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Gaslight Square was the location for the largest slot car track set ups when a teenager.  Raced 1/24 scale cars and the turns were banked.  Was not a snap together plastic like the one Batman has.  I have a 1/32 scale model track and cars still today.

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I built a track for my son and his friends with four lanes, the back lanes were 22' long and with crossovers the tolal distance of all lanes was about the same. All curves were sloped so the cars could go full out the total distance. The controls would get so hot the kids had to take breaks during which they would rebuild a car or two they had worn out the previous day. We had a full parts area for repair. The track was an "L" bootleg track, 22' on the back sides and 11' on the boot leg. Lots of fun. 

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On ‎2018‎-‎02‎-‎14 at 2:37 PM, Don Coatney said:

Miss Indiana paid me a visit in Chemo this morning.

 

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Hang in there Don, We're rooting for you! ...Nice company.:)

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7 hours ago, Don Coatney said:

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You really have to wonder how the body came off the chassis,don't you?

 

I have never trusted those lifts. My buddy has them in his commercial garage,and I can see cars and trucks on it rocking all the time when they are torquing on various parts.  I saw on modern Chevrolet pu that ran on the beach often just break in half one day when they picked it up due to the chassis being so rusty. That's the big reason I bought a old-fashioned ramp lift when I bought mine. That,and the fact I would always have a place to sit tools and parts down while working under it.

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This sign is on the road between Las Pinos and Panoche, ca. A road I want to drive again with my truck, obviously a road less traveled.

 

 

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Homer Alaska?! I hitchhiked there from Santa Cruz CA in the late 70's. Worked at the shrimp factory on the spit. Lived on the spit. High tide was a bitch.

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5 hours ago, Todd B said:

How would a tree that large in diameter ever tip over after you cut it??

I think you just have to yell 'Timber!' and they fall over.

 

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Everything was hard work back then, falling the tree was tough but now that it's down you still have to cut into something that you can move!! :eek:

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They cut the large logs into 12' units then split them to smaller sizes, pulled them to a water trough that floated them down to the Sanger Ca valley sawmill. Amazing check google.

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