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#1 Gene/ZR1

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 10:17 AM

A skinless thingie...

 

My old rail dragster finally put back together. Had to gather a few old parts.

 

At Stapleton's Raceway they had a drag strip, you could choose 12v, 24v, 36v, 48v by moving the three-prong plug to your desired voltage at your risk.

 

This rail is powered with a Revell/Pitman 77, all metal gearing. These old motors could take a little extra poke. It was never a record-breaker by any means, but could do a lighter fluid burn-out pretty good. Length is approx. 11 inches but always looks cool.

 

I may just put it up for sale, but probably wouldn't bring much. Just thought you guys would like to see it.

 

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That's it for now!

 

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 10:58 AM

Goodlooking rail, Eldon...


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Posted 02 March 2018 - 12:06 PM

It looks great, Gene, very well built rail. 

 

Using an RP77 is a new one on me, never would have thought of that, but it would have taken the extra volts well - and probably needed them! Any memories of what ETs you were doing? 

 

Also, 48v?? That's a new one for me, too. Only thought they went up to 36v at the time... did they actually stick a fourth storage battery in there? 

 

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 02:08 PM

I heard of a few tracks that ran up to 48 volts back in the day. I never went to any of them. All the drag strips I raced

on only went up to 36. The comms were only good for a few runs at 36 volts.

 

Nice early 60's style rail, by the way. 



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Posted 02 March 2018 - 02:48 PM

Beautiful slingshot style. a lot of work in that one. 

 

I like it much. :)


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Posted 02 March 2018 - 02:58 PM

Don,

Never saw the batteries.

This particular race track was out of the way, if you were able to get there and some luck maybe twice a month.
The road tracks were homemade along with the drag strip track. The drag strip track was about 35 feet long, to stop the cars was a piece of surplus parachute.

You did not need a controller since a single switch controlled the power. The switch was a home on\off light switch, no staging tower or lights, track speed recorder  or any other bells or whistles. You picked your power, flip the switch and your friend down at the finish line would say who won.
 
Pittmans were popular, especially the 196 series A&B motors with that rear motor bracket built into the motors.
If you had money to blow you had the 85-A. The older racers would up the power and pretty quick for the time, but I think they were using power antenna motors or power window motors that mysteriously got into lunch boxes leaving GM.

My dragster was OK, not fast but I had fun and it was a project that the old goat help me to build 55 years ago. He bought the motor; I would preferred a Russkit 22 myself.

Here's the best part, my brother-in-law was friends with the owner's son, Doug. He would sneak you a little free track time. Hey! $0.25 cents for 15 minutes, you watched your pennies back then.

The good times, tire dressing was STP, braid juice was ATF fluid, a can of Zippo lighter fluid and some 3-in-1 oil was standard pit equipment, when I think back how simple things were then.

Sorry got a little side tracked on the good old days.
 
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Posted 02 March 2018 - 03:20 PM

Gene,

Today is fun and money isn't an issue, but 1964-67 was the good old days for many of us "kids."
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Posted 02 March 2018 - 04:32 PM

Matt,
 
Yes, it sure was!
 
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Posted 03 March 2018 - 01:40 PM

Most of the dragstrips use doorbell buttons instead of controllers. 

 

As a kid I worked at a hardware store two hours after school each day, and four hours on Saturdays. I got paid $10 on Saturday after work. The money went right to the slot track two doors away.


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Posted 03 March 2018 - 10:23 PM

How smooth were the drag strips BITD?   How did the cars fare in the shutdown, and how was that accomplished?


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Posted 03 March 2018 - 10:32 PM

How smooth were the drag strips BITD?   How did the cars fare in the shutdown, and how was that accomplished?


Be interesting to hear how the shutdown was handled, was it via parachute like I've heard before?

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 07:05 AM

Be interesting to hear how the shutdown was handled, was it via parachute like I've heard before?


The piece of the parachute was bunched up in a pile laying on the track as a crash barrier. Nothing high tech.
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Posted 04 March 2018 - 07:14 AM

How smooth were the drag strips BITD?   How did the cars fare in the shutdown, and how was that accomplished?


At the finish line a stripe was painted on the track, at that point is where the track power braid tape ended, (you just ran out of power),
but the slot continued for about 5 feet. You got to remember back then the cars were not rockets compared to todays ballistic speeds.
The track surface was just black paint, applied with a roller. The braid was a copper smooth tape.
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Posted 04 March 2018 - 02:09 PM

All of the dragstrips I ran on were made of Formica counter top material. The shut down at my local track

was braided, and wired like the brakes in the controller, with I assume resistors to provide the load. There

was also a government surplus parachute at the end to catch the cars that ran through. It was typical

to see a gear guard on the open dragsters to keep the chute from getting tangled in between the gears. 



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Posted 04 March 2018 - 02:45 PM

All of the dragstrips I ran on were made of Formica counter top material. The shut down at my local track

was braided, and wired like the brakes in the controller, with I assume resistors to provide the load. There

was also a government surplus parachute at the end to catch the cars that ran through. It was typical

to see a gear guard on the open dragsters to keep the chute from getting tangled in between the gears. 

 

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You must have lived in a high end neighborhood to have a Formica racetrack surface in 1963-65 era. :good:

This track was a mom and pop business with nice owners, they made the tracks themselves.

There was nothing high tech, no real drag races, just fun. :to_become_senile:

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 04:47 PM

I didn't live in a particularly high end area. In fact, my end of town was considered the blue collar section. The

tracks were built by the owners, but were very well done. One of the partners had just moved to Elmhurst from 

southern California. His daughter was a real  blonde beach girl. I could never decide if she was the big draw,

or if it was the nice tracks. But it was always packed.


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