I'm looking at getting one of those Pro-Axle guides next year. I borrowed one from a scoutmaster on the practice day while trying to adjust the black car so it wasn't fishtailing so bad (weight really close to the axle). Since we must always use the nail slot, I can now see how they are useful to keep the nail from trying to pop out.Vitamin K wrote: ↑Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:53 am
I like the Pro-Axle guide for putting axles into slots. I use a sacrificial axle to open up the slot (with the guide attached) before I attach my real axle with the wheel.
One thing to make sure of first is that the slot is deep enough. I've found a few blocks with shallow slots. I have found that a blade from a jigsaw (held with the hand) is the perfect thickness to fit into the slot and deepen it a bit.
I actually did use another nail to try to open up the hole first. Although next time I'm going to do it before we make any cuts on the car block.
This year I did it after the car paint was finished, and I guess the car wasn't 100% cured and the clear coat smeared big time which moved the front number graphic on the blue car. I tried to smear it all back flat again and it felt like trying to spread putty. Next time I guess I need to let the clear coat dry more than over night.