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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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#2 Tim Wilkins

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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.

Ken


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Posted 03 May 2018 - 11:48 AM

Bearings are cooler and still period correct  . a win /win .



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Posted 03 May 2018 - 12:40 PM

In my mind, if you're just going to use the chassis to just build cars to tool around tracks, you done good by adding the bea rings. On the other hand, if you wanted top dollar for them in a sale as vintage items, you should have added original Monogram bushings. If I remember correctly, they're 7/32 O.D., but tough to find.


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Posted 03 May 2018 - 01:16 PM

Do what works best and easiest.   Those cars are not worth enough to let that be a consideration.


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Posted 04 July 2018 - 04:35 PM

If you use bearings  you can run aluminum axels 







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