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#1 Jairus

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 10:56 AM

1969 pro-cars have always intrigued me.  Probably because that is when I got involved after discovering a decaying Blue King track at the bowling alley next to Pietro's pizza.
We were having pizza made, the grownups were talking grown up stuff. So my brother and I went outside to watch the Chef's make the pizza through the front glass. 
Next door were the double glass doors leading to the Bowling alley and when someone went through the doors, the now familiar sound of tiny motors buzzing caught my attention.
I think Dad had to come find us for dinner that afternoon we both were so enthralled with 8 lanes of cars buzzing around.  Not an organized race exactly, just kids playing.

I went to dinner and begged my parents for a slot car of course.  But at that time we lived in Eugene and the track and Pietro's were in Salem where we were visiting my grandparents.
Once we moved back to Salem, I managed to get a car and controller eventually.

The car after restoration.

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At any rate, I had never seen or been to an organized race until I attended and participated in one of the early Retro races way back in '05 or so.
Never saw a 1969 pro car until Philippe started posting pics of them and Rick was posting on Weird Harold using, not a photo, but a scanner to show his work.
Weird huh?  He didn't have a digital camera and used the scanner!
I have been hooked on the chassis designs of that era ever since.  1969 is my favorite slot car year period!

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 11:11 AM

This project is to be a replica of something that could have run during the late 1969 year and even into early 1970.
Some brass cut and collected:

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The body will be a McLaren M8 by Dynamic.

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Various period correct A.J.'s wheels glued and trued.

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Misc hardware:

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First step is of course, setting up the jig. 
(Yes Rgeo, I need a new jig please....)

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More coming.... B:)


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Posted 20 March 2020 - 12:58 PM

Center section and drop arm done!
Many changes along the way, but strong and purposeful.

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 02:25 PM

Concur 100%. 1969 was magic, except for the war. I was just a couple years too young so I was lucky.

 

I'm gonna use my RGeo jig until the end of time. Someday I may have to switch to a Precision. But that would involve a new learning curve.

 

I know I'm gonna love your new car so I'll give it 3 hearts right away  :)  :heart:  :heart:  :heart:


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Posted 20 March 2020 - 03:15 PM

How many different ways is there to stick a wire pin in a hole? :laugh2:  If you use one of the ceramic honeycomb blocks, like the 1/32 guys use, you only have to be concerned with one size pin & every hole is equi-distant from other holes. They can even be used with a torch. Meanwhile, I'll retain my Champion slate jigs. :)


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Posted 21 March 2020 - 03:48 PM

I spent a lot of time on that chassis yesterday and today making sure everything was aligned and clearences correct.
Sometimes just putting wheels and axles on show a problem.

At anyrate, here is the plumber and pans attached to the drop arm.
All can be separated by removal of the drop arm hinge pin.

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Stops and drop arm spring in place finally.

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Final pic of the chassis.
Working on bullet proofing the Champion motor today.

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Respectfully submitted,

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 05:09 PM

Neat project Jairus. You've been busy building lately!   :victory:


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Posted 21 March 2020 - 05:29 PM

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Respectfully submitted, B:)


That is really cool, beautiful work!!
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Posted 21 March 2020 - 05:39 PM

How do you know you have the correct angle without the gears in place?

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 02:48 PM

Lou Esteves, because the bracket is adjustable.

Day 12 of my "Hunker in the Bunker" I finally figured out why chassis assembly couldn't get good gear mesh. 
The customer provided Champion end bell had that huge bearing and he suggested I trim the plastic to fit the bracket.
I did, but it looked like someone installed the bearing with a soldering iron as the white plastic split soon as I tightened up the motor screws.
The end bell bearing was floating and making it impossible to get good gear mesh.

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So... dug through my motor graveyard and resurrected a nice period correct (to the motor can) Champion endbell.
It fits perfectly, the motor spins beautifully after assembly and things are looking up.
Note the vent in the can pointed out by the arrow?
That marks this as the last version of the Champion 16d motor which was used until the "C" can motor was developed.

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Spring posts received brass post protectors, but in order to keep them insulated, I installed a pyrolytic washer (note arrow) under each along with a silicone sleeve on the brush spring.
Also installed were shunt wires to further protect the springs from heat.

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Finally done and motor and mesh sounds great.  Very quiet and spins up beautifully.
Time to cut and mount the body.

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 04:58 PM

Day 13 of my solitude.
Got the body mounted finally.  Not going to give anyone a chance to guess it like Rick... since I showed it to be a McLaren M8A by Dynamic earlier.
But I think this one is pretty swoopy as well!
Now, time to prep for paint.  A process that will usually take a couple days to do right.
THEN there is the lettering... :rolleyes:

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To infinity and beyond! :buba:


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Posted 26 March 2020 - 07:52 PM

That is gorgeous!
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Posted 27 March 2020 - 07:19 AM

Wow does that take me back. I remember running that body, mounted so low the motor almost touched, and a full rear panel (which was required) that would suck into the gears in a crash.

 

Beautiful piece of work.


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Posted 27 March 2020 - 10:59 AM

Swoopy indeed Jairus.  :victory:


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 12:25 PM

On the 27th I started masking and painting.

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Now, the 31st of March, the paint is done!
Calling this one "Purple Rain".

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Next step is putting it together with a couple spoilers.
Final pics soon.

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 06:33 AM

It's always a pleasure to read your explanations and admiring the pics! :good:


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 05:54 PM

Day 20 of my solitude.
No cat, no people in my life.  Had to meet my daughter (supervisor of Cosco) just to buy some T.P. in the dark parking lot after she locked up last night at 9:15pm.
Strange days indeed.

At any rate, finished "Purple Rain" finally.
Almost hate to mail it off tomorrow as I have grown to like this little machine.
Post Office... crap, going to have to wear some protection.

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Yes, I know.  They didn't do wrap around spoilers in 1969.  So sue me.
Customer asked for it.
The car could have come from 1971... maybe.
My story and I am sticking to it.

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(Don't say it....)

 

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That's all Folks!
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Posted 02 April 2020 - 07:59 PM

:heart:  :heart:  :heart:  :heart:  It's perfect  :good: 


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 08:47 PM

Jairus................

 

 

Day 20 of my solitude. No cat, no people in my life......

 

We are on day 22 and I tell you that our fur buddies are a real plus in our lives:

 

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Maybe a visit to the shelter after the post office tomorrow?  :)


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 09:55 PM

I like your driver is wearing a face mask, N95 I presume. Smart :)

Love the whole car :heart:


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 10:51 PM

Absolutely beautiful car.

 

 

Yes, I know.  They didn't do wrap around spoilers in 1969.  So sue me.
Customer asked for it.
The car could have come from 1971... maybe.
My story and I am sticking to it.

 

I'm not so sure about the spoiler. I used a one piece spoiler like that at the Parma NNC Race in 1970. Since I was working from a pattern, it probably had been around for a while. 


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Posted 03 April 2020 - 02:24 PM

Very nice work Jairus   :good: 

 

Thank you for sharing


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