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#1 Jairus


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Posted 01 December 2021 - 03:34 PM

I cannot think of any two more complex projects than a Gilbert/Sundance car and a Gorski triple-micro controller.
Going to have to put my foot down and start telling people no mas!



Controller chassis.



I had to remove one red wire and one white wire between the micro switches and the resistor in order to get the handle halves together.
I noticed some Gorski-built controllers did the same. These things are tight inside!

Car chassis.



Only one thing I did slightly different from Lee's design was moving the hinge points back as far as possible. Of course this moves the "bite bar" further to the rear as well.

The motor is wound and built by John Havlicek using a new can and endbell. Of cours,e there is a glue shield in brass just like Lee's.







Lola wheel inserts just like Lee.





Calling these done!

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 03:49 PM

I really miss the John Havlicek motor thread. He was always working on some cool, interesting stuff!

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 06:48 PM

Always liked this era of air control and body styles.

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 08:31 PM

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 09:53 PM

And it seems we've just now lost Lee...
'70s racing legend Lee Gilbert has passed

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 10:24 PM

Lee, you'll be missed, but never forgotten. I still recall when you traveled to NH in 2001 to race in our annual "Race of Champions."  I also recall you & I were the two oldest guys at the raceway that weekend & our photo. And I recall you setting up the six 1/24 eurosports at once. When you were done, there was less than a 1/32" in body height differences among the six cars. I don't remember where you finished in the race, but you showed some of your ways that made you a winner.

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 11:32 PM

Doesn't that have to be the most famous paint scheme in the history of slot cars?

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Posted 02 December 2021 - 08:12 AM

Thanks for the photo of the inside of the controller. I received a handful of those round heat sinks in an e-bay lot I won a few years ago. I wasnt sure what they were or how they were installed, but now I know.
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Posted 02 December 2021 - 04:58 PM

Hey Jarirus, you may need to build at least one or so more......
Put me on that list.it will sit next to one of my famed speed shop Eurosports....
Herman, Speed shop member for life!
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Posted 02 December 2021 - 08:29 PM

Jairus does a beautiful job on this famous Lee Guilbert/Sundance car. I'm lucky enough to have one of his gorgeous bodies and interiors I need to build up.

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Posted 19 December 2021 - 04:54 AM



and I'm happy having a Jairus body and your chassis finished now....


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