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When I restore cars, there are two things that I really enjoy: one is being able to totally rebuild a bit of a junker, and make it into a new car, and second, when I realize that the car was built a lot better than what it seemed to be on the photo.

This is the latter case! A pair of cars I picked up on ebay not long ago, for the princely sum of $15... not too impressive at first glance, but when I took a closer look I saw that there was a lot of thought that went into them, and they were both sort of "state of the art" for that time - end of 1965 I'd say. Lotus 30/40 of course, probably the most popular body of the time. And one with a Pittman DC65 (X?) in unusual inline fashion - all ball bearings of course, spring loaded drop arm with no play, Mila Miglia sponge tires, and a well done scratchbuilt chassis. This one was pretty rusty, but a quick bath in WD40 helped a lot!

Then the same thing, but with a 36D, perhaps rewound, but not balanced. Both are very carefully fitted into the bodies, shoehorned in in fact! The rollbar is part of the chassis, which makes it kind of hard to fit in, and front and rear body mounts fit perfectly. Notice that on this one, which didn't have a driver as I found it, the top of the chrome motor can was painted white to go with the body... ! The tires on this one are some kind of slip-on silicones, over much narrower wheels, and already much smaller in diameter than the other tires. The tires were quite a bit further out, but since I wanted to run it this weekend, I moved them in...

Now, I know these aren't the pintube/16D cars already used by the pros, but they seem a pretty good example of what a serious racer would have been using at the time.

Notice anything strange about those gears?

Don







 

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I can see traces of what looks like epoxy, but not enough to be sure, and certainly not enough to balance the arm (theoretically, it had to be weighted epoxy to make any difference). Also, the wire seems a bit larger than stock, but again, not enough to really be sure - I'll let you know after I test it this weekend!

Don
 
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