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Old 07-22-2008, 11:29 AM   #1
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Default Vintage Tether Cars

There has been a lot of talk about tether cars on the H.A.M.B. as of late (cool, damn cool, really damn cool). As such, I thought I would add my two cents with a quick post. I know next to nothing about the little diminutive racers, but have always f...

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Old 07-22-2008, 11:51 AM   #2
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Speedy Bill in Lincoln has a kick ass collection of these also. When I think about it he has all the cool stuff. I often wondered what would happen to a run away car?>>>>.
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:02 PM   #3
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Mystery solved...

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Old 07-22-2008, 12:05 PM   #4
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Pre War German.
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:06 PM   #5
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Default Re: Vintage Tether Cars

Way back in the 60's I had a COX .049 powered one with a Corvette body on it. It could be run as a tethered car, or in a straight line with a guide string running through two loops on the chassis. I seriously think that thing could beat pretty much anything up to it's top speed, which was advertised to be around 40 MPH. The drill was to start the engine, adjust the mixture, snap the body down, then drop the rear wheels onto the pavement. It would INSTANTLY be going flat out......
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:07 PM   #6
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Default Re: Vintage Tether Cars

This brought back a lost memory.... Making my own Cox 049 powered little race cars. Made the frames out of brass tubing soldered together and ran them down a straight line of string or in circles.

Those you pictured look cool.
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:22 PM   #7
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Yes, it is an exspensive hobby. But it is a real kick in the pants.
It's like building a Bonneville car and runing it but cheaper.
Here is some of the cars I've built and run here at the Whittier Narrows track.









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Old 07-22-2008, 01:08 PM   #8
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Great post! There are a few different levels that a person can collect at. The "big" cars from the mid 30's to the late 40's (pre war cars are super rare and pricey!) and then in the 50's they made smaller cars (mite size) these were more like a toy that a kid could run in his driveway or a vacant lot and not get hurt or make a lot of noise. These cars are just as cool and much cheaper to collect. Names like Rodzy roadster, Ohlson and Rice, The real McCoy, Fuji and many others. And finally there are quite a few reproduction cars available in both big car and mite sizes and most of these are really inexpensive. If I were going to find one to actually run and have fun with, I would definatly build a reproduction with a new "glow" motor and have a great time with it. It's also a great way to teach kids about engine size, gear ratios, and speed!
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:39 PM   #9
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I'll chime in
I only have one and I use it as a paper weight




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Old 07-22-2008, 01:44 PM   #10
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i have three of the blue and yellow cars,,,any idea if the value
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:18 PM   #11
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Those are too cool

looks like a lotta fun!
thanks for posting,
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:42 PM   #12
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Something that has been bugging me for the last few weeks.... I would like to try and build a 1950's front engine dragster in approx. 1/8 scale with a 60c.i. model airplane engine, gear box & rear axle and flywheel from Gary Barnes, rear wheels and tires from something like "the big deuce", wire front wheels from Chris Garcia (awesome stuff) all assembled and ready to run in a frame like this....
With a homemade Moon tank and all. I'm not sure I would ever run it, but it sure would look cool in the display case! Has anyone ever built something like I am dreaming about? If so, please post a picture of it for inspiration to fire me up. Thanks.

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Old 07-22-2008, 02:46 PM   #13
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There was a great article in MAKE magazine a while back on tether cars, including some history of these cars. This link might even take you to that history:

http://www.make-digital.com/make/vol11/?pg=97

If not just do a Google search on "make tether cars".

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Old 07-22-2008, 02:54 PM   #14
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Default Re: Vintage Tether Cars

Waay cool thread ... brings back childhood memories of many summer afternoons spent playing with my father's old tether car ... without his permission ... I never got "caught" ... but I never got it to run quite correctly either ... nonetheless, it was great fun and provided countless hours of entertainment!

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Sure wish I still had it today ... but pop's gave it to Meadors for his collection of tether cars.
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:56 PM   #15
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I bought a collection of maybe 80 or 90 photos at Hershey a few years back that were from 1938-39 from a club that raced tether cars. I was going to do a book with them. Hmmmm, it's on the list of things to do! I WILL get to it one day.
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:58 PM   #16
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Default Re: Vintage Tether Cars

If you want to see some fantastic old tether cars, go to the radio control show every year in Toledo. Its held in early April .
They have a great swap meet with plenty of old timers present. There is a group of old guys who hand build their own engines.
About 10 years ago, I saw a guy sell a 1920's world record car for over 10 grand. It was a beauty, all hand built with a .60 cu in engine.
They also now make replica cars for less than $ 1000 !
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:16 PM   #17
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What about late sixties control line cars?

This was my favorite toy as a kid. Cox powered indy racer.





This was a promotional item from Sprite, turn in 500 bottlecaps, you got the car for free.

I asked every business with a coke machine, if I could have all of there used bottle caps, and just sorted out the sprite

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Old 07-22-2008, 03:21 PM   #18
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these are some great pics. i have a cyclone powered dooling f car a couple of roodzy,and a couple of the cox cars.
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I bought a collection of maybe 80 or 90 photos at Hershey a few years back that were from 1938-39 from a club that raced tether cars. I was going to do a book with them. Hmmmm, it's on the list of things to do! I WILL get to it one day.
I,ve got about 100 - 150 original 8x10 photos from the Rail & Cable archives that were used in publishing the magazine back in the 40's.

There is a lot of neat stuff in those old magazines!!!!!!
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:13 PM   #20
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never seen those, thats pretty cool. especially since theres a track in whittier... i may have to sell my u line control airplanes and get into this!
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