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#1 stevphens

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 11:56 PM

Who sells vintage (late 60's - early 70's) Mustangs, Camaros, etc., 1/24 scale lexan, 4" wheel base? I can only find JK Products Mustang, Camaro and Javelin.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:10 AM

Several were made 'in the day' - but those molds very well are lost or destroyed.  Some independent molders have made a few copies.  Most of the originals were true scale and rarely fits any 'standard' modern 4" frame.  It can be easier to make hardbody racers than vac form fits-all.  The JKs work fine.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:16 AM

Thanks for the info, Larry!


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:11 AM

Rick,

 

Have your local track check with REH. They might have them under the Vintage label.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:20 AM

Remember that "pony cars" of the Trans-am were all the longest wheelbase they could legally be and that was a true 108". In anything that is true-to-1/24 scale, that would be 4.5" wheelbase.

 

Interestingly (fortunate coincidence?), that is the same as the IRRA Retro Stock Car rules.

 

If anyone made some "true-to-scale" Trans-am bodies, they would work on the chassis a lot of people already have.

 

Since the stock cars rarely ran on road courses and the Trans-am ran exclusively on road courses, it makes more sense to me to run Trans-am bodies on cars that will race on a flat track or a King/Engleman/Hillclimb and keep the stock cars on the ovals and rarely run them on the "road courses".

 

Having seen the 1:1 cars race (back in the day), it's still "weird" to see stock cars on the road courses. Just adding my 40% of a nickel (and that's about what it is worth).

 

It's February, trying to get "stock car fever" again for this year. 

 

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:43 AM

Call Fast Tracks in Bechtelsville PA.  They make the VFC line of bodies. I know they have a 66 Mustang and Camaro (I have one of the Mustangs....meant to build a chassis but never got around to it)

 

And they look to be pretty true to scale, but they would NOT fit current retro chassis. Shorter wheelbase than stock cars, narrow than Can-Am.  


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:03 AM

I appreciate everyone's input! Looks like the three JK bodies are the only ones that fit a 4" flexi chassis. Scale vintage TransAm bodies on a retro chassis built to fit sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks again for the help!


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:46 PM

VFC also makes a 69 fastback mustang. Part #X07. The wheel base is 4 1/8 but fits a flexi style chassis just fine. It works really well on the wide indy car chassis from JK. I don't know the chassis part number off hand. You can email them at fasttrackshobbies@Comcast.net  


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:16 PM

Retro stockcar chassis are 3" on outside of tires, short guide lead and 4.5" WB so the trans/am idea sounds good to me.  A  Fairlane/Comet body is on the list now.

 

MAYBE a shorter WB will make the class more popular in retro.......


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:29 PM

Larry, we had 29 racers Saturday for Stock Cars on a driver’s King. We had 40 at Retro Palooza. Seems popular enough to me.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:30 PM

VFC also makes a 69 fastback mustang. Part #X07. The wheel base is 4 1/8 but fits a flexi style chassis just fine. It works really well on the wide indy car chassis from JK. I don't know the chassis part number off hand. You can email them at fasttrackshobbies@Comcast.net  

Thank you! I just sent them a message, and am waiting for a reply.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:32 PM

noose - once every ten years is not 'often' in Chicago.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:58 PM

Larry, we had 29 racers Saturday for Stock Cars on a driver’s King. We had 40 at Retro Palooza. Seems popular enough to me.

 

We had 36 for SC at Slots-A-Lot back on 1-3-15. Same entries as the F-1s that day.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:10 PM

noose - once every ten years is not 'often' in Chicago.

We average 25 entries for Stock Cars through the series. Run them at least 6 times plus at the premier races. We ran them at the last Sano and expect to run them again this year. By far the hardest class to drive but a heck of a lot of fun.

Our entries grew by double and more when we stopped racing them on ovals.

Heck even wing guy Bernie loved racing them. Lol

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