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#1 chasbeeman

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 02:49 AM

I have a 1320 diecast dragster that I'd like to convert to a bracket racer, primarily because of the weight I assume it would likely be slower than most hard bodies.

I know some of the racers out there have done it, so just need some technical advise on what parts to make it run.

Thanks in advance for any and all tips or tricks to make it work! 9ae78c0a0b81017bfca0268c2701bad5.jpg

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 03:34 PM

Die cast will be slow off the line and hard to shut down. Stick with the model kit bodies.



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:00 PM

I read just the other day where a diecaster dragster was hittingh 1.2 sec !!! no problems being shut down by glue I suspect


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 03:04 PM

Full length 55 foot track?



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 12:18 PM

Scale 1/8 mile 27.5 with 20 foot shut down.

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 09:30 AM

I've been racing a 1 1/2 lb diecast Chevy nomad for six months . We run the full 1/4 mile and have NO problem shutting down. Since our diecast class have no limits as we run against hard body plastic cars ( 1.00-1.30), I've been using two evo red motors all wheel drive running 1.47@ 44mph.

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 02:47 PM

I've been racing a 1 1/2 lb diecast Chevy nomad for six months . We run the full 1/4 mile and have NO problem shutting down. Since our diecast class have no limits as we run against hard body plastic cars ( 1.00-1.30), I've been using two evo red motors all wheel drive running 1.47@ 44mph.

I'd like to know what tire/wheel combo you used on the Nomad, awesome!


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Posted 05 March 2017 - 08:46 PM

What a cool Nomad :D

Great use of 1/32 plastic car motors, shows they've got some grunt.

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 02:28 PM

I used left over motor boxes that come with BPS stainless frames (they give you one for tall tires 1 3/16"-1 5/16" and one for short tires1"-1 1/16") so I built the frame with .072 stainless and 1 3/16"x.300 front and 1 3/16"x.700 rear (it won't run with .300 on the rear for some reason, and it needs a wheelie bar too? Don't know why.

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 03:07 PM

David, if your response was to my question, I was asking in regards to the manufacturer of the rim and tire combo that were used in the Nomad build. Are these the tire/wheel combo that came with the model? 


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 01:05 AM

I have built at least 100 of the 1320 diecast dragsters in the last 2 years. I use the Hawk7 motor, 14/48 gears, ball bearings in the rear, and 1 3/16x.435 rear tires. Slow off the line but plenty of mph AND they stop with no problem.Most consistent cars I own.


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