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#1 geardriven

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 01:25 AM

I picked up an AMT 1966 Mercury Cyclone 1/24" Pace Car. I am unsure if it was a factory assembled RTR car in that their is an assembly instruction sheet in the bottom of the box.

 

I noticed that the chassis fits loosely with the body even though the four mounting screws are fully tightened.

In looking things over, I see that the four screw inserts in the left and right side mounting blocks stick up about 2/32" out of their holes. The instruction sheet says they should be squeezed into the mounting blocks with a set of pliers... but with no reference to depth.

 

It seems that if these inserts were flush, the chassis would lay flat on the blocks allowing the screw to be tightened fully securing the chassis.

 

If anyone has one of these cars could you tell me if any portion of the four screw inserts protrude from the mounting block... nor... if the screw inserts are flush with the mounting block surfaces...???

 

I do not want to unknowingly compress the inserts and/or the block and do any damage to the body or mounting system.

 

Any help would be appreciated.


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Posted 12 December 2016 - 07:38 AM

I have a faint memory the inserts should be pressed totally into the holes so thy are flush with the plastic.


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Posted 12 December 2016 - 08:22 AM

Chuck, I have two factory built cars. Both have the inserts flush with the mount. You can also CAREFULLY sink the mounts in by putting a screw in them and touching it with a soldering iron in short increments. Don't apply to much heat if you do it this way. 

 

Also, these used a Fillister head screw that allowed the body weight to slide back and forth. Most times when you get these cars loose the screws are incorrect. 


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 08:47 PM

Thanks, guys.

I have a brand new soldering iron that needs to be tinned.
Looks like I have a small project before I set the iron up for soldering...


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Posted 30 January 2017 - 11:13 PM

This thread is pretty old... Sadly this is the first opportunity I had to address this concern.

 

Thank to Lone Wolf for the soldering iron suggestion.

 

I installed a body screw a few threads down into the boss and grabbed the top of the screw and the topside of the mounting block gingerly with a pair of channellocks.
I then touched the tip of the hot soldering iron against the side of the screw.
As the heat transferred into the boss and softened the plastic, the boss would slowly sink into the body mount with ever-so-slight channellock pressure. Easy to regulate by adding or subtracting heat.
I just couldn't see using raw force to get those bosses down flat.

 

Great suggestion by Lone Wolf to apply heat which worked perfectly.

 

The chassis is now tucked up tight to the body. The chassis edge no longer is exposed under the rocker panel.

 

Thanks for all the suggestions.


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 10:07 AM

Chuck,

 

Bruce Paterson now has the pace car decals for the Comet, if you need them.


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 10:23 AM

Thanks, Matt...

 

Yes, I need a set... How would one get in contact with Bruce...???

 

Member here...???...website...???


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 04:05 PM

Try a search for Patto's Place.


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 10:36 PM

Thanks, Matt.

 

Found them in the "New Releases" section.


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 10:17 AM

I just sent him an original decal sheet last Dec!
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Posted 01 February 2017 - 12:42 PM

Ordered a set last night....got shipping confirmation a few hours later.   I have been hunting for these for a while.....thanks Matt.


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 05:23 AM

The original AMT brass inserts had a small brass wedge at the bottom . When you squeezed these into place, the wedge was meant to spread the insert to keep it in place. It may seem like brute force but if you use the right tool , it works. 







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