F1 Hauler redux
Whenever I place orders on Bricklink, I’ve got into the habit of adding a bunch of random decorated tiles, panels and bricks to my cart - especially if I’m below a minimum order threshold. I was doing this one day when I saw one of the white printed 1x6 “Formula 1” bricks, instantly recognisable as being from the iconic 6484 F1 Hauler set, released in 1995.
I was 5 when this came out and it was pretty pricey for the early 90s. It was always top of my wishlist and, along with the yellow 6597 Century Skyway chopper, featured heavily in a poster on my bedroom wall. Or maybe two posters, or a catalogue, or something - either way I did a lot of staring at it, trying to get my head round how it all worked. The fact it had lights was amazing enough, so when I discovered the winch moved as well its safe to say my little mind was blown.
I considered buying a used set off eBay but didn’t want to take a gamble on something I knew I’d be rebuilding anyway, so I set about parting it out and just buying what I needed. The most expensive items were the electrical components - luckily I already had a micromotor but the top and bottom plates were difficult to track down in decent condition for a non-crazy price. There’s also a super rare 15l wire, which I replaced with a 20l one, a polarity switch (about £5), various contact plates, the battery box itself and the light unit.
I was itching to get started on this but patience with the postal service is obviously very necessary at the moment. Just an aside - mad props to everyone who’s worked hard in the face of an absolutely shambolic government response to the pandemic to actually keep the country going. Anyway - a couple of days later the rest of the pieces and minifigs turned up and I could get started properly.
I’m normally pretty good at documenting build progress but I have to admit I totally got lost in this one. I was half following the instructions for the original set and half making it up as I went along, and forgot to take any pictures. But, here’s a photo maybe 50% of the way in - guessing I’d gone to make a brew at this point!
You can see the battery box in place, my reworked cab-forward truck chassis based on the 4565 redesign, and the beginnings of the winch system. The micromotor I had is from the set that directly preceeds this one number-wise, the 6483 Coastal Patrol boat. It’s pushing 26 years old now and whines a bit but I’ve got a lot of love for our little red 35rpm friend.
After a confusing five minutes where my tired head couldn’t work out why the polarity switch wasn’t working (the contacts are on the top, not the bottom for future reference… doh), the rest of the build was pretty smooth. Because of the way the truck chassis is built, everything is about 1 plate higher than the original model. It doesn’t make much difference but you need a bit of dexterity to operate the winch switch - something I’ll fix in another version down the line.
I’d also like to have a crack at redesigning the F1 car - I was missing the classic black chassis piece so had to POOP it which worked but I’m not totally convinced. That’s another story though, for now I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit behind the scenes of my remake of this little piece of LEGO history. More photos below, and a little video showing the 9V components in action.
Sorry about the vertical video, it was originally an Instagram story!
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