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Why were you trying to lighten the contact wheel? It seems that a heavier wheel would hold more momentum as it first made contact with the tire.

It looks like you are a pro on the lathe. I wish I knew how to run one better.

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Martin,  I was assuming that as most of the contact wheels I'd seen were aluminum, that it ought to be lighter.  To be honest I didn't really know either way, but I made an assumption based on what I'd seen.... :wacko: :rolleyes:

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This is a great thread. 

 

Build pics are fantastic.  Please keep posting the intricate stuff like the trenches in the roller bearings. 

 

Nice truck, too.  I learned to drive a standard on my dad's old '68 Chevy stepside, four speed with granny gear and a 305.  Miss that truck.

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Any progress to report? Looking forward to seeing final product! :)

 

Your contact wheel does not need to be so long, it will put unneeded stress on the motor bearings.

 

While its probably too late (although you could cut it back) I have to agree with this. See my previous post. Mine is only 3" x 3" and note that only a small amount of that (maybe 3/4") actually contacts the tire.

 

Hope this is useful

Scott

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