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Old 12-31-2010, 11:18 AM
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the narrower tires, and the lowered stance give it a near stock look, which i think on this particular truck is something you just have to do.

absolutely stunning work,
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:58 AM
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Thanks guys, Wood is good.

I'm liking the more stock look too, i think i'll finish it stock, get some photos and videos, then maybe give it a lift and some bigger wheels and be rough with it. Should be fun.

I spent some time today trying to figure out how the chassis and drivetrain are gonna fit under the body.

I drew out a full size cross section of the truck with the wood cross pieces and floors in grey. This really helps get an idea of where the leafs are gonna sit and how long the driveshafts will have to be. Also, if the motor and trans are gonna fit and how deep i can make the interior of the cab.

The drawing has a small GCM transfer case and a Disruptor trans fitting nicely under the hood, but i still think i may be able to fit an axial trans under there, and will if i can just cause i have one here to use already. With straight frame rails, i can get the interior down to below the seat so thats cool enough i think. We'll see.

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Old 01-02-2011, 05:39 AM
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I really should make more plans like this on paper. Usually I just get an idea and start working. Something good usually works out, but rarely exactly what I had in mind. Another problem I have with the plans on paper, I can't draw. Can't wait to see the final product.

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:10 AM
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Hey Ricky,
I my have a disrupter floating around for you if the Axial wont work out
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:48 PM
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WOW, you are fast man!

Good to see a unique scratch buildt
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Old 01-08-2011, 02:50 AM
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Thanks alot fellas.

Well............ Tonight, i started the chassis set up and suspension. I also decided on something that turned out very exciting for me.

First, I cut the 22" frame rails out of some straight 1/8 aluminum bar i picked up at the hardware store. Figured out where all my leaf shackles were gonna have to hang and drilled some holes. I used some pieces of a plastic cutting board for cross supports. Works great cause once you drill a small hole, screws go in and hold really good.

Now the exciting part came when i borrowed an idea from a fellow builder named Ax-hole. Im sure its been done lots before on here but it was a first for me. Some home made classic style leaf mounts from left over frame aluminum and some threaded rod. A little tricky with a hand held drill but they look really cool i think. Really suits this truck. Im so glad i did it instead of spending way to much money on some fancy RC4wd axle set up, which i was considering. I used some old reliable axials that still look pretty cool, theyre the perfect width for this truck, and i'm thinking of carving my own diff covers for them.

So it is my new plan for this truck, that nothing will be simply bought. All parts will be either made myself or old and modified.

....exept the transfer case. Ive got one of them on the way from GCM.

Excuse the big tires, i still think im gonna find a perfect set of 1.9s one of these days, but i love these old reduced swampdawgs, and they do look pretty tough on there.







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Old 01-08-2011, 05:11 AM
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I wanna see some paint on this thing

Those fat Swamp Dawgs give it a nice old-school look.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:49 AM
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LOL!..... i really prefer with tomahawk
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Im a skinny tire kind of guy myself, but its your build! The leaf mounts look great no wonder you are so excited!!I cant wait to see one of your most awesome videos!!
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Old 01-08-2011, 03:40 PM
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I think you do the skinnys at first to give the stock look and then lift it and go with the swamp dogs to give it the mud bogger stance. plus with the wood body it might float!!
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Really liking this build!
I personally dig the wide bogger tires, but always liked them imex swampers.

Looking forward to updates
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Old 01-09-2011, 01:58 AM
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Yeah, I'd be the last to say go with fatties, but they look good on there. I think because they are well scaled to the truck, and look appropriately like meaty tires.
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Old 01-09-2011, 05:47 AM
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Wow, i thought you guys would all hate the big tires. I'm still tryna get a nice 1.9 that'll really suit it for a stock look, but i'm liking these under it more and more. The whole truck is kinda looking like a cartoon but i'm digging it.


Well i took on the front axle through last night. Being my first leafer as well as my first full scratch chassis, i have gained much respect for some of you guys. Its really tricky to get the wheelbase perfect. I did it about 3 times, drilling new holes and having to cut different cross pieces. Its tricky also because i kept having to consider weird areas inside the body, and where the pieces not there yet would be sitting eventually.

I learn best through trial and error though and i'm really learning alot on this one. It'll be easier next time for sure.

Getting the steering servo in there and running between the leafs is a curious thing as well. Luckily i had a moment of clarity and it worked out great. Nothing rubbing or touching at all. Yey.







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Old 01-09-2011, 07:07 AM
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this is one awesome truck always been a sucka for the classics keep it up
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:36 PM
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this is one awesome truck always been a sucka for the classics keep it up
Thanks man.



Well, i got some more details done on the body. The outsides getting close to being done. I keep filling in little dents while i work, and sanding it a little more every day. Its getting pretty smooth. I made the little hood ripple things, and carved in the vent slots below the windshield. Also finally got in the little side windows. Looks alot more like it should now. I made up the door handles from some styrene and tried to get them as close as i could to the real ones, they seem pretty good. A little thicker maybe, but i didn't want them to be too fragile. Oh, and i made the gas cap too.





Today i also happily received my GCM transfer case, and what a small little beauty it is. I made another cross support in the center of the frame and mounted it in. The shafts are at a great angle. I'm very pleased.





So now, while i await the delivery of my transmission, i think i'll start on the dash.
Here's a scary picture for us to ponder.


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