PT NEWS      August 2018

2018 Date for diary!

May 19th and 20th 2018. National Slot car Exhibition/slot car festival where we had a powertrack stand/display.  
Link for 2018 show:
https://www.facebook.com/events/607896179334823/
It shows map etc. I think some will be travelling from great distance!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/matchboxpowertrack/

FOUND :

Jan 2018 Ex Project Manager at Lesney London E9, collection of moulded shells of Powertrack and Lanechanger, unusual box art etc. Powertrack and LaneChanger prototype

Ex Lesney Factory, Rochford....Lanechanger and spares.  Also later type race and chase controllers with black switch. Found in a PP2000 set

 

PARTS update:
We now have a good soft grade silcon tyre in black. 

Designs and manufacture lined up for pickups in std 6v and wide type 18v

 

The 18v collection
The 18v collection

Car Servicing

I offer a car servicing service @ £6 per car.(Plus parts and return postage costs, Includes small body repairs, fitting of new tyres, windows, spigots and pickups/springs (Plus Part costs).

Buy cars from me and everything will be cleaned tested and renewed as necessary on the cars for just £6 extra per car. 

Cars and track pieces are relatively simple to service. I have put together a short video guide for car Servicing.......I will ad track etc servicing and set servicing too...in due course.

Cars - DIY guide and intro video below

In above video clip, its important that the motor is put back into the chassis the correct way round otherwise the direction of travel will be incorrect. As you look at the chassis with motor in place (upright as if car fully assembled) the Word 'JOHNSON' on the upper edge of the motor needs to read upright. On Race and Chase cars like this police car and the stingray, this does not matter as the controller top button reverses direction anyway.

 

Very early US Speedtrack Cars have the early 4.6v 'whisker motor', these can run very smooth. The chassis's and motors are not simply interchangeable with the later type and more reliable brushed Johnson motors.

The 'whisker' motor is named such as the contact for the power onto the commutator is made by a spring and straight one piece wire that makes contact with each side of the commutator.

 

The later US and all the UK 6v cars have the brushed 'Johnson' Motor. It has two brushes that make contact with the commutator, the brushes can be changed after many miles / years of driving. If you look from above at the commutator shaft you can see the brushes on each side, if the brushes are heavily worn the commutator will spark. 

 

The round washer looking caps on each side of the motor frame as shown in the picture can be removed and under are the tiny springs and brushes.

 

In my experience although I do have bags of brushes and the caps as spares they dont tend to ever be changed but they are a point of failure if you have a good or even new motor that does not work

 

 

CARS - The most important thing on car servicing is taking CARE not to damage the chassis or the body.

 

To the left is a typical car service kit

 

 

  • Tools needed for cars:  PP3 9v battery, small pillips screwdriver, small flat screwdriver, cloth, long nose pliers
  • Materials needed for cars: soap and water, cotton buds, 3in1 oil, 
  • Table with spotlamp, I also use a cork lined clamp and stand (optional as it can be done without quite easily)
  • Spares handy to have, silicon tyres, pinion gear (pinion), pickups and springs, lamps, can motors, rear and front axles with gear. 
  • Service Kits available from my sales section

 A great simple test for cars can be performed with a PP3 9v battery. Makes testing so much easier. You can also make up a small transformer with connections distant appart to match the pickup seperation on the chassis.

 

This is a collection of spares and servicing materials, of course there is a Matchbox Powertrack servicing toolkit made for the shops that carried out car servicing. I would add a pair of tweasers or long nose pliers too.

 

Picture below is of the original toolkit only supplied to resellers of the powertrack product.

 

Original Matchbox Repair centre Service Kits can be found, these are highly desirable collectors items. PT900

 

Spares, Terminal track, battery box and controller allow the testing of cars

Track

 

 

TRACK

  • Damp cloth, Matchbox track cleaner/scraper (see picture). 

This is the track cleaner, every set should have been shipped with one of these. With the track un-powered, this can be used to scrape along the track at 45 degrees to give the track lines a clean. Its very good however it can lead to greater pickup wear as the track lines can be sharp. So the cars will need a v.light oiling (I use a 3in1 light oil, although thinner oils may be better) of the pickups to prevent wear to the pickups as the cars race around the track.

 

  • Dont forget to also clean the joins (where the track pieces meet)

Its quite common for track tht has not been used for a while to corrode at the joint end, a small piece of fine grade emery paper can be used stuck to a matchstick or narrow piece of wood/plastic to rub on the metal that joins with the next track. Nothing worse than a car stopping at the next piece of track!

 

  • Check each track join before running the cars

It sometimes can happen that the track join metal sections raise a little, this can cause the car to hit them and jump and also causes wear to the contacts that does eventually lead to a hole in the pickups. So before running check each join, if there are any raised sections, then these can be careful pressed down, using the track cleaner.

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