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Old 03-17-2009, 10:23 PM
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were you at the harrisburg motorama? if so the pics of your rig my friend took are badas#.
Yep that was me. Can you send me the pics? Here is the rebuild


Over the winter I took some time to re-build the tuber. It was looking pretty ragged













The first thing I did was to tear the whole thing down and blast the frame



then I needed to repair the stinger as it took a hard hit after taking a tumble down my basement steps



after cutting the offending piece off



I welded on a new one



then another thing I wanted to add was a sway bar to the rear

I simply welded on some steel tabs



then cut a slot and drilled and tapped some holes



works pretty good



with the chassis done I painted it all up, and re-assembled everything with some new skins.










This is how it looked before the comp at Motorama last month. I'll post up pics of how it looked after the comp tomorrow.
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:35 PM
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as awesome as the new skin looks, i gotta say the battered and abused body just worked for me. gave it that ''broken in'' feel. im sure it wont last long lookin all shiney and new lol.
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:24 AM
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I love the new color scheme, nice and sparkly in the sun much better than the dark colors.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:34 PM
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I'll be checking for the after pics. Almost afraid to see.
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as awesome as the new skin looks, i gotta say the battered and abused body just worked for me. gave it that ''broken in'' feel. im sure it wont last long lookin all shiney and new lol.
Oh no, it's already trashed!

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I love the new color scheme, nice and sparkly in the sun much better than the dark colors.
I think the pops much better than the black. and you can see the detail in the body better as well

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I'll be checking for the after pics. Almost afraid to see.
don't look!

This is how it looked after the first comp at Motorama








then after a full day of beating








And finally after a full weekend of bashing at the show










then for the first comp of the season I reshaped all the panels and replaced the passenger front fender since it was torn. Of course i promptly tore the new fender on the second gate of the first course




and then opened up the drivers side door on the last gate of the same course



and caved the roof in trying to get out of a rollover



but it all made me smile and that's what's important
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:18 PM
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that is awsome. great way to make metal bodys, i love the tail gate
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I think I may like it the most when it's all beat to hell
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Brutal!!!!!
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:22 PM
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this is so awesome!!!! you got me thinkin!!!
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:35 PM
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that is awsome. great way to make metal bodys, i love the tail gate
Thanks! I like it too. I think it turned out pretty good

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I think I may like it the most when it's all beat to hell
So do I but then I need another clean one to beat again!

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this is so awesome!!!! you got me thinkin!!!
My plan is to turn every one to the dark side!!

Well after beating on this hard during and after the last comp, the body was a bit less than desirable. ;-)








I needed new skins so off the old ones came and while they were off i decided to add a quick tether for the front axle to help with climbs.




Well I must have picked all the local yards clean because when i went to get more panels i couldn't find a single truck that had more than one strait panel on it! Oh well i got them fitted any way.






Unfortunately I won't have time to re-paint the truck before the next comp so it'll half to look like a clown car for a little while
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When I saw the first pic with everything mounted the chassis looked too big, but after you added panels it looks really good!
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Great work. Let me ask you, about how long does it take to make a set of molds? And once they are made about how long to crank out the alumi panels? And once installed how long do they last.....let me rephrase that...how long could someone other that yourself get them to last?

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On build threads like this you have got to read the whole thread... This is exactly what I was after when I had my F350 Truggy chassis built. It looked great, but did not function any where near what I wanted. Not to mention with solid rod and c channel frame it was not light by any means... I would absolutely love to have this chassis made. Although I would prefer to use lexan body's such as Nissan Titan, etc. Or even mod the Tamiya hard bodies such as the F350/Hilux/Tundra...

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It takes about an hour to mold all the panels, an hour to fit them to the chassis and any where from a few minutes to a couple hours for the paint, depending on how detailed I want it.


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Old 05-11-2009, 08:20 PM
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Great work. Let me ask you, about how long does it take to make a set of molds? And once they are made about how long to crank out the alumi panels? And once installed how long do they last.....let me rephrase that...how long could someone other that yourself get them to last?

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On build threads like this you have got to read the whole thread... This is exactly what I was after when I had my F350 Truggy chassis built. It looked great, but did not function any where near what I wanted. Not to mention with solid rod and c channel frame it was not light by any means... I would absolutely love to have this chassis made. Although I would prefer to use lexan body's such as Nissan Titan, etc. Or even mod the Tamiya hard bodies such as the F350/Hilux/Tundra...
Thanks for taking care of that for me!

Up til now I never had enyone ask how long it took to make the molds and honistly I don't really know for sure. It took a few weeks of spare time to get them all done. I would suspect between 25 and 30 hours but that's just a guess.

Now as far as lasting it depends on how you drive. if you jam you're truck into every crack you can find and bury the throttle until you pop out or brake then they probably won't last long for you. I use this truck primarily for comps and it really doesn't take that much of a beating because of my driving style. You must remember that the aluminum I use most closely resembles real truck sheet metal. Think of what would happen if you drove a real truck like you drive you're RC, would it last long or not?

Now don't let this deter you, if you are into the most scale realism you can find this is the way to go. Just don't expect it to hold up like a lexan or plastic body, it's not supposed to.
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:03 PM
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omg this is soo cool. i like the body thing its a good idea. i didnt see how you form them tho do you just pound the - into the +? or what if you could send mr a pm that would be so grate. respect
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