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#1 HobieMarty

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 01:08 AM

Hello all, new to the forum here. This is my race set that I have had since I was 3 years old. This set was given to my Ggandfather by the Dodge dealer when he bought a new 1968 Dodge D100 Custom truck. I still have his truck and can't believe both the truck and this set will be 50 years old this year.

The set has all of the items that it came with except that the instructions and decal set were misplaced many years ago and I have no idea why they would've been removed from the box. This set even has the funky-looking screwdriver and a list of Eldon service places across the country, so I really am puzzled as to why the decals and instruction sheets are missing.

I had the set out of storage today and installed new tires on the cars so I took a few pictures. I did keep the original tires also, but they are cracked and hard. Anyway, hope you all enjoy the pics.

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 01:16 AM

Few more pics of the fat tires, the tires I replaced, and some accessories.

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 10:23 AM

Beautiful! That's probably the nicest set Eldon ever made, and the nicest one I've ever seen.


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 12:27 AM

Thanks. I set it up tonight and had to do a little tweaking to things but it works!!! I haven't set this thing up in about 20 years. So far, I've set it up as an oval with the tunnel jump and then as a flat oval. I'm just happy as heck that it still works good. My dog, Bentley was even watching the fun.

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 11:48 AM

Your post brought back a lot of great memories!!

 

I have the same set from when my Dad bought a '68 Charger at the old Massey Dodge on Philips Highway in Jacksonville.  My box isn't in as good of condition as yours is thanks to a puppy we had that had a cardboard fetish.  And, my cars aren't as pristine as yours due to hard use -- I was 9!  I remember putting some of my Mom's baby powder on the track so the cars would slide around like they did at the local dirt track.

 

I also have an Eldon road course set from about 1964 that is what set my still-going enjoyment of playing with toy cars in motion.  Amazingly ..... there was never a single argument about motors. :)  


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 07:17 PM


Glad to bring back good memories for ya. I configured the track more like it should be with the over and under. I put the tunnel jump thing under the bridge for added support for how I had it configured. The set works great. I realized today that the last time I set it up was in 1998. So, that makes it a 50 year old set that was last played with 20 yeares ago!!! Amazing, all I have done is replace the tires, oil the motors a little and tinker with the pick up braids and got it working great!!!

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 07:20 PM

Thrills and spills!!!

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 02:31 AM

This is what it's all about to me, the detail of these cars is amazing to me. These were kids toys and yet they were models or replicas. I just love the details.

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 12:18 PM

That is a really nice set, probably the nicest Eldon I have seen. Eldon was a bargain brand, but in reality, their stuff was OK and better than Strombecker. Most of the old Eldon cars can get new tires and run as new. They never had the design flaws like Strombecker had with their early cars. Their first series of cars with a separate frame were good enough to never need a re-design.
 
They also manufactured pretty nice-looking bodies, you cars are pretty nice. Not sure if they are true scale, but they look much better than lots of offerings from other companies. Their Camaro, Mustang, and '66 Charger are  nice. The 1/24 cars from the Indy 8 really aren't bad either. The Lotus and the Watson can both be modeled into attractive cars.   
 
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Posted 04 January 2018 - 12:48 AM

That is a really nice set, probably the nicest Eldon I have seen. Eldon was a bargain brand, but in reality, their stuff was OK and better than Strombecker. Most of the old Eldon cars can get new tires and run as new. They never had the design flaws like Strombecker had with their early cars. Their first series of cars with a separate frame were good enough to never need a re-design.
 
They also manufactured pretty nice-looking bodies, you cars are pretty nice. Not sure if they are true scale, but they look much better than lots of offerings from other companies. Their Camaro, Mustang, and '66 Charger are  nice. The 1/24 cars from the Indy 8 really aren't bad either. The Lotus and the Watson can both be modeled into attractive cars.   
 
You might become a basement racer before you know it!!!

Haha, yep, been driving my wife crazy having this all set up in the living room floor!!! My 7 and 9 year old nieces came over and played with the cars for a couple of hours and they said it was fun. One of them even got a car to go up the ramp, hit the clown on two wheels and then the car fell back into the slot and continued on, it was amazing!!! Today I set up the tunnel jump, played a little while and then took it all down, cleaned everything and boxed it all back up for a while. I've got to find some new pick up braids because the old ones are worn out now. Good times!!!5a7fab94351d1e14cbabb7214b1fd04c.jpg2c156f1c558afb5eb2f0bb754eb6df0f.jpgcd5183c06a9fdee655c2f2d0cb379a5f.jpgc1e42bdd633117bdc41c8bc086b16d0c.jpg4d97c897aa67516195be50834e4df1b2.jpge676a4f25b25e63d9343ae19705f9573.jpg

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 04:01 PM

Schweet! That was the first home-set I ever owned. Many lawns mowed to be able to afford it!


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 08:55 AM

Schweet! That was the first home-set I ever owned. Many lawns mowed to be able to afford it!

And the box says its a Big $29.95 value!!!

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