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#76 MSwiss

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 02:43 PM

Greg moved to Southern California a year, or a year and a half, ago.

He recently moved north, to Petaluma.

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 05:00 PM

If he went back to CA, his mom must have passed away. Those must have been old FB posts I saw.


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Posted 09 October 2021 - 08:11 PM

Yes, she did.

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 09:35 PM

Greg's mom was a sweetheart and a real gem, with the eyesight of a fighter pilot. I'm sure Greg inherited that from her, as he is an awesome slot car driver. SCCSA was basically a pipe dream, not a real club. No fault of the racers - just too much distance to travel. I still have my T-shirt though   :)

 

John Clow and Bud Greene still live close to each other and travel to a raceway in Jackson, MS. that has both road courses and a drag strip. That's where John runs the Mini. How a drag car with six teeth missing continued to make passes, I don't know. John said it was "shimmying" LOL

 

Wheels are done

 

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 02:52 PM

The SCCSA is more than a pipe dream on FB. Greg was listed as the Admin. Lots of funny car slot car photos posted, The only raceway I recall seeing posted was Charlie's. It only took me a couple hours to get accepted, so someone else must have the Admin permission now. I'll see what develops.


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Posted 10 October 2021 - 04:14 PM

I guess it depends on your idea of a "club". To me, a club has meetings, dues, regular races and announced events. SCCSA was four guys with the same t-shirts with names on them, who occasionally got together to go race. Rarely did we all four show up at every race.

 

Greg Gilbert moved to California several years ago, like Swiss said. So 1/4 of the SCCSA membership (the "admin" as you call him) departed Alabama. To say or imply it's currently up and running isn't true.

 

What is true is before he moved out west, Greg, John Clow, and Bud would go to Charlie's Garage to road course and drag race. John would bring a few drag cars; Greg and Bud would bring boxes full of new ones every time LOL

 

Now back to Ricky Bobby and his Mini Cooper. The new front wheels are designed for a 3/32 axle so I plan to sleeve them down to 1/16 and make new independent "finger" axles. This time they will be wire instead of brass, in the interest of a little more stiffening


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Posted 10 October 2021 - 07:07 PM

John will be giving the Mini it's second track test at Charlie's Garage this coming weekend if the new spur arrives in time. 3/32 sleeves are held in place with Koford "Gold Billet" short hollow set screws. .063 axle keepers will govern them on the wire axles

 

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 06:44 PM

Changed my mind on using wires instead of rods for the new front axles. Back to my original design - rods can be tweaked for ride adjustments and easy to re-bend. I made new braces which also strengthen the body mount square tubes and the main rails. Only my second drag build so this is all just theory

 

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John's request for bigger front wheels worked nice 

 

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New spur gear scheduled to arrive tomorrow at noon. We shall see  :)  


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Posted 12 October 2021 - 08:32 AM

Very nice upgrades Pablo-- it should be a nice handling little "bullet' now!   :good:


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Posted 12 October 2021 - 09:36 PM

Thanks Tim, I hope so  :D

 

New spur gear broken in at low volts with a small dot of Colgate. See the dark marks on the mesh? Worked nice. After that I fed her some volts. Spooky good. This time the axle and bushings are "good n tight"

 

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Rear body mount tube moved slightly forward and holes re-harpooned. 100% done and track test #2 will be Saturday

 

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Posted 12 October 2021 - 09:49 PM

Just remember its not the size of your Mini. Just do not red light. :laugh2:

 

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Hope the test goes well, as I would expect. :victory:


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Posted 12 October 2021 - 09:54 PM

That lady has nice shoes, thanks for posting Martin  :D  :good:

 

As far as red lighting, talk to the driver/owner - I have zero control over that. He lives mostly on facebook  :laugh2:


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Posted 16 October 2021 - 11:02 PM

Here's a video of it making a pass

 

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Posted 17 October 2021 - 12:29 PM

:good:  :good:  :good:


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