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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

  • 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

  • Beast Tether Cars – 51 Merc Bonneville Special

    This 1/18th scale die-cast “Lead Sled” has been kicking around the shop for so long waiting for conversion that the original paint was ruined and some of the plastic body parts broke. I stripped all the plastic and paint from the body and made new bumpers, headlights and the grill out of aluminum billet, the Continue Reading

  • DOOLING “PEE WEE” ALUMINUM FRONT DRIVE TETHER CAR

    DOOLING “PEE WEE” ALUMINUM FRONT DRIVE TETHER CAR Manufacturer: Dooling Offered on: eBay eBay ID: xaviator Price realized: $760.00 A BEAUTIFUL REPRODUCTION DOOLING “PEE WEE” CONFIGURED FOR FRONT WHEEL DRIVE POWERED BY A STRONG DOOLING .29 RACING GLOW ENGINE. A LUCAS-SMITH GEAR BOX WAS MODIFIED TO FIT THE FRONT OF THE PEE WEE. FUEL TANK IS AN INTEGRATED Continue Reading

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