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How to add weights to our Stingray Pinewood Derby car. It's as easy as ABC! 

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How to add weight to our Stingray Pinewood Derby Car

Stingray pinewood derby car front view

Your race probably limits your car's weight to 5 oz. You will have a speed advantage if you can get as close to the limit as possible. The Stingray block will need about 2.8 oz of additional weight to bring it up to 5 oz.

Install the weights in your car before you paint it.

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The first thing that you should do is weigh the block, and everytning else that will go on your car. Add enough weights until the total is 5 oz.

When your car is complete, weigh it again. If it is over 5 oz, drill a few holes in the bottom of the block about an inch behind the front axle to remove some wood. 

Below are two suggestions for adding weights to the stingray pinewood derby car.

Lead Wire Weights

Lead is toxic. Always use gloves when working with lead and make sure that none of the lead is exposed after you install it in the block.

When weighing the car and weights, cut the weights 1 3/8" long. If you need shorter weights to bring your car to the 5 oz limt, cut them 1/4" long.  You can cut the weights with a hack saw, coping saw or wire cutters.

You will need:

  1. One set of Lead Wire Weights
  2. Drill and 5/16" drill bit
  3. Wood putty
  4. Sandpaper
  5. Hack saw, coping saw or wire cutters
Stingray pinewood derby block with lead weights

Side View

 

Stingray bottom view

Bottom View
  1. Clamp the car block on a flat surface. 
  2. Using a 5/16" drill bit, drill the same number of holes as you have full length weights straight in the side of the car starting with one hole behind the rear axle and the other holes in front of the rear axle. The holes should be about 1/2 inch apart. Drill to 3/16" of the other side of the block but be careful to not drill all the way through.
  3. Remove the clamp from the block.
  4. Drill holes for the shorter weights in the bottom of the block in front of the other holes. Be careful to not drill all the way through the block.
  5. Insert the weights in the holes. The end of the weights should be at least 1/8 inch in from the side of the block.This will leave room for the wood putty. Drill the holes slightly deeper if needed.
  6. Weigh the block, wheels, axles and weights again. If you need to add more weight, drill another hole in the bottom of the block.
  7. Install the weights in the block and seal the weight holes with the wood putty. Allow to dry in a warm place for 12 hours.
  8. Sand the wood putty until smooth and flush with the car block.

You can now paint your car and add the wheels and axles. 

If the completed car is less than 5 oz. drill one or more hole in the bottom of the car in front of the other weights and insert some of the leftover lead weight in the holes.

Lead Wire Weights

Lead Wire Weights

3 oz. total weight
3 oz. wire weights
Body Putty for Pinewood Derby Cars

Wood Body Putty

ea.

5/16" Drill Bit

Drill Bits
Digital Scale

Digital Scale

Scale
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2. Click the "Add to Cart" button below.

Tungsten Weights

Tungsten is very dense but it is more expensive than lead. The density gives you a speed advantage because more of the weight can be placed farther back on the car.

Use a combination of cylinders and a flat weight for optimum results.

You will need:

  1. Eight 1/4 oz Tungsten Cylinders
  2. Tungsten Plate
  3. Fine Tune Cylinder
  4. Drill and 3/8" drill bit
  5. Wood putty
  6. Sandpaper
  7. Screw driver
Stingray side view

Side View

 

Stingray bottom view

Bottom View
  1. Using a 3/8" drill bit, drill two holes side by side into the bottom of the car behind the rear axle. Drill just deep enough to hold one 1/4 oz weight each. The end of each weight should be 1/8" recessed into the bottom of the block to give room for the wood putty.
  2. Drill additional hole pairs in front of the rear axle as needed to hold all the weights (including the Fine Tune Cylinder) as shown in the above diagram.
  3. Weigh the block, wheels, axles and weights again . Adjust the amount of weight if needed by using part of the Fine Tune Weight in one of the existing holes or drill a new hole.. 
  4. Insert all the weights in the holes and fill the weight holes with the wood putty. You may need to tap the cylinders into the holes with a small hammer. Allow to dry in a warm place for 12 hours.
  5. Sand the wood putty until smooth and flush with the car block.
  6. Paint your car and add the wheels and axles.
Tungsten Cylinder

Tungsten Cylinder

$1.95   1/4 oz Cylinders (Recommend 10)
Fine Tune Cylinder

Fine Tune Cylinder

Fine Tune Cylinder
3/8 inch drill bit

3/8" Drill Bit

Drill Bits
Digital Scale

Digital Scale

Scale
To place your order:
1. Enter the quantity you would like to order next to each of the above items.
2. Click the "Add to Cart" button below.

Body Putty for Pinewood Derby Cars

Wood Body Putty

ea.

 

 

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