Stock vs Modified Performance

72_Chevy_C10 Friday, 4/26/2019
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Here's a little video, just to show the difference you can make in the performance of a Hot Wheels by modifying it.

This is the '69 Chevy that was just in the Muscle Truck race. I've built several of these trucks and they are a simple mod. If I were to run the wide fte's, it would just be a wheel swap, but, I like the normal width fte's, so I have to put an axle tube in it.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Chris


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PeteB 4/27/19

That is actually very interesting. I had no idea FTE wheels made "that" much difference. Just a shame they are not so easily found in the UK. lol
Thanks for sharing that Chris.

  • That's what ebay is for! :) I purchased so many Chrysler 300 fte and Turbo Beetle fte cars tgat I've, probably, driven the price up! — 72_Chevy_C10

What method do you use to polish the axles?

I''m a guy who leans toward seeing cars perform out of the blister with no mods, or 'wheels-on, no weight change mods'. Meaning using a dry or wet lubricant on the axles of stock cars. 

Right now I'm working on my 'Nightmare's Secret Sauce'. A tweak to it I tried last week made a dramatic difference in slower and 2nd tier cars. I tried it on a top 6 car in my collection and saw no change. My top tier are cars in my top 12. I tried it on the car that was 12th and it now ranked 8th. 

However I've thought about 'wheels-off' modding, and definitely inspired by your truck so I'm curious in your axle polishing technique. Have a good weekend!

  • There are lots of techniques for polishing axles...you can search on here for 'making a fast car' and you'll find out a lot. I will cut the axle in half and spin it in a drill or dremel, and use polishing compound with a cotton pad...but, polishing and sanding wheels are kinda 'racer's secrets' — 72_Chevy_C10
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WorpeX 4/27/19

This is awesome! I've definitely noticed huge bumps in speed just going from stock to FTEs in my own mods. Haven't noticed big differences with weight though and this video kinda seemed to show that I was on the right track. Definitely think the wheels and axels have more to do with it. I'll have to figure out how to start polishing...

great stuff!

Thanks man!

  • Read through this thread... — 72_Chevy_C10
  • https://www.redlinederby.com/topic/making-a-really-fast-car-not-just-a-faster-car/1948 — 72_Chevy_C10
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