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by Speedster
Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:35 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Setting rear axle Negative camber
Replies: 10
Views: 2422

Re: Setting rear axle Negative camber

A quick history. My friend, Wil, who taught me this, is out of the pinewood derby. His son took 1st place in the District 4 out of the 5 years he raced. He was beaten the 5th year by another rail rider. The rail rider that beat him was caught with bent axles. I gave him a set of raw axles out of the...
by Speedster
Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:00 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Setting rear axle Negative camber
Replies: 10
Views: 2422

Re: Setting rear axle Negative camber

My wife just told me my 1st sentence in the previous post sounded sarcastic. If anyone took it that way, Forgive Me. It was meant to be humorous. I admire Stan Pope.
Bill Klingler
by Speedster
Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:54 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Setting rear axle Negative camber
Replies: 10
Views: 2422

Re: Setting rear axle Negative camber

Once again I'm thankful I'm not racing in Mr. Pope's District. I will admit I have never used a nail out of the box. Speaking of nails, MaxV has nails made. Has anyone with the equipment ever tested a few of them to see how straight they are, their circumference? Thanks to everyone on DT for all you...
by Speedster
Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:40 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Setting rear axle Negative camber
Replies: 10
Views: 2422

Re: Setting rear axle Negative camber

This will never hang in the Toledo Museum of Art. Hopefully this will help those who do not have the skill (Me) to drill angled axle holes.Image
by Speedster
Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Setting rear axle Negative camber
Replies: 10
Views: 2422

Setting rear axle Negative camber

If you must use the standard axle slots. The rear of the car needs to be at least a 1/2" over the rear axle slot. Drill a tiny hole up through the axle slot at the area where the point end of the nail becomes round. Drill a 1/4" hole from the top of the car down toward the axle slot leaving enough o...
by Speedster
Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cars in progress
Replies: 23
Views: 4278

Re: Cars in progress

Sorry for the blurry picture. Hopefully this is more clear.Image
by Speedster
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cars in progress
Replies: 23
Views: 4278

Re: Cars in progress

Here's a picture of my car, Image
by Speedster
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cars in progress
Replies: 23
Views: 4278

Re: Cars in progress

Hi Seth. In your 1st line you state "I wanted to practice some speedy cars". If I may offer a suggestion. Experts on DT recommend 2 ounces of weight behind the rear axle slot. Here is one way to achieve that . Four tungsten rounds measure just under 1 3/4" and weigh 2 ounces. These can be placed dir...
by Speedster
Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:01 am
Forum: Trading Post
Topic: Lots of Derby Stuff for Cheap
Replies: 2
Views: 1657

Re: Lots of Derby Stuff for Cheap

I'd like to see the pictures and the list of tungsten. Thank you.
by Speedster
Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:00 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Replica of a Real Grease Slapper!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 4106

Re: Replica of a Real Grease Slapper!!!

That is GREAT !!!!! You built that mighty fast. Are you a cabinet maker by trade?
by Speedster
Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:41 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Thin is in!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 3374

Re: Thin is in!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stugale, would you share with us how the car with the holes did in the race? How were the wheels and axles prepared? Wheels from the box or purchased from a vendor? Is that a 3 1/2 ounce tungsten canopy on the back? Where was the CM on the car? Thanks.
Speedster
by Speedster
Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:37 am
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Best Track-Friend, Foe or Neither
Replies: 10
Views: 2508

Re: Best Track-Friend, Foe or Neither

OK Sporty, here's some specs. Our car was a straight runner, Hodges wheels, axles and graphite. CM was 1" (mistake). We used lead (mistake) but we're still learning. I know we had too much wood but so did the other 7 cars. None of them looked like yours. I had a car I built for myself that could bea...
by Speedster
Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:08 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Best Track-Friend, Foe or Neither
Replies: 10
Views: 2508

Re: Best Track-Friend, Foe or Neither

I think you can buy the number of lengths of track you want on the Best track. In our case, the track is quite short. The distance from the start pin to the timer is 29'. When we move to the other track, which I suspect is a Freedom track, the length is 40'. We easily beat a red car on the Best trac...
by Speedster
Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Refinishing a Pinewood Derby Car
Replies: 2
Views: 878

Refinishing a Pinewood Derby Car

I have read many, many articles on refinishing a PWD car on DT and I'd like to offer mine. This is for a scout to do. We will not need an air compressor. Take a piece of 2x4 and cut out a 7" wedge car with whatever saw you have. This will give the scout the feeling he's painting a car. You have one ...
by Speedster
Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: 2 part Automotive Urethane Clearcoat
Replies: 22
Views: 5456

Re: 2 part Automotive Urethane Clearcoat

Sporty, are you saying to paint a 4 ounce block of wood or paint a very slim car where 4 ounces of weight will be added? The bigger the car the more product will be used and the heavier the end result. I think we're talking about a basecoat/clearcoat paint job (no multiple colors) which would be the...