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#1 Pablo

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Posted 23 July 2016 - 01:52 PM

I'll bet you have unused cars just sitting on a shelf like I do.

Maybe a class that was popular for a while, then the track closed ?

Tires are flat spotted, body has a layer of dust, motor and chassis oxidized.

Shelf orphans :)

 

For my upcoming move, everything needed to be either saved or discarded.

These cars are keepers, for nostalgia or whatever reasons. Not for sale.

All are in the process of being restored to running condition.

 

A G12 Box Stock, old style, not intended for modern competition.

Motor: Freshly assembled BOW (Monty Ohren - RIP) arm in a Koford Feather Light can and a Kelly Racing endbell gifted by Greg Wells years ago.

Chassis: Freshly tumbled ZAP (Craig Landry - RIP)

Body: Aero Racing Products

 

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My old Polka-Dot Mini-Cooper:

Chassis: Pablo

Motor: Falcon IV

Gears: Slot-It

Motor bracket: original BWA by Al Penrose

Tongue: Cobra

 

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Coming soon:

-a rusty old GT1 chassis

-Flexi 1 chassis gifted by Bill, blueprinted by Pablo

-Champion Turbo Flex blueprinted by Pablo for oval racing (2010 AMSRA Champ chassis)

-4.5" JK Cheetah 7 USRA NASCAR chassis by Forsythe

-Koford "Beuf" old Box Stock chassis


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Posted 23 July 2016 - 05:55 PM

Mini Cooper chassis was dirty but still in good shape.

Upgraded downstops, some corrective tweaking, a quickie cleaning, done.

 

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 07:24 AM

Slot were meant to be used, take those shelf Queens down ,add some new rubber, replace the motor or what ever it takes to get them running again. Bring them to the Dungeon and let us see them run.


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Posted 24 July 2016 - 11:39 AM

Hey Paul, the body you have there is actually a  Minisprint. I know if you search minisprint you get a lot of pics of half size sprint cars. But the real car is a much modified mini body that has been replicated here.

I raced a slot car version of this car in the late 60s in the stock car class. It was quite a site to see me race next to American stock cars which were 3 times the size.  

 

Neville Trickettickettd had the idea of cutting the Mini body both through the windscreen pillars and also through the waistline of the body itself, in order to reduce wind resistance for racing.  The operation and we set up in a workshop in Wallisdown, Bournemouth, which belonged to a young chap called Surtees whose father had made a fortune in the record-player business with the "Dansette". We had two further great blokes, Haggis and Nick Jenke and we all got stuck in to produce a Racer and a Road version.


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Posted 24 July 2016 - 01:19 PM

Martin, I don't remember where I got that body. May have been Toytech or from Gil in NZ. Bill from NH probably remembers.

All I know is, I had a polka-dot mini back in the 60's and I've wanted another one ever since.

 

 


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Posted 24 July 2016 - 03:07 PM

Toy Tech has a body they call a Mini Cooper. It's different than the poka dot monster. This isn't the first blue mini you built. The first one I saw (& had for track tests) had a real strange chassis design & a motor bracket you had made. It also didn't have paka dots. There used to be photos of it on OWH. Later you gave me a clear body like these two.  I thought these three bodies came from PA Watson's shop when you ran Grp. 12 wing cars there. Could they be Patto's or are they NOS from somebody else? You also sent me a clear  1/32 scale Mini body which is different, other than just being smaller.

 

I never got to run the poka dot car shown in this thread. You first sent it to someone in NY (Nick?) for a week & it got too bent up to run elsewhere. That was about 12-15 years ago. Are you now repairing the damage it incurred in NY? :)


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Posted 24 July 2016 - 03:44 PM

Bill, if you don't remember, I sure don't :laugh2:  I built a lot of minis.

I do remember I gifted a little tiny one to Billy and Minnie at The Dungeon.

It sits in the infield along with his other vintage cars. We take hot laps with it occasionally :i-m_so_happy:


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Posted 24 July 2016 - 05:55 PM

bluecars gave me these Koford 3/32 X .760 drilled wheels w/ yellow rubber recently.

They felt nice and fresh, so I narrowed, trimmed and trued them to .750". Gears 8/37, 64P

 

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 08:50 PM

Craig Landry/Monty Ohren Box Stock wing car is done

 

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 08:26 AM

This is the Flexi 1 that Bill gifted me years ago. It may look like just an old stamped steel chassis.

But I did all the blueprinting tweaks on it and it won races, so it deserved a checkup, tumble, WD-40 bath, and a new Ziploc home

 

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My Beuf box stock, 4.5" JK C7,  and GT1 chassis got the same treatment but they're nothing special, so no photos :nea:


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 10:09 AM

Craig Landry/Monty Ohren Box Stock wing car is done.

This car looks awesome!!


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 05:43 PM

If Chicky was still slot car racing, he'd probably be running Flexi 1, even now.


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 05:54 PM

I remember Ron Hershman and a young Parma team racer giving everyone a driving lesson on Zeppelin’s Hillclimb. They were both using Flexi 1 chassis.


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 06:28 PM

I was thinking of building it back up again as a race car for the "Retro Flexi" class at The Dungeon.

