Here are the instructions for the Hot Wheels Road Trials Set.
So there you have it. Instructions for the 1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set.
It’s still fast. Still fun.
Every car owner knows that regular maintenance and periodic repairs are an integral part of keeping your vehicle on the road. However, for kids, the mindset is more one of running your toy car into the ground and then getting a new one. But in 1970 Mattel took a different approach by letting the young enthusiast work on his car to keep it running “faster than ever”!
The Tune-Up Tower provided the back bone for Hot Wheels maintenance. The Road Trials Set planted the tower inside an oval track powered by a single-lane Rod Runner.
That meant you could bring a slower running car in for an evaluation and adjustment, then send it out on the track for a “trial” run to see if it moved faster.
This time around I am working with 3 open wheel redline cars that Mattel released in 1969.
All 3 of these machines ran in the 1968 Indy 500.
Dan Gurney piloted the #48 Indy Eagle.
He drove a spectacular race and finished second behind race winner Bobby Unser.
Joe Leonard grabbed the pole position in his #60 Lotus Turbine.
He was leading the race with only 9 laps to go when a fuel shaft broke and put him out of competition. He finished 12th for the day.
Every Hot Wheels Lotus Turbine car came with a #70 sticker sheet. The original #70 Lotus Turbine was driven by Graham Hill.
Hill won the Indy 500 in 1966 but finished 19th during the ’68 race.
Here’s some pictures of the Road Trials Set in action and a YouTube video to bring it all to life.
So there you have it. The 1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set with Tune-up Tower and Rod Runner. Making Hot Wheels still fast. Still fun.
The 1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set appealed to the mechanic inside of every kid. Here was an opportunity to evaluate your car on a rolling treadmill. Use a custom tool to make wheel adjustments at the axle. And get your Hot Wheels vehicle running “faster than ever”.
The box art for this set is simply spectacular.
Five pictures tell you what this set can do.
There are 9 different cars on the front and side of the box. Interestingly, one of these cars was not even available in 1970. For an entire year, kids would have no way of running every car they saw on the box.
Let’s take a look at the 9 cars.
And then the mystery car. Do you recognize it?
There’s no rear spoiler on it, but this is…
It was released for only one year…1971.
The catch is…if you look at the details for the Olds 442 you will see that this car was copyrighted in 1969.
Typically, Mattel copyrights a car one year before it goes into production. That means the Olds 442 should have been sold during the 1970 model year. Certainly, the artist behind the box art for the 1970 Road Trials Set thought it would be there.
I’ve never heard an explanation for the 1 year delay in it’s store shelf appearance. That delay would be critical for the car. Because The Olds 442 was limited to one year of production, 1971, it ranks among the most desirable of Hot Wheels cars to collect.
You can check out my YouTube video that introduces this set here.
So there you have it. An introduction to the 1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set.
Making Hot Wheels still fast. Still fun.
It was 1968 when Hot Wheels introduced the world to speed and fun for diecast cars. And you know there was a lot of speed and a ton of fun just by the way some Hot Wheels looked.
Trouble is, these heavily used cars had lost most of their get up and go!
What’s needed to get some of that zip back? How about a 1970 Hot Wheels Tune-Up Tower with track…
…and some wrenching that includes a little axle cleaning, straightening and lubing plus a brand new set of tires.
Here’s how the 1968 Custom Corvette’s tune up turned out.
So there you have it. The 1968 Custom Corvette getting a full service job with the 1970 Hot Wheels Tune-Up Tower. Making Hot Wheels still fast. Still fun.
Every Hot Wheels Tune-Up Tower fix, for the most part, simply requires a thorough cleaning of the electrical contacts, the treadmill pulley and the elevator drive belt mechanism. Although this will restore most of what ails a Tune-Up Tower, I found that the elevator mechanism can still be baulky, usually when going up and especially when carrying a car.
The problem centers on the brown staining of the plastic elevator belt. It’s some kind of oxidation, possibly related to sunlight, moisture and dust, and this stuff is slippery. Fortunately, I’ve come up with a quick fix for this elevator problem.
The answer is friction tape applied to the rubber drive roller. (By the way, the rubber drive rollers that I have seen still seem soft and useable. So, as long as it is clean, I don’t think the rubber part itself is the issue.)
Interestingly, you don’t have to wrap the entire circumference of the drive roller to get the elevator mechanism working. I found that a little bit of friction tape covering 1/4 to 1/2 the drive pulley would fix the problem. I suspect that this is variable and you may need less or more friction tape to get your Tune-Up Tower elevator working right.
Here’s a short video on this quick fix.
So there you have it. The 1970 Hot Wheels Tune-Up Tower elevator working properly with just a little bit of friction tape.
It’s time for a tour of the 1970 Hot Wheels Tune-up Tower.
We have 3 floors to drive thru.
Today we’ll head into the Tune-Up Tower driving a ’73 Firebird Trans-Am.
The main feature on the top floor is the dyno-meter treadmill.
Here’s a little bit more detail on driving thru the Tune-Up Tower.
So there you have it. A drive-thru of the 1970 Hot Wheels Tune-Up Tower.
It’s still fast. Still fun.
The Tune-Up Tower has it’s dynamometer testing unit on the top floor. Cars come into the tower from ground floor track. To get up to the testing area the cars are lifted up by an elevator.
Problem is, the elevator is often malfunctioning or not working at all. Fortunately, Mattel engineered these towers so well that getting them to work properly again requires little more than a thorough cleaning of a couple of parts.
The most critical part is the drive roller on the top of the elevator’s back side. It pops out on the gear side.
The grime and debris on the rubber roller have to be completely removed otherwise the belt will just slip.
I find that a Mister Clean Magic Eraser does a great job.
The second piece that needs cleaning is the plastic drive belt itself. Again I use a Magic Eraser to gently clean the dirt and stains away.
If cleaning the drive roller and the drive belt doesn’t get your elevator working right…take it apart and clean them again. Usually the drive roller is the problem at this point. Every time my cleaning got the drive roller back to showroom condition, the elevator functioned like it was suppose to.
Here’s my YouTube video to walk you through some of my elevator fixes.
So there you have it. The 1970 Hot Wheels Tune-Up Tower with properly functioning elevator. Now we’re ready to make Hot Wheels still fast. Still fun.