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This is my first real hybrid. This has a custom tube chassis with a Super Champ gearbox. It runs out to Bruiser axles modified with Hilux hubs, front and rear. I hope to make the wheels on my lathe soon and then progress will continue. I am going to try to make a hydraulic steering system. The chassis was made to specifically fit the Monster Beetle top.
Just finished the wheels, they are made out of black delrin. It took a solid week to make them. If the entire project works out I will one day make wheels out of aluminum. Also mounted antenna.
Mounted electronics and sputtered around the basement a little, no steering yet. Gearing seems to low and may have to make mods to gearbox to obtain desired ratio. Not looking for speed want more torque. It has Futaba reciever with a MC330 esc.
Have decided to abandon Hydraulic steering due to some engineering obstacles, bummer. I am now trying to develop a mechanical steering system that will get the job done to vehicles high standards.
Yeah that mechanical steering setup Sucks! Bumpsteer under articulation was ridiculous. Now I am Building a pull pull cable setup, have posted updated photos of test setup, it seems to show promise, this my be the winning system. Under full articulation wheels are uneffected with relation to steering. Have a high torque servo on order and will make minor mods but essentially what you see is what it will be.
The cable setup works very well, I will keep it. I am in the process now of making ali wheels to replace the black delrin ones, mainly just for looks. Repainted the body and love it, went with purple and white and used SS decals for a vintage touch. Soon it will have a WW winch and Nitrous bottle installed.
This has switched to 'Runner' because it is basically done, I will always tinker with it but it is complete and driveable. I am very pleased with how the body turned out. I plan on moving the battery down a little to lower COG. To christen her I am planning a crawling video ;-)
Some Hybrid parts are...
Blitzer Beetle Body
Super Champ gearbox
Wild Willy Nitrous and Winch
Sand Scorcher exaust
Bruiser driveshafts & rear axle insides
I just added a 3.8-1 planetary reduction unit inline with the motor to give me more realistic crawling. It makes the truck much more fun to crawl with as I can now slowly climb while having excellent control of my path. After I hacked at the gearbox to mount in the tube frame and hacking more to install the reduction unit there is not much left to the original SC gearbox. I must say they work well as they are very stout and have no diff or slipper cluch to deal with. :-)
Update.. After driving the beetle for some time I decided a new chassis is needed. The new chassis is 11oz lighter, has nerf bars, removable body posts, higher ground clearance with integrated skid plate, and it is made with 3/16 rod as opposed to the old one having 1/4 rod.
The Real 'Monster Beetle'
Nitrous for a shot of power when needed.
7 cell AA pack mounts under blue strap
New chassis has much more clearance center chassis