Questions about scratch building a slot drag car.

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Well, ive been looking into it, and it looks great, not only that but i am near to the drag strip at brooklands. So, lets get going. I was thinking to do a 1/24th shelby GT350 drag car using a S16D motor. But, I have no idea about buying or constructing a suitable chassis, would anyone be able to advise me on that or link me to a shop. Also, does anyone know of a UK shop or a shop that ships to the UK that stocks the S16D motors? Also... would the revell shelby gt350 be suited to a slot drag? And finally, what should i do about rims and tyres for this build?

thanks all.

will start it once i figure out what im doing,

Oscar.

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Well, ive been looking into it, and it looks great, not only that but i am near to the drag strip at brooklands. So, lets get going. I was thinking to do a 1/24th shelby GT350 drag car using a S16D motor. But, I have no idea about buying or constructing a suitable chassis, would anyone be able to advise me on that or link me to a shop. Also, does anyone know of a UK shop or a shop that ships to the UK that stocks the S16D motors? Also... would the revell shelby gt350 be suited to a slot drag? And finally, what should i do about rims and tyres for this build?

Hey Oscar,

I think I can answer most of your questions...

First off the Shelby GT350 is a perfect car to use, it has a good wheel base and will be stable with the right chassis.

As for the chassis I would recommend a lase cut chassis kit.... these kits go together like puzzle pieces, .. but you will have to have good soldering skills and the correct solder (silver solder) and flux (acid flux) to do the job... you will also need music wire (spring steel)or stainless tubing.... this might all sound a bit much, but its not really... if you plan on only building one chassis... buying all the supplies might not be the answer... you might wan to look into having someone build one for you... anyway here are a few photos of a completed laser cut chassis kit (all stainless steel) I just built for a fellow racer.... if you interested in having one built feel free to PM me.

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the Super 16D is also great choice (look at the pro-slot super 16d's)).... they can be very consistent which is great for bracket racing.

Tire/wheels... on a Shelby GT350 I would use a 1 1/16" tall by .500" wide pro-track tire/wheel combo... here's photo of the style wheel you can get...

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as for links i would use the keywords I've given in my answers to search the internet to find shops in the UK

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Thanks mate... that does answer all of my questions... and I am (to a certain degree) interested in a built up chassis. Buuut, mt dads work envolves using a soldering iron on a regular basis... but i have no idea of what the type of solder is etc... i will search for those items a bit... i imagine that finding them should be easy enough... but i cannot find the S16D motor to save my life, so some further guidence on that would be great.

thanks,

Oscar.

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no prob... here is an ebay # 160357193434 put that in the ebay search and those are the motors that alot of guys are using....

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Thanks again, um... how much would it cost to have one of your chassis to be built and sent to the UK along with a super 16D engine from you?

thanks,

Oscar.

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I thought I would post a nice close up of the chassis I just got done for a VW bug build I'm doing... this is why getting the right solder and flux is so important...

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what solder and flux r u using

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I'd like more details on the Wheel / Tire chart that you posted. Is there a web-site that I can visit?

Thanks....Marty

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what solder and flux r u using

For all stainless I really like Stay Brite solder and flux. The key is that you want to rough the surface of both mating surfaces for a good bite.

For other materials or mixing of piano wire, spring steel, stainless and brass 60/40 solder from Radio Shack and Lucky Bob's acid flux work perfect.

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Have you guys ever tried Resistance Soldering for making frames?

I am working on an article that will cover this, but haven't heard or tried it on slot car frames.

Guys, do you think Oscar would be better off with one of the Parma drag chassis to get his feet wet with first?

I have picked up some of those Pro-Track wheels before, I love them!!!

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