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2021 What vintage cars/stuff have you bought

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This is a non runner as the motor brushes aren't installed and been fitted with what I think are Scalextric plastic rear wheels.

Bought this mainly to get the motor as it was cheaper than most chassis / motors seem to be going for at the moment.

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Does this Indy car have a scratchbuilt chassis, or something else? What was it motored with?
Thanks for the chassis photo.
Bill:

I have learned that the chassis/motor is from the MPC hardbody Corvette slot kit.
Could have been from the Scarab or Lancia-Ferrari too... they're all the same basic chassis, except that some Lancia models had a hypoid chassis/gear... There were also short and long wheelbase versions.

Don
hi beardy , re the super shells lotus elite , the chassis you show here is not a saloon car chassis , as super shells made no saloons . what it is , is a static chassis for the elite so you could build up the elite

as a shelf model . if you wanted to convert the elite to a slot car you needed the pop in chassis which initially used the ks motor but latterly used an old style 13 u0 . if you want some pm me

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Hi Tony, Thanks for the offer, I already have two of the pop in sports/saloon chassis, one with the can motor and adaptors. It the attachment that has me confused at the moment as the mounting points on the pop in chassis don't match the body shell.

Having looked at the instructions again the chassis shown for the Elite isn't the pop in one

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The chassis id the Porsche is what I have, with the round attachment lugs. The Elite chassis looks like it has screws or set screws and nuts with different side mount points. Is there another Super Shells sports car chassis?

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lDon:

Any idea on the specs of that MPC motor? A number of 40k rpm seems familiar. No slouch there. Maybe applicable for a future Bordo vintage entry?

Ronnie
It's more like 25k, but lots of torque. Wouldn't be a winner, but a couple have been entered and did relatively well.

I prepared an MPC "Ramcharger" a few years ago for a drag proxy and it went into the final against the top elminator with consistent ETs of about 1.48... however, I think it had a high-performance arm in there, one of MPC's options for the motor.

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Keith, I'm not surprised you're confused, because in the early days, pre SRM, Supershells themselves were confusing about the two different sport/saloon chassis they offered. The pic you showed in your second post illustrates it perfectly. The top image is of a Popin chassis, but the lower picture is of a 'Screwin' version. No, I'm not pulling your leg! See the two pics I've posted

As it happens, I have a damaged Popin chassis going spare. The damage is that someone (not me) has removed - surgically cleanly - the two rear mounting lugs. Apart from that, it's a good working example. No good to me - I already have two perfect Popins and only one SShells Elite body. If you're interested, pm me. Fiver + P&P?

John

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Hi John, Thanks for the offer but I think this time I'll pass and at some point print my own chassis.
These weren't actually purchases this year, but over the last few weeks, I finally decided to assemble some of the many hundreds of motor parts I've accumulated over the last 20 years or so. I've assembled a few over the years - and a lot of these are rewinds, factory or home-brewed - but this time I put together about 20, mostly 16Ds, and a few 26Ds... and one lonely 36D!

Things don't always match up the way you think they will, so it takes awhile... All in bags now, waiting for the Perfect Application... if you need a bare shot of any specific motor, let me know. On one, I wrote "Hot" - not that it's an especially fast motor, but it runs kind of hot - not to be used for endurance races of more than 5 minutes!

Don

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very early on, when I was hunting stuff at the flea market (got many miles of walking in back then!), nine times out of ten the found motor would be someone's rewind that had somehow survived. They would get installed in my humble little homeset 1/32's, and boy what a handfull! Since then, all have been re-motored with box stock versions of the original manufacturer's motor, and the "hot" ones put away and marked as such.
I hear you Steve... that's actually mostly what I first looked for at the beginning (and still mostly now, to tell the truth...), but have realized over the years that I probably have more use for the standard motors, or mild rewinds, on almost all the tracks we run on here. But you're a lucky man to have found rewinds at the flea markets - almost none of that here. Except once, kind of, back in the late 1990s, I think, at a very local flea market in our not very rich neighborhood, one of the guys was selling a bunch of wing type slot car stuff from the 70s or 80s, including strap motors and a Barry Magee fiberboard chassis! Was asking about 800 francs ($120 or so), but he finally let me have it for half that, since I think he realized he wasn't going to find anybody else remotely interested in that kind of slot car stuff!

Of course, with the inauguration of the Green Monster last September, we're all having to rethink our approach...

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Don,
you bring a good point... until a few of us made younger enthusiasts aware of the historical value (in our little world) of genuine, and documented "pro racing" cars, chassis, motors and bits, itwas bargain galore on eBay. By 2010, all such bargains were gone, as the asking prices for such goodies went up about X 10.
Just for the fun of it, I remember picking the pair of these beautiful 1967 Terry Schmid cars for 38 bucks on eBay USA. No one cared!
Try this now, or after a few hundreds have read "Slot Car Dreams"...
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Since Don has mentioned rewinds, I have this lot on its way, including two French & three Lenz rewinds.

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Nice one Lew.

Interesting to see the "FMC" - French Motor Company?

And I only see two Thorps - did I miss one? That blue 36D?

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Picked this lot up for the sheer nostalgia of it. No great shakes, but cheap!
The cars look like Strombecker set with those cheapie clip-in motors and axles.
Anybody know which set this might be?

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Don the dark blue are lenz not thorp, thorp of this period were lilac/pink, yes (99% sure) he 36d is also a Lenz (painted bushing is the giveaway).
The french with fmc seem to be quite rare and it's not a sticker it's printed direct to the can.
Thanks Lee, I meant Lenz of course, always get them mixed up with Thorp... Have seen a few photos of the FMC label...

Ronnie, that must be a Strombecker Canada set; only Strombecker and Eldon made cars like that (with some pretty amazing similarities in fact, making me wonder if they weren't produced at the same factory... and there's a Canadian connection for both companies). The track is not Eldon, and looks closer to Strombecker, altho I didn't ID it right away...

Don
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For instance, here's the Strombecker Lotus 30 and Eldon Chaparral 2C...

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