it comes down to time. I am closer to the end than the beginning so I have to choose what is important in what little is left. I think that is the same for the majority on this site.
Well then, I get why you're not into trying it... and my post wasn't aimed at you or anyone "specifically." Certainly someone who has the time and is a little interested would be my prime target.
I think an interesting approach would be if there is an endbell that readily fits the Retro Hawk Motor and the fact that there are so many of these motors out there and eventually burn up it could be an interesting exercise to "resurrect" on of these motors. The stock arms look easy to strip the old wire off.
The question would be if the comm would be re-useable. If it is not is there a readily-available aftermarket one? Also some reference points for the timing marks based on the reorientation of the brushes with an endbell arrangement. Cost to rebalance could be a factor also, but not insurmountable.
I think the Hawk and PS4002 endbells might fit them... or be close enough, but even one set-up can be used and reused again and again to test arms. As I mentioned earlier, the D motors are a little easier because of their size. The comms on the Hawk and PS4002 are reusable, it just takes a little yanking around to get them open is all. There have also been loads of Tradeship comms on eBay lately, and those are absolutely fine for milder winds... and you can solder those winds as well. You don't even need to consider balancing until the winding part starts to make sense.
I “get it” (as if I even had to say that).
However, rabid racers don’t, and probably won’t. In fact most will argue they can’t.
Some might even go as far as saying they shouldn’t, and neither should you (or I).
Unfortunately, we are trapped in the 21st century.
What a shame… Build on!
Oh, I know you get it, Steve, and there are still people who build and run vintage "style" cars. I mean, I've done a lot of motors and arms for people, so they're going somewhere!? Sealed motor racing is cool and all, and this doesn't have to have any bearing on all that.
I know that I have expressed this to you in the past, but once again, I would be willing to attend a "class" to learn.
Someone had mentioned this some time ago, I think it was at Buzzarama in Brooklyn. Anyway, I said I would do it, but nothing ever became of it. I can't see myself going to Ohio though, Brooklyn would be far enough, and Port Jefferson would be far better!
There is a ton of fun projects, myself and others, would like to tackle, but only have so much time in the day.
Also, a good portion of Slotbloggers race, and 99% of racing these days, is running spec motors, as manufactured by the factory.
Not only is rewinding not required, it's illegal.
Yep, I fully understand the time thing, and winding has meant putting aside other stuff I like to do, and that part is starting to bother me. I also get the racing thing, and it really has nothing to do with this. There have been a good number of people who have expressed interest in all this either publicly or in PMs. Bill Bugenis has sold parts to people as well. Then too, there are vintage races in Europe that allow all sorts of motors, and I send a bunch over there. At the bleeding edge, there are still open classes where anything goes, and I do work for people whose local rules allow for handwound arms.
However, these arms and motors don't have to be raced, they run just fine without track marshals and lane stickers so the no-nos involved with sealed motor racing aren't really applicable. This is more about "vintage" and just pure fun than racing, and it's a real hoot to see your car scoot for the first time with an arm you wound. Like 1965 all over again!