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Clue 1

Here's a little game - the prize is bragging rights, nothing material I'm afraid!

It's called - "guess the car"

OK - here's your "starter for 10 points".



The vehicle to be converted is 1:32 scale and has large diameter wheels but the axles were too thin and the tyres way too skinny to make for a decent slot car so the wheels were dumped. The chassis in the picture is sitting on Scalextric GT40 rims but are shod in F3 rear tyres and NASCAR front tyres made from soft urethane so they stretch onto the rims. The aim was to make the rears a bit bigger so it has a sort of "rodded" look to it.

There are actually two chassis in the picture.

I am going to feed in 3 more clues during this evening (UK time) before the big reveal.

Post your guesses here because I am not going to give its identity away until the end so everybody can have a go. If you are the first to get it right then you will be declared the "Ultimate Champion" at the end of the evening.

Get posting folks - the next clue will come shortly
 

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Clue 2

Can you guess what it is yet?

Wanna know a little more?



The beast is chipped for Scalextric SSD. The in-car F1 chip is sitting in a recess cut into the donor vehicle's chassis but on top of the specialist slot car chassis.



Here we have a tantalising glimpse of the front undertray of the donor vehicle. You can also see the extended guide where I have used alloy tubing to drop the guide 3mm as the ground clearance of the beast was gargantuan.

Behind the guide and the front axle you can see the "pod" I had to make to house the SSD LED so it can get low enough to actually trigger the lane changers.
Bonus points for guessing what slot car chassis is fixed under the donor vehicle chassis. Maker AND exact generic chassis model name please...

Oh - and if you are thinking of popping across to my Photobucket Album for advanced clues - nice idea - but I am not posting the images until a few seconds before they are posted on SlotForum. Ha!
 

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Well done both. Yes is is an XC90. I'm impressed Scuderia Turini got it so quick.

Anyway - here's the rest of the story.

By the way - there's still 2 bonus points to be won for identifying the exact generic chassis I used.



A bit more detail of the LED "pod" and a great big giveaway as to the origin of the slot car chassis.

2 points to the first person to identify the exact chassis.



A shot from the front...



... and a shot from the back.

Finished vehicle to follow...
 

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So well done to Scuderia Turini and richardtheforth for identifying it as...

a Chelsea Tractor



Otherwise known as a Volvo XC90



It runs quite nicely on a test oval without falling over - the urethanes at the rear are shore 20 and have been glued so they are soft and have quite a bit of "give" without slipping off the rims which means the tail slides out without going too far and without tipping the beast over.
I haven't tested it on SSD yet - Thursday night is race night so this is the warm-up act during the testing session.
As to why I did it - no I don't own one. But I am hoping for a visit to the Amman Valley Raceway (which is appearing at a business exhibition) from the UK Head of Sales for Volvo next week so it's a smarmy creep-mobile (otherwise known as "marketing").

I'll have to do something a bit more obscure next time - you lot are too good!
 

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Oops - sorry!

Two correct guesses and no wrong ones so I thought I had made it too obvious.

I haven't revealed what the chassis is yet.

I'm still amazed scuderia turini got it on the first photo!
 

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*** Leo A Capaldi ***
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Hello Richard,
It was elementary...
"King Of Transits" connection suggested it was another of the cars from the Powco range. The mention of big wheels suggested the XC90 and the rounded upsweep frontage of the chassis kind of confirmed that. The mention of rear tyres larger than the front created doubt, but in a quick scan through the pictures of your track I spotted an XC90 parked up.

Good fun though. Are you making it into a Police car?



Nice track, glad to see it is working out well.

Kind regards, Leo

Here is my V70 - not powered though...

 

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Yep, Richard remember you're dealing with an anal, OCD collective here.
You mentioned in your track thread having scenic Transits, XC90s and Ford Galaxies hiding clips, and it wasn't one of the other two!
Nice to have a bit of a tease/reveal though isn't it?
Cheers,
Richard
 

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Thanks guys - I am humbled that you remembered the track.

King of the Transits - I like that! Thanks. Now I've got to live up to it


Leo - NICE V70. Great detailing.

I have quite a few XC90's, V70's, C70's, S80's and C30's so I have a few police car candidates. I also have a stock of flashing red, blue and yellow LED's so a few emergency vehicles, pace cars and safety cars are a possibility.

Having said that my white Transits and White Galaxy people carriers are probably better candidates for this.

Damn - now I have to find something else to convert and try to catch you all out!

Thanks for playing. Next conversion is probably a few months away because I have a load of NASCARS and Scalextric classics to prep for the Amman Valley Raceway.

Richard
 

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nice job. i think the donor for my latest project came from the same maker. its all sat on top of a modified scalextric gt3 chassis. i managed to kepp a full interior by "massaging" the rear seats a little. i dont know if its a conversion thats already been done but i'm chuffed with it none the less and it is a blast to run!



 
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