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So what exactly is a Tether Car? Tether cars on average are between 12-24 inches long, 4-7 inches wide, and run on solid rubber tires 3-4 inches in diameter, they normally have a cast metal body usually magnesium or aluminum, but can also be fiberglass or even wood. These mighty midgets run nitro or methanol fueled model motors, with displacements between 0.09-0.61 cubic inches but some have been fitted with scale reproductions of real full scale engines and work just the same. Early engines prior to the 1960's had spark ignition systems with a coil just like your car. Later engines use glow plug ignition just like today's ever so popular RC model vehicles. The cars are tethered to a central post hitch by a steel cable and run around a circular track of 19.9 meters in diameter with current track speeds reaching 200mph

  • 1940 Morrison Silver Rocket with Brown Jr. engine

    Offered on eBay by: kfw99 1940’s Morrison “Silver Rocket” Brown, Jr. Gas Engine “All hooked up” This is a contemporary build version of the 1940 Morrison. The car is well built and the spark ignition Brown,Jr. engine is in excellent condition, and wired.

  • 1940 J.L. SPECIAL TETHER CAR, ORIGINAL AS RACED WITH JL WHITE WALL TIRES

    John Lockridge who built these cars was also the designer of the Black Panther engine, and later the JLS 6000 engine. This particular example is powered by a Super Cyclone Engine. It has a cool radiator cap that when removed allows you to fill the gas tank (see pictures). Additionally this car has the original Continue Reading

  • ORIGINAL DOOLING “F” TETHER CAR

    ORIGINAL MAGNESIUM DOOLING “F” TETHER CAR POWERED BY A MCCOY .60 BLACK CASE IGNITION ENGINE, RUNNING IN THE GLOW CONFIGURATION. THIS IS AN OLDER BUILD, CIRCA MID 1990’S. EVERYTHING APPEARS ORIGINAL INCLUDING THE WHEELS AND TIRES AND ALL RUNNING GEAR. THE PAINT IS IN GREAT SHAPE AND THE NUMBERS ARE HAND PAINTED GOLD LEAF. CHROME Continue Reading

  • CONTEMPORARY GARY VAHLING INDY CHAMP TETHER CAR

    CONTEMPORARY “CHAMP” TETHER CAR MADE BY GARY VAHLING, MASTERPIECE AUTOMOTIVE, WHO BUILT A FEW OF THESE CARS IN HIS HOT ROD SHOP IN COLORADO IN THE MID 1990’s. MANY OF HIS CARS WERE ALL VERY SIMILAR TO THE ONE LISTED HERE, MOST WERE NOT POWERED, THIS PARTICULAR CAR HAS A MCCOY .49 WITH STEEL BOSTON Continue Reading

  • CONTEMPORARY “BUNCH” SPEED DEMON TETHER CAR

    THIS CAR WAS MADE FROM A FULL SIZE DRAWING OF THE ORIGINAL SPEED DEMON WHICH FEATURES A FRICTION DRIVE UNIT, BEFORE THE TRADITIONAL USE OF A GEAR BOX. THE ENTIRE CAR EXCEPT FOR THE THREE-PIECE HOOD IS HAND CARVED OUT OF HARDWOOD AND BALSA. OTHER FEATURES INCLUDE: REAL LEATHER SEATS WITH FULL INSTRUMENT PANEL, ALL Continue Reading

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