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#1 Jairus

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 11:13 AM

Champion is not known for their Thingie's.  Heck, I bet most of you never heard of the "Spectra", but it is indeed a Champion design and this body is an original.  Or so the owner claims.  
It's .030 thick and feels like either Lexan or Butyrate.  

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The motor going into this build is an NOS 517 Champion.

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For the motor bracket I picked this Champion piece.
But one of the tube like oil-lite bearings was missing and I like ball bearing races so... she got sleeved up!

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Finished bracket with a stand in Champion motor.

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Wheels and tires.
Rear wheels are silicone coated foam.  
Front wheels are interesting double "O" ring ball bearing bits.
I added the threaded Russkit axle and Acorn nuts.

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Time to start cutting brass! 
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 11:43 AM

Fun build, Reminds me of the Lancer Whisper but I see they are different. How wide is it ? I feel like that would date it. I will be following your progress.


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 12:08 PM

That's the first threaded Russkit teflon coated axle i've ever seen. Another example that one is never too old to learn something new. I once lost one of those sleave bushings too, in a NCC 20 chassis.I forget if I was able to buy a replacement somewhere or if I used one from a Champion inline bracket. Those bushings are probably long enough so one could be cut in two to make a pair. I'll watch your build as it progresses. :)


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How old should a highway be before you tell it, that it has been adopted?


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 01:10 PM

The local hobby shop seems not to be able to get K&S brass.  They say they have ordered it and yet the order remains unfilled.
So.... I went to the local welding supply house and bought bronze welding rod by weight.  A dozen 36" rods for $5.19.
Found my new supplier!

 

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Center section is done.
Didn't want to modify the Champion bracket too much, so to that end decided to place the ISO ahead of the motor.
Body (Pay attention Martin) measures 3.025 wide placing this body in the last of the 60's or early 70's.
So an ISO floppy front axle makes sense I guess.

 

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Front axle now installed.  Only steel part is the cross rod. Everything so far has been brass or bronze.

 

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Time to hang some pans.
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 02:59 PM

:good: :good: :good: :heart: :heart: :heart:


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 04:09 PM

Forgot a few things.
The guide tongue is from R-Geo.
(Thanks Rick)

Got the pans hung.  Progress is moving quickly.

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Cleaned a bit but not polished up yet.
Felt the front pan hinge rods would be susceptible to bending in an accident so added some material.
Pin tubes and bite bar are also installed.
Not much left to do but polish it up and start hanging the parts.

 

 

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 04:19 PM

I thought anybody could carry K&S brass if they wanted to. There hasn't been any shortages at the NH places where I shop. There was a time when Mike Steube & other BPR D3 racers built with rod from welding supply shops, so it should be good material to work with. I got some 36" lengths a few years back. The chassis looks good! :heart:


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How old should a highway be before you tell it, that it has been adopted?


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 04:48 PM

It's perfect and it's SANO :sun_bespectacled:


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 05:44 PM

I was paying attention,I still did not see where you gave the body width "Body (Pay attention Martin) measures 3.025 wide" Did I miss where you mentioned that before I ask?


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 06:03 PM

No, that was my answer to your question with out using a quote. Sorry if it seemed rude.
I type fast and sometimes tend to use shortcuts.

J :)


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 08:01 PM

Got it,  pay attention = heads up. :)  Hate it when I get the wrong intention :dash2: . Any way enjoying your build and love the subject. Looking forward to your paint design, :good:  has the customer giving you any wants?. :crazy:


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 09:17 PM

Paint?
Not yet.  We talked a little bit about that today but I need to get the body mounted and all clearances set first.
I'm pushing for a '69 vibe with fades and a center stripe about the same width as the Champion sticker, provided by Neckcheese by the way.


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Posted 05 April 2018 - 12:10 PM

Assembly.
After the soldering block, the chassis is cleaned up.
Next step is the "building block".
Been using this block for years and no idea where it came from.  But I like it!
I had to cut a 1/16" recess in it for the possibility of recessed braid, so the cars I build can be set up for anything.
This time it took quite a few washers to get the clearance.  The guide collar is simply a stand-in till I can get to the hobby shop and pick up a quality brass/chrome plated Dubro® final piece.

 

 

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Out back, the bearings are glued in with Permatex® blue and left to cure.  I like the blue because it makes replacement easy, and I like things to go EASY!

 

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Okay, up front of the motor, needed to grind a clearance for the Champion motor.
Not this motor, but the 517 has a 5/16" aluminum bearing that protrudes out more than the 3/8" bronze bearing on the motor I used as a spacer.
This step guarantees that the car doesn't come back to me. (this is because I do not have the final motor in hand mostly due to the rarity of such an item still in the package.)

 

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I also installed .025 whisker wires on the pans and the ISO. 
Time to put the wheels on and mount the body!

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 12:51 PM

With wheels on, the chassis in both track versions provide for adaptability to either.
But if I was racing on a flush braid, I would remove a few washers to get the nose down to the minimum the track allows.
On a recessed braid track the front and pans are perfect!

 

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Guess it's time to mount and paint.
My favorite part. :heart:


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Posted 05 April 2018 - 03:16 PM

Whisker wires :D


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Posted 05 April 2018 - 06:49 PM

Body mounted, sanded and cleaned with soap and hot water.
Ready to mask and paint.
But.... Tucker Carlson is on Fox in a few so done for the day.
Tomorrow, WE PAINT!

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Yeah, I went to the hobby shop for some Dubro® 3/16" collars.  Love those things.

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See ya on the flip side! :)


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 01:30 PM

Another fine creation!  I'd like to know what/where to obtain the nuts you used on the fronts.  Those are of a different style than 'normally' used.  Can't wait to see the paint!


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 05:08 PM

Ebay John.
Bought them because they had the same 5/40 thread of a standard axle.


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 07:27 PM

Some Buzco's on E-Bay right now.....


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Posted 07 April 2018 - 09:09 PM

Neat car,neat build. Hell, I wouldn't even paint that one. leave that chassis visible to everyone who sees it!  ;) 


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 11:45 PM

Took a couple days to get this painted. 
Required a mix of Lacquer and water based paints to do it.  All of that meaned hours of dry time in between.
In the break times, the realization that it needed an interior resulted in painting one up.
All is still too wet to assemble.
Maybe in the morning.

Night.

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 08:01 AM

:heart: :heart: :heart: :clapping: :sun_bespectacled:


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 08:39 AM

Beautiful body Jairus!  The coloring reminds me of the 70's work from Ted "Sundance" Coates. :)


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 11:33 AM

Paint is dry finally.
Put some tape on the rockers inside to prevent scratching of the paint.
Interior is likewise installed with only one piece in front needed.

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Out back, the interior rests on the motor.
So, I cut a slot for the arm cooling hole.

Wow, really need to clean those wheels....
Silicone picks up dust EVERYWHERE!

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And, all buttoned up.

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Okay, calling this one finished.
Before mailing I need to remove that gp20 motor.  But left it in to hold up the back of the interior.
A note about cleaning the tires. Best thing I have found is masking tape!  Just wrap a 3 inch strip around the wheel and pull it off.  Takes all the dust and particles with it like a lint remover does to slacks.

Fin. B:)


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 06:01 PM

Great looking car Jairus! I really like the body.


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