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#1 Dave Crevie

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 03:08 PM

The dragster frame was in a box of stuff I got from Mike Swiss. I have no idea what the history is. And

I had no intention of doing anything with it. But this morning I was looking it over, and thought "someone

built this. It deserves to be back on the strip". It had a goshawuful big Mabichi 55 motor in it, mounted in

the drivers area. The bends are very nicely done, as if it were a ready built frame sold through tracks. 

There have been a lot of hap-hazard modifications done in a very sloppy manner. But I think I can return

it to presentable condition. 

 

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:35 PM

Interesting ! her are 2 frames Ive had for while, cant eve nrecall when I got them, they would been Ebay finds I know that much. Someone had taken time to craft them !

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:53 AM

Interesting. And nice work. I really like the fueler frame. 



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 12:56 PM

OK. The odds and ends that had been added to this chassis have been removed. Some joints were

cleaned up as I was de-soldering those pieces. The loops of the drivers area do not line up, so the

next step will be to correct that, and clean up the other solder joints. I have discovered that the chassis

is constructed of 3/32nds brass rod, so it is a bit on the heavy side. I plan to get back to this this afternoon.

 

 

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 03:45 PM

That cleaned up nicely Dave! Will it have a can motor?


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 03:56 PM

I have straightened out the driver's cage area. There was also a twist built into the frame, so I straightened

that out.

 

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Then I cleaned up some of the globby solder joints. I agonized about re-fitting the joints where the top loop

of the driver's cage fits to the top rail of the chassis by beveling the ends of the loop, but decided to leave it

as built. There were two "buckets" soldered to the upper frame rail for the rear axle bearings. These were

probably originally for 3/8ths inch O.D. bearings, but a washer had been soldered to the open face side of

each to hold 3/16ths O.D, bearings. I removed all that and will make new mounts from sheet brass. The

two thumb nuts soldered to the sides of the top rail were also removed. Can't say what those were for, but

I would guess they held a motor in at one time. 

 

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And all shined up, ready for further work.

 

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I was fortunate to acquire a KTM padlock motor from Mike Swiss. I believe that would be the period appropriate 

motor to use. Not trying to build a sub one second car here. Just bring it back to what it might have been back

in the day.   


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Posted 17 November 2019 - 04:58 PM

Didn't have a lot of time to work on this yesterday, and none today. Got the rear axle bearing plates made

and soldered in. Plus got the motor mount fabbed and soldered in. I have shown the frame with the motor

in situ to show how it sits in the frame.

 

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Posted Yesterday, 10:48 AM

WOW ! thats  a great possible setup !!


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Posted Yesterday, 05:01 PM

Thanks Paul. Trying to keep it period correct.

 

It's starting to look more like a dragster.

 

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I even added steering linkage for effect.

 

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Next I have to re-install the drop arm, which had been broken off when I got this frame. A formed

aluminum body and driver will finish it off.

 

 

 

 


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Posted Today, 01:38 AM

That steering linkage is very cool...love it.


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Posted Today, 09:49 AM

Had to do it. That front axle just looked too plain without it.


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Posted Today, 12:11 PM

Dave, you're turning a sow's ear into a golden purse. Nice job! :)


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Posted Today, 12:39 PM

That steering linkage is very cool...love it.

 

I agree. Very, very cool!


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Posted Today, 01:43 PM

Thanks. I just thought it deserved to live on.



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Posted Today, 01:50 PM

The dragster frame was in a box of stuff I got from Mike Swiss. I have no idea what the history is.

Great job, so far Dave.

 

I agree on how the steering linkage is a neat touch.

 

As far as history, IIRC, it came in a box of stuff which included the super-cool Strombecker Brauner Hawk blueprints.

 

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So it most likely was originally made by long time, local slot car enthusiast, Bob Stover.

 

Or at the very least, he acquired it.


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