Love dem Trans-Ams
Posted 20 January 2017 - 07:26 PM
Living in New York at the time, I gravitated toward Bridgehampton to watch Trans-Am, Can-Am and Formula 5000 races each and every year. After graduation, I accepted a job with General Electric Aircraft Engine division in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Mid-Ohio race course wasnt too far away and again I made the trek each year to watch the pros battle it out. My favorite series was Trans-Am. The series featured street cars that anyone with modest means could afford. It was not obvious that these machines were far from stock. Trans-Am rides featured massive brakes, racing tires and wheels, special transmissions, differentials, adjustable shocks, revised suspension geometry, high revving 305 cubic inch motors churning out more than 450 horsepower. Roll cages ostensibly for safety were actually space frames which stiffened the chassis immensely. The series attracted big buck factory support and top notch drivers like Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney and many more. All big three makes (and later American Motors) were represented.
My love for both cars and slot cars continues to this day. In the early 2000s, I built Electron Raceway. The wood track with about 90 running feet of track in each lane resides in our 2,400 square foot shop. Slot heads gather about twice a month to run hard body scale cars. Several years ago, we began running True Scale Trans-Am cars. In order to widen the appeal of the class, only production chassis are allowed. To date these include inexpensive, H bracket chassis such as Scholer, Slotting Plus and Scale Auto. In order to keep costs down the only motor specified is a sealed 16D ProSlot unit. The class features 1/25 plastic models of cars that actually ran in the Trans-Am series from 1966-1972. During development of the class, we found that the models were quite narrow and a handful to drive. In order to improve handling and level the playing field between makes, we decided to fix the front and rear track (3.15 inches for the front and 3.25 inches for the rear). This required builders to fabricate fender flairs. In reality, cars are closely matched with no single make or model a dominate force.
I currently have two completed cars competing in the series: a 1969 Penske Camaro and a 1970 Hall Camaro adorned with Fred Cady decals. Both feature Scholer chassis. The 1969 runs an older Scholer Pantera chassis with one half inch side pans. The 1970 Camaro runs the 1/32 Scholer Intruder chassis with 3/4 inch side pans. Images of both cars are shown below. In addition, I just completed a spare 1970 Camaro body also shown below.
Recently, I decided to build another True Scale Trans-Am ride and chronicle the build in this thread. I decided to build a replica of the 1970 AAR Cuda driven by Swede Savage. As a starting point, I decided to use a Revell 1/25 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda kit and a Scholer 1/32 Intruder chassis. The AAR Barracuda decals were purchased from Pattos Place.
The first order of business was to cut out the wheel wells in order to accommodate the scale wheels and prepare the body for the fender flairs. Then the body was stretched so that it would fit the chassis with 3/4 inch wide side pans. The stretching was accomplished by spreading the body out using a piece of 2 by 4 and then immersing it in 165 degree water. Below are a couple of images.
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Posted 28 January 2017 - 04:13 PM
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Posted 29 January 2017 - 03:32 PM
Here at Electron Raceway we focus on Scale hardbody cars. Check out this link http://slotblog.net/...aceway-classes/ and select Historic Trans-Am to see other examples of these early Trans-Am cars. Also you might want to view some examples of cars in the other classes we run.
Posted 30 January 2017 - 08:07 PM
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:27 PM
On left of first image is a stock pan. On the right is the modified pan with side pans. Tomorrow, I hope to install the motor, mount the body and test. Then the body will be painted. While paint is drying, I'll fabricate a custom front pan and tune the chassis using a different body
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Posted 01 February 2017 - 08:59 PM
BTW It looks like you are getting a very good turnout for hardbody racing on the East Coast on a regular basis. Keep up the good work.
Progress today. Painted the body, installed the motor and tested chassis. It runs quite well. Below are a couple of images. Still have to fabricate front pan but will have time while the paint cures, decals affixed and cleared
Posted 17 February 2017 - 03:34 PM
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