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Pinewood Derby Kits - Many Choices for Buyers

Although the Cub Scout kit and the PineCar kit are likely the most
widely distributed kits, there are a large variety of kits on the market
today. In many cases, the kits are sold through the sponsoring club, but
several of them are available to any group that would like to use them.

In this article, I will identify each kit, and provide details on kit
preparation. The source for each of the tools and supplies mentioned can
be found at the end of the article. In addition, there is an applicability
chart for our specialty tools at:
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/specialtytoolapp.htm

CUB SCOUT GRAND PRIX PINEWOOD DERBY® KIT


The Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Kit consists of the following:

- 1 Wood Block: 1-3/4W x 1-1/4H x 7L inches, offset 1/8 inch deep axle
slots, with a wheelbase of 4-3/8 inches
- 4 Nail Axles
- 4 Wheels: hard plastic, full profile, solid sidewall, raised lettering "BSA
Pinewood Derby"

Block Tips
- Use a square to verify that the axle slots are square to the block. If
not, replace the block.
- Use the axle slot closest to the end of the block as the rear axle.
- Use the Pro-Body Tool to pilot drill the axle slots (or if allowed by the
local rules, use the Pro-Body Tool to drill axle holes on the opposite side
of the block).

Axle Tips
- Remove the burrs under the nail head, and the crimp marks on the
shaft with a Mini-File. Place the axle in the chuck of a drill (head
outwards), and apply the file to the spinning axle. To minimize contact
with the wheel hub, slightly bevel the axle head with the file.
- Straighten and round the axle shaft with the Pro-Axle Press
- Polish with an Axle Polishing Kit

As an alternative, Official Cub Scout/BSA Speed Axles are available.
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/wheels_axles.htm#bsa_axles

Wheel Tips
- Optionally, use the Pro-Wheel Shaver to true the wheel before
polishing.
- Using a Pro-Wheel Mandrel, polish the tread surface and inside edge
with wet, 600 grit sandpaper.
- Use the Pro-Hub Tool to bevel the inside wheel.
- Polish inside the wheel bore with Wheel Bore Polish.
- Lubricate with graphite or specialty oil.

As an alternative, Official Cub Scout/BSA Speed Wheels are available.
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/wheels_axles.htm#bsa_speed

AWANA GRAND PRIX CAR KIT


The Awana Grand Prix Kit consists of the following:

- 1 Wood Block: 1-3/4W x 1-1/2H x 6-13/16L inches, centered 3/16 inch
deep axle slots with a wheelbase of 3-13/16 inches
- 4 Axles: hinge-pin type
- 4 Wheels: soft plastic, full profile, see-through sidewall, 3 spokes,
raised lettering "Awana Grand Prix"

Block Tips
- Most Awana blocks are shorter than 7 inches. If so, replace the block.
- In many Awana races, the wheelbase can be extended. If an extended
wheelbase is allowed in your race, purchase an Extended Wheelbase
Block, or use the Pro-Body Tool (Part #5145) to drill axle holes in your
existing block.
- If you are using the slots on an official Awana block, use a square to
verify that the axle slots are square to the block. If not, replace the
block.

Axle Tips
- To minimize contact with the wheel hub, slightly bevel the axle head
with the file. Place the axle in the chuck of a drill (head outwards), and
apply the file to the spinning axle.
- Polish with an Axle Polishing Kit. Skip the two coarsest papers in the
kit.

As an alternative, Official Awana Speed Axles are available at:
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/wheels_axles.htm#awana_speed

Wheel Tips
- If present, use a sharp knife to cut off the molding spike.
- Using a Pro-Wheel Mandrel, polish the tread surface and inside edge
with wet, 600 grit sandpaper.
- Use Pro-Hub Tool to bevel the inside wheel hub.
- Polish inside the wheel bore with the Pro-Bore Polisher.
- Lubricate with graphite or specialty oil.

As an alternative, Official Awana Speed Wheels are available at:
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/wheels_axles.htm#awana_speed

CSB "SHAPE N RACE" CAR KIT


The CSB Shape N Race car kit consists of the following:

- 1 Wood Block: 2-1/4W x 1-1/8H x 6-15/16L inches, offset 7/32 inch
deep axle slots with a wheelbase of 3-11/16 inches. The wheels inset
into the block. A weight pocket is pre-milled into the bottom-middle of
the block.
- 5 Axles: hinge-pin type
- 4 Wheels: hard plastic, full profile with a raised ridge, see-through
sidewall, 4 spokes, no raised lettering

Block Tips
- Use a square to verify that the axle slots are square to the block. If
not, replace the block.
- Use the axle slot closest to the end of the block as the rear axle.

Axle Tips
- To minimize contact with the wheel hub, slightly bevel the axle head
with the file. Place the axle in the chuck of a drill (head outwards), and
apply the file to the spinning axle.
- Polish with an Axle Polishing Kit. Skip the two coarsest papers in the
kit.

