Monte Carlo Rally ’61-’71 Series – Car Builds

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  • #17492
    porsche917
    Moderator

    Please put all information regarding your Monte Carlo Rally series car builds on this forum.  The more information you can share the better for everyone.

    #17498
    porsche917
    Moderator

    Here is one of the cars I will be running in the Monte Carlo rally series.

    To build this epic rally car that finished 4th overall in the 1971 Monte Carlo rally I am using a model kit that is only available in Japan.  I was able to find the kit on eBay, go figure.

    For the chassis, I ended up using an Olifer 3D chassis that was originally made for a Fly Alfa Romeo TZ2.  The wheelbase was very close and there was plenty of room for the guide.  My next step will be to mount some body posts inside the body that line up with the chassis.

    For the body posts, I went to Slot Car Corner and ordered some CG Slots 3D printed body posts that are made for conversions just like this.

    To make sure these posts stay in place I used some quick setting JB Weld.  The JB Weld did a great job and the posts look very secure.  Plus, the cars will not be going that fast on the rally track so there shouldn’t be any concerns about one of them coming loose.

    Here are some pics of the car with the chassis mounted.  The chassis isn’t perfectly centered in the body but it’s close enough to work.

    The car still needs the front air dam removed to make it look like the rally 240Z and less of an IMSA Datsun 240Z.

    This has been a fun and interesting project.  I will post more updates as the car comes together.

    I can’t wait to see what the other competitors are building.

    #17501
    Datto
    Participant

    Here is one of the cars I plan to run, a 1961 Corvair

    I have a running car, or I had, anyway. The 3D printing resin I have ben using takes beautiful detail, but is brittle. I reinforced the horizontal surfaces (Front trunk lid, roof and rear deck but a fall to the floor found the weakness.

    I started out trying to make vac-form tool for glazing with clay, but decided to do it in the ‘puter

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    #17506
    porsche917
    Moderator

    I believe the 1961 Corvair fits under Ralph Nader’s statement of “Unsafe at any Speed”.  🙂

    #17508
    Radial TA
    Participant

    That Corvair looks like my 1967  Monza after I t-boned a 1964 Buick Electra four door at about 15 MPH on my part and 30 on his part.  It showed up 6 months later repaired!! on a chevy used car lot.

    #17509
    Radial TA
    Participant

    Here is the Ecurie Ford France 1967 Mustang I will be entering.  I’m thinking of starting race 1 clean and ending up race 6 like this picture.  This is a Pioneer undecorated kit before priming.  Note the nice chrome window trim. 

    The wheels and tires are for the narrow tire class.  Paul Gage Urethane 8mm and CBDesign Classic Steel 15x 7.  The chassis and drive train will likely be stock Pioneer.  I found Ecurie Ford France decals for their GT40 racer with same stripes and sponsor.  I also found Monte Carlo decals, but the years are later.

    #17510
    Bellator
    Keymaster

    I spent a pleasant part of today unboxing all of my slot cars.  I haven’t seen these guys for almost 8 years!  Among four boxes, including an almost full book-box of historic F1’s and a half-dozen classic Slot.it Group 1 and Le Mans GT 40s (NIB, no less!) I found nine rally cars that ran in the decade selected for the series.  Five of which are even in the correct livery!  The funny thing is; I find myself “jonesing” for either a BMW 1800 or Volvo P1800 to actually run!  This really is a sickness.

    1961 to 1971 rally cars in my collection

    #17513
    BarkingSpyder
    Participant

    MARTY – great looking Z; I had some friends (a couple) who were 240 and 260 Zealots (the only reason they owned a pickup was to haul Z parts home!)  What’s interesting to see at some car shows is where a customizer (usually British for some reason), will shoe-horn a 283 ford or early-60s small black chevy into a 260.

    MARC – great build, but looking forward to your 2nd edition with maybe a less brittle resin compound.

    RANDY – looks great, everyone’s fantasy car, for who ever saw one in the 1960s (I had a 66 two-tone Falcon that was the same body, trim, interior and drive-train, only with different tail-lights and grill)

    BRIAN – what a collection.  I hope you can get a few to work.

     

    #17515
    Radial TA
    Participant

    Brian, at least get some narrow urethanes from SCC for the Citroen DS and bring for the initial run.  No one is likely to have one and they were a real competitor.  My Scalextric Mini Cooper is a modern release of the car you have, but without the roof rack and tires.  I have narrow wheels from Pendle and SCC urethane tires.  I also have a wide tire SRC Porsche 914/6 that would have competed against your Alpine 110 in 1971.

    This event is bringing out the creative side of our usual Spec Class minds.  Since the track only allows one car on the layout at a time, we are allowed to enter and run more than one car.  I hope one of my cars is competitive, but all three are fun to drive.  They have their magnets which makes them fun on the big track!!

    #17516
    Datto
    Participant

    It’s a Saab, so I figured go weird, or go home. Printed 16 body is reinforced with fiberglass, and pictures is first prototype of a FWD angle winder chassis. I wonder how, or if it will go!

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    #17550
    Radial TA
    Participant

    The Ecurie FORD France body has been treated to blue liquid mask on the lights and a coat of  gray primer about the same color as the plastic body.  ( the body panels on both ends lined up with pegs that also required the clear and red plastic light pieces, thus the blue liquid mask;()  The primer clearly revealed that the Trans Am gas filler on the boot lid is not yet smooth so that will get more sanding.  The car got its black bonnet this week.  My skill was rated mediocre with a run on first attempt.   I made a wet/dry sanding exercise with fine 1200 grit and a second spray.  The second attempt still shows a little of the first sag, but that will disappear under the “alpine dust” as the race goes on.  The pictures of the pristine real car show this black as shiny when I would have chosen matte black.  I will spray the car after decals are applied with gloss clear.

    Tamiya 10 mm masking tape.

    The earlier picture showed chrome “classic steel” wheels from CB Design Wheels, 15×7, and Paul Gage tires in urethane 40 shore rear, and 20 shore front.  The real car did not use American Mags like the Pioneer kit supplied.  It also appears to have relatively narrow tires, but probably snow tire treads.  Out track is smooth, so I opted for slicks.

    (I love my drugstore Porsche, and the snap shot of my grandparent’s 50th anniversary.)

     

    #17554
    porsche917
    Moderator

    Looking good Randy.  Can’t wait to see it running.  I ran a Pioneer Mustang in our first Trans Am series years ago.  I loved the car.

    I would try to find some zero grip tires for the front or at least coat them in nail polish to they don’t slow your car up in the turns.

    Marty

    #17555
    Radial TA
    Participant

    I miss typed the tire selection.  Shore 40 on front and shore 20 on rear.  I would like to have snow tires like the car came with from Scalextric, but those stock tires are soft, so not ready for the front without nail polish.  I may resort to nail polish and stock tires with nail polish on front.  I have not run the nail polish fronts before.  It has been a problem to find aluminum wheels and urethane or rubber tires for the narrow tire class Mustang and Austin Mini Cooper.  I wanted something to glue on and true nicely.

    My second thought was maybe the long Mustang will need harder than 20 shore rears to easily drift the sharp corners.  The tire issue is big for me and I beg the micro circuits to operate our rally track again.

    #17616
    BarkingSpyder
    Participant
    #17658
    chapracer65
    Participant

    What is the length the guides must be shortened to in order to make it around the tight corners?  I remember this being mentioned in a post somewhere, but I have been unable to find it.

    Thanks

    Russell

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