First in a series of vintage-style cars, chassis is patterned after a Bob Emott Batwinder circa October 1968. Bob's chassis design is an architectural gem.
Bob Emott was in my opinion the Frank Lloyd Wright of chassis builders. Your opinion may vary. RIP, Bob.
I actually built this chassis several months ago when I was going to visit an old slot racing friend, and had put a ProSlot Super 16D in it. I never got to run the car, but the more I looked at it, the more I thought it could handle a much more powerful motor.
So, I contacted John Havlicek, explained my idea, and he kindly built me this:
It's a ProSlot setup with ball bearings and a 25 wire arm. No vintage parts at all. Will the EB hold together? No one knows, but I'm not worried because I can easily get another EB.
The chassis is just brass and wire, but the running gear will be all modern parts also, nothing vintage.
I've asked Noose to do the paint for this one. He said yes, and I really need to get back to him about picking out a body. Any suggestions? Remember, it's October 1968.
Oh yes, I almost forgot. Here's a drawing of the chassis:
For the eagle-eyed, the plumber hinge in under the front axle. I didn't want the sharp front end of the plumber rails to contact the track, and Steube was about to innovate putting the hinge in front of the front axle, so I picked a location under the axle. One of those innovative design solutions.
It's Christmas season, so I'm going to be doing family Christmas things. That plus a few days to get the body means you'll have to be a little bit patient about seeing this finished. After all, it's not a racer and there is no race date.