Wheel Tips
-You can use a Pro-Wheel Mandrel to lightly polish the tread surface
and inside edge with wet, 600 grit sandpaper. However, due to the
raised ridge, it is quite easy to remove too much tread surface material.
So polish lightly.
- Use the Pro-Hub Tool to bevel the inside wheel hub.
- Polish inside the wheel bore with the Wheel Bore Polish.
- Lubricate with graphite or specialty oil.

INDY PRODUCTS KIT


The Indy Products car kit consists of the following:

- 1 Wood Block: 1-5/8W x 1-3/8H x 6-15/16L inches, centered 1/8W x
1/8D inch axle slots with a wheelbase of 5-1/4 inches
- 2 Axles: solid rods with grooves for retaining clips
- 6 Retaining clips: plastic
- 4 Wheels: hard plastic, full profile, solid sidewall, no raised lettering

Block Tips
- Use a square to verify that the axle slots are square to the block. If
not, replace the block.

Axle Tips
- Place the axle in the chuck of a drill and polish the area near the hub
cap retention ring with an Axle Polishing Kit.

Wheel Tips
- The wheels are generally quite true, but you can use a Pro-Wheel
Mandrel to lightly polish the tread surface and inside edge with wet, 600
grit sandpaper.
- Polish inside the wheel bore Wheel Bore Polish.
- Lubricate with graphite or specialty oil.

MV BASIC CAR KIT


The MV Basic Car Kit consists of the following:

- 1 Wood Block: 1-3/4W x 1-1/4H x 7L inches, offset 1/8 inch deep axle
slots with a wheelbase of 4-3/8 inches
- 5 Axles: hinge-pin type with beveled head
- 4 Wheels: hard plastic, full profile, see-through sidewall, 5 spokes, no
raised lettering

Block Tips
- Use a square to verify that the axle slots are square to the block. If
not, replace the block.
- Use the axle slot closest to the end of the block as the rear axle.
- Use the Pro-Body Tool to pilot drill the axle slots (or if allowed by the
local rules, use the Pro-Body Tool to drill axle holes on the opposite side
of the block).

Axle Tips
- Polish with a metal polish such as "Brasso" (hardware store) or
"Mother's Chrome Polish" (auto parts store).

Wheel Tips
- Optionally, use the Pro-Wheel Shaver XT to true the wheel before
polishing.
- Using a Pro-Wheel Mandrel, polish the tread surface and inside edge
with wet, 600 grit sandpaper.
- Use the Pro-Hub Tool to bevel the inside wheel hub.
- Polish inside the wheel bore with Wheel Bore Polish.
- Lubricate with graphite or specialty oil.

PINECAR BASIC KIT


The PineCar Basic Car Kit consists of the following:

- 1 Wood Block: 1-3/4W x 1-5/16H x 7L inches, offset 1/16 inch deep
axle slots with a wheelbase of 4-7/16 inches
- 2 Axles: Solid rods with retention grooves for hubcaps (the newer kits
also include four nail axles)
- 4 Plastic Hubcaps
- 4 Wheels: hard plastic, full profile, see-through sidewall, 5 spokes, no
raised lettering

Block Tips
- Use a square to verify that the axle slots are square to the block. If
not, replace the block.
- Use the axle slot closest to the end of the block as the rear axle.
- If you cannot cut the axles (see step 1 under 'Axles'), then make sure
the block is no wider than 1-11/16 inches wide. Sand the block as
needed to reach this measurement.

Axle and Hub Cap Tips
- If allowed by your local rules, use diagonal cutters to remove 1/4 inch
from the middle of each of the axles. You will now have four independent
axles, which allows the wheel gap to be properly set, and facilitates a
raised front wheel.
- Place the axle in the chuck of a drill and polish the area near the hub
cap retention ring with an Axle Polishing Kit.
- Polish the inside of the hub caps with wet, 600 grit paper.

Wheel Tips
- Optionally, use the Pro-Wheel Shaver XT to true the wheel before
polishing.
- Using a Pro-Wheel Mandrel, polish the tread surface and inside edge
with wet, 600 grit sandpaper.
- Use the Pro-Hub Tool to bevel the inside wheel hub.
- Polish inside the wheel bore with the Wheel Bore Polish.
- Lubricate with graphite or specialty oil.

As an alternative, Official Pinecar Speed Wheels are available at:
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/wheels_axles.htm#pinecar_speed

PINEPRO BLOCK KIT


The PinePro Block kit consists of the following:

- 1 Wood Block: 1-11/16W x 1-1/4H x 7L inches, offset 3/16 inch deep
axle slots with a wheelbase of 4-3/16 inches
- 4 Axles: nail-type
- 4 Wheels: hard plastic, full profile, solid sidewall, raised lettering on
inside "PINE-PRO"

Block Tips
- Use a square to verify that the axle slots are square to the block. If
not, replace the block.
- Use the axle slot closest to the end of the block as the rear axle.
- Use the Pro-Body Tool for Awana (part #5145) to pilot drill the axle
slots (or if allowed by the local rules, use the Pro-Body Tool to drill axle
holes on the opposite side of the block).

