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#1 TSR

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 01:02 PM

Found in the salvaged stuff from Bob Emott's house basement, and likely having spent some time as mock fish, this chassis by Mike Staskie looked very sad:

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A first attempt to salvage that old glory showed that both axles are permanently stuck, rusted solid in place, requiring a removal and replacement of both front and rear axle tubes. 

 

It also appears the the chassis rails, made of flat wire, are deeply corroded. But those will stay. 

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More cleaning and both side pans are solidly stuck, while the drop-arm hinge freed itself. A 24-hour bath in Rust Reformer helped to remove the corrosion, but much work is still needed.

 

Next will be axle tubes replacement, then all the pans hinges will be renewed. 

 

While it would be much easier to build a new chassis, it would never be the same, so I am trying to keep as much of the real thing as possible... 

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To be continued... when the rain stops!   :)


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 01:58 PM

Looks pretty good compared to the beginning. Please, if possible, keep us updated on progress.

 

This would be a nice topic for others to use in restoration of like items.


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 03:15 PM

Nothing of historical value is ever too far gone to restore. You are proving that.

 

You just have to ask yourself two questions; How important is it, and how badly do I want to save it. This is a project well worth doing, even if you have to replace a lot of the parts.

 

The really hard part will be finding out what the missing items like the body and motor were and procuring them.



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Posted 20 January 2017 - 05:19 PM

Put the chassis in a plastic tub of vinegar, it should clean it up, a slow process.

 

Just check it every 12 hours.


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 05:31 PM

Hi Gene,

I like vinegar and have used it before, but is too weak for this. I used Metal Rescue (see HERE), a product that left the rails completely free of corrosion, but which of course, reveals the missing metal... and there is not much that can be done about that. So the chassis will keep its formerly corroded rails, which will now be protected after I finish the repairs.   :)

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 05:48 PM

I like it with the hanger rash, a true example of the past.

It's been a while, you doing OK?

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 08:11 PM

Nice that he made his own drop arm.


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 08:32 PM

What I find sort of interesting, is Mike seemed big into adding a third hinge, on each side, to support the front of the pan.
 
I don't remember that being real common. But, maybe it was?
 
You can see evidence of it, on his two chassis in the below link, along with how he wasn't interested at all in reconnecting with slot cars, later in life, when he still lived in the area.
 
He appears to be retired in Florida. Maybe he'll walk into a raceway, down there, some day.
 
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Posted 20 January 2017 - 11:30 PM

We used to use that third hinge on the east coast to keep front of pans from dragging, especially if they were thin brass. As we went to heavier pans we stopped using it.

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