BiggusDitchus

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Dunno why but just loved the idea of this and I havent seen one done (although no doubt someone here has done). I acquired another King Hauler shell and other bits n bobs and today started on the body.

Started off with this..

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So off with the sleeper..

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Then off with the wheelarches

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Now for a roof chop, figured easiest way is to go with the width of masking tape to ensure I got it the same all way round.. and to be honest its worked out really well, not too much in the way of any gaps.

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Now I was going to mod the roof to fit the truck body which would mean cutting it in half and adding a piece but looking at it I figured that shortening the door by 5mm would be much easier which I have now done.

This is a general idea of layout I plan for..

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Front tyres are Wild One/Buggy Champ, as felt the stock truck ones were too big.

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Cool idea. I think you should slice the roof and extend the roof. Shortening the cab would make it too short.

You could slice some more from the bottom too (about 2mm). I think it looks a little too tall at both the hood and roof lines. This would remove a little more of the old wheel arch curve cutout.

It so needs the turntable mounted on the back above the axle where you would normally put a tiny tray or box on a rat rod truck.

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Looks good Rich!

A way off at the mo, but what kind of paint are you thinking?

Would look great with a visor over the screen.

Would be nice to have the servo horn protruding from the side of the bonnet sides, and a long steering arm link going to the front axle. Nice work :-)

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Thanks all, Joe the paint is planned to be a blue/purple/green flip but not 100% yet. I do hope to do something along those lines with the steering. And will be using the stock visor, that already covers half of what little windscreen there is LOL.

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Bit done on the chassis, not running any rear suspension so was easy enough to make a bracket to bolt axle on.

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Sat the shell on, which has now been stripped of paint and some filler put on. Still loads to do!

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This is gonna be KILLER!

Would look awesome in primer colours, maybe olive drab with some military decals?

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Front axle arrived today, bought it as it was a cheaper option than a Tamiya one with all the knuckles etc and am very happy with it the finish and work on it is superb. Just mounted at moment with a pair of leaf springs but i think i will be fitting some links under the chassis too.

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Front wheels are standard King Hauler but inner bead cut off so that the Tamiya Buggy Champ fronts arent too stretched.

I have also fitted a HPI wheelyking crawler inline reduction gearbox with a 55t motor. Standard King Hauler Body mounts have been fitted too so the body is secure to chassis now.

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Really enjoying this one and seriously now looking at trying to sort a rusty/worn paint look for it.. along with shiny chrome.

Been working trying to get rid of all the joins etc I have put in. Starting to get there now, picked up a set of fenders for it and some nice shiny stacks.

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Hey speedy sorry not replied, as you will see in photos I have made a small flatbed with wood sides, grille will just be a basic setup.

I have now got the bed sorted along with a fuel tank my mate has done on his lathe. The rear lights are the original marker lights from roof.

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That's it for now until the shell comes back from paint... this isn't a Rat rod anymore just a Rod :)

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Cheers Andy, little more done but still loads to do.

Paint is finished, the wrap hasn't worked really well but it adds to the effect want to get a logo made up for the side but not sure what.. thinking of the name for it being "deadbeat" in line with all the skulls.

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The colour is a green, gold, copper flip. Doesn't show well in the photos.

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That looks great! Just out of interest, what did you use to strip the paint off the shell?

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The painter has a shot blaster which he let me use, turned the pressure down very low and spent a while clearing paint off. It just needed a light sand.

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Spectacular! love the dip technique.

Throw some grey stain on that wooden bed, and it would look awesome!

Nice work!
Cheers,

Skottoman

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Looks really great!.. If it was mine, I think I would try to cut up a couple of those truck tyres, and join the bits together to make 1 single. superfat tyre instead of 2 seperate ones. ;) Kinda like a drag slick, only without the "slick" part. ;) (Of course, you COULD sand down the tread after joining the bits, to MAKE it slick. ). :D

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Epic build! Really individual and inspiring and top quality work too.

I agree with Skottoman though, some stain and weathering on the bed would make it really pop.

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Taken a while but I guess I needed some special wheels to suit the truck then saw these on Joes ebay site and had to get them. At the Leyland show Gareth was selling a set of low profile RC4wd tyres and grabbed them cheap (£5 for the pair). Think it looks tons better.

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Reckon we could do some damage with those spikes :)

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