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Posted 20 October 2020 - 08:33 PM

Ya gotta love a15 year old messing around with an oxy-acetylene torch. Most of us were stuck using the old reliable Bernz-Omatic plumbers torch.


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Posted 22 October 2020 - 07:52 AM

Wow, really straining my memory here.

 

I do remember two shops I frequented as a kid. Don't ask me their names (I call my wife "honey" all the time, just so I don't mess up and get myself in trouble!) but one of them was in Quincy, MA, on the corner of Water and Franklin streets. I could walk to that one, and I did, just about every Saturday bright and early so I could rent a lane for an hour without having to wait forever on the "list". They had two tracks, one of them was, I believe, a King. 

 

Second shop was in Randolph, located in strip mall off the main street. Dad used to drive me to that one. They had several tracks, but the only one I was interested in was a Purple Sovereign. That bank at the end of the long straight looked HUGE to a kid, and a lot of plastic model kits converted to slot car bodies met their demise there. 

 

Both shops closed around the same time, at the end of the boom. I though I'd never be able to relive those days, until one day, about 35 years later, I was out on a call for work and passed by Modelville Hobby in Ashland, MA. I walked in out of curiosity and there it was - a Purple Sovereign! Walked out with a chassis, motor, body, controller, some tools and spares. The following week I started racing again, and continued until I retired and moved out of state. 


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Posted 22 October 2020 - 07:06 PM

Ya gotta love a15 year old messing around with an oxy-acetylene torch. Most of us were stuck using the old reliable Bernz-Omatic plumbers torch.

There's a bit of an interesting back story to "a 15 year old messing around with an oxy-acetylene torch"...

 

When I was 14 I was building chassis' for a lot of the guys at the track, especially the kids that couldn't afford a scratch-built chassis from the grown-up fast guys.  Heck, I'd make them one for a nice motor and a buck or two.  One of the grown-ups that raced at Aloma saw some of my work and asked if I would be interested in doing some solder work for him, but not slot cars?!  It turns out that he owned a machine shop and he had a contract with the U.S. Navy to hard-silver solder together fuse housings for 500 lb. bombs!

 

So a few days later my Dad drove me over to his shop so we could check out what he was wanting me to do.  He gave me a shot at handling the torch and soldering a few and I did quite well at it.  So that weekend my Dad drove me down to Orlando and we got a torch set-up and the gas tanks I would need.  Once home my Dad helped me set it all up and we came up with four ceramic one foot square plates that I could set the assembled, but not-yet-soldered housings on.  OK, now I was in business and the guy would let me solder as many as I wanted, for 7 cents apiece!  I know that doesn't sound like much but it was 1968 and I could knock out several hundred a week, and even a thousand (or more) a week in the summer.  Not bad part-time pay for a teen in those days.  I did that for a couple of more years until the contract ran out.  I made enough money that I bought my first car, a 1969 Camaro for cash.

 

Here's a picture of the fuse housings compared to a JK Hawk Retro.  The center steel firing pin bushing and the Copper wire conduit was what had to be soldered.  Not your average summer job for sure!

 

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 10:33 PM

:bomb:  Jay, you are the bomb-diggety  :)   :bomb:  soldering master  :D


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Posted 23 October 2020 - 11:26 AM

Hi Jay!

 

One of my all-time favorite cars!

 

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to paint/restore a 1969 Indy Pace Car Camaro.

 

Would you happen to still have pix of your Camaro please?

 

 Thank you for sharing  Jay - that's great story.

 

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 12:48 PM

Is that a brass tube for a front axle?


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Posted 23 October 2020 - 08:33 PM

Mr. M:

The axle itself is steel, it must be the oil that's making it look like brass.  The front and rear axle tubes are stainless steel, as are the pans.  The drop arm is regular carbon steel.  Everything else is piano wire except maybe the pin tubes, those might be brass so I might have lied a little about the all-steel thing.  :shok:


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Posted 24 October 2020 - 03:18 PM

Howdy Jay,  I remember the endurance races, they were a blast. That is cool you have the same award too after all these years.

 

I grew up in Dommerich( also known as the land of the Martians with all the Martin Plant employees living there) also on Thunderbird trail just past the ball fields. Near Eric Erikson's house. You must remember for his older sisters, they had a 65 convertible Mustang. Good times.

 

I went to Trinity Prep for high school. 

 

My main racing these days is online "Iracing". https://www.iracing.com/ Extremely realistic and great fun. We have a team and run many endurance races 

 

Now living in Oviedo. Maybe touch base one day up on the river.

 

Cheers Larry



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 11:46 PM

Hi Larry:

I knew Eric, he was in my class.  Did you know Ricky Campbell, he lived on Mojave right where Thunderbird intersected it?  I spent a huge amount of time on the ballfields just a few blocks from your house and knew a lot of the guys that lived in that area.  And BTW, my Dad worked at Martin (40 years), and I did too as a Field Engineer for 37 years.  Finally retired (from now Lockheed Martin) in 2014 and moved back to Central Florida in late 2017.  


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Posted 25 October 2020 - 12:38 PM

Good Day Jay,

 

A true way back. Living in the good ole days. LOL Yes Ricky, Kim,Eric and myself played on the same ball little league team. Ricky's father was our coach. I have an old team photo. Need to dig it out. Eric died several years ago he built pools for a living. Kim and I went to a Gators game last year, good time. Had not been since college days in hog town. Go Gators

 

I lived on the Tbird trail east of there. 

 

Dad started at the Baltimore plant right after the war, then we went to Littleton Colorado in 1955 when I was 3. Then came to the Florida plant in 1962. Dad was always going to White Sands for missile testing. Cold war days for sure. 

 

I worked as a carpenter for many years then became a GC. Retired 2 years ago.

 

Hi Larry:

I knew Eric, he was in my class.  Did you know Ricky Campbell, he lived on Mojave right where Thunderbird intersected it?  I spent a huge amount of time on the ballfields just a few blocks from your house and knew a lot of the guys that lived in that area.  And BTW, my Dad worked at Martin (40 years), and I did too as a Field Engineer for 37 years.  Finally retired (from now Lockheed Martin) in 2014 and moved back to Central Florida in late 2017.  







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