We've heard your requests for a real Scale Tire Pro Type Inline Chassis for Hardbody racing, and the DRS 178 is the second of
several kits we've developed to respond to those needs The "California Style" of Hardbody racing makes use large, wide, "scale" tires
on older, "nostalgia"-style bodies. As model kits of these cars are not as wide as later cars, and generally have a great deal of body
tuck-under or curved sides, it makes tire clearance a major headache, even with existing sidewinder chassis and components. With the
Scale Tires, an inline chassis is usually a necessity!
Until now, the choice has been limited in the selection of parts used in the construction of inline chassis. The popular choice
has been the brass style, "U-shaped" bracket that fits the rear axle, and has a provision for a screw in motor. This is a stamped and
folded piece that can have any number of problems, such as poor alignment of the rear axle (makes the car dog track as it goes down
the drag strip) and most importantly, the alignment of the motor and axle! When the motor and axle are not aligned properly, it make a
good gear mesh impossible. The axle and motor shaft MUST mounted at the same height.
The first advantage of the DRS 178 solution is the front nose piece. It allows, depending on body type and personal
preference, the front of the body to be mounted at two points: straight off the front, or to the sides of the nose. It also has an adjustable
front axle mount, and full .050" steel protection for the guide flag, which allows the use of a incredibly wide range of bodies, from
muscle car favorites of the '60s and '70s all the way back to Gasser models of the '30s and '40s! And, of course, it will also work equally
well with those lexan bodies that have been hard to use with a conventional sidewinder setup.
The DRS 178 chassis features a sturdy, precision .050" steel Motor Tab to mount your motor with screws, and rest assured,
our motor tab and pillowblocks are exactly aligned properly for maximum performance. The pillowblocks are sized for 3/32nd axles. No
more adapters, and Ball Bearings are now easy to use! The rear of the body may be mounted with a solid or "floater" tube at the chassis
balance point, at the forward, higher upright hole, or the slightly lower rear hole (as shown). Holes are large enough to permit proper
"float" with either .050" or .062" tubing. Used with Stainless Steel Chassis Tubing this chassis will fit any 1/24th 1/25
chassis that I can think of. It even fits the Thames Panel Truck - with .350" wide tires