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pixelnate
05-30-2011, 08:46 AM
Well, I decided to start my own build thread. All the cool kids were doing it so I thought I would join the club. I started with a Dingo TR, and I plan on building up a Land Cruiser 70-series (http://forum.ih8mud.com/chit-chat-section/339088-north-american-pseudo-land-cruiser-70-series-pick-up.html#post5025019) truggy based on one of the Crocodile Hunter trucks (http://www.scale4x4rc.org/forums/showthread.php?t=18096) that show up on Ebay from time to time. Until I get all the parts for that build put together, I am going to go crazy with the Defender 90-ish body that came with the Dingo. My thought is that I will cut my teeth on a number of techniques I have never tried before, especially brazing, and when I have the technique down I'll build up the 'Yota properly.

In addition to the truck as came in the box, here are the hop-ups that I am starting with:


MIP CVDs
Handmade links
Hand-made front battery plate
Ghetto frame-mounted servo
Novak 55t motor
Ttraxxas Big Bore shocks
Dlux's Shoulder rod ends for BB shocks (http://dlux.ecrater.com/p/8631999/shoulder-rod-ends-for-traxxas-big)
A collection of misc Losi springs
RC4WD Iroks (http://store.rc4wd.com/Interco-IROK-19-Scale-Tire_p_1423.html) (wife is holding them ransom until Father's Day)
Castle BEC
Modified OEM wheels and beadlock rings.
Radio Shack project box


The to-do parts list


RC4WD 1.9 bedlock wheels (style depending on build)
Tekin FXR ESC
Lipo battery and charger
Axial or Vanquish high steer knuckles
Axial CVD driveshafts
Axial rear lockouts
Axial aluminum C-hubs
More to come


Now, here are some pics:

Inspiration

http://pixelnate.com/crawler/defender90IMG_3486.jpg
http://pixelnate.com/crawler/defender90IMG_3487.jpg

And

http://pixelnate.com/crawler/defender90photo39.jpg
http://pixelnate.com/crawler/defender90photo37.jpg

Mine will not have an enclosed cabin, but it will have an exo cage.

The build

Big Bores
http://pixelnate.com/crawler/IMGP6040.JPG

MIP Scorpion shafts - and on clearance, too
http://pixelnate.com/crawler/IMGP6041.JPG

Father's Day gift - A set of IROKs
http://pixelnate.com/crawler/IMGP6043.JPG

I had to cut into the old drive shafts. The screw wouldn't let go and I ended up stripping it out. That was a real pain in the arse to get loose. None of my drill bits would cut into the screw deep enough. I ended up having to cut it loose with the dremel.
http://pixelnate.com/crawler/IMGP6087.JPG

And accidentally went a little too deep.
http://pixelnate.com/crawler/IMGP6086.JPG

New shafts mounted.
http://pixelnate.com/crawler/IMGP6100.JPG

Homemade fