chicago at the time, but who know all that was going on just a few hours to the north?).
 
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Posted 21 October 2015 - 05:11 PM

Generally speaking, I'm not the biggest fan of "thingies", but...  Number 6:love:
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Posted 21 October 2015 - 06:32 PM

Wow! So glad I asked, those Thingies are just so sweet!

All great pieces of work but that Dart 1 :heart: Looks like it's stuck to the floor being soooo low.

Thanks for posting them, Don. :good:

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 07:30 PM

:heart:


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 07:43 PM

Thingies bring their own sense of elegance.

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 10:56 AM

I could get behind anything called "Detroit-style Thingies", especially with the chassis design freedom. Reminds me of the brass HO cars of the same era.

 

They look just like slot cars ... left out in the sun and melted to the track! Simply fascinating!


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Posted 30 November 2015 - 09:37 PM

I hope I'm posting this in the correct section ...if not....moderators please move. Anyway...I have an original astro v in decent condition. The body....not so much. Does anyone make after market bodies for this? I can figure out tires and such but really want to paint a new body for it. Any help provided would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted 01 December 2015 - 05:31 AM

Hi Davey, 

 

Not really the right thread, but mods will take care of it... anyway, one or two guys did do repops of this, but not sure how active they are these days. 

 

Ray?

 

Look at ebay too, because these bodies do come up pretty regularly, often prepainted. 

 

Don 


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Posted 01 December 2015 - 07:21 AM

Davey, if Don doesn't mind, no reason why your post can stay here, IMO it's relevant.

But you'll have much better results if you simply start a new thread "Astro V Body wanted" on this same section -Thingies.

If you do that, I will also duplicate it in Racer Swap Shop.

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 09:48 AM

Thank u all for the responses. I'm in no rush but would like to sort of surprise my father and resurrect this sooner then later. I can't find anything on e-bay. I sent a few emails out to hobbyists out of the country as well. We will see. Thank u for helping. I will post a new thread as well.
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