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Hi Guys

I need some advice following the retrieval of my 70-80s scalextrics from the darkest corner of the attic.

I have a few cars where the tyres have split, and some where the tyres have gone brick hard and they were covered in an oily substance!

Looking around there does not appear to be any service sheets for these particular cars (C441, c443 and c426) - how do I know what tyres to buy for them?

I was very surprised to see that tyres on their own are in many cases more expensive that tyres complete on wheels with axles... why is that?

Also, some wheels are very loose on their axles - should I glue them back on (superglue)? One wheel drive is somewhat limited!

Lastly - cleaning the (classic) track - I have been using a PCB cleaner from maplin, but its hard going. The track is not rusty, just badly tarnished. Should I use a metal polishing compount on a drill, if so what is recommended?

One thing that has survived well is a couple or SRS cars - boy, they can still shift....

Thanks in advance for the advice.

David
 

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Hi

Thanks for the reply.

I just checked and they appear to do the xr3i tyres... but the question is... is £7 plus postage worth it?!??!?!

The whole car on ebay is around for a tenner.....!

Heaven knows why tyres are so expensive.... as I mentioned earlier - you can buy axle sets for less than tyres on their own.

David
 

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Regarding your loose wheel - superglue is probably you best bet BUT be careful if the wheel is very loose - you could glue the wheel onto the axle well out-of-round.

One tip - I assume your axle bushes are mounted to the cars in a way they can be "popped out". In which case - pop the axle out, push the nylon bushes as far away as possible from the end to be glued then glue the wheel. If you put glue into the cavity in the wheel BE CAREFUL - when you push the wheel onto the axle air pressure may force wet superglue out under pressure and hit you in the face. Please take care. Also try to avoid using too much glue as this can get onto the axle, increase its diameter and make it very stiff to turn in the bushes. This can be removed by scraping BUT a scratched axle turning in a bush will cause damage to the bush.

Pop the axle back in and lubricate the bushes. Lubricate every moving part but don't put much onto the motor shaft as too much oil inside the motor can electrically insulate the brushes and it will stop working.
 

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If you want the best tyres , get Ortmanns from RSSlotracing.com

However, I always use the same very good French seller for my Continental slot car tyres.
He also does repro Scaley tyres at knock down prices.
& his postage to the UK is cheap.
Quality is excellent.

He also sells on Ebay & is known as Dauremy, his Ebay shop is Slotcarstyres.

Only way I can tell you how to find him on Ebay is this;

Go to the Scalextric & Slot Car section.
Type in Jouef.
Look down the small set of listings & you will see an ad from him.
See his other items.

NB. If you are after F1 tyres only buy the ones he advertises as HORNBY. The others are for French F1 cars & are lower profile.

Tarnished Classic track?
Don`t worry about it, part of the ageing process. As long as your track is not rusty & you keep it clean it`ll be fine.
I only ever wipe my rails with an oily rag. Never had any problems.
Never use any abrasives on Scalex track.

Cheers,
Kev.
 

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Hi Guys

Mr Modifier - thanks for the warning re superglue - I can just imagine it squirting back out at me!

I did wonder if one loose wheel was a poor mans diff! So glued up, I will be going everywhere sideways!

Kev - thanks for the tip re Dauremy - I will check him out.

Mr Modifier has suggested I get some Inox MX3 so am now off to track some down and see if I can find some. One thing - how do I apply it - a rag, sponge or does it come iwth an applicator?

David
 

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I got an old slotcar guide and took the braids off and wound some rag into it (as I read about on the forum). Then you just moisten it with the inox and push it around the track in the slot. Worked well and was easy to do.

Cheers,
Damo.
 

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It's probably worth mentioning that you can make your own high quality tires with urethane. It's a great option to mold whatever you need, and not have to
hope someone makes one. Paul Gage still offers the best package for getting started and learning how...but once you start sourcing the materials yourself
the process gets really inexpensive.

John
 
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