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#1 brucefl

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:09 PM

I bid and lost, it went for $338. It says it has Bill Steube motor, but the chassis looks way too sloppy for Gilbert. What do you think?

So tell the truth, which one of you guys beat me out in the auction?

 

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:29 PM

I looked at this chassis several days ago when it was at less than $30. The signature engraved on the droparm looked to be a genuine Lee Gilbert autograph. I saw a few rough solder joints on this chassis too, but figured they had been touched up by someone else.

 

In addition to built chassis, Lee also sold pre-bent and cut kits through West Seattle Speedway & Hobby that you only needed to solder the parts together. These kits didn't carry Lee's signature. I had one of these Gilbert kits in the early '70s.


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 06:24 AM

Motor may have a Checkpoint armature but it's not a Steube-built motor. Chassis looks like lots of repairs by owner.


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:25 AM

I studied it when it popped up last week. I think it's genuine and I followed it till it went over $200. Never bid because I think that's all it's worth.

But like others have said, it's the real deal... but been altered a time or two. The motor probably has a replacement arm in it by now and those front wheels? Blah...


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Posted 07 April 2018 - 01:59 PM

Come on look at the way those bat pans are cut that's a rank amateur (and certainly not from a previous cut kit which I'm sure would be perfect).
So unless someone wants to tell me Lee was sloppy in cutting or some in solder joint,that can't be an authentic Lee Gilbert chassis (maybe it was a relatively good amateur chassis,signed and peddled as authentic years ago and the gentleman who sold it couldn't document).
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Posted 07 April 2018 - 07:34 PM

That's still a genuine Gilbert chassis. But one that has been resoldered & modified in places by someone with less talent than Lee. The pans & drop arm on this chassis are Parma items, not something cut out by Lee or anyone else.  The rough cuts you're seeing at the pan's fronts are someones feeble attempt to fit those cone-shaped front wheels. At the price you quoted in post #1, somebody overpaid  for a signed chassis that has not been assembled into a first class car, nor does it have any documentation.


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