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#1 NHBandit

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 03:51 PM

Bought a couple of vintage cars from a friend recently and they arrived today.

One is a Marx/Sears 1/24 Chaparral in really nice condition.

The other I have no clue about but it does run great and it's got period parts on it like threaded rear wheels. What can you guys tell me about it other than the soldering job looks pretty sketchy?

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 06:15 PM

Pretty primitive scratchbuild at best. Nice rewound 26D in it though.


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 06:15 PM

Looks to be a rewound (red wire, not blue) 26D motor with a Champion one piece magnet shim.  Maybe a Champion 501 or 507 (spring post protectors) can.  Riggen 6 hole fronts.  Cox 48p crown gear.  Probably 1966-67 vintage.  Rest is pretty non-descript.  Have fun...

 

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 06:21 PM

In defense of the builder, the solder blobs at least look like they got hot enough to do the trick, and most of the blobs are down low right where ya want weight. It ain't pretty but I'll bet it works nice  :heart:


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 06:23 PM

Thanks guys


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:55 PM

Guide post holder might be a Dynamic item, the dropped front axle came with the Riggen fronts, packaged as a kit, & the motor might have been built using one of Champion's upgrade kits that included winding wire, magnets & shim, post protectors, & better brush springs. I've seen that inline motor bracket before, but forget whose it is. Maybe Dynamic?

 

Yes, the motor bracket is a Dynamic item.


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 07:25 AM

Thanks again guys. It was part of a package deal with the Marx/Sears Chaparral and so I didn't hope for much. He had told me it didn't run also but it just had 1 wire disconnected and I guess he never tried it. It will fit well with my small collection of 60s stuff. The Chaparral is fairly mint and appears to be all original and I considered the scratch built car as a freebie. I wish they hadn't chosen that awful Robin's egg Blue for the Chaparral but I guess that's how they all came. 

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 08:30 AM

I wonder when square brass, tube or otherwise, was popular. 



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Posted 09 November 2019 - 08:33 AM

Mike, that brass rod car is far from being a complete loss. If you ever wanted it restored, someone, such as Pablo or others, could rebuild it into "like-new" condition.

 

i don't know how popular it was, but in the '70s K&S sold plated square tubing. I bought a 1' length to align 16D size brush hoods.


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