Putting it all in a car - How the heck am I going to do that?!

   mpc-the-dukes-of-hazzard-general-lee-dodge-charger.jpgIt was quite obvious form the beginning that this was all going to no longer fit into my block of pine. I would now have to come up with something bigger and better. Off to the store I go to check out the plastic model kits. I finally decided on the Dukes of Hazzard Dodge Charger "General Lee" And what a perfect choice that was! I chose it mostly because of the clearance under the car as well as the large capacity inside. The Lamborghini Countach had been another option I liked but this was better.

   In fact it was perfect. A pinewood derby car has some specific dimensions to adhere to so that it will physically make it down the track. See diagram below. Our car is going to be straddling a raised portion of track so our wheels need to be spaced at least 1.625" apart with tabs to hold the axle in between that. When I opened the box and pulled out the lower body frame piece and put the digital calipers on it we measure 1.35"! The length from hood to trunk on the model is 7.0 inches! And our ground clearance is .45" so we have clearance all around!

 

 

 

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   Originally I wanted to mount the fan in the hood and create a duct the length of the car to exit the trunk. But I am seeing how we will have to improvise. The battery itself takes up most of the hood area and into the cab. Curse my needing to get the 2100mah. Although the measurements on the 1300mah are not so much smaller. If you guys have any good suggestions for even smaller batteries let me know. So battery in the hood left me with hardly any options but to put the ESC on the passenger side door, the receiver in the rear seat area and the switch and bulk of wiring in the driver side door area. Will the interior filled I was worried I would just have to mount the fan to the roof. Instead I decided to dremel out a portion of the trunk and mount the fan there. Pictures will be the only way for this to make sense.

   Let me go take some!

Suggestions, Ideas, or comments welcome.

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