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Rear axle ball bearings... should I bother?


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#1 LolaGT

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 10:39 PM

Hello all,

 

Awhile back I bought a box of flanged ball bearings to upgrade some Parma controllers I had lying around, and according to the box they are 1/8" ID x 1/4" OD.

 

I also have a couple of tweaked Monogram brass chassis here missing a rear oilite. Of course, the Mono oilites have a weirdo OD, too.

 

Is it worth the aggravation to drill/ream out the bearing holes and solder in these ball bearings, or should I just look for a couple of NOS oilites on the Bay? Both of these have already had some soldering done to them already so I can't imagine they have much collector value.

 

Thank you,

 

Ken


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Posted 23 January 2017 - 10:44 PM

Sounds like you're not interested in competitive racing where a good quality set of ball bearings do help (when legal to use).

 

I would go the route of whatever makes your job easiest to do when restoring unless it's a valuable vintage slot car where you want to match the original parts as close as possible.


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Posted 24 January 2017 - 12:50 PM

I would love to find some people interested in 1/32 scale vintage hardbody racing, but in central WI it isn't happening.

 

That being so, the only thing harder to find than other racers here are Mono oilites. Since the chassis I have aren't very collectible and have both been soldered to, I decided to install the bearings after all.

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