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#1 James Grandi

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:39 PM

I watched Tony P's chassis building seminar (it is on YouTube, broken up in many parts at the moment ), and I noticed that he uses round jig wheels for both front and rear of the car.

 

It got me thinking, it would make a few things easier with building the cars and checking things along the way.

Currently, I just use the square blocks that come with the Precision jigs - but I'm wondering if there are any round options available? Short of going the custom-made route anyway.


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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:46 PM

R-Geo made them at one time. Not sure if Rick still offers them, but you might check.


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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:46 PM

I think Precision has round ones also. Bryan Warmack made mine.


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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:54 PM

Just turn down some Parma 29 crowns.


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Posted 08 February 2017 - 01:23 PM

R-Geo makes them; contact Rick.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 01:29 PM

Rick no longer offers them, he sold out of what he had already unfortunately.

Precision has a set that are half-round, but still have a flat bottom area.

I'll take a crack at trimming down some spur gears and see if I can get something right there. I don't know Bryan, but if my own attempt should fail I'll see if he would be willing to make a set.

 

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 01:51 PM

PCH has some round jig wheels by Carlisle, but it looks like they are for wing cars.



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 01:59 PM

JK sells transport wheels that if you take the O-rings off are supposed to be jig wheels.

I'll check their OD after work.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:02 PM

Check if they are round. The couple of sets I bought were really out of round.
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Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:16 PM

The best jig wheels I have used were by two brothers in AL who were satellite engineers in their day jobs.

They sold these, as well as my favorite stamped steel chassis jig and a fabulous body mounting jig, under the Advanced Body and Chassis label.

Made of Corian or something similar, I was told they were accurate to .0001" and my experience is that was not an oversell. I still have one new set somewhere in the garage as well as a new chassis jig in the bag.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:17 PM

Greg,

They don't look round to me, which is what James asked. :)
 
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Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:19 PM

LOL.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:20 PM

LOL...

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:24 PM

He patently is.


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Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:54 PM

Square, I am familiar with - I like the idea of being able to roll the wheels with it still flat on the jig plate (thanks for that one, Tony).

The square ones also tend to magically find the tiniest piece of brass or piano wire debris that inevitably end up, well, everywhere LOL.
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Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:58 PM

Suit yourself... LOL.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 03:07 PM

They don't look round to me, which is what James asked. :)


These are alternative round wheels. :)
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Posted 08 February 2017 - 03:33 PM

Check if they are round. The couple of sets I bought were really out of round.


That very well could be. I never used them for jig wheels.


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Posted 08 February 2017 - 03:53 PM

These are alternative round wheels. :)

 

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 03:56 PM

Hillbilly jig wheels.
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Posted 08 February 2017 - 06:28 PM

The Carlisle jig wheels mentioned earlier are plastic. Perhaps OK for setting up a flexi, but I wouldn't want to use them with the heat you're apt to find on a chassis jig.

Carlisle does make a line of quality slot car tools.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 07:20 PM

Shell out about three or four grand and buy a decked-out mini precision lathe and make your own. That way you can make them just like you want them. 
 
Or you could just check the bottom of the ones you have to make sure none of that pesky junk is living down there before you use them.
 
I have used flat and round and see no problem with either.
 
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Posted 08 February 2017 - 07:31 PM

What would be the advantage of round jig wheels vs. the flat ones? Both are only as good as the tolerances they are made to...
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Posted 08 February 2017 - 07:46 PM

They don't look round to me, which is what James asked. :)


There's round, and then there's "alternative round." :laugh2:
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Posted 08 February 2017 - 08:06 PM

Anyone making square axles?


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