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#1 geardriven

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 08:26 PM

I am working with an AMT 1/24" chassis, I call a slide rail chassis...one that is found with the mid '60s AMT AC Cobra, 64/64 Mustang Coupe and 64/65 Corvette Sting Ray Slot Car kits.
This chassis is extremely similiar to the Revell 1/24" "Racing Chassis" with the exception that the AMT chassis can be distinguished by the two horizontal mounting tabs found on each upper portion of the frame rails just in front of the rear tires.
These tabs are used for body mounting on those particular AMT hard bodies
This chassis comes with the larger, gray-colored round can motor and I am looking for a modern motor upgrade to say, the newer 16D, 26D or 36D motor family.
I am looking for something that will bolt in and add some power.
I understand that hard bodies are not great handlers and too much speed can get you in trouble fast....just want to "wake up" the hard body it is under and make me pay attention to what I am doing.
Motor suggestions, gear selections etc. or other ideas for commercial track racing would be appreciated......
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#2 Gary Bluestone

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:37 AM

Switch the mounts around and use a screw and washer to hold the endbell  as shown. This is a Cox 36D can drive but any similar brand will work and make these 1965 chassis competitive and fun again. AMT did make brackets to hold their Green Hornet 36D but that modification turned out to be almost too much to handle , that balanced rewound motor was too powerful.

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 06:09 AM

Gary, nice job! That's as clean as a factory installation. :)


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Posted 06 June 2018 - 06:37 AM

Amen, looks very good Gary. 

 

But what's the story on the brackets for the Green Hornet? Never saw any mention of that, and would be surprised to see a rewind like that (Dynamic in fact) in one of AMT's staid stockers... Did they actually sell it as a hop-up? 

 

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 05:00 PM

Get a $2 fk180 from China and some tape.   Great little motors for a hard body and I've found lots of 60's cars with taped in motors!!!!  You might try doing something with a cheap stamped bracket to fit a 180.   I've soldered them to the old AMT brass chassis.   Ought to be fairly easy  to make an adapter that fits right in the old Revell/Amt style chassis.


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Posted 06 June 2018 - 07:13 PM

Matt, do you suggest any particular Chinese FK180 motor? I've not seen 180s being used by the local group, but I could just be out of the loop on them.


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Posted 06 June 2018 - 08:04 PM

This is how I got this  AMT Mustang. There is a brass plate up against the aluminum mount, which centers the bell drive. There are some small alignment tabs and small machine screws which lead me to believe it is factory made. The green hornet motor is overkill in this car and I have thought of swapping it for a standard 36D to keep it more fair with the others in it's class and because it is impossible to handle on the home set tracks.

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 08:06 PM

Maybe a better shot of the nuts and screws

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 10:16 PM

PM sent Bill.


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Posted 07 June 2018 - 04:12 AM

Thanks Gary - very neatly done, but I still think it's home-made... and that's the very definition of overpowered! Must be kind of "fun" to drive... 

 

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 07:40 AM

Don, shouldn't you be heading to Bordeux!


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Posted 07 June 2018 - 07:54 AM

Tomorrow Matt! 

 

Today, I'm just trying to avoid work by going on the forums...

 

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 08:32 AM

Brigitte Bordeaux? :wacko2:


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