Model: (Click to see more) 99999: Misc.
Status: Project
Date: 5-Sep-2019
Comments: 5
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I was only 21 years old when I did this project as a scrappy college student,,,so yes,,,this happened 25 years ago!!! I fabricated parts of this experimental 2WD truck as I had never fully built anything from scratch in my teenage years to this extent. I did not have enough time or funds to go all out with 4WD, but I remember wanting to........... Chassis was hand-formed T-6 sheet aluminum, all suspension links were aluminum rod I drilled and tapped for ball-ends. To keep the rear axle from moving side to side I used a flexible plastic cut from a large Tide detergent bottle in a rectangular shape that had been heated and flattened out (remember-college student with no money..lol) This plastic then became the rear axle 'locator' and could flex and twist to allow the 4-link rear axle to move freely. The front suspension parts were a mix of hand made and modified RC10T nylon A-arms. Tires and rims were Varicom Big Grizzly (remember those?), front rims were modified for 5x11mm bearing hubs, as I machined the hubs myself on the lathe and trapped them in between the rim halves. Battery holder was a modified Team Losi JRX2 part. Check out that vintage Cadnica 1400maH 'red' Ni-Cad pack! For the transmission I used the Varicom axle housing, ring and pinion gears and some parts from a few other donor cars. Also a hand made adjustable motor mount. Then I turned some steel rod on a lathe, checked a few times with my micrometer and later used a die to cut threads on one end and created a new input shaft, replacing the original input shaft with a new shaft that carried an RC10T slipper clutch assembly. It was awesome to accomplish this and it actually worked smoothly! The truck would have been more fun as 4WD but I was proud to build this beast anyway, it drove well and did great jumps. It was fun to do this back in the day,,,but in fact now that I think about what I did was create ... A REAL MONSTER!!!!

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netsmithUK

5-Sep-2019

Great story - what happened to it in the end?

speedy_w_beans

5-Sep-2019

Wow, neat!

scollins

6-Sep-2019

It got disassembled,,, somehow I lost interest in it and traded the tires off for other parts,, etc. Should have kept this together...

Wyoming

6-Sep-2019

cool vintage project Steve!

BeetleOne

10-Sep-2019

Nice, creative and unique project from the past!


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