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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:05 am

My son was over Friday so I got out the tether car and fired it up while Mark took videos, not to be posted here.  Not funny seeing an old man trying to stop a flying out-of-control smoke blue thing trying to kill him.

The release is critical, the car must be pointed in the right direction for it to circle properly otherwise it will lose string tension and curl in upon itself.  

Two out of control runs gave way to a final perfect circle.  Quit while your ahead.  

I disassembled the whole thing, and hoping that the decals would not lift I washed it with cold Simple Green to good results.  I was going to sand blast the base and re-paint it red but decided against it. Same for the motor mount, just left it gold.  

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Post  getback on Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:48 am

lol! lol! Now that just make me want to get mine going More !! I guess there is a little more science to it than we think ? Small Cox Logo
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Post  fredvon4 on Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:54 am

Most of my NOW retired toys got played with.... they have a special look just cuz I actually played with them... other "display" stuff not so much...cool to look at but not the same heart tug
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:02 pm

Yes, my son wishes that I had not cleaned it at all, just display as was. I struggled, but gave in to my tendencies. But, it still has some patina and will gain more over time.

I may remove the roll cage but it would have to be cut off with a Dremel, so for now it stays.

I have a few other tether cars, mostly Buick Riverias because I once owned one. I may run the Indy types sometime, but not something I really want to get into.



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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:07 pm

getback wrote:lol! lol!  Now that just make me want to get mine going More !! I guess there is a little more science to it than we think ? Small Cox Logo

More fun that you would think Eric.

The key is a flat smooth surface, strong non-stretch tether, adjustable bridle, max RPM's, and a careful release.

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Post  fredvon4 on Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:40 pm

I so dearly wish I had my dad's 1950 tether car... it beat about the garage for decades... McCoy powered

BUT in my mind such a cool cast aluminum body and chassis

looked like this one



Found several that looked like it on e-bay but never willing to put $800+ into one

Only helped dad run it once....
Of course he helped us play with all the 1960~1970 Cox varients kids toys...BUT I always thought the Real teather car was so cool

Bob playing with this version brought back a ton of memories
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:43 pm

That is a beautiful picture Fred. I looked into those on ebay, something at that price point I would never run. $800 would go a long way into MG Midget bodywork. The full-scale example. Smile

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