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#1 Cheater

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 12:44 PM

In the 'Home Improvement' episode "Much Ado About Nana" from Season 2, Tim puts a dustbuster motor in his slot car and it goes right through the glass door. This was Mark's Indy 500 theme birthday party.

 


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 01:29 PM

Monty Ohren once told me he was involved with this project.

 

It was a very long time ago and unfortunately, I don't remember all the details


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 02:04 PM

Looks like they are using Parma controllers...



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Posted 06 August 2019 - 02:54 PM

Why not?

 

It was easily the most popular brand at the time.

 

No sarcasm intended, but did you think they were going to run the cars like my local track owner, Charlie. did in the '60s (to test a car), using his Zippo lighter across the white and black posts? LOL.

 

Monty frequently confirmed he was quite involved in that episode.


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 03:30 PM

Monty had a "title" for doing the slot car maintenance on these video productions: slot car wrangler. Seriously.


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 04:35 PM

I think I remember reading that he built the track.  :pardon:

 

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 08:36 AM

The Parma rheostat controller is the old Russkit, just updated and improved a bit. So it was a natural choice for the episode. I

don't buy that he could get a Dustbuster motor into a slot car. Besides, that motor is 110v., TV script writers have very vivid

imaginations.


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 08:45 AM

It's TV Dave, no relation to reality!


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 08:47 AM

Dave,
You even entertained they actually might of did that?

It must have been your freshman year at York, when you were a 100% convinced there wasn't an Easter Bunny. LOL

By the way, aren't Dustbusters the things that you plug into a 12-volt outlet, in your car?

If I remember correctly, Monty said they did that scene by using a variable power supply, that he cranked up, (obviously off-camera), just like how I add a little drama to the last race, at birthday parties.


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 11:30 AM

That's why I said the script writers had a very vivid imagination. Never had a Dustbuster that plugs into a car

cigarette lighter. The one I had was cordless and had a charging station. So it could have been low voltage.

And I don't believe that TV sitcoms have any relation to reality. Sorry if I riled any of you Tim Allen fans.  



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Posted 07 August 2019 - 12:18 PM

The one I had was cordless and had a charging station. So it could have been low voltage.

And I don't believe that TV sitcoms have any relation to reality. Sorry if I riled any of you Tim Allen fans.  

Could of been?

 

You sure it didn't have a 110V battery inside?

 

Hopefully, by Saturday, you will have forgotten this thread. :laugh2:


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 12:26 PM

It's TV Dave, no relation to reality!

No, I'm pretty sure Home Improvement pre-dated Reality TV, as we know it these days.

 

Dave's post  reminds of the Slotblogger, who a month, or so, back, was musing about the possibility of the Vintage Tech Hunters buying an in-the-box, Cox Chaparral at a flea market, and turning a profit, (I guess) to help defray the cost of the 9 person team that was traipsing around the country, filming them.

 

I'll have to go back and see who that was.LOL


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 12:46 PM

'"Home Improvements" didn't always have a full box of crayons.


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 12:49 PM

Mike Swiss, I was just commenting that they we were Parma controllers knowing  full well the were quite ubiquitous then and now. Cool then and cool now.



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Posted 07 August 2019 - 01:19 PM

Why should I forget it?  Should I be banned from Chicagoland Raceway?



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Posted 07 August 2019 - 04:04 PM

Getting close a ban, Dave!!!     We knew what you meant!!

 

do you guys remember when they mashed the 55 Nomad on that program.   Been a lot of years, but I think I remember replaying that over and over trying to see if it was a real car.   I think it was real, maybe not the hot rod he actually had on the show, but a roller that was freshened up to look like his real Nomad.   

 

You guys remember that?


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 05:27 PM

turned out it was a 4 door wagon that got crushed

 

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