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#1 brucefl

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 02:07 PM

Of the lot of cars I posted before I thought were west coast cars,I noticed this cars chassis with a signature saying built by Jan limpach does this look authentic,and do you think it was built by him for someone else or himself.And does this make this a car from what part of the country.thanks for the help

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 03:14 PM

I can't see the signature, but it looks like a  "Limpach 888." This was the first widely available production brass/wire chassis. It sold for $8.88 & were built by Jan Limpach & some of his friends.


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Posted 05 November 2017 - 03:39 PM

I've got an 888 chassis but it hasn't got his signsture.
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Posted 05 November 2017 - 03:43 PM

Here's a clearer photo1509914525398-2131732409.jpg
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Posted 05 November 2017 - 06:07 PM

I had one with a group7 in it...great running car...should have kept it.



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Posted 05 November 2017 - 07:13 PM

Bruce, I've owned Jan's "888" chassis #112 since it was new. It's engraved in the same place as this one with the same signature. It's also engraved with the chassis number on the top side of the drop arm (not all are numbered). How thick are the brass pans on this chassis in your photos? If you have another "888" with no signature, it might have been built from one of the later available kits.


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 09:39 AM

It was built on the west side of Cleveland,OH. 


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 10:31 AM

IIRC, it was Elyria, OH.


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Posted 21 November 2017 - 08:09 PM

The "888" was the first truly pro built, high production anglewinder chassis. Jan built hundreds of them.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 08:38 PM

When the demand for 888's outstretched the supply at RECHCO, Dick Caffarelli, the owner of Modelville Hobby, asked if I could build him some chassis he could sell for $10. So I built him 8-10 chassis  in the early 70's until the supply of 888's increased. Unfortunately, I never kept one for myself to run. At a 1997 USRA Nats warmup race, a guy came up to me & said he had bought one of these $10 chassis. When I asked,  he said it handled extremely well in full glue.


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 07:49 PM

Bill, there was a great demand for chassis at that time since there were virtually none available from any established business yet, other than grossly obsolete junkers. Jan got the  ball rolling, and before Parma got going and produced the largest number of such low-cost chassis by far (and more survive today than any other), I got an order from REH for 1000 (one THOUSAND) chassis in January 1973. I tooled for production with pre-cut and pre-bent wire parts and tubing, and Tony P who stayed in my pad for a week or so, can tell you that it was quite a sophisticated deal, all built inside a... clothes closet on a jig on which parts were simply dropped, then soldered with a small torch. I produced up to 20 chassis per DAY at one time, and delivered about 400 to REH and another 300 to Baldwin Specialties in Los Angeles. There were two models, one for 10 bucks and another for 6 bucks, retail! Lots of money then.
Here is a survivor, they are not rare:

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 08:40 PM

I got $6 for mine, so Modelville could sell them with 40% markup at $10. I only built 10 or a dozen.of them over 6-8 weeks. Because I designed the first one as I built it, it took 14 hours to construct. The last few took about 1 1/2 hours.


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