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#1 rvec

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 08:36 AM

This class features 48 to 72 full or midsize American iron plastic or resin cars.  Although chassis are scratch-built brass and wire affairs, pans are not hinged, rather they only "rattle" and forth.  Below are images of some "Econo" rides. The chassis shown below is an Econo chassis but set up for our Early modified class, hence the front and rear push bars. Note that these are removable.
 

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VE_Scott_57Ford.jpg
 
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Posted 23 January 2022 - 02:42 PM

Am I correct that you are holding the bodies on with clear tape? If so, how do you keep from pulling the decals off?


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Posted 23 January 2022 - 06:51 PM

Am I correct that you are holding the bodies on with clear tape? If so, how do you keep from pulling the decals off?

You are correct.  First, we adhere a large layer of tape to the side (to about the inch and half up the body) which rolls under the body and around to the inside about an inch and a half.  This tape is permanent.  Then we attach the body with another layer of tape which adheres to the bottom of the chassis and rolls around to about a half inch up the side of the body. When this temporary layer is removed it does not disturb the permanent layer or the decals underneath.

 

This is most clearly shown in Bob's 57 Black Chevy (see above)


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Posted 23 January 2022 - 07:45 PM

Rich, now that you mention it, the tape use shows up clearly on several of the cars. I hadn't been paying close enough attention to see it previously..


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Posted 23 January 2022 - 09:18 PM

You are correct.  First, we adhere a large layer of tape to the side (to about the inch and half up the body) which rolls under the body and around to the inside about an inch and a half.  This tape is permanent.  Then we attach the body with another layer of tape which adheres to the bottom of the chassis and rolls around to about a half inch up the side of the body. When this temporary layer is removed it does not disturb the permanent layer or the decals underneath.

 

This is most clearly shown in Bob's 57 Black Chevy (see above)

OK, I get it. We used to use body pins when I raced hardbodies years ago at a commercial track. Now for my home track we use screws under the chassis into some plastic mounts glued to the body.


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