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    old comp truck turned scale truck (the rebuild!)

    After beating the old girl thoroughly over the winter the truck started to show it's age





    Something in the front doesn't look quite right huh?



    yep the links were worn out and i couldn't keep the suspension from flopping. From the beginning i knew it was only temporary as i had full intentions to make the uppers more scale looking.

    I also had a little trouble with the rear axle. Oops!



    All this combined with the need to replace the chassis with rails to keep it in class 2 i decided it was time to tear it down and rebuild.

    the first step was obviously to tear it apart and within 15 minutes i had it to bare bones



    And was left with a pile of wrinkled sheet metal



    next i blasted it



    and cut off the frame





    I'm keeping the rails for another project more TCC orented

    then i bent up some rails



    and mocked them in place





    with the rails situated i did some figuring and started on the center skid. I began with some square stock, narrowed then cut into a U and tacked to some sheet metal



    then i fully welded it and trimmed the U out.





    Next up was the axles. I made a 3 link truss



    I fixed the rear shaft, shaved both of them down and added the trusses





    and finally mocked it all into place



    And yes I'm moving the tranny under the hood and running my homemade T-case from the willy's build to get a full depth interior and more scale points.

    In all not to bad so far. I stole the lower links from my sportsman truck so the fronts need to be a little shorter but otherwise it is coming along good.

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    never thought this thing could get any better...i stand corrected.

    "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered...I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." -Thomas Jefferson
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    I agree with Marc, this is my first time seeing it. I have to say it looked great before and I'm pretty sure it will be after everything is done. I can't wait to see it in person.
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    Thanks guys. I hope it ends up better, or at least as good as it was.

    Small update. After trying to align everything by eye and just not being satisfied with the result, I looked for something to make a jig and found these PVC channels left over from when i installed new windows last summer.



    with everything square and true i added tabs to mount the skid plate



    Then, after aligning the skid using the jig, trimmed it to fit



    wanting to keep everything flush, and make it removable, I drilled, tapped, and countersunk 8 2MM screws.



    That's it for now

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    oh goodie can't wait to see this finished.........bob

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    I would so buy one of your scalers. They are awesome.
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    Talking

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Soldier View Post
    I would so buy one of your scalers. They are awesome.
    I build to order!

    Got a bit more done

    Moved onto the upper links. Made some tabs for the front and tweaked them to keep the rod ends strait





    Then since the frame kicks up higher in the rear I added a plate inside and ran the mount right through the frame



    overall shot from the side



    Next is the front shock hoops. I wanted All-Pro style hoops so i bent up some tubing



    Tacked them to some bar stock



    fabbed up some tabs



    brazed them to the tubing



    then tacked it in place



    I won't know if that's the final position until i get the rest of the mounts done and get the whole thing sitting on it's own with all the weight added.

    That's it for now

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    just wow. I haven't done anything with my rigs in weeks. Thinking about just getting rid of all of them. Here you are making a master piece.
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    Wow Blake. This thing gets better and better

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    thanks guys

    Got a little more progress on this.

    After i finished the front hoops i added upper mounts for the rear shocks



    then i made a temporary mount for the tranny





    even got it to fit under the dash





    now it's finally sitting on it's own.



    but i'm not to happy with the flex in the rear



    But i got to test it a bit and the drive train works great and at this point that's all i care about.

    More later.

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