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  • Strangebrew Dirt Late Model

    .......................Decided to build some more cars that actually exist & race today in the 21st century............................
    ......................These guys race the dirt bull rings from California to Florida............................

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    I've been working on building one of these guys for 3 or 4 years now & I'm finallly getting closer to one that is fast enough,
    easy to set up, drive & is competitive...
    Problem I've had is they're kinda big & wide & thus when cast, wind up kind of rigid & hard to get to work well.
    Last year I came up with a new resin cast chassis that is easy to put together, is light & (so far) durable.
    Just about any motor will fit..............I usually use a Piranha, but this one has a Professor Motor of some kind that is comparable.


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    The latest casting I just finished this week is quite a bit lighter....................
    I basically just cast the top half & build the rest from styrene.
    I plan to use a flat interior piece with a cast driver cockpit which I haven't molded yet.
    I cheated on this one, & used a vacuum formed ready made piece I had laying around here.

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    For the graphics I print the entire side panel as one piece using vinyl in my ink-jet printer.
    This way I can use very lightweight side pieces.......This one is from 020 styrene.
    The vinyl should help keep it from breaking & cracking.
    I might try using some thin Lexan for the next one.
    I used the usual Pro-Track wheels & urethane rears, but I put foams on the front for weight reduction.
    This entire finished car weighs 110 grams. Previous cars weigh in at 160 grams.
    So...........I think I'm getting close to a good performing chassis - body combo here.


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    ......................This is the mold I'm using now.........................

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    I'm planning on bringing the fleet along to the Showdown next weekend to see if the guys would like to crash a few as a test.

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    Last edited by strangebrew; January 12, 2020, 01:35 PM.

  • #2
    four-bar cars! that's totally excellent. nice work!
    many years ago, i raced a limited sportsman on dirt, if you know what that is. ('57 Chevy frame, '39 Plymouth shell, 318's and 10" tires.)

    (i've wondered if it would be possible to make a slotcar which had some rear axle steering, just to see what it would do. )

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    • #3
      Another masterpiece!
      -Harry

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      • #4
        Very nice. I was not aware that race cars existed after 1980..

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          • #6
            Great work! very innovative and creative.

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