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#16 steeldrifter

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Posted 28 September 2018 - 08:36 AM

Yep with clear lexan bodies you paint the inside. It takes some getting use to doing it that way because you start with the darker colors and then go to the lighter ones or else the dark colors bleed through the light. The windows all get masked. Usually when you buy a body they come with a window mask set. I also use to use something called liquid mask which is a brush on product that you trim out with an exacto knife for masking hard to cover areas. I'm thinking I may paint the rear side windows with the paint scheme I plan to do for the whole body and then print out some "Midwest Custom Fly Rods" decals to put on the side windows :)


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#17 mikechell

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Posted 28 September 2018 - 12:43 PM

 I'm thinking I may paint the rear side windows with the paint scheme I plan to do for the whole body and then print out some "Midwest Custom Fly Rods" decals to put on the side windows smile.png

Oh ... excellent idea !!! 

 

Maybe put a rack and a couple rods on top!


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#18 steeldrifter

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Posted 28 September 2018 - 10:42 PM

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Some more progress tonight. Managed to get the front frame struts bent and in, the cab side bars in, and got the lower part of the frame for the 4-link mounts/batt tray in. Most the the main bars are in now. So now it's mostly just adding some cross bracing between the main rails and such left. Then adding the plates for shocks and 4 links and all that good stuff.


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#19 mikechell

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Posted 29 September 2018 - 11:26 AM

Are you using a plan, or are you doing all this from past experience?  Quite the structure going on there.


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#20 steeldrifter

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Posted 29 September 2018 - 11:34 AM

Doing it all free hand. Googling real monster truck frame pictures and basing it off that a bit then adding some things on the fly to strengthen it where needed in high stress areas.


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Posted 29 September 2018 - 02:34 PM

Going to be cool. Then it needs a trailer hook and you can pull an RC boat to go with it.........
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#22 steeldrifter

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 01:01 AM

Well the parts purchasing just keeps on coming. I hope to do some work on again soon but I know I am down to my last rod of the Saftey Silv45 braze rod and still have a good deal more brazing to do so just ordered another pack of that stuff (there goes another $40). Then since I will be putting the axles under it before too long I really would rather do what I want to do to the axles now rather than take them back out and pull them apart down the road. So I just ordered a full set (2 pair) of the Hot Racing all aluminum tubes. And of course with those you have to run their knuckles so I also ordered a full set of the Hot Racing all aluminum knuckles. Now I really don't want to put the crappy bushings into those parts after spending the cash on them so now I'm looking at full bearing sets right now.

You know, I'm starting to remember why I got out of Clods back 15 years ago  :lol:
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#23 mikechell

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 07:33 AM

So, you already have a "hole-in-water-you-pour-money-into" ... now you also have a "hole-in-the-ground-you-pour-money-into" !!!

 

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 06:19 PM

put one of these in your toy truck

 


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Posted 07 October 2018 - 10:10 PM

 After a long day of work to pay the bills I managed to get done in time to spend a few more hours working on the clod chassis tonight. Was able to get all the rest of the cross braces cut and brazed in now and then sand the whole thing clean. Next step will be fabing the shock mounts and 4-link mounts and brazing those in place. Shocks should be here tomorrow hopefully.
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 04:52 PM

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More parts showed up today. Still waiting on the aluminum knuckles but those should be here in a day or two.


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 07:19 PM

I had no clue building an RC car was this much work. I love the frame building process. Can't wait to see the rolling chassis.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:13 PM

It can be real easy if you just go with all the stock parts. You know me though, I never can do anything "normal" lol


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Posted 14 October 2018 - 11:31 AM

Starting to get caught up on work stuff so was able to spend a little bit of time working on the clod again late tonight. Sometimes I am just amazed at what other people and just have to wonder what the hell they could have been thinking. I bought the set of axles used so wanted to tear them down and inspect them, clean them up/paint, and upgrade the tubes/shafts/knuckle and such. So I tear the front gear case down and am surprised to see that there is not a single speck of lube anywhere in the case. Gears are dry as can be. If that weren't bad enough I tear down the rear case and I find this.......
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Obviously the previous owner didn't know the different between silicon based lube and RTV hi temp silicone gasket maker. I gotta say that was a first for me, never seen that one before lol.  Surprisingly the gears themselves looked to be in pretty good shape somehow. So spent some time cleaning the housing, sanding them, priming and painting then, then clear coating and putting them in the drying cabinet to harden up. Also got the new machined aluminum axles/shafts/knuckles fully built and replaced all the bushings with sealed bearings and ready to go onto the cases once they cure up fully.

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 12:02 PM

You're definitely not going to be needing pockets in your shroud Steve. Going to look smart with all that polished aluminium when it's together.
Where will you be running it? At a local club or taking it off and rough roading it?
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