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    I’m building an MRRC Cheetah body and need help deciding on the rear deck mounted spare. Pictures of the 1:1 racing car show it with and without. I suppose they only put it in when the class rules required one. Most models I’ve seen have one, but I also think it would be kinda cool to have the only one without. It doesn’t weigh much, but I hate to place any weight behind the rear axle. What do you guys think?
    Mike V.
    Western North Carolina

  • #2
    Some pictures from the reunion at Road America: http://slotblog.net/topic/47068-chee...-road-america/
    It’s not an answer, but you can look at the real ones to help decide.

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    • #3
      It's your call Mickey...........................I went the other way and used a cut down aluminum wheel to replace the molded in plastic one.

      Considering the short guide lead of the car, it was never going to be a rocket, so the added gram or so, really makes no difference.

      This is a Strombecker, and runs on their 2 piece brass "Comp" chassis.

      Cheers
      Chris Walker



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      • SlotCat
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        Nailed it with your red Cheetah, great looking spare too and agree about the short lead guide length.

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      Chris, I already had your pic bookmarked for reference. Also visited the Bill Thomas Cheetah site. Curious, how did you make the teardrop roundel? They are a perfect replica of the original. 👍👍👍
      Mike V.
      Western North Carolina

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      • #5
        Originally posted by Mickey thumbs View Post
        Chris, I already had your pic bookmarked for reference. Also visited the Bill Thomas Cheetah site. Curious, how did you make the teardrop roundel? They are a perfect replica of the original. 👍👍👍
        Hi Mickey, The decals were purchased from VRM (Vintage Racing Minatures) a few years ago, ....not sure if they are still in business. They do have a website, but, I am not sure they are active.

        The sheet was great, as it had decals for 3 or 4 Cheetah variations, and the best part was that they were Cartograph printed (the best detail/resolution/colour saturation going).

        The good news is that Pattos' has used the VRM artwork to produce the same decal sheet..........although Pattos' quality is far from Cartograph quality.......but, they are certainly acceptable.

        If you are interested, look for "Cheetah Coupes & Roadsters,..Artwork from VRM" on the Pattos' site.

        Hope this helps

        Cheers
        Chris Walker
        Last edited by chrisguyw; January 26, 2021, 10:17 PM.

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        • Mickey thumbs
          Mickey thumbs commented
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          Found it. Thanks. I just finished using his decals for my Martini Porsche 917 and 908/3.
          The rear deck spare is so iconic I’m leaning toward putting one in.

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        This is a slight sidetrack, but hopefully not to far off. Does anyone know what kind of carburetors are on 1-1 scale Cheetahs?
        I just bought some 1/24th scale turned aluminum velocity stacks for a Carrera Cheetah that I am repainting, and was curious since I don't recognize the carbs.
        Randy

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          Cross ram Webers on Traco engine in Bill Thomas’s shop. They ran several others as well.
          Mike V.
          Western North Carolina

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            Rochester Ramjet

            A coupla relevant snips ...

            "For power, the Cheetah utilized a 327-cid V-8 stroked to 377 cubic inches and fitted with a modified Rochester fuel injection system. The two air metering units for the system poked up through the hood, leading many to wrongly think that they were two carburetors."

            "The heart of the diminutive beast was a fuel-injected 327-cubic-inch Chevrolet V-8 mated to an aluminum Corvette four-speed. Due to the Cheetah’s compact dimensions and the rearward mounting of the powertrain, there is no driveshaft; the output shaft drives the rear differential directly through a single universal joint.

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            No doubt when the Rotten Chester went south, the obvious occurred. Dual quads on a single or dual plane, as we often see them in 1:1, replicas or modeled.
            Last edited by Model Murdering; January 26, 2021, 09:16 PM.

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            • SlotCat
              SlotCat commented
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              AKA Roachester carbs, or in this case mechanical fuel injection.

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            Hey thanks guys. I didn't know, and now I know. Lol
            Liking the look of the Weber setup to. I may have to do that on another one
            Randy

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              • 32lbking
                32lbking commented
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                Thanks WB.

              • WB2
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                I’ll be honest, these two cars intrigued me so much that I didn’t take pictures of the other engines.
                They were part of the Cheetah Reunion at Road America.
                I wonder if Mr. Kennedy has pics of the other engines.
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