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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:06 am

no biggie, I owned a couple of these!

P.S. They used a small block and I think there was a big block as well, they didn't handle very well and I think Chevy got out of racing, killing the program.


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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:07 am

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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:29 am

Is that an original T-jet or a Johnny Lightning remake?
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Post  WingingIt74 on Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:11 pm

We could at least keep it in the COX family Smile
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Post  WingingIt74 on Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:23 pm

Mark Boesen wrote:no biggie, I owned a couple of these!

P.S. They used a small block and I think there was a big block as well, they didn't handle very well and I think Chevy got out of racing, killing the program.
After the fire at the shop, that's when chevy pulled the plug... from what I have read.  

The Super Cheetah (Big Block Car) never was finished after the shop burnt down. It did resurface a while back...
http://www.hotrod.com/muscle_car_review/mscp_1206_427_super_cheetah_rare_finds/


I'd still take one over a Cobra any day Smile

You can buy a new one for only $80,000
http://www.billthomascheetah.com
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Post  roddie on Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:10 pm

Mark Boesen wrote:
Looks like an old Aurora/AFX HO-scale slot??
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Re: Automobiles you don't see everyday...

Post  Mark Boesen on Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:57 pm

It's actually a Thunder Jet (aka T-Jet) 'Tuff One, the last version before Aurora intro'd the Af/x chassis.

When they did the old T-Jett chassis became obsolete and went into storage, about 15 years ago they became popular with slot car nuts, who had these as a kid but can now upgrade with hi-pro parts and 'build' a car that would slide if pushed to fast unlike a 'magnet' car.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLG2BHTQZzk

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Post  roddie on Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:15 am

Mark Boesen wrote:It's actually a Thunder Jet (aka T-Jet) 'Tuff One, the last version before Aurora intro'd the Af/x chassis.

When they did the old T-Jett chassis became obsolete and went into storage, about 15 years ago they became popular with slot car nuts, who had these as a kid but can now upgrade with hi-pro parts and 'build' a car that would slide if pushed to fast unlike a 'magnet' car.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLG2BHTQZzk

That's a SWEET track! I have a bunch of old AFX cars/track in storage. Makes me want to dig them out! I had a Tyco "Sebring" set as a kid, with lighted cars. The cars were fast... but used fragile brass "tabs" for pick-ups, which needed frequent adjustment and would eventually break off. Of course... being a kid...I could have been more careful with them.
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Post  WingingIt74 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:26 pm

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Re: Automobiles you don't see everyday...

Post  dckrsn on Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:10 pm

Bought one of these in '72. Honda 600 coupe.
2 cylinder 400cc bike top end, factory stroked to 600cc.
1775lbs soaking wet. 10" wheels. Lots of fun.

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Re: Automobiles you don't see everyday...

Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:15 pm

dckrsn wrote:Bought one of these in '72. Honda 600 coupe.
2 cylinder 400cc bike top end, factory stroked to 600cc.
1775lbs soaking wet. 10" wheels. Lots of fun.

Bob
Pretty rare nowadays Bob. As are most Honda's of that vintage. Zero rustproofing although the engines ran forever.

Ron
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Re: Automobiles you don't see everyday...

Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:19 pm

1972 Toyota Celica, I bought one of these in 1991. My first car purchase. My highschool buddy had a 1977 model. Funny thing was the ignition keys interchanged between his and mine. I never knew what car I would be driving home after class!

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Post  roddie on Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:49 pm

Cribbs74 wrote:1972 Toyota Celica, I bought one of these in 1991. My first car purchase. My highschool buddy had a 1977 model. Funny thing was the ignition keys interchanged between his and mine. I never knew what car I would be driving home after class!

another example of a car that would rust out too soon (in snow country anyway, from road salt or near salt water) The engines would usually go (at least) 200k before needing a rebuild. The Celica GT was always a favorite of mine... although I never owned one.
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Re: Automobiles you don't see everyday...

Post  WingingIt74 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:58 pm

1939 Pontiac transparent exhibit for the marvels of the new invention "Acrylic"



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Post  crankbndr on Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:01 pm

dckrsn wrote:Bought one of these in '72. Honda 600 coupe.
2 cylinder 400cc bike top end, factory stroked to 600cc.
1775lbs soaking wet. 10" wheels. Lots of fun.

Bob

That was a pretty bold purchase in the day of land yachts and muscle cars, gas was around 35 cents.
The first smart car, not many Jap imports back then.
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Post  dckrsn on Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:10 pm

crankbndr wrote:That was a pretty bold purchase in the day of land yachts and muscle cars, gas was around 35 cent
The first smart car, not many Jap imports back then.
Bold maybe, but I don't main saying, girls loved it. Wink 
...........and yes it was possible. Oof!
It was realy quite a car. I think the best MPG I got
from her was 43 on the highway, and high 20's/low 30's around town.
Replaced the clutch once. Took maybe 45 minutes.
The whole assembly just hangs on the side of the case/x-mssn, like a bike.
Replaced the stock tires with some fabric belt Semperit radials.
Flying into, or braking hard on a curve was never a problem.
Romanticizing, sorry. Embarassed 
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Post  WingingIt74 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:24 pm

Any one know what this is?
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Post  roddie on Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:52 pm

WingingIt74 wrote:Any one know what this is?
A cleverly disguised submarine?
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Post  WingingIt74 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:03 pm

I've been interested in this vehicle for 10 years, I'm surprised it has never been imported to the US, because Jeep would have a problem..... Oh and they are owned by Ford.
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Post  WingingIt74 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:04 pm

Submarine... maybe


No way would I do that with my Jeep... it'd die...
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Post  dckrsn on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:19 pm

24 volt system and a snorkle, and there you go.
Oh, and seal those trannny and differential vents too.
Thanks for the video Travis.
Bob
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Post  roddie on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:42 pm

WingingIt74 wrote:I've been interested in this vehicle for 10 years, I'm surprised it has never been imported to the US, because Jeep would have a problem..... Oh and they are owned by Ford.
Well... the diesel is a real attractive aspect... and Jeep is "supposed to"... have one soon.

http://www.edmunds.com/car-news/2016-jeep-wrangler-to-get-diesel-engine.html
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