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I have started building a four wheel drive March 771 Formula one car. The body shell is going to be front half lexan and back half from the Scalextric version. The reason I'm using a lexan front half is to get a Cahoza guide in. It will be powered by a Proslot Euro motor with JK Hawk Neo magnets and a Proslot Puppy Dog armature (80 turns of 30 guage with 25 deg timing.) I will post further pics as the build progresses, going to start the back axles and drive tomorrow.
Thought I'd also post some pics of my first fibreglass bodied car a, Ferrari 312B2, that now only requires painting.
 

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that sounds really interesting Big t. keep us posted on the build with pictures. have you noticed on this forum, not many people are interested in original thinking-ideas. its mostly people wanting to know about standard plastic body cars ie tuning, gearing, tyres, motors. i guess its for club classes governed by a lot of rules. even the scratch builders seem more interested in true scale, right logo,s and the correct color. with standard plastic chassis to fit. their are some exceptions that make their own chassis, but its useually the same formulla on one certain type. guess its a loney road were ploughing here. john
 

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That`s brilliant BigT.
The chassis on the Ferrari is awesome.
I look forward to seeing more pics.
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Kev.
 

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Chris Beardog is obviously a fan of Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Stoner.

That's a vicious sounding motor, Bigtone. Good luck with the March.
L.
 

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Great project! Note that the correct designation of the March is 2-4-0 (the designation used to describe railway rolling stock: two wheels leading, four driven wheels, zero trailing wheels).

March built the 2-4-0 in late 1976. After initial testing, both works drivers, Ian Scheckter and Alex-Dias Riberio, reckoned there was nothing to be gained from the twin rear wheels and couldn't see the point of it, so the car was later converted to four wheels and raced at the tail end of the season as a 771. Ian Scheckter practiced the 2-4-0/771 for the 1977 Brazilian GP, the only time it appeared in six-wheel trim at a GP meeting. It didn't start the race.

At the end of the year March pulled out of Grand Prix racing and the car was sold to British hill climb specialist Roy Lane, who ask for the car to be re-built in it's original 6-wheel form. Lane promptly won the opening two rounds of the British Hill climb championship in the 2-4-0 but, like Scheckter, Lane didn't think the six wheels gave him any real advantage over four wheelers. So it was again put back to 4-wheels and Lane stormed through the rest of the season to become British Hill climb Champion.

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i dont know what a babel fish is[ unless its the little bugger that swims up you jap hole] and i,ve read the hitch hikers guide to the galaxy when it first came out. definately the dementias got me coz i only remember a few things out of it. though it did make me laugh at the time. slartybartfast
 

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John, you put a Babel Fish in you ear and it translates any language for you, more Hitchikers Guide
 

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The glue is setting on the 3rd axle of my own 6-wheeled car as I type. it is 4-2-0. Not Tyrell not March not Williams. But I'm not hurrying so... eventually ...and you will all collectively groan.
 

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Mike I am thinking about a 6 wheel and 6 wheel drive Range Rover if I can pick up some cheap bodyshells or plastic toy cars
 

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That would be brave? Two Scaley ones and a saw? I am trying to avoid having to do any body work or at least minimal.

Getting the front to drive? But then I guess one could always use belts? There are those pulleys that fit over wheel stubs.
If wheelbase was OK SCX 4x4 motor. The 2CV one is shorter as I have one to measure.

Bit beyond my skill level
 

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Update on the build. I have altered a couple of things sinc the start. The front chassis cross brace has been moved from in front of he front axle to behind it. This was to be able to fit a longer guide tab. The rear of the chassis has been shortened, just because it was too long. I have fitted the 2nd and 3rd axle '' gearboxes'' for the lack of a better word. I am using 2 old 36 tooth Taylormade gears, I will use 10 tooth pinions on the motor and either end of the power transfer shaft. The transfer shaft will be between the gearboxes and mounted in 2 ballraces. I am waiting for delivery of the pinions and the wheels and tyres which will be 16 mm wide by 17mm dia sponge mounted on alloy wheels. The drop arm is finished and only has to have the hinge made to fit it to the chassis. I will bring you the next installment in a few days.
 

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Further update on the March four wheel drive F1. The drop arm has now been fitted as have the hinged sidepans with their pin tubes. The wheels and pinions have arrived and the drill blank for the transfer shaft. Just the guide, pan stop and thansfer shaft to fit. I am going to have to rework the hard plastic angine and gearbox to make room for the 2 crown gears.
 

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Finally finished. The four wheel drive works well and I think it is virtually impossible to roll it. The bodywork is front half lexan and a modified Scalextric March engine and gearbox with a lexan wing. I built it just to see if it could be done and I'm pleased with it. Need to give it a proper run on the club track to see what it really goes like.
 

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Thanks Jaak and Valle, the 'gearboxes were the nightmare, no bought U brackets, it was all scratchbuilt and had to be really accurate to get all the gears to mesh properly
 
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