Axle Tips
- Remove the burrs under the nail head, and the crimp marks on the
shaft with a Mini-
File. Place the axle in the chuck of a drill (head outwards), and apply the
file to the spinning axle.
To minimize contact with the wheel hub, slightly bevel the axle head with
the file.
- Polish with an Axle Polishing Kit.

Wheel Tips
- Using a Pro-Wheel Mandrel, polish the tread surface and inside edge
with wet, 600 grit sandpaper.
- Use the Pro-Hub Tool to bevel the inside wheel hub.
- Polish inside the wheel bore with the Pro-Bore Polisher.
- Lubricate with graphite or specialty oil.

RA CAR KIT


The RA Car Kit consists of the following:

- 1 Wood Block: 1-5/8W x 1-3/8H x 7L inches, offset 1/8 inch deep
axle slots with a wheelbase of 4-3/16 inches
- 4 Axles: nail-type
- 4 Wheels: hard plastic, narrow symmetrical profile, solid sidewall,
raised lettering "Royal Racer" on some wheels

Block Tips
- Use a square to verify that the axle slots are square to the block. If
not, replace the block.
- Use the axle slot closest to the end of the block as the rear axle.
- Use the Pro-Body Tool (part #5145) to pilot drill the axle slots (or if
allowed by the
local rules, use the Pro-Body Tool to drill axle holes on the opposite side
of the block).

Axle Tips
- Remove the burrs under the nail head, and the crimp marks on the
shaft with a Mini-File. Place the axle in the chuck of a drill (head
outwards), and apply the file to the spinning axle. To minimize contact
with the wheel hub, slightly bevel the axle head with the file.
- Straighten and round the axle shaft with Pro-Axle Press.
- Polish with an Axle Polishing Kit.

Wheel Tips
- Optionally, use the Pro-Wheel Shaver XT to true the wheel before
polishing.
- Using a Pro-Wheel Mandrel polish the tread surface with wet 600 grit
sandpaper. Make sure to remove the seam around the middle of the
tread.
- Use the Pro-Hub Tool to bevel the inside wheel hub.
- Polish inside the wheel bore with the Pro-Bore Polisher.
- Lubricate with graphite or specialty oil.

Note that the side of the wheel with the raised lettering is mounted
away from the car.

As an alternative, RA Racer Speed Wheels are available at:
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/wheels_axles.htm#ra_speed

ROYAL RANGER KIT

The Royal Ranger kit (same kit is also supplied by S&W crafts) consists
of the following:

- 1 Wood Block: 1-3/4W x 1-5/16H x 6-15/16L inches, driver cut-out,
extended-centered axle channels (3/8 semi-circular) with a wheelbase of
5 inches
- 2 Dowel rod axle struts with pilot holes
- 4 Axles: screw-type
- 4 Wheels: hard plastic, narrow profile. Some wheels have six spokes
on one side and a hemisphere on the other (the inside of the wheel),
while other wheels have four spokes on both sides.

Block Tips
- Use a square to verify that the axle channels are square to the block. If
not, replace the block.
- Many races allow the car to be 7-1/2 inches long. Since the block is
only 6-15/16 inches long, extend the length by gluing on a 1/2 inch 'nose'
of wood or another material.
- Use the axle channel closest to the end of the block as the rear axle.
- Use the Pro-Body Tool for Royal Rangers (Part #5148) to re-drill the
pilot holes in the axle struts.

Axle Tips
- Remove the burrs under the screw head with a Mini-File. Place the axle
in the chuck of a drill (head outwards), and apply the file to the spinning
axle. To minimize contact with the wheel hub, slightly bevel the screw
head with the file.
- Polish with an Axle Polishing Kit.

Wheel Tips
- Optionally, use the Pro-Wheel Shaver XT to true the wheel before
polishing. A 1/8 inch bushing is required.
- Using a Pro-Wheel Mandrel polish the tread surface with wet 600 grit
sandpaper. Make sure to remove the seam around the middle of the
tread.
- Polish inside the wheel bore with the Pro-Bore Polisher.
- Lubricate with graphite or specialty oil.

PRODUCTS REFERENCED IN THE ARTICLE
Blocks (plain, slotted, and drilled) -
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/kits.htm#blocks
Pro-Body Tools -
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/specialty_tools.htm#body
Pro-Axle Press -
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/specialty_tools.htm#axle
Pro-Wheel Shaver -
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/specialty_tools.htm#shaver
Pro-Wheel Mandrel -
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/specialty_tools.htm#wheelman
Pro-Hub Tool -
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/specialty_tools.htm#hub
Pro-Bore Polisher -
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/specialty_tools.htm#bore
Mini-File -
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/specialty_tools.htm#minifile
Axle Polishing Kit -
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/speed_supplies.htm#polishing
Wheel Bore Polish -
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/speed_supplies.htm#polishing
Lubricants -
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/speed_supplies.htm#lube

Read More at: Pinewood Derby Times Volume 8, Issue 15

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