Since there is a 100g weight minimum anyway, why not ? I may do it. I'll have to check the rules.


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 06:51 PM

Properly built & tuned, they ran well. Some king frack racers in Buffalo, NY used to also use the Flexi 1 centersection with Flexi 2 pans.  I once borrowed a GTP car built that way.to run on the then local 185' Engleman. That car was UnGodly fast, I jumped into the lead in the first heat. In the second heat,the car literally fell apart (no crashes) so I was a DNF. :)


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Posted 28 July 2016 - 08:30 AM

This isn't just any ol' TFlex - In 2010, Cheater walked me through some special tweaks to make it really love to turn left.

I won the AMSRA Amateur Late Model Dirt Championship race with it first time out. Second place was about 30 laps behind.

Checked, tumbled, WD-40 bath and bagged up, ready for battle another day

 

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An old Riggen 36D inline I had gathering dust. It may be built into a complete car soon, not sure yet.

This baby weighs a long ton :o

 

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 04:10 PM

Mini is done. Inside hood decal was lifting due to, some dummy put the interior tape over it when it was first built :dash2:

So I hid the damage with a stickie number outside :D

 

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Magnesium wheels got fresh rubber and new inserts

 

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Posted 06 September 2016 - 03:38 PM

Track test results 9/3/2016:

Zap/BOW Box Stock wing car - perfect. I'll clean it up and make a shelf queen out of it, I guess :)

Polka Dot Mini Cooper - ran great, but the front end hops up and down a little. Never deslotted, but maybe a little more weight up front is needed.


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Posted 06 September 2016 - 03:54 PM

Did Koford actually make 3/32 X .760 drilled wheels w/ yellow rubber ?

 

Yes they did. I ran them on my Boxstock car before we "found" Wonder Ruber. (1995-98).


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Posted 14 November 2016 - 01:01 PM

Next up in line for a dust off/tune up/new body is my old JK 1/32 car.

She was just sitting in a plastic container with a new Mercedes body, thanks to Bill from NH :friends:

 

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 04:22 PM

Anyone who has been slot racing for more than a few years has old stuff, be they shelf queens or boxes

of dis-assembled cars that had the good parts cannabalized for newer cars. Dave Feidler got me started

on restoring some of my cars from the '60's. Dave, Mark Matei and I would bring old stuff to Swiss's and

putter around the flat track after the racing was over. I really miss that.  


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Posted 14 November 2016 - 06:13 PM

Hi Dave, I'm missing running the old stuff too, when are you planning to visit Mike's track again? Mark.

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Posted 15 November 2016 - 04:35 PM

Looks like this Saturday afternoon.



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Posted 17 November 2016 - 07:21 PM

Have fun, Dave and Mark :)

 

Nothing special here; just a play car quickie Mercedes CLK style paint job with inside decals and silver Testors enamel.

 

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 02:04 PM

Will be at Mike's at 3 tomorrow if anyone else wishes to dust off their 60's slot cars.

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 07:31 PM

Paul,

What motor is in the JK 1/32 car?


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 07:46 PM

I don't remember, Sam. It's some sort of a Pro Slot peanut motor.

I'd have to research my data files to find out.

 

Ask Bill from NH, I'll bet he remembers..... :)


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 09:50 PM

It looks like a Proslot strap setup. To be honest, the clear Mercedes body is in the way of making a positive identification.  Pablo, did I tell you the Mercedes coupe wasn't the 1/32 body I intended to send you? I had a Panoz LMP set aside. Walking down a flight of stairs, I dropped it,  then converted it into a doorstop when I stepped on it.  :)


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Posted 19 November 2016 - 09:07 AM

I'm guessing it's a Hawk 6 and since it's painted, I probably opened it up and checked it for spacing, aligned the hoods, etc.

 

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 09:11 AM

Pablo, did I tell you the Mercedes coupe wasn't the 1/32 body I intended to send you? I had a Panoz LMP set aside. Walking down a flight of stairs, I dropped it,  then converted it into a doorstop when I stepped on it.  :)

 

Bill, stay away from HO cars, OK ? :sarcastic_hand: :laugh2:


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Posted 19 November 2016 - 10:10 AM

These pictures are better, it's definitely not a strap can. You're probably correct about it being a Hawk 6. Any idea what the arm is? Anything other than a Hawk 6?


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 04:05 PM

It's just a play car and the arm is most likely a stock Hawk 6. 

 

Learned a couple hard lessons on this one:

 

-enamels do not like Lexan - a new discovery for me. This is why the windows are trashed.

 

-peanut motor cans are slightly taller than FK disposable motor cans, and the EB hardware is higher and wider.

 

Despite the fact I cut the body right on the cut line, I still had to make a huge relief hole.

 

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Life is too short to learn from your mistakes alone - you must also learn from the mistakes of others.

Glad I could help y'all today :dance3: :sun_bespectacled:  But, sorry I ruined a good body in the process  :dash2:

 

What I won't apologize for is, the car is "right" - it has correct offset 1/32 JK wheels, correct power and gearing, and painstaking attention to detail.


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