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Old 11-12-2006, 03:06 AM
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I would like to build a working chrondek timers christmas tree replica to put my presents under this year. I wasn't around when these sort of trees were used. I understand the starting lights came on together in rows since racing was only heads up back then, but I need to know if the starting lights came on one row at a time or in groups. Anyone know? Any other details (such as dimensions of the tree) you guys could share would be much appreciated as well.





Here are some pics I came across of an old tree being restored.







photos taken from this site

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Old 11-12-2006, 05:57 AM
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Lights came on as car entered beams. First was pre-stage. Then stage, when racer was in proper position.
The handi cap was calculated between the two competitors and dialed into the system. Slower car leaving first.
Lights would progress down in .5 second intervals till the green. At which time the timers started. Broken beam before green resulted in red light.

I spent many years in the towers of a couple of Michigan strips. On our original trees the handicap was literally "dialed" in with a graduated knob. With a person figuring handicaps on an adding machine/calculator. On the newer stuff an internal computer does the handicaps.
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That about right. When we ran heads up they all came down together. Later they used just 3 lites. Then it went to one yellow then green. We even ran a few instant green where once both cars lit the two stage lites there was a pause and instant green no warning. You really had to be on for that one. It was probably the best test of reactions rather than timing the lites.

oh ya I ran over a couple of these with errant wheelstands. haha.

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Just found this thread! I had found the same website and built my own. Here is the finished product. I havent yet wired it though. It took alot of research and pictures to get the sizes and light spacing correct. If you need any tips, list of building supplies or dimensions for building your own, PM me. I would be happy to help you out (for free)


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Do you sell these plans?

If so, your post with your contact info constitutes commercial advertising, which is against our guidelines. I would also suggest that you remove your email address as it defeats the purpose of this board, and also when you post it up, webcrawlers can pick it up...that's where alot of spam comes from.

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You may have misread my post or maybe I wasnt clear enough. I dont sell anything. I figured if someone else wants to build one, I could tell them how I built mine and what I used for materials. Thats all.


I will remove my email addy.
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You may have misread my post or maybe I wasnt clear enough. I dont sell anything. I figured if someone else wants to build one, I could tell them how I built mine and what I used for materials. Thats all.


I will remove my email addy.

Mikey was just pointing out the guidelines on here. His warning about your email address being a major source of spam emails was new to me.

I looked at this thread earlier, and I have been seriously considering getting that information from you.

There is a "performance" engine builder across the parking lot from me, and the thought of my customers, pitted against his customers, intrigues me. LOL

They have 2 vehicles back right now, with blown up performance built automatic transmissions, and have not even considered the rear axle gear ratio on either one.

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I really like them old trees, i may be contacting you also. Spam Bad And yes the email on here attracts that old spam . But i like what you did with the tree . Cole
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Good deal mr.trishield,

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But i like what you did with the tree . Cole
Thanks. if I had known how much time and money I spent on it, I never would of started it . But then again, that statement holds true for just about every project.

My driveway is quite long at 90'. I tell people that I use it to practice my 60' times and have 30 feet to slow down. Most people dont know weather to take me seriously or not.
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Hey Ground Rat, cool idea for the presents - - - let us know what you end up doing - - - not that the Wiffy would allow me to bring anything in but a Douglas Fir - - - but I can dream can't I
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lmfao man thats soooo funny

My driveway is quite long at 90'. I tell people that I use it to practice my 60' times and have 30 feet to slow down. Most people dont know weather to take me seriously or not.

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