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Post  Mpbishop on Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:32 pm

Hi, looking to purchase a Ray Cox Thimble Drome Champion teather car with a .099 gloe engin, I think I managed to upload
A picture here below.
The seller says all original, working engine and all, but the grill dosent look like others ive seen on ebay.
Will apriciate any help before I decide to buy it.
Very best regards
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Post  Mpbishop on Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:35 pm

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Post  Mpbishop on Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:51 pm

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Post  NEW222 on Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:17 pm

While I know nothing about tether cars, I just wanted to say that it looks very nice overall. I am sure someone with some knowledge will pipe in here at some point and hopefully be able to answer your question.
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Post  NEW222 on Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:23 pm

After doing some looking online, it does appear the the grille is not factory. The ones I saw all appeard to have more of a rounded / bubble shape to them.
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Post  Mudhen on Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:26 pm

Hi Martin,
It’s not worth it if you’re looking for an original type.
1. All decals are reproduction.
2. Not sure what the brass buttons, or spouts, are next to the headrest, but that’s not original.
3. It looks like the car does not have the Spin-Start wheel. It should. (Hard to tell in your picture.)
4. Wobble pump looks reproduction. Can’t really tell from the pic.
Wrong:
Handbrake
       Needle Valve Ass’y.
       Grill
       Seat color, (should be black.)
I suspect the car has been repainted.
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Post  Mpbishop on Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:33 pm

Ok, thank you both so much for your kind feed back regarding this car,
Must admit, im a little heart broken as I thought I had found a nice bit of history but
Better i know before and not after.
Thanks again, and very best regards,
Martin.
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Post  Mpbishop on Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:46 pm

What about this one? Does it look ligitamet?
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Post  getback on Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:57 am

There are some good examples here .. http://gascarman.blogspot.com/
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Post  Mudhen on Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:00 am

Holy Moly, is that car ever crappy.
It is definitely not legit.
Wrong…engine, flywheel, mounting bracket, spur gear, needle valve, decals/stickers, velocity stacks airfoil, windscreen, hub caps, cockpit detail.
That car’s so crappy, I’d only buy it to run M-80 experiments.
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Post  DetunedtoD on Wed May 15, 2019 12:47 pm

Hi
Can anyone help please - I have a cox ford gt40 with thimbledrome - is there anyway I can fit something to convert to R/C - so I have control of engine revs
Thanks
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Post  Marleysky on Wed May 15, 2019 4:20 pm

DetunedtoD wrote:Hi
Can anyone help please - I have a cox ford gt40 with thimbledrome - is there anyway I can fit something to convert to R/C - so I have control of engine revs
Thanks

With enough time and money, you can accomplish most anything!!  The GT40, Corvette, Chaparral, Buick 049 powered cars are straight line dragsters or roundy round Teather cars. No provisions for steering or throttle control.  You could add a throttle sleeve on the cylinder and install a spring to open/close the throttle sleeve thru a secondary string from the center post. Wen Mac did that on their Indy Racer.  Some of the other Cox Cars (sandblaster?) had a three position throttle sleeve, you’d set for Low/medium/high Rev’s before releasing the car/buggy/truck for free running. You want “RC” you will have to add, battery pack, receiver,  servo(s) and linkages to throttle sleeve. It can be done, just have to use your modeling skills and mechanical expertise. Search for ADAM-12, this member did a excellent conversion to RC on a car that did have factory Steering modified for RC.
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Post  DetunedtoD on Thu May 16, 2019 3:50 am

Thanks - will investigate
The object is to r/c the engine speed only - no control of direction is needed as the cars are to run on the Cox Giant Track (if I can find one !!!)
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