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- Frequently Asked Questions
originally introduced Model Motoring sets in 1960 with their first line
of cars known to collectors as vibrators, or vibes. They came with all
plastic bodies, painted bumpers in various body styles, and with a cast
motor chassis that housed a coil, axles, and drive drum. The vibrator drive
system was originally derived from a door "buzzer", so likewise, when these
cars run down the track they have somewhat of an irritating "buzz" or vibration.
The coil has a plunger which very quickly opens and closes a contact, and
also drives a reed up and down that turns a large drum on the rear axle
making the car move forward. The vibrator car was produced until 1963 when
the Thunderjet, or T-jet, 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 spacer will
be necessary as well the rear is usually too long. Also a vibrator chassis
was not as tall in the motor area and was smaller so most vibrator bodies
will have interference on the T-jet gear plate. I don't recommend installing
T-jet chassis on vibes but for just a few bodies and these bodies will
require some post modification and narrowing the rear rear chassis hubs
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 pickup, Jaguar,
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 it.
a vibrator have to run on an AC transformer?
They will also run on a regular AC/DC power supply.
vibrator chassis still available today in New Old Stock (NOS)?
They are occassionally available from some collectors that may have extras
but finding used chassis in small quantities is about all you'll be able
vibrator wheel hubs the same as T-jets?
They have a thinner shoulder flange than T-jet hubs and also a small shoulder
on the back-side of the hub. Some vibrator wheel hubs came chrome and some
all vibrator wheels the same?
The Hot Rods came with large chrome wheels with 3-spoke spinner. The trucks
came with yellow truck wheels that have lugs and extra details--rear wheels
were wider than the fronts to accomodate 2 tires.
driver is supposed to go with each particular car?
Corvette convertible had the smallest driver of all. He came with a "driving
cap" and holds a steering wheel--this driver might be said to be smaller
than H.O. scale(RRR #1510).
Jaguar convertible had a moustached driver with driving cap and what I
call a "light coat" or jacket (RRR #1520).
Mercedes is very similar to the Jags with a moustached driver but he is
wearing a "heavy coat", with more of a heavy lapel (RRR #1530)
Hot Rod and Sunliner have what most of us find in our T-jets. He is the
most common and some call the classic Aurora driver, with no hat, no moustache,
and a usually black painted "bowl haircut" (RRR #1350)
the Mercedes Hardtop glass the same as the '60 Corvettes?
Apparently Aurora had difficulty distinguishing the differences too, so
they engraved a small "C" and an "M" in the rooftop undersides to tell
doesn't my car run?
could be several things, first try these:
shoes - the first thing I check is the pickup shoes. Many times holes are
worn thru the pickup shoes and no power is getting to the coil. Check the
shoes and try making contact with a test power supply somewhere else on
the shoes. If it runs, replace the pickup shoe plate or bend the shoe so
a new point of contact touches the rails.
push rod - Check to see if there is a pushrod in the center of the coil.
I find this is just plain missing. It may also be rusted or corroded and
needs to be cleaned to move freely inside the coil.
sorta - Check top reed and also the bottom contact to ensure they are moving
freely or are possibly corroded.
the Vibe trucks the same cab section as the T-jets?
The vibes have a opening on the top side and the mounting posts are shorter
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 vibrators?
The Aurora HO SLOT CAR IDENTIFICATION and PRICE GUIDE by
John A. Clark (RRR #030) has great color photos of all the vibrator cars
and is great for identifying the above cars.
this helps with your Aurora vibrator questions and if you need to find
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