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#1 Mbloes

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 01:28 PM

Part 1:
 
This chassis was a perfect candidate for restoration: early anglewinder design plus a salvagable early Thorp motor.
 
And it was very endearing in a "fifteen years old in 1968" kind of way, so I didn't really want to remove all of the patina during the restoration.
 
Our slot-brother Dudley Fain, of Decatur, IL, was the original owner.
 
Some before pix:
 
before 1.jpg
 
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motor 1.jpg
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Posted 03 April 2017 - 01:34 PM

All of the components that you see, except for the rear tires and the lead wire, came on the original car.
 
The original Thorp arm was sent to Alpha for a refurb. The endbell was still useable so I tapped it out for machine screws to minimize any additional stress on it.
 
I've never seen one of these endbell retainer thingies before.
 
After pix:
 
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motor after 1.jpg
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Posted 03 April 2017 - 02:20 PM

Mike, this restoration came out looking nice! About 10 years ago, I bought some 16D-size industrial motors on eBay that had similar-looking endbell clips as yours. I don't think I ever saw them used on production slot car motors.

But we never saw many old Thorp motors in the Northeast either. Lots of Thorp arms were sold, especially for the later C-cans.

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 04:09 PM

Nice to see it come back to life... :good:

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 04:20 PM

Yes, excellent restoration, really reaching back to the early anglewinder days!
 
I think it was Mura that made those clips, although it may have been another company - I've got a box somewhere! Funny how guys like us who could rewind, balance, and epoxy a motor were scared of drilling holes for the endbell, but there must have been a market for these clips.
 
A couple production motors did use clips like these: just got a Russkit 25 and that was one of them...
 
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Posted 03 April 2017 - 04:46 PM

I love it. :D The chassis builder knew what he was doing. :good:
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Posted 03 April 2017 - 07:20 PM

Boy... you did an awfully nice job here! More than a "save." I call that a rebirth!
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 11:38 AM

I love it. :D The chassis builder knew what he was doing. :good:

 
I know it. There are definitely some chassis features where the builder was thinking outside the bun.
 
I'm still trying to figure out what body to use.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 11:45 AM

Part II
 
For this project, I had a body in need of a chassis.
 
This is a nice old Russkit Lola. I put on NOS decals, installed a new driver and kind of detailed it out a bit.
 
 
lola 1.jpg
 
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 11:49 AM

Chassis pix:

 

chassis 1.jpg

 

chassis 2.jpg

 

 


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 12:33 PM

Nice chassis, Mike! The body does look like it came from the Russkit era. You did a good job detailing it.

Is that chassis a new build rather than one you restored? I ask because I can't recall ever seeing the REHCo motor bracket being used on a vintage chassis.

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 12:41 PM

Chassis is new. I gotta work with what I have.


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 02:02 PM

No complaints from me. I have some of those REHCO brackets to use also. Your chassis looked too new to me to be another refurb job (no patina :laugh2:).  

 

You did a good job building it.


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 02:50 PM

Awesome!! :clapping: :good: :heart:


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 11:39 PM

Nice body/frame combination. That brass and blue gonna look great together. Clean after handling and it will age naturally soon enough.


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 12:18 PM

Perfect! :good:


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 11:54 AM

Continued . . .

 

Sorry, took a little time off, now that I'm back at work, I can post (!).

 

Chassis is now complete:

 

chassis 1.jpg

 

Motor is a nice Mura motor with gold wire, double-wound arm.  Sticker (and everything else) is original:

 

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 11:55 AM

And body is mounted:

 

 

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 03:12 PM

Perfect!! :heart: :heart: :heart:


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 04:13 PM

Really, really nice!!


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