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Projects Found this sweet little 1/4 midget chassis in Oakland today... build it?

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  1. OaklandHobbyShop
    Joined: Dec 1, 2019
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    Never seen one of these before and obviously couldn’t pass it up.

    Looks to be a Race-Craft 1/4 Midget racer. Has some age to it with what appear to be original tires.

    What would you do with it? Anyone recognize the make?

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  2. 64 DODGE 440
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    Looks like a fun project.
     
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  3. rusty rocket
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    Oh that looks like a fun project. DO IT-DO IT!!!
     
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  4. RMONTY
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    Get that thing sandblasted and powdercoated and start skinning it! That would be a blast!
     
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  5. harpo1313
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    Yep , get some aluminum sheet and have at it.
     
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  6. y'sguy
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    My Dad used to take me to watch kids race these. Was a great time. I wanted to get one so bad! Lots of memories with that one.
     
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  7. RMONTY
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    I dont know anything about 1/4 midgets. What engines did they run on them "back in the day"?
     
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  8. Stu D Baker
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    ^^At least here in the MIdwest, they ran Continental engines.
     
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  9. Slick34
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    I raced 1/4 midgets from 1957 - 1961 at Cromwell Park in Lorain, Oh. Track champion in 59. My dad, uncle and a bunch of other men built the dirt track. Dad built the car from the ground up and used it used a Model T steering shaft and reworked steering wheel. The engine was a Continental, some where around 3 horse I think. Had a centrifugal clutch and dad would push me to get it going out onto the track. Dad made the fiberglass body from a mold in our garage and mom did the upholstery for the seat. Body was painted maroon and the number was 3 (long before Dale Earnhardt had that number) LOL Those were fun times back then, would love to find who has that car now if it still exist!
     
  10. Race-Craft isn't the make?

    Who'd fit in it?
     
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  11. Continental, as in the airplane engine manufacturer?
     
  12. Budget36
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    What kind of spring pack was used for the front end?
     
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  13. Budget36
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    Not sure if the same or not, but Continental also made inline engines for industrial use as well as smaller air cooled engines (not sure if same maker or not). I think I may still have a twin cylinder air cooled engine around.
     
  14. tubman
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    The guys that ran with our vintage club here in Minnesota were partial to Crosley's. That being said you might see just about anything. One guy had a BMW "Boxer" motorcycle engine in his "T/Q" and a Crosely engine in the BMW.
     
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  15. Pete1
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  16. OaklandHobbyShop
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    Hi Pete, after an Internet search I thought it looked a lot like this one (in terms of shape) that went through Bonhams auction a few years back. Also had the transverse front spring.

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    Also had a single bolt hole for the nerf bar.
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    Any other quarter midget experts recognize this one???



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  17. Slick34
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    Those of us "kids" that raced these 1/4 midgets were between the ages of 7 and 12 years old. I can also remember at least 3 or 4 girls racing against us boys. One was really fast and a very good driver and she also won quite a few races.
     
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  19. AHotRod
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    Of course build it, that's awesome history!
     
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  20. cs39ford
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    36A3A2CC-C80D-4B4D-B97D-485E2090B178.jpeg Build it. I did one for my girls
     
  21. Budget36
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    Take two...

    What springs were used in the front end on these carts?
     
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  22. -Brent-
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    I have a RaceCraft body hanging in the shop.

    Race-Craft Quarter Midget Body.jpg Quater Midget Shop Floor.jpg

    Also, something I couldn't pass up.
     
  23. Marty Strode
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    We had a girl that ruled the roost around here. Her Dad owned a Pontiac dealership, she won over 300 trophies. Merit 1.jpg
     
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  25. Pete1
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  26. stuart in mn
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    Find yourself a copy of the February 1958 Hot Rod, it had a lot of information on the different makes of quarter midget cars that were available.

    pt-hrm007.jpg
     
  27. Marty Strode
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    Bob Gregg worked on his Son Mike's and Jack Gillis handled Merit Meadows car, they were a team. Mike was, and still is very good behind the wheel !
     
  28. rudestude
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    Here is the article from that February 1958 Hot Rod magazine. I have a copy of it in my collection.
    Sorry for the crappy shots , I will try to get some better ones tomarrow after I take my morning meds, less shaking going on then. 20200902_020252.jpeg 20200902_020312.jpeg 20200902_020331.jpeg 20200902_020347.jpeg 20200902_020414.jpeg 20200902_020426(0).jpeg 20200902_020510.jpeg

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  29. Slick34
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    The 3 girls that I raced against, Donna was the fastest, don't know if she won over 300 trophies but she won her share, her dad owned a large trucking co. He was also one of the men that helped build the race track. Janice was the next that won quite a few races. I will never forget one race a 35 lapper that I was leading until the last lap coming out of turn 4 when she passed me on the outside and won the race. I was devastated and had a little "water" in my eyes when I got back to the pits! Her dad worked for the Sheriff Dept. and was also the flagman. Susie was the other girl and won a few races. Her dad worked for a Auto Parts Store and also helped with building the track. The track was only a mile from our house so we were usually the first ones there and got the "preferred" pit spot. LOL
     
  30. Hot Rods Ta Hell
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    That's a match made in heaven; one of you has a chassis, the other a body.

    @Dean Lowe could chime in with more QM info as he raced one when he was a Lad. I seem to recall he's on/in that '58 Hot Rod special edition.
     

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