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I am looking for pictures of very early slot cars and American Midwest pins cars.

I have a 1963 pictures of a pin car but could really do with some plans to build one for the museum display as in my mind these were a kind of crossover design between rail cars and slot cars

Jeff
 

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Jeff:

If you don't already have them....here are some detailed plans for one of the more elegant midwest chassis designs from that period:

http://www.vsrnonline.com/Mags/CM/CMV2N12_p23.jpg

http://www.vsrnonline.com/Mags/CM/CMV2N12_p24.jpg

http://www.vsrnonline.com/Mags/CM/CMV2N12_p25.jpg

http://www.vsrnonline.com/Mags/CM/CMV2N12_p26.jpg

http://www.vsrnonline.com/Mags/CM/CMV2N12_p26.jpg

There is also one other midwest car design that you may be interested. It is the Roy Moody 1/32 anglewinder which seems to be the earliest record of that particular motor/pinion/spur gear configuration. This particular car seems to be the missing link between rail racing and the modern hairy chested pro slot car...at least in North America.

Bob S.
 
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Thank you Bob, that was just what I was looking for.

The pin car in the build pictures looks just like the car in the pictures I have.

Best wishes,

Jeff
 

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The Moody angle winder is interesting but it is not as early as the car building articles poste by Endbelldrive. Looking at the cars in the entry list alongside the picture I would guess it is 1968 as the Chaparral 2F ran throughout 1967.

Jeff. Have you got a copy of "Simple Electric Cars" by Vic Smeed, published by MAP? (I think that is the right title) I think that is the best source of pictures covering the change over period. Also have a look at these on the VSRN
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http://www.vsrnonline.com/VSRN_113/MM_V14N159_p136.jpg

http://www.vsrnonline.com/VSRN_113/MM_V14N159_p137.jpg

The last two letters from Stan Whitbread and Joe Dutton give some very clear information about the end of rail.
 
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Dick,
The first thing I want to do after reading your post is to get the plans for the curtain-rail chassis Maserati and build one. As this really appeals to me and if this car really lead to many people taking up rail racing it is of huge historical importance.

Best wishes,

Jeff.
 

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Hi

Actually, the Moody car is well known in Midwest circles of the time. Schleicher first saw it in the late summer/early fall of 67. In the day, in the midwest, there were a lot of basement suppliers. Bodies of cars would be produced within weeks of the first coverage in Road and Track!

Fate
 
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I think the Moody car would be a wonderful car to recreate, as a pivotal point in slot car development.

What body did it use?

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Jeff, I have this pin-guide car you could display but it may be too "new", having been built in late 1967 or early 1969:-











Kind regards,

Russell
 
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Hi Russell,
I am very very sorry I have not replied as I had not seen the post until today that would be brilliant for the display.

Best wishes,

Jeff.
 

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I have two pin cars (not assembled). Do not know exact dates. But they have Lancer bodies ( Ford MKII *7 with Graham hill driving and Maybe John Surtees in a P4 Ferrari Spyder converted from the coupe). with perspex blocked pin guides and early mura or champion motors.
When I get round to photographing the Feldays (ect) I will include these.
Regards Allan
 
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John, thank you for the pictures looks just like the box in Fergy's great story.

Alan,
I would love to see the pictures of the pin cars as next year we are going to have a pin car race meeting.

Jeff.
 

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If you want vintage pin cars look on ebay. I know i bought a few marx 1/32 midgets on ebay the seller said that they were from the 50's. If i have time ill take a pic of them with the digital.
 

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JC, without seeing your pix I can't be sure, but offhand I'd say that midgets with pins (a good name for a rock band...) are probably Eldon and not Marx.... Eldon made some of the earliest (and ugliest) slot cars in the States, and they had pin guides, including one in the rear... The first were open-wheel, vaguely midget looking cars (with direct drive by a 3 volt Kako motor), followed by a vaguely Ferrarish sports car. Don't think Marx did a pin car, at least not a Midget type... but I'll have to look at the couple I have...
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Yes, very nice rock name!
I definately no its a marx, also the pin is in the front and not the back. Actually more toward the middle but i no its a marx. I'll really try to post the pics check back either tonight or tom. for sure.
 

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Right you are JC! I just got back home and looked in my showcase... the first Marx slot cars were a sort of F1, maybe a Vanwall, in about 1/40 scale, and they indeed have a metal pin guide, just in front, and two brass button type wipers, with springs....

This was the kind of thing I never knew existed until the advent of ebay... I always thought the Aston Martin sports car was the first Marx slot car until I ran across these....
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Hello Jeff

Here are a few pictures of 2 pin cars I picked up about a year ago.







Perhaps someone could help identify the motor fitted to this chassis.









This is my favorite of the 2, the workmanship is "solid", but very precise, the whole thing looks like it was actually brazed, rather than soldered.

Joel
 
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