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#26 dc-65x

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 05:32 PM

I reread the thread and one person seems to remember a tagged GP40 arm and another person remembers an arm with no tag but the stack engraved S26. So we seem to be back where we left off... :unknw:

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 09:30 PM

Here's the finished chassis. I lightened it up as much as possible:
 
Bandito%2030.jpg
 
Just kidding!  :crazy:
 
The chassis had user soldered and broken joints on the front and rear axle tubes and the front tube was bent so I removed and repaired the tubes as shown above.
 
Here's the repaired chassis. It's probably in better shape now than when it was new. It's nice and flat and squared up:
 
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The original Jet flag and 220v high voltage cables are being replaced with the new old stock parts on the left:
 
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The original tires were toast but the wheels weren't bent so were cleaned up and new rubber rounded up:
 
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Here they are with the fresh Riggen rubber mounted and ground. Also shown is a new gear to replace the original chewed up Cobra 34t and the polished-up original rear axle:
 
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The factory bead blasted front wheels got the rims polished to bling them up a bit:
 
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So, now I have to decide what arm to stuff in my set-up...


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 10:28 PM

Rick, are the chassis mainrails two .063" piano wire? That's what they look like in the photos.


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 11:42 PM

They sure are, Bill... good eye!


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 07:26 PM

The CEE can's paint was stripped and the areas to be soldered during motor installation tinned with solder and masked for painting:
 
Bandito%2031.jpg
 
The finished can with a few coats of Krylon semi-gloss black:
 
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I decided to use the GP27 arm since my factory box is marked for a GP27.
Here is the lovely Camen hand would GP27 arm I showed earlier. I gave it a light comm trim and a fresh coat of Camen purple arm dye:
 
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The finished motor:
 
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I installed a comm cooler because I think they look cool. It can easily be removed if a future owner doesn't like it:
 
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The Champion White Dot magnets and factory 9t pinion were reused:
 
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I love the way a purple-dyed arm looks in a black setup :crazy:
 
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Time to put all the pieces into one lump and get it on the track...
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Posted 02 January 2017 - 09:05 PM

I just saw this post and I believe I can be of some help.
 
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The armature with the C27 tag is a Mura Cheetah Grp 27.

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This armature is a Champion Grp 27.

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This armature is a Camen Grp 27.
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Posted 02 January 2017 - 09:37 PM

Beyond awesome, Rick. The Slotblog police limit emoticons to three, so I won't even try.

Stunning X5, I absolutely love it
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Posted 03 January 2017 - 11:24 AM

Thanks, Pablo!
 
Phil, thanks for the armature pictures. Mine looks like it could be a Mura-Bob Green handwound arm. Whatever it is I think it's a nice upgrade for the Bandito.
 
Thanks again.
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 09:16 PM

The roller is finished and has seen a little track time, too:
 
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Another look at where it started:
 
Bandito%20007.jpg
 
And all freshened up:
 
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Bandito%2040.jpg
 
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Something really cool is being worked on for this cars body. Stay tuned!  :)


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 09:39 PM

Sweet!   :good: 

So... how's it handle?

I am guessing that lowering the gear ratio might improve lap times for these older motors.


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 10:15 PM

It's handles a little loose mainly because of the orange tires along with my very lightly glued track. I'd love to see it on a clean and freshly spray-glued blue King. :dance3:


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 10:47 PM

Something really cool is being worked on for this cars body. Stay tuned!  :)

 
Bodies are the best part.


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 10:58 PM

Painting bodies is my favorite part, too... but I love the look of brass, steel, and wire when a chassis is done well even better.


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:32 AM

My favorite visual parts are the purple arm/comm cooler dye and the low CG curved brace.  :heart:


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:52 AM

You didn't include the Cobra gear? I'm waiting to see if the body is primarily painted purple, too. :)


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 08:36 PM

Rick,

 

Superb job as usual from the best of pro cars builders.

 

Here is the original item as offered by Champion:

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They should have hired you!  :)


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 08:42 PM

I've seen that reproduced somewhere recently... 


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 10:23 PM

Hi Philippe,

 

Scott gets all the neat stuff!   :wub:    And I'm glad he does as that's what makes LASCM so great.  :D

 

I do enjoy trying to restore an almost "lost cause" car when I have the parts and I think I do it some justice.

 

Thank you very much for the neat pictures!

 

Jairus, it's like deja vu all over again as I think I've seen that body somewhere, too.  :shok:


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 10:45 PM

Found one:

Champion '34 Ford Coupe

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 10:46 PM

Sorry to be late (again!) to the party, but THIS is the arm you have. It's definitely a Mura.
 
Nice restoration! :good:


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 12:48 AM

Boy, it sure looks like it to me. Thanks Mike. :)


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