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Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby Andy in Pa » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:02 pm

My son and I have been playing around with a Carrera GTO as a drag race car. I put the tallest gear I could find in it, and modded the axle carrier so it would fit. It currently has a Rush 39K rpm motor in it, and is quite fast at the local drag strip. I am switching to an H&K 50K rpm motor to see how much it will take. It has CB Design rear wheels with home made inserts, and a set of PG XPG tires, the largest I can find. It seems to have enough front end weight that it doesn't lift the fronts, but it does get light. Body is lowered down over the chassis as low as possible in the front with minor trimming of the cockpit. I don't have any pictures, but I'll get some after this next round of mods and post them up. Juts curious if anyone else has done this...

Its just for play, but has been a fun project for my son and I to tackle over the winter.
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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby nhdungeonracer » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:20 pm

Welcome to the Drag racing scene Andy... :auto-driving:

We do a bit of drag racing here in NH. And we do run a 1/32 scale class. Here's a few of mine...

A Scaley Bug with brass chassis (still to letter it up and get the glass back in it....
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A couple model kits mounted on a the later MRRC style chassis...
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The 3 above all use a drop arm on the guide to allow for carrying the front wheels off the line. Really cool to watch! :auto-layrubber:

This model is mounted on an older Carrera GTO chassis (front motored). It's due for an upgraded chassis...
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As for taller tires, if you're ok with running urethane tires, shoot me a PM 8-)
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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby TuscoTodd » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:31 pm

Andy -
Welcome to the fun! We have done a couple drag proxies here on the forum in addition to the fun some of us have been having locally. For reference - here are a couple links to the "Land Speed & Drag" proxies we have run over the last couple years:

Land Speed & Drag 2016

Land Speed & Drag 2015 finals

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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby Lou E » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:00 pm

Anyone make 1:32 drag wheels like the 1:24 Pro-track ones?
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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby Andy in Pa » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:17 am

Thanks for the welcomes gents. I liked the idea of the GTO because of the length to hopefully keep the front end down, but we'll see what happens now. I don't know how I would adapt a drop spindle type pickup to that, but I am sure i can build something if needed. I am close to Mainline Hobbies, and they have a drag race track. Its all grudge racing with nothing organized, but my son and I both enjoy it. Being 11, he cuts some amazing reaction times too. Nice cars DungeonRacer!! I bought a Carrera 57 Chevy (the pretty red stock looking one) to see if I could set it up for drag racing, but I think I have to go to a Shapeways chassis or something. No easy way to narrow the Carrera chassis and still maintain strength. Love yoour 56 Chevy!!! What body is on that GTO chassis? Is that a slot car body or a 1/32 model body? I forgot I also have a 1/32 57 Chevy model body to play with too.
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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby nhdungeonracer » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:19 pm

Anyone make 1:32 drag wheels like the 1:24 Pro-track ones?


Lou-if you're thinking the real nice fancy looking ones Protrack makes, those I'm not aware of anyone making them in 1/32. But the CBD 5 spoke racing wheels that SCC sells are a pretty good looking set of wheels and look pretty good on a drag car. The regular 5 spoke wheels look good as well. The F1/Modified wheels look pretty good as well...
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Love yoour 56 Chevy!!! What body is on that GTO chassis? Is that a slot car body or a 1/32 model body?


It's actually a 55 Revell model kit. My father-in-law had a 1:1 version about 10 years, and I copied it as close as I could.

but I think I have to go to a Shapeways chassis or something.


You should check out this link for making your own brass chassis - making a brass chassis
Harry did it up as a oval car, but the same basics apply when making a drag car, only with skinny tires on the front. :lol:
Don't be afraid to try things. Sure, you'll probably screw up at first, but that's how you learn and next thing you know, you're a master at it. :banana-dance:
Here's the simple chassis on my bug...
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Look carefully, and you'll see it's just straight pieces of square tubing soldered to a pre-made brass motor and axle carrier.
Building your own stuff is a great way to enjoy hobby, and at 11, a prime time to learn how stuff is made and how they work.
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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby rbianchi » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:42 pm

Looks like that V8 is helping that little ole electric motor :lol:
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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby Jesla » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:23 am

Does look rather like over-kill on that starter motor doesn't it?....
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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby Lou E » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:22 am

Jesla wrote:Does look rather like over-kill on that starter motor doesn't it?....


:lol:
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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby Lou E » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:32 am

nhdungeonracer wrote:
Anyone make 1:32 drag wheels like the 1:24 Pro-track ones?


Lou-if you're thinking the real nice fancy looking ones Protrack makes, those I'm not aware of anyone making them in 1/32. But the CBD 5 spoke racing wheels that SCC sells are a pretty good looking set of wheels and look pretty good on a drag car. The regular 5 spoke wheels look good as well. The F1/Modified wheels look pretty good as well...
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Thank you for the reply NHDR, those wheels do look nice but I was hoping someone would make a matching set. I have had an idea for a project for a long time with a Plymouth Superbird but I can’t get it off the ground because of the lack of wheels... the search continues!
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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby TuscoTodd » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:31 pm

While not nearly as fancy as their 1/24 scale wheels, the .790" diameter rear Pro-Track Daytona wheels (Part # 256) mated with the skinny .750" - 3/16 wide O-ring fronts (part #177) make for a nice looking combo that is scale appropriate being equivalent to a 25.28" tall rear tire and a 24" tall front.
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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby nhdungeonracer » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:17 pm

Does look rather like over-kill on that starter motor doesn't it?...


lol, yeah maybe. but isn't that what drag racing is about? :lol:
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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby Dogsbody » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:07 pm

I put a Ninco Pajero chassis (has a drop arm) under a Monogram Gran Sport Vette. Put in a torquey long car with some sillies and yes, it'd wheelie. I should've kept it.
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Re: Anyone modify a 1/32 car for drag racing?

Postby Lou E » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:03 pm

TuscoTodd wrote:While not nearly as fancy as their 1/24 scale wheels, the .790" diameter rear Pro-Track Daytona wheels (Part # 256) mated with the skinny .750" - 3/16 wide O-ring fronts (part #177) make for a nice looking combo that is scale appropriate being equivalent to a 25.28" tall rear tire and a 24" tall front.
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Thank you Todd, I’ll have to pick these up!! While not as fancy as the 1:24 stuff they make, I think it will give me the look I’m after.
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