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Old May 25th, 2014, 09:33 PM
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So, I started helping my daughter this afternoon to work on her Pinewood Derby Racer for Girl Scouts. She wanted a rover and this was the product of our work for this afternoon. I'm calling it a "chop top" Defender. I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out. Painting, wheels, etc. all to come.

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Old May 25th, 2014, 09:49 PM
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Are you going to put some Boosts on it?
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Old May 25th, 2014, 10:23 PM
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Old May 25th, 2014, 10:28 PM
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Nailed it!!!
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Old May 26th, 2014, 08:39 PM
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will it still go down the race-track if you narrow the track width? you could always make it a defender with a fold down windscreen. Looking good and good luck in the race!
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Old May 26th, 2014, 10:34 PM
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Yes, wheels just have to be an inch apart. Right now we're at 1.25" apart.

Here's our progress from today. She decided to paint it red. We used the lid from a water bottle for the spare on the hood (proud to say it was her idea). We originally wanted to mount it on the back, but it would have made it longer than the maximum 7" allowed. We then made the roll cage out of tooth picks. Basically an soft top NAS style 110, like an ECR Beach Runner.

So....I guess you could say we took it to the next level. What do y'all think?
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I think it is really cool, but I also think a land rover is not the optimal design for speed in pine wood derby.
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I think it is really cool, but I also think a land rover is not the optimal design for speed in pine wood derby.
when is a defender ever an optimal design for speed?? It's the coooool factor
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Very nice rig sir/maam!! Remember to get the weight spot on the max allowable- lead wins, not aluminum. This component varies by sanctioning body of course... If lead is prohibited, perhaps a metal cage of some sort- if you knew a fabricator in the area ;-)

The best part is you are letting her participate. Be ready to explain not all parents are as accommodating- that was the most difficult part at our event...
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Old May 31st, 2014, 05:50 PM
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My daughter got 2nd place for Originality in her Powderpuff Derby! She obviously didn't set any speed records, but she didn't come in last either. Best part was that she enjoyed it!
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That's awsome! Cograts.
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My daughter got 2nd place for Originality in her Powderpuff Derby! She obviously didn't set any speed records, but she didn't come in last either. Best part was that she enjoyed it!
Adorable, I like the spare tire idea, wicked smaht
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Old May 31st, 2014, 10:31 PM
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Are you wearing a Hendrick Motorsports shirt? Nice. -Jeff
Nope, it's a Hedrick Speedsports shirt, my brother Ben's brand ( www.hedrickspeedsports.com ). It's the company name he uses for his custom Jeep builds. People always confuse it with Hendricks, but we don't gave an "n" or an "s" in our last name.

Thanks to everybody else! It was a lot of fun!
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Great looking rover.

This is worth watching if you are building a Derby car. A few basic physic principles makes the difference.

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Old January 4th, 2015, 01:12 PM
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Nice detail on the roof! Great job!
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1988, 89, 90 Pennsylvania State Champion here...I got to watch my father build this car for over 25 hours. Having a machine shop came in handy, and our outline was identical to that in the video:

-center of gravity at max height via lead "smoke stacks" on rear of car
-lightweight wheels, turned on lathe to have groves with three points of contact per wheel (we called them "blades", down to 1000th of inch), polished at 6000rpm in graphite both inside of axle hub and outside on contact patch.
-aerodynamic: simple wedge
-nails turned and polished with graphite for axles
-at any given time three wheels in contact with track, left front for show only
-road the port rail the entire way with inside of these wheels buffed in graphite

I was allowed to paint said vehicle and hand it to the official. the joys of an engineer as a father...way before youtube.
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