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ROYC75
07-01-2007, 12:57 PM
Been thinking about getting the grandkids involved in this.

Anybody here ever done this and can shead some light on this venture before I get over the edge ?

Phobia
07-01-2007, 01:00 PM
Pinewood derby is cheaper, easier, faster, and takes less storage.

ROYC75
07-01-2007, 01:07 PM
Pinewood derby is cheaper, easier, faster, and takes less storage.


I agree, I did this as a kid.

blueballs
07-01-2007, 01:09 PM
wood hummer
had to be said

ROYC75
07-01-2007, 01:12 PM
But the girls can't compete in a Boy Scout project.

PastorMikH
07-01-2007, 01:53 PM
I built one once as a kid out of some 2x4s, plywood, wagon wheels and some all-thread. Never entered a contest but had lots of fun with it.


Basically, I used the plywood as a deck, 2x4s and all-thread as axles. For steering, the front 2x4 was bolted to the plywood at center and I used a rope tied to each end of the 2x4 (at the wheels) and steered by pulling on one rope or the other kinda like a horse bridle.

Valiant
07-01-2007, 02:16 PM
I built one once as a kid out of some 2x4s, plywood, wagon wheels and some all-thread. Never entered a contest but had lots of fun with it.


Basically, I used the plywood as a deck, 2x4s and all-thread as axles. For steering, the front 2x4 was bolted to the plywood at center and I used a rope tied to each end of the 2x4 (at the wheels) and steered by pulling on one rope or the other kinda like a horse bridle.


I thought you were going to talk about a horse drawn carriage going down a hill without a horse as your derby car...

Valiant
07-01-2007, 02:17 PM
Pinewood derby is cheaper, easier, faster, and takes less storage.


Let me know if anyone wants a plan for a pinewood car, I will guarantee the fastest car...

Ultra Peanut
07-01-2007, 02:30 PM
If you see anyone in a Hummer, HE'S GOING TO ****ING CHEAT.

Phobia
07-01-2007, 02:55 PM
Let me know if anyone wants a plan for a pinewood car, I will guarantee the fastest car...

Okay, let's see the plan.

blueballs
07-01-2007, 03:02 PM
theme song Happy Jack by The Who
looks more like this is for a happy Jill

Valiant
07-01-2007, 03:23 PM
Okay, let's see the plan.


I will draw it up when I get back from Volleyball tonight...

Ultra Peanut
07-01-2007, 03:35 PM
theme song Happy Jack by The Who
looks more like this is for a happy Jill****ING CHEATER

****ING CHEATING

Skip Towne
07-01-2007, 03:52 PM
I built one once as a kid out of some 2x4s, plywood, wagon wheels and some all-thread. Never entered a contest but had lots of fun with it.


Basically, I used the plywood as a deck, 2x4s and all-thread as axles. For steering, the front 2x4 was bolted to the plywood at center and I used a rope tied to each end of the 2x4 (at the wheels) and steered by pulling on one rope or the other kinda like a horse bridle.
Armstrong power steering huh?

Valiant
07-01-2007, 03:53 PM
I went ahead and did it in paint, not as detailed as if I were to draw out the plans but it should do...

The key to this car is weight placement, since you have to be within a certain weight.. The car is also very aerodynamic for a pinewood car think toboggan or solar power car...

You can add one of those spoilers they sell also..

And **** off if you don't like my paint job...

Valiant
07-01-2007, 03:54 PM
Had to go resize and convert format so picture is smaller and not as clear.. sorry...

Valiant
07-01-2007, 03:55 PM
Had to go resize and convert format so picture is smaller and not as clear.. sorry...


You can play with the style a lot you just have make sure you leave spots up front for the weights(we use fishing weights) and to hollow out the inside...

Simplex3
07-01-2007, 06:01 PM
Soap box derby: Been there, done that, have the first place trophy.

Check the rules. Don't do the pu**y 2x4 thing unless you just want to get something built quick. When I was a kid the cub scouts had an "unlimited" class. Basically that meant everyone added some weights and ball-bearing wheels to the standard 2x4 POS car. I, on the other hand, took the official soap box cars that my uncles raced as kids and rebuilt one using the parts from the other. I won the championship race by damn near half the length of the course.

Build the cretins something like this unless they want to race in a league that doesn't allow it:

http://freelancestar.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=275172

PastorMikH
07-01-2007, 09:33 PM
Armstrong power steering huh?


It got real interesting when the rope broke.

ROYC75
07-02-2007, 07:42 AM
It got real interesting when the rope broke.


ROFL

ROYC75
07-02-2007, 07:44 AM
Seriously, after checking into this, I don't really want to do it, but the wife sure is pressing hard for me too........

Almost like it's one of her last request, she is really laying down the lines on me here.

ChiefaRoo
07-02-2007, 07:59 AM
First of all you'll never fit a kid inside of a soapbox. I mean dam you're dumb.

HemiEd
07-02-2007, 08:15 AM
We didn't build legitmate Soap Box Derby cars for a couple of reasons. Lack of places to run them and too many rules.

I would suggest an updated sport to get involved in with the youngsters. I know if my grandkids were close enough, they would have Jr. Dragsters.

Iowanian
07-02-2007, 08:26 AM
My hometown has a boxcar derby, with an "outlaw" class.

We built a couple of them, and an outlaw made from a wheelchair....

Bicycle breaks(hand) make a nice addition. Keep the axles strait and lubricated.