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When I'm not obsessing over vintage SRB stuff, I like to do some scratch building. I've been planning this lowrider bug for a while and I'm finally getting the build underway. You'll have to bare with me, as it will probably take a while to complete. It will take some time between work, other projects, family, waiting on 3d printed parts, etc... The concept is pretty straight forward- 70's style lowrider Bug with servo's acting as the "hydraulics". It will be built from a combination of stuff I have laying around the garage and 3d printed parts. Reference images: The body I'm using. It's a Kamtec split Beetle. You can see where I started scoring a line for a ragtop Ragtop cut in, recessed area for the roof rails added, and a header bow fabbed Dark grey material for the sunroof. I'll use this material a little in the interior too when I get around to it. Ragtop done I wanted to run wire wheel of course, but the standard Pegasus wheels are far to large for this body. Top row is the standard wheel, and the bottom row is the final size I was shooting for. Tires are just cut down airplane tires with a white wall drawn on them. Then I modeled a support ring/template and had them 3d printed glued the ring to the back of the wheel and started cutting away cut the centers of the wheels out here are all the pieces. left side- stock wheel, center rough cut out, machined smooth and sanded for primer/paint middle- original wheel, center cut out, ring added and spokes cut down right side- printed rings, ring glued to back of wheel new center ready to be glued into place. I'll paint the lips before these are permanently glued into place. I'm actually working on a 2nd version of this that screws together from the back. Might be handy in the future. and a pic of how it sits now. wheel size is MUCH better. 3d modeling everything to test how it all fits together and functions. The battery is as far back as it will go. The servos sit on top of a little 3d printed gearbox powered by a 380 motor. No need for a 540, it will be slow and easy going. Maybe with all the weight at the back I can get it to hop. It will still be fairly heavy at the front though with a hardbody, full interior, etc. I'm not far enough along with the chassis yet to test it out and make adjustments. Gearbox is very compact. It just uses a crown gear and pinion. The outputs are from a traxxas 1/16. They were machined down and ride inside flanged bearings with a large ID. This lets the gearbox be as narrow as possible so the links and shafts can be as long as possible and the suspension can have a lot of travel without binding. I wanted to keep the suspension independent instead of going with a solid axle. Solid would have been much easier, but it's not what I wanted. And part of the interior from an old Cox VW tether car. I'll use the seat and part of the floor. The floor is raised so it will let me run push-rods to the front for steering and the front suspension. And that's about it for now! I'll update more as I slowly make progress.