Well..... I bit the bullet today. As I visited my local K-Mart, they reduced the separate Car w/controller to $13 - so I said what the hell
Btw- this K-Mart still had the sets too, but they weren't reduced, and oddly- they were $10 Higher than the other K-Mart I visited last week ! Also of note, we have a chain Discount store here in Pennsy, called "Ollies" (Good Stuff Cheap), and they also have the set for just $24.99 !
Anyway, the "Boneshaker" arrives at LOG Speedway and Dragstrip....
Team Hot Wheels TCR- "Boneshaker". Rechargeable electric motor driven, w/infra-red controller/charger.
It didn't take me long and I added a guide pin, I turned down the one flange of an old (I think Tomy) pin and jammed it into the hole that's recessed for the chassis mounting screw.
Okay now, want the scoop and nothing but the poop !?
It DOES work on my HO Tracks, sorta.... the controller is really like and on off switch, but the car does have some coast to it, but it is VERY Torquey, thanks to a gear reduction set up I believe(tho I haven't disassembled it yet). It didn't really like my 12" radius curves too well , but I believe it would do much better with 15" or 18" turns. LOL- it would also do better with a traction magnet, although I think some of my deslotting problems arose from my guide pin being a tad too short.
But the good news is, it runs GREAT on my Drag Strip ! And it has an added bonus, it'll even(sometimes) drive back to you ! How is that -you ask ? Well, these little buggers also have reverse on the controller trigger (push trigger forward). So in my shutdown area after I stopped, I simply touched reverse for a split second and whipped a 180 ! And zoomed her right back to the starting line- and that was kinda cool
Now what about Speed ?! Well........ if you like the top speed of an average, normal running /stock 50 year old T-Jet, then you won't be disappointed. If you want more speed, there is a Turbo button, but it really didn't seem to do much, maybe it suffered from wheel spin tho ?
So that's my Story and I'm sticking to it. I got my Boneshaker, and it looks cool...I've even already started customizing , as you'll note I drilled out the header (Zoomey) pipes !
If and/or when the motor fries, and/or the rechargeable Lithium Polymer(LiPo)battery in the car dies, I'll still be happy to convert this body to be used on a Slot Chassis (probably T-Jet with a Divorced front axle). Hey, it was Only $13 and I think that K-Mart is gonna reduce these puppies even lower, as nobody seems to be buying them.
PS- the Boneshaker is the only body I really liked, all the others are more contemporary Import looking stuff.....just not my Cup of Joe