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- Frequently Asked Questions
replaced the noisy vibrator cars in 1963 with the new and
or T-jets. Their improved performance was a hit and kids
fell in love with
them. They had everything a kid could want with speed and
style along with
an array of track layouts and pieces that made slot cars a
toy almost every
boy just had to have. They came with chrome plated bumpers
and all plastic
highly detailed bodies in every body style you could think
of. From trucks
to muscle cars to indy cars to sedans to even motorcycles,
the T-jet stayed
with us thru the '60s up for about 10 years until the '70s
when AFX was
introduced. The T-jet car was produced from 1963 to 1972
when AFX cars
replaced it .
vibrator bodies fit onto Thunderjet chassis?
Thunderjet chassis has the same mounting hole center spacing
as a vibrator
chassis but the front body mounting post will be short and a
be necessary as well the rear is usually too long. Also a
was not as tall in the motor area and was smaller so most
will have interference on the T-jet gear plate. I don't
T-jet chassis on vibes but for just a few bodies and these
require some post modification and narrowing the rear rear
to bring the tires closer to the chasssis. The few that can
fit a T-jet
chassis with modifications are: '58 T-bird, Mercedes, '62
Galaxies too but they will have a "rake". Please don't
try a '60
Corvette, I think it looks hideous with a T-jet chassis under
T-jet chassis still available today in New Old Stock
are available complete with tires and wheels! Hundreds of
of these chassis were made, so most all are still plentiful.
The standard (RRR #394) with small chrome wheels and tires
fits most "car
models"; The Tall (RRR #397) with big chrome 4-dimple wheels
was found on Hot Rods, Dune Buggies, and trucks; The Slim-line
limited offering) was made for the Indys and '32 Pickup; The
(now discontinued) had independent front wheels with extra
rear wheels and tires, a "hotter" arm along with silver
brushes and shoes
for better electrical flow, larger pinion gear with a short
crown gear, and stronger magnets.
is a slim-line chassis?
2 new indy car bodies that were the Repco Brabham and the
BRM. These cars were sleek and slim so a new chassis was
had a smaller than normal armature and brushes. This chassis
was also used
on the '32 pickup. The armature is about 2/3rds the size of a
and the brushes were also made smaller to fit the package. The
for this car are special too as they have locator holes in the
these small magnets. Wheels were the chromed 4-dimple wheels.
and back gears were the same as regular T-jet. (RRR #393
all bodies fit any chassis?
earlier bodies such as the Galaxie, Falcon, Fairlane, '63
some others, have a body line that partially covers the tire,
so the wide
rear wheels of the Tuff-Ones will not clear the body. The RRR
is required on: Galaxie, Falcon, Fairlane, '63 T-bird,
Riviera, Lincoln, Green Hornet, Torino, GTO and Snowmobile.
With some spacers
on the rear mounting post between the chassis, some of the
other cars will
accomodate the wide tires of the Tuff-Ones chassis.
are there "cut wheel wells" on my T-jets?
skinny and often hard tires of the T-jet didn't always provide
best traction, so after-market tires were offered for better
handling. To make the now large after-market tires and wheels
fit the car,
the body had to be modified, this usually involved enlarging
openings. Most kids prefered the quick fix with the "hot
knife" or Dad's
pocket knife, so usually the "hacked" appearance was the
The funny part was the 1960's Model Motoring hop-up kits
actually had drawings
in their instruction sheets, showing us how to "cut them" the
with a knife!
driver is supposed to go with each particular car?
had the same driver. This driver is the classic Aurora driver,
no hat, no moustache, and a usually black painted "bowl
haircut" (RRR #1350).
The color of the arms/wheel were usually not the same as the
seats or the
body. Note, some early production cars of the 63 T-bird and
a Vibrator moustached driver with driving cap (RRR #1530)
doesn't my car run?
be several reasons, but first check these:
shoes - Many times a simple replaced pickup shoe will
make the fix
as it will be worn with a "groove" in it causing the rails to
power contact. Check the car on a test power supply by testing
at the rivets on the bottom. Manually turn the armature, if
the car runs
now, you need to clean the pickup shoes or replace it.
Sometimes, in an
emergency, if the groove is offset to one side, simply
swapping it to the
other side will make a new "groove-spot" to the unused offset
get you thru the race.
- Most often if a car doesn't seem to want to run, it is
usually the magnets
are like poles. Remove the magnets and face each other. If
they snap together
opposing each other, like "( )", they are correct and you will
check the brushes. If the magnets pivot and "spoon" together,
you need to replace one magnet.
- Check for both brushes and that they are in place in their
a brush may become dislodged from its hole in the chassis.
But, most often
the brushes simply need to have some tension on the brush
(metal strips on the bottom-side of chassis with V that
To renew tension, if overbent - remove brushes and press
flat again, then push V section farther down inside the brush
brushes. If springs are still "up" too far, take an exacto
knife at he
point closest to the rivet and bend spring up, then push with
again. If not enough tension - push V section on the brushes
and push toward
respective rivet. This will cause the spring to bend and give
on the brush. Warning! Sometimes too much pressure will slow
car "squeals" and runs slow down the track, why?
chassis motor needs oil. See below for places to oil you
should I oil my T-jets?
like to recommend and use the "5-spot" method, note these are
drops of oil. 1st: On the bottom of the chassis in the arm
2nd: Between the arm top gear and the gearplate. Let the oil
the gear. 3rd: Between the shoulder of the crown gear (gear on
and the chassis - Not on wheel hub side. 4th: On the rear axle
on the opposite
side of the chassis - again, not on the wheel hub side. 5th:
On the underside
of the top gearplate where the pinion gear and shaft come thru
- let oil
wick onto shaft between gear and plate.
the Vibe trucks the same cab section as the T-jets?
vibes have a opening on the top side and the mounting posts
for the smaller vibe motor. Note also, the Mack stake truck
bed has a shorter
rear dual axle holder that the t-jets too.
there any books with photos of Thunderjets?
The Aurora HO SLOT CAR IDENTIFICATION and PRICE GUIDE
John A. Clark has great color photos of all the T-jet and is
identifying the Aurora cars.
this helps with your Aurora Thunderjet questions and if
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