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  • What to do with Strombecker

    Just how far do I go fixing an Strombecker car. Motor runs and the body will clean up nice. I need to find tires and I think I have a lead at Smilin' Rays. But what exactly do I do to the body besides clean it? Should I detail it at all and or remove mold lines? Toss some paint on the interior? I just do not know. The wheels were chrome but a good part of it was missing so I stripped the rest. Paint will fix that. As you can tell I am a bit undecided on this.

    And I fixed the title and description. Thanks!

    Scott
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    Why doesn't my car run like that?

    Scott

  • #2
    How far you take this is entirely up to you; looks to be in nice condition...

    ...also, if I had to guess, I would say this is a Strombecker (not Eldon) model.

    Mark in Oregon

    PS: ...have used "Smilin' Rays" tires and they are very nice.

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    • #3
      Yes it is a Strombecker Ferrari 250GTO Berlinetta.

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      • #4
        So.....these are decent looking bodies with a little bit of work and detailing. There are plenty of posts showing beautiful Strombecker cars of various types from full on detailing to nice stock vintage restorations to brass chassis builds.

        Personally, I print a new chassis and put modern running gear under them, but that's me. They can be fun to run any way you like.
        Come Race at The Trace!
        Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN

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        • #5
          Hi Scott, as has been mentioned above, it really depends on what you are after, and, how much work (and money) you want to put into it...........If you have not already tried running the chassis , you will likely be disappointed,...they are not quick, not smooth, and they really do not handle all that well. That said, there is a certain charm in keeping it stock (ish).

          While the chassis can certainly be improved, If it were mine, (I do have a couple), I would ditch the chassis (it is not worth much at all) and find something else.

          The body is a really nice molding, (as were most of the Strombeckers) and as it is not worth much you won't be devaluing it if it was cleaned/painted/detailed,......and they do look great when done........a set of BRM 1/32 wire wheels would make it look wonderful

          Cheers
          Chris Walker
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          • chappyman66
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            And Chris knows, as he has done some sterling examples....

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          That particular body will fit right over a Slot Classic chassis without mush work at all. That is what's under the '62 Ford Click image for larger version

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          • #7
            If you paint it then it’s worth the time to at least get rid of the mold lines, it’s a nice looking body that will be nicer with a little work. As far as the running gear, it depends on what your plans for the car are.

            I have a Strombecker Jaguar E Type I bought right before Ninco announced they were releasing one. I figured the Ninco would be a far better car so I left the stock running gear and just tidied things up so it could get around the track. It will never be a fast car but it is fun in it’s own way, just something different.

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            • #8
              Originally posted by Mitch58 View Post
              That particular body will fit right over a Slot Classic chassis without mush work at all. That is what's under the '62 Ford Click image for larger version

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              Could you show us a picture of that chassis from the underside?

              Mark in Oregon

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              • #9
                That's how it started

                Not finished yet but it will give you an idea .Evolution of one of the Strombecker GTOs fantasy livery (the leftovers from theDino 246)







                Now i have to do the cockpit ad the headlights and i think we are done

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