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Old 09-05-2016, 06:23 PM
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About three years ago I bought a partially completed revel 1:8 scale golden T.
Fast forward to two months ago and I got a deal on a Fracture v8.
Today I started doing something with it.
I started with a 36" piece of 1/2x1/8 steel for a frame.

I didn't need the transfer case for this so I whipped up a new rear cross member

A few cuts and a little industrial adhesive and a couple of frame rails happen

Time for a test fit.

Motor looking good

Almost starting to look like something


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Old 09-06-2016, 07:58 PM
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Playing with the front axle a bit.







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Old 09-07-2016, 03:21 AM
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Hi Hairball - already looking pretty badass - I love it when parts you're been hanging on to work out with new acquisitions, and a new build begins ! Watching with interest,,,
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Old 09-07-2016, 04:59 AM
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Sweet axle
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:31 AM
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Excellent start...
Keep it coming. I like were your going with this one already.

More please.
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Thanks for the encouragement guys. So this morning I got the front suspension mostly figured out.

I used some 3/16 round top and bottom with a 1/2x1/8 tongue sticking out front and back. Drilled for the suicide mount up front, back of the tab will help mount the radiator


Next I whipped up some radius arms. Used more 3/16 rod, I cross drilled 1/8" holes instead of using heim joints since I wasn't planning on a lot of motion.


Couple of mock up shots.

I still have no idea what I'm doing for a rear axle. I want something scale, more so than a tlt/hilift/Wheely King. Maybe a rear semi axle would look like a narrow 9" with some wide 2.2


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Old 09-07-2016, 08:04 PM
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Oh man, I'm in love. This is the best use for that engine yet.
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Thanks! means a lot coming from the RAtlas creator. Hopefully I can keep it up. Still not sure on a rear axle but the play fund is empty. I'm sure I'll figure something out.
For now, latest update is a crank for the steering.
Gnawed out of aluminum this time, and bolted to the knuckle.


Need to get some of the tamiya brass ball screws so I can use all clod steering bits. It just looks wrong with steering links bigger in diameter than the radius arms.


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We both know that this is so much better than the RAtlas. This thing is awesome! Is it gonna be street or offroad?
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Very nice Hairba11, what did you use for the front axle rounded shape? It looks sweet already.
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Frederick, maybe 4 years ago(?) I found the disk brake kits on eBay. 3-ish years ago one of my friends was working at a fab shop with a laser table. I figured out what touring car the brake kits were designed for, bought the kit, knuckles, stubs, and low clearance king pins. Measured and drew out the axle to roughly axial width with all the holes at 1/8" which was the smallest that could be done clean in 5/16" sheet.
He got one snuck into a piece of drop in normal production. I drilled the vertical holes on the mill for the kingpins. I've mocked it up a couple of times under potential gasser projects. This is the most complete vehicle it's been under and the first its ever been mounted too.

Danielk, at least the ratlas moved under its own power, my projects have a bad habit of not getting that far. I'm having fun with this so far. And the ideas are still forming. I've thought on road, but don't really have the tires for it.
I've pondered 6x4 because why not. Kinda leaning towards dune buggy feel?


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I guess ultimately it would depend on how much gear reduction is in that fracture transmission. Or how much motor I can seal up without heat issues. Or rc3wd gear durability issues. It's not like they're making more of these.


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So it's time to play the rear axle game. On the cheap. Like usual.
I put a TLT out back. And a highlift. And I didn't like it. The appeal of a T bucket is the minimal coach work and exposed mechanics. And having steering knuckles and tie rod and lockout hang out in back is just ugly.

Then I remembered, four months ago I took in a basket case Wheely King as partial trade. So I once again went to work on the normal scale enthusiasts least favorite axle.


Two screws removed it from what was left of the King.


I blew it apart and started working on the ends of the axle tubes to accept a second bearing


Then I shortened the axle shafts.
Fancy tools like a vise, file, hacksaw, and belt sander were used.


I got it back together and used the dremel to turn the C into a |





I stole some beadlocks off a lunchbox chassis I had laying around. Nice deep wheels with not too tall tires.

I think the narrow strait WK axle may be the winner.

Although this idea do have some appeal....



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Holy crap! This is awesome! I'm so loving this!....subbed!
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My vote is for the 6x4 - got to love the extreme craziness !
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