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#1 The Sawdust Man

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 09:07 AM

Some more of my finds from the '90s...

Appears to be a standard Flexi center section, but with a narrow side pan section. Anyone know of these side pans? I don't recall ever seeing them for sale at a track, but they do seem to be a Parma product. Kinda odd, seems to give the width of a 1/32 scale, with a 1/24 scale in length?

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 09:15 AM

Bob,

I think that top pan is what was called the Indy car pan. Parma made a series on Indy-style narrow bodies to fit the narrow pan Flexi chassis.

Here's one still showing on Parma's website, though shown in the Champion section. Looks like it is on a Flexi chassis, too.

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 09:23 AM

Hmmmm? Maybe? I also have from the '90s stash, a Indy car on a JK chassis. It appears to be longer (have not measured it but I'd guess it's a 4.5") than this Parma one. Were all Indy class cars the same length?
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Posted 09 March 2017 - 09:31 AM

Bob,

I dunno. Never raced the narrow Flexis anywhere.

Is the JL a stamped steel chassis or a spring steel one? Still have one of the latter, all rusted to hell from the cats pissing on it.

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 09:36 AM

If you don't find any in your stash I have two.

 

We raced the TurboFlex with the Indy bodies; lots of fun.


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 09:58 AM

The JK is a stamped steel chassis, and not one of my favorites. Cannot get that darn thing to handle at all. The Parma one is stuck to the track like it's got magnets on it!


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 12:32 PM

Those narrow, solid JK pans were for the original Cheetah chassis. They allowed JK's JRL bodies to fit a flexi. Later JK came out with a snowmobile body that fit, too.

I have two different lengths of the original Cheetah centersection. There could have have been more.

Slotcar Bulletin had a great set-up article for this chassis in multiple issues.
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Posted 09 March 2017 - 12:48 PM

We used to race the narrow Parma Flexi with Indy car bodies and Mura Super Wasp motors at my home track on the tri-oval. Our annual Indy 500 once a year for about three-four years straight. Tons of fun.
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Posted 09 March 2017 - 05:03 PM

The Parma Indy pan was also popular for hardbody racers in the '90s. If you took a piece of .062" wire and placed it through the body clip holes, soldered standard wide Parma 1/16" front axle spacers to the end of the wires leaving about 1/16" of wire showing and place it on the outside of the pan the plastic body would "snap" onto the wire.

 

I'll pull out the car later tonight and post a picture.


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 06:04 PM

Rick Austin used to bring a hard bodied 4.5" Flexi 2 built similar to what you describe when QCS had the trioval. Some use to say a Flexi Kar centersection with an extender made a better chassis, but I never raced this class of cars. Did you drill holes through the body to snap it onto the .062 wire?


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 06:10 PM

Correct Bill.
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