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Just what is this brass chassis, or was?

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#1 Ted Bier

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 12:50 PM

Hi all!


I've made a visit to the bottom of the barrel and found this 1/24 brass chassis that someone had fun putting together back in the day! Can anyone identify if it had a brand?


Or is this all made from scratch? Any guesses?











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Posted 06 December 2016 - 12:57 PM

Almost certainly someone's scratchbuild.

The motor bracket, the front axle, and the body mounts look to be commercial parts.

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 12:57 PM

I would say it's all from scratch (edit: with a few pre-made components as Cheater mentioned)
It looks like a narrow version of my first scratchbuilt chassis.

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 01:16 PM

If memory serves me correctly the front axle and motor bracket are from Champion. I'm reasonably sure I bought the bracket as a standalone part and the axle and bracket were used on a plated wire chassis they sold.

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 01:31 PM

Wow!!! great memory from Mike, Bob & Cheetah. I can't remember back that far at all. Somebody could post a pic of a car I built in the 60's and I wouldn't remember it as mine.


Heck.........these daze, I'm having trouble remembering where my sock drawer is.......... :dash2:

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 05:45 PM

International had this style of dropped front axle too. This particular chassis appears to once have had a front axle tube. With those two short horizonal pieces of brass rod, this chassis might have been used  for hard body racing.


Ted, where in MA are you located?  You could drop by Modelville Hobby in Ashland sometime with this chassis.. Maybe someone there will be able to tell you some actual history for this chassis.

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 02:24 PM

A heart warming Oldie!


Somebody made good use of brass strips and surplus parts to have some fun! The body mounts are also kit items. The mounts are a pretty good selection for screwing on a hard body but the mount is too short for the stable mounting of a big car. That explains the added 16th rod pieces protruding from the forward (solid mount) pans. The rods either match holes in the HB or the HB sits on top of them. Switching from a solid front axle (maybe?) to a wire axle suggests the car had more than one identity... Maybe it was a NASCAR for a while and then a sports car of some sort. Maybe it was shortened in the transition process? It looks like he put tape under the motor, maybe for insulation. Either way it is clear the guy used a torch to get all that solder to flow. Maybe that is why the motor area looks scorched. Either that or he burned a series of motors in there! What stories this thing could tell!


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