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#1 Pete L.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:11 PM

I undertook a minor restoration for a friend. The Parma Brasskar from "back in the day" was a popular racer at the Collingwood Auction, site of the original Race Place in Farmingdale, NJ, back in the 1980s.

 

We ran Gp.12 motors with the Champion bodies. Thanks to the bodies being still available the build was easy...

A light cleaning of the chassis, a clean up of the motor can followed by some wrinkle-finish Rustoleum baked for half an hour in the shop oven and the chassis was ready to go.

 

The Champion Chevy Coupe was painted with the now fast-disappearing Pactra R/C lacquer paint and it's done.

 

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#2 Bill from NH

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:47 PM

That's a sharp looking car Pete! i have a couple of those bodies. The pans on that chassis aren't the original brasskar pans. They are wide-finger pans that Parma released in the mid-'70s.


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:52 PM

It looks like they sold it at least a few different ways, with pans, both full and with the angle cutout and tapering in the rear.

 

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 11:33 PM

I stand corrected. I didn't know the pan style varied. Maybe Parma built chassis with whatever pans they had on the shelf at any particular time.  The brasskars I had seen all had pans like those in your next-to-last photo. Here in the Northeast, Dick P. was the brasskar king. :laugh2:


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:51 AM

We raced Brasskars in the 80's as Gp12 with mostly stock car bodies. My favorite was the Buick Regal (still have one left clear NIP!)

 

Anyway, the original (by my recollection) pans were the ones shown above. I want to say around 1983-84, they switched the the newer pans witht he cutout and never went back to the best of my knowledge.

 

I can tell you, we used to cut a slot down the center section from the motor area to behind the front axle mounts. We also changed the bushings to 1/4x3/32 and ran Faas gears (64 pitch) when they were still full size. change the rear tires to the expensive ($3.00) camen orange and voila!

 

When we finally switched over to wings on our 12's, we left the brasskars behind. But they were a lot of fun.

 

Does anyone else remember the 1984-85 release of the "baby brasskar" for 1/32???


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:19 AM

We ran a "superwomp" class at The Race Place in Quakertown, PA in the '80's using the Baby Brasskars, Mura Wasp motors and wing bodies -- Parma made a shortened wing body.  I have two waiting for restoration.  

 

We originally ran the Brasskars with 12's and Can Am bodies.  I liked the format and was sad when the rest of the racers voted to go to wing bodies.  So often in slot car racing faster wins over formula.


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 12:11 PM

Good to see new life breathed into one of these old chestnuts. I have a couple, and we ran them with X-12s and LMP coupe

bodies. They were a compliment to the class C-2 cars we were running at the time. Lots of fun, but I don't think they could

handle a modern 12 motor.  



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Posted 10 January 2019 - 12:20 PM

The full wide-finger pans shown above were originally released by Parma in the mid-'70s to be used with .078 wire monorail chassis which were popular for awhile. Since they were used on brasskar chassis until 1983-84, Parma obviously had plenty in stock from earlier times. I don't recall if these wide-finger pans were available in both .032 & .040 thicknesses or not. Mine were all .032.


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