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Hello, everyone!! Hope I might be able to get alittle help here. I just came across what I believe to be a 1967 Champion of Chamblee Cat # 104BB. It is a Corvette body with stamped alum side-winder chassis and the 707BB motor! Front axle, rims and tires appear original. Spur gear is a 48t cox, not weldon but rear axle appears orig, same as front. However, the rear wheels & tires "silicone" appear to be non-orig to the car. My question is - does anybody know what would be the best rear wheels & tires to put on the car for running pleasure, hard or, soft? I think I need something at around 1-1/8th in OD. x around 1/2 inch or so. As the corvette body has a few small cracks at the front & rear bottom edges, I will probably take some time to repair and just get a "re-issued" lola body and paint it for running. The car had quite abit of running dirt and I've cleaned it up pretty good but I still have to take the motor apart to clean & lightly lube it! Thanks!!!
 

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Greetings, mates!! I am here in the US. And a big Thanks to all of you for your prompt replies!! Yes, 1/24 scale and I definately have a pair of "threaded" vanadium axles, nice and hard! Funny, just two months back I saw on ebay a pr. of nos rear sponges in blue "in the orig clr plastic case w/ wheels and posi-lock components! I should have bought them but as of then hadn't owned the car. I did however grabbed the picture! By the way, the rear tires that did come with my car ARE in fact what I believe to be "candies"!! Light blue and white swirls and silicone! So, yes, I could just get a pr of 1/8 x 5-40 threaded wheels with tires. Honestly gentlemen, I'm really not sure just what the tracks here are currently made of but, I do remember the wood ones of the 60's! So, I would imagine that I should find out what's closest to me that sometime still runs the "oldies"!!! For the moment however, I would like to open-up the motor and give it a "thorough cleaning" and slight lube for it came looking like it had just completed the 24 hr Lemans run.. Looks like it has never been open for the tabs are good and no paint is cracked! There are however allready the two small holes atop & underneith where "if necessary" small screws can be used to secure the endbell which by the way IS the later Celcon "air-cooled" one with a bb in it, also! "I would love to post pics for after I did a general cleaning of the body and chassis parts, I took MANY"!!! I was like a kid, for this is the car that I ALWAYS wanted but, it's cost back in the 60's was like almost a new bike! But, I remember well their domination..
 

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Thank you, dgersh! It's exactally what I'm looking forward to!! Seeing the faces and yes, especially the kids for that should really bring back that wonderful memory!! I suppose I should look for some more of the candies because mine do have a problem on one of the tires, "a flat spot" and bad enought that it cannot be trued without loosing critical diameter for 48T spur. I do read of a few places here that have vintage events but I believe your right, not many and not really an "event"!! I wonder what basic Controller I should get? Definately don't want to spend big bucks, however. I still have my orig COX MKIV but, there's probably alittle better by now! I presume by now you all have figured that it's been "some time since I've last run a car", actually I think it was sometime during the early 90's here in los angeles, calif., somewhere over in the san fernando valley. And "I had a ball"!!!!! Can I post pics here? I would be happy to post a few...
 

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Thank you, Don! Funny, that thumb thing I was actually worring about, also! Seems like trigger finger was destined to be the way! My old COX isn't the variable one. I'll look into Parma's econ models - Thanks!! Still trying to find a decent set of rear tires & wheels to go with this car. Finally cleaned up the car really nicely though! After taking the chassis apart I used very fine steel wool and polished it, including swing arm and motor bracket! Then I opened up the 707bb motor and removed balanced arm and first cleaned can and magnets - man are those arco magnets STRONG!! then I cleaned the endbell and then slightly lubed both bearings and was successful closing the motor back up without breaking either of the two tabs! "I was ready to drill however" but, was not needed, this go around! New Lola clear body & new set of guide brushes are on way to me from Electric Dreams just a few miles from me here in los angeles. Thinking about a Racing Blue for body color. Anyway, will post a few links to some pics, shortly..
 

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Thank you, gentlemen! The spur gear says COX 48T 4340 and the pinion is definately brass 14T w/ collet!! Really neat for you don't need a puller to move it, just a small 3/16" wrench! Will post a few more detailed picks for you..
 

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Hello, gentlemen! Joel, thanks for posting my Pics from Photobucket!! I just received the Champion Lola-GT Clear body from electric dreams to put on the chassis and I gotta tell ya, the surfaces were riddled with small bubbles! Horible!!!! I've contacted them and am waiting their conformation of a better one in stock! "Is anyone making quality products anymore"!!!! About the collet pinion gear, "it works" and works very well on this Champion unit! Once nut is loosened both the collet & gear slide right off! Dimensioned just right!!! The Corvette body needs some splits repaired at the front & rear - bottom edges. No big deal now thanks to Tony's Parma lead! Just placed new carrera brushes on the rather large guide-shoe, brushes seem alittle small on it but may be ok. I thought the brushes would be more like 3/16" wide but in fact are closser to 1/8th". I even had trouble winding the screws through the holes. Could be 3/16th longer, also! Almost seems like there for 1/32, gee, I hope there not! Anyway, think I may have found some nos blk silicone slicks, also!!
 

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To janj86 - would love to see your Champion Porsche!!
Don, your right it seems on these cars, have yet to see one go on ebay still in the box! Wonder what the price would be on that! Anyway, there are in fact several over at the Petersen Auto Museum right here in Los Angeles! They have a Slot Car section. I havn't gone yet but plan to, soon! I live just eight minutes away from them. If anybody would like to see pics, LACMA has a website showing many of these RARE cars "still in the box"!!! There the ones that bought the remaining Champion of Chamblee's inventory! "Just think, these cars are allready fourty five years old"!!! I will get good pics!!
 

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Thank you all! Great Stuff!!! John - I take it the "Big Mama" guide Braids would be the ones "slightly" wider and maybe 3/16" longer than the smaller 1-1/8" x 1/8" ones currently (just posted), installed on my guide shoe? { ( .091 ) "right, my arm dia." }!!
 

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John, I remember when Havliceck "stole the ball"!! smile! Actually been reading a bit on a few of the pro's, in both motor & chassis building! I even contacted Lee Gilbert last week on chassis's and he wonderfully got back to me on the next day. He's out here on the west coast also, up in Maple Valley, WA. "LEE GILBERT'S SPEEDSHOP", which I'm sure all of you allready probably know! Yes, Amazing Cat's!! Shane
 
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