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Old 08-03-2012, 08:53 PM
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Default Rebuilding Da Vols' Mooneyes

Some of you might remember the Mooneyes semi that late SCI member Da Vols created back in around 2006. I ended up with the truck and have raced it occasionally whenever I hit the road to visit a new track. Well, even though the truck was very creative in it's design, it really wasn't built to survive the test of time.

Bruce used a Pro-Track 1/24 chassis that was cut about 1/3 of the way from the front, and then used styrene rod to fill the gap. The body was hot glued onto the two aluminum rods that are parallel to the axles:



Unfortunately, as the truck has spent time on the track and sitting in my display case, the chassis has slowly collapsed at the point the styrene rods were used:



So I've started work on rebuilding this bit of slot car history. The first step is going to be trying to remove the styrene and replacing it with some brass tubing soldered in place.

More updates to follow as I make progress.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:09 PM
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I remember when Bruce built that truck. I think it was designed after a Pikes Peak hillclimber.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:34 PM
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I'm not sure what the origins of the original truck are. The kit I believe was an old Imai kit, but I can't remember if it represented a hill climber or a drag truck.

Well, in just a short time I was able to remove part of the center rod along with the gratuitous amount of JB Weld that was used to hold it in place:



So once the temperature drops outside later this weekend, I think an hour in the garage with the dremel tool will remove the rest of the rod/weld. The rod is 1/8" in diameter so 1/8" brass tube from the local hobby shop should work as a replacement.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:14 AM
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Bruce sure liked his hot glue gun. It'll be cool to see this truck restored.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:43 PM
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After spending some time in the garage with the Dremel tool, I've removed a portion of the JB Weld from the middle of the chassis and replaced the original styrene center brace with a brass one:



I'm trying to replace one piece at a time so that I don't accidentally change the length of the gap between chassis halves. The next step is to start work on removing the outer braces and replaceing them with bass tubing as well.

Bruce really did like to use unconventional methods to build his cars. I don't think I'll be able to get away from using hot glue to attach the body to the body mounts, but at least the chassis will be more stable than it originally was.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:41 PM
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Does anyone have a picture of Bruce's truck? I would like to see picture if there is one.
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I looked through my files and I don't seem to have a picture of the truck when it was in one piece. Bruce posted pictures here on SCI when he first built the truck but it appears where he had the photos hosted is no longer active, so all the links are gone.

At the rate I'm moving, I should be able to test fit the body back on the chassis in a few days.
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The chassis is done and the tubing that replaces the original aluminum rod body mounts is in place:



In honor of Bruce's love of hot glue, I'm going to retain the original body mounting method of hot gluing the body to the two body mounting tubes.

In the lower-right corner you can see the rear dish style wheel inserts. I'm doing a little bit of work to the wheels now. I'm debating if I should keep the original model kit chrome, or strip them and paint them a metalic silver in color. I'm open to opinions.
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Does anyone have a picture of Bruce's truck? I would like to see picture if there is one.
I can't find a picture of the truck assembled, so here's a picture of the body in it's current, diassembled state:



The hood snaps into place as does the wing. I'm not sure if Bruce did it that way because it worked, or if it was so that those pieces would fall off in case of an accident instead of breaking off if they were glued in place.
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The body mounts have been cut to length and the wheels/axles are temporarily back on to make sure the body lines up:



And the body appears to line up just right. It's sitting lower than it should because it's not attached yet:



The next step is finding a new motor. The original Pro-Track motor died shortly after I received the car and I replaced it at the time with a Parma pink-endbell 16D. For the rebuild I'd like to go wtih something in the 20K-25K range to tame it a little bit.
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The body is starting to go back on using the original Da Vols hot glue method:



I decided to retain the stock chrome plating on the hub caps instead of painting them the same color as the exhausts. Is that the way I would have done it? Yes. Is that the way Bruce did it? No. So they stay stock.

Here's a view that Bruce probably never thought anyone else would ever get of his beloved creation:

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Old 08-12-2012, 09:38 PM
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Looking great, thanks for the photos!
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Try an NSR King 21k. Lots or torque with moderate revs.
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That might be the COOLEST slot "car" I've ever seen!

Bruce would be VERY proud of your efforts, nice job!

Looking forward to seeing it running....hopefully, you'll catch some video when it's going!



David
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Default Boss Bodies

Just thought i would pass these along, i bought these in early 2009
and still have them. He sent me a Vols T-shirt along with them.
These are Boss Bodies and i believe he used an Artin Chassis for
them. Sorry to hear of his passing. CG

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