Part 4 showcases the complete vehicle.
March 2019 - showroom update:
Name: ebaYJ aka. Daydream B'leafer
Chassis: leaf-sprung Trailfinder II copy
Body: Tamiya YJ Wrangler (modified to convertible long-wheelbase).
Currently it runs, and all the lights work too - just not together at the moment as I have to create a battery extension lead so that the batteries remain in situ (for charging) without having to remove the body shell each time.
I'm impressed with the axle articulation for such an antiquated set-up (leaf springs front and rear), and while it certainly doesn't flex like my 4-link coil-spring crawlers do, its nimble dimensions and good ground clearance (from the super scale Yota axles), coupled with surprising traction from the cheap ebay tyres - means it ought to be pretty capable in the rough stuff after all.
for info. I chose to fit a 27T Tamiya 'Torque Tuned' motor to the 5:1 ratio gearbox, and while it is not particularly fast overall, it offers a good compromise between crawling control and a reasonably scale turn of speed between hazards. The budget Mad-Gear [crawler] ESC features an excellent drag brake function, further aiding off-road control in technical terrain.
However, one thing is certain, it's going to need some kind of roll-cage* to not only protect Ozzy the driver, but also the windscreen surround and door-tops/side windows in the event of a roll over... this is going to be particularly important if the vehicle were to ever turn completely upside down, as with the twin batteries fitted it weighs-in at a not inconsiderable 9lbs 8oz (or 4.3Kg in metric!) - poor Ozzy!
EDIT: 18/3/19 - RC4WD metal roll-cage added (see photo 20)
There are a few more scale details to incorporate before this build is finally finished - I am waiting for some more interior items to arrive by post (contents for Ozzys cubby/cooler mainly), plus I need to shroud the steering column with a rubber gaiter, while I also intend to replace the aluminium foil on the dash with a suitable wood laminate, complete with instrument detailing and badging...
Then, it will finally be time to hit the trail!
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
ebaYJ - aka. Daydream B^leafer - part 1