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by Speedster
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Pinewood derby knowledge test.
Replies: 5
Views: 86

Re: Pinewood derby knowledge test.

Nope. No idea.
by Speedster
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Pinewood derby knowledge test.
Replies: 5
Views: 86

Re: Pinewood derby knowledge test.

It was in a specific year between 1953 and 1985. What do I win?
by Speedster
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Best placement for 3/8" lead wire weights
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: Best placement for 3/8" lead wire weights

Actually, the wedge I have already has enough wood under the last hole that can be removed and the 1 ounce plate will stick on the car with its own adhesive. VK's last hole would need to go up only about 1/8" for the weight to be level with the bottom of the car. However, I would stick with the lead...
by Speedster
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Best placement for 3/8" lead wire weights
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: Best placement for 3/8" lead wire weights

I was wrong. I thought my friend told me the lead came from Bass Pro Shop. It is not lead. It is steel.
VK, you said you filled up the holes. That should amount to about 4 ounces. How deep are those holes?
by Speedster
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: ZEP DRY GRAPHITE???
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: ZEP DRY GRAPHITE???

Zep has some wonderful products.
I no longer sand or apply anything to my axles. I depend entirely on the shiny zinc coating that comes on the axles. Any graphite that gets on the axles comes when I lube the wheel bores.
by Speedster
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Best placement for 3/8" lead wire weights
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: Best placement for 3/8" lead wire weights

I have been in contact with Vitamin K and I understand what he's trying to do. I applaud him for it. A 3/8" X 1 1/2" piece of lead wire weighs about 1.02 ounces. It is recommended to have 1 1/2 ounces behind the rear axle slot and some are recommending 2 ounces behind the rear axle slot on a stock w...
by Speedster
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: First real derby race... wheel advice
Replies: 12
Views: 290

Re: First real derby race... wheel advice

noob2dworld, welcome to Derbytalk. You remind me of the 1st Pinewood Derby my son and I entered. That was in 1985. It has become my year around Hobby. If you will send me an email I will show you some gifts I would like to send you. I think it will help make your experience with your son enjoyable a...
by Speedster
Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Aerodynamics ?
Replies: 23
Views: 728

Re: Aerodynamics ?

Yep, the Hershey Bar car won. He also won the OUTLAW race and his young sister came in Second in the OUTLAW race.
by Speedster
Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Best Design Voting
Replies: 9
Views: 340

Re: Best Design Voting

We have a District in the Erie council (no, it's not my District) that invites everyone who has raced to bring their car to the District race. It doesn't matter if you have won something for design or a race, everyone is invited to show their car. There are no awards at District level for the Design...
by Speedster
Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Getting more Scout Races to support oil as a legal lubricant
Replies: 10
Views: 1184

Re: Getting more Scout Races to support oil as a legal lubricant

I think the biggest objection is the cost. With shipping a bottle is about $25.00. The second objection is "We don't want it all over our track". OK, that's simply ignorance. Some folks say, "We had a bottle at our workshop and it lubed a 100 cars and we still have a lot left". That's nice but every...
by Speedster
Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Aerodynamics ?
Replies: 23
Views: 728

Re: Aerodynamics ?

Pacfanweb, Thank you for your last line.
Thanks to all who have contributed to this topic.
by Speedster
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Trading Post
Topic: WANTED: 4 lane aluminum track
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: WANTED: 4 lane aluminum track

History has shown the Aluminum tracks do not depreciate very much, if any. If one comes available the shipping cost tends to stop the deal. The seller is not always interested in shipping the track. A 4 lane aluminum track is probably the most desired track there is so I suspect a seller is going to...
by Speedster
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Aerodynamics ?
Replies: 23
Views: 728

Re: Aerodynamics ?

bracketracer, there are many videos on you tube about building fast cars. My favorite is "Easy Pinewood Derby car Wins using science" by Mark Rober. Perhaps its main accomplishment is it instills science into the young scouts minds. As you probably know, the Ford Motor Company (and R. Lisano) have s...
by Speedster
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Aerodynamics ?
Replies: 23
Views: 728

Re: Aerodynamics ?

Your last line sums it up. If you don't start with the Best design for speed you will be at a disadvantage from that point on and you can't get it back. Doc Jobe makes comparisons starting with the words "Between 2 Perfect cars".
by Speedster
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Thank you - on to Districts
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: Thank you - on to Districts

NO, don't take the wheels off. It sounds like your Team is doing extremely well. You can put a bit more graphite in the bores while the wheels are on the car. See how you do at your District Race and learn from it.
Best Wishes to you and your Team.