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Post  Jason_WI on Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:47 pm

Too cold out to do much else. Cold Cold
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Post  rsv1cox on Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:47 pm

I finished my two Rivieras this morning, well as good as they are going to be.  The "good" one, with stripes still needs some detailing.  The other will be ran on a straight string tether.  I may attempt to build a front grill/bumper for it and maybe a back, but those endeavors are usually beyond my ability to do an acceptable job.  

Not pretty, but the one missing three of the four attachment points is ready to run.  I used a wood tongue depressor cut to fit on the rear clip.  Amazing that it has enough flex to hold the body straight.

BTW, do those hub caps just pry off?

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I have had these for a couple of years and failed to notice that one has smaller front tires than the other.  Wheels look the same.  Wondering if they offered a dragster version?  

At first I thought someone just shaved the front tires, but looking closely the sidewalls are different.

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I thought about using the whitewalls you sent me on the good blue Buick, but I'm holding them now for one of the better creme ones pictured above.

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Post  DrCox on Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:32 pm

rsv1cox wrote:I finished my two Rivieras this morning, well as good as they are going to be.  

I thought about using the whitewalls you sent me on the good blue Buick, but I'm holding them now for one of the better creme ones pictured above.

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Bob, put the white walls on. Personally, improves the appearance big time.

Let me know and more will come your way. They really need to be installed.

BTW, do those hub caps just pry off?

I do not believe so. I removed the rubber tire from the one piece wheel on the 64 Riviera to evaluate the hub cap appearance.
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Post  getback on Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:17 am

WOW that thing will print about anything , thats some thin production This Site Rocks! Very Happy
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Post  Marleysky on Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:02 am

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Bob,  Yeah those hubcaps DO just pry off. They are a friction fit, but like everything else on a Cox product, you’ll get castor all over everything! I started with my thumbnail, then used a pair of scissors to “stab and pry” the plastic caps off, breaking the castor oil seal.

Yup, you do have a smaller size set of front tires on that one Riveria. Musta been a enterprising slot car racer to find a set of tires with the same ID as the Cox tire to fix those rims. On e bay, I saw some “super grip rear tires” listed as for Cox gas cars, but they sure looked like they were for a slot car, not the nitro powered ones.

PS: now that I’ve taken one wheelcover off, I can see it may be helpfull to warm the alum wheel with a hairdryer to soften the castor first! Probably the same way to remove a rubber tire off the rim.


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Post  rsv1cox on Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:41 pm

Thanks Rene, I'm going to give it a try. I want to swap good caps from the "bad" car.

Bob

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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:23 am

Well, try I did. Sad

Not pretty, but I removed the worst of the four caps.  Would not budge despite my best efforts so I heated it sightly with a heat gun and pried it off.  Came apart in three pieces, all castor coated.  

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I glued everything back together with Testors red tube plastic cement (works great).  Sprayed with Krylon aluminum and reinstalled.  A long way from perfect but better than it was.

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Thanks to Drcox's generosity I used his whitewall applications on the front wheels, doing a poor job in the process.  I'm leaving the rear wheels and subsequent applications on my better Rivieras to the steadier hands and keener eyes of my son.  

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Post  DrCox on Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:10 pm

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Looks great Bob.
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