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Build diary: Making a shelf race track

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CrzyTrkrDude 2/21/15

I use clear silicone on my truck for just about everything that needs to stay put. From my Sirius radio mounting bracket to my rubber duck on the dash. It will slice apart easily if you have to move the track, and can usually be removed completely with very little effort or tools. Just rub it off with a dry warsh cloth or the tip of your finger.( watch out for slinters of you stick it to wood, but I would imagine it would come right off the underside of the track).

Hope it helps. Leave a window open. It'll fume you out for a day or so.

  • to adhere the body to base try LOC-TITE Stik n' Seal "indoor" $2.59 at wallies — model40fan
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redlinederby 2/22/15
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Got my rolled track cut down and sized. Still some "baconing" happening but once I decide how to hold it down (velcro, screws, whatever) it should be good. And once I get my Sloppy Transfer, things will be even sweeter.

One seamless strip...


RLD-style hinge for the hill


But some bracket things on the back side of the shelf as a stopper for the supporting leg.


And then a little dowel rod to help stop the front of the hill. Bigger idea here is that I can add more stoppers to allow for different length hills.


Only thing left is a catch box and a Sloppy Transfer to help reduce the sag in the transition.


Look for some hosted races real soon...

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Dadvball 2/22/15

Looking real good!  Can't wait to see some cars in action. 

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model40fan 2/23/15

Been cutting, welding and sanding this AM.. bout done...

14" long, 4 lane transfer, mounts with the 4 holes on the corners,[or Velcro], 6.5" center to center, it fits in a flat rate box...todays mail... top side ;

Top side with track strips slid onto the supports ;

 Bottoms up ;

 Not perfect, as 4 lanes are hard to keep parallel and evenly spaced...Track slides over the supports very easily now, but it gets more snug when you bend it, and even more if you paint it...

   ..... I will "leave it to Beaver", eh... Brian

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redlinederby 2/23/15
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Looks sweet, Smitty! The hill board is only 8" wide (which is probably more like 7.75") so worst case is one of the crossbars sticks out a bit...no biggie. Only gonna have 2-lanes right now anyway...4-lanes is a future state. I'll be sure to check the PO this week, thanks! 

  • nope you mentioned the width before so i made it 7" wide total, 6.5" hole to hole... — model40fan
  • shipped this AM... go B go ! — model40fan
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model40fan 2/23/15

Does Stawka need a 2 lane Sloppy Transfer for that Jersey Shore drag strip ?

  • Jersey Shore not too bad, but the Majestic Dragway sure could. — Nightstalker
  • shipped a Sloppy Transfer to brick before lunch... — model40fan
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Nightstalker 2/25/15

http://i1265.photobucket.com/albums/jj515/majestik9/FirstofnewCamera009-1.jpg

Have that 1/2" molding on sides and center. may not work.

  • try to weld one for you this week... — model40fan
  • on the backseat of my car, mail monday... — model40fan
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redlinederby 2/26/15
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Received my Sloppy Transfer today. One more piece of the puzzle checked off the list. 

http://imageshack.com/a/img673/3223/ErnUfa.jpg

  • autographed no less...fantastic — Traction-Event
  • when i worked at GE, got in the habit of signing everthing in case there was a question as to who did what. — model40fan
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redlinederby 2/26/15
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Installed and ready to roll. Works wonderfully. Even though the transfer metal isn't flush with the board, it's stiff enough to get the job done, no wobble or nothin'. Just screwed it into the board and it ain't going no where.

All I had to do was grind a few of the sharp edges down, no big deal.

Thanks, Smitty! Awesome work. I know many of you have a Sloppy Transfer, but those of you that don't or are new around here, this is a great utility for your track that takes out a lot of worry. Hit up Smitty for details and order yours today!



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redlinederby 3/15/15
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Found some battery LED push lights at Home Depot, 3 for $10 and they work great. Nice and bright...using them on my ceiling above the track to help with lighting. Hopefully it will make videos look a little better once we start racing. Just need to go buy some more. Thinking I might add some lights under the shelf too, just for effect.


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K_Harvest 3/15/15

Putting my track on a wall shelf like that was the best thing in my situation that ive done with my track. 

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model40fan 3/16/15

liked the shelf-o-rama... the sloppy transfer looks to work good... so much so, I tossed a HW to DT connector and a sloppy stoppa in a cereal box and sent it on it's way to Oh, High, Oh... go B go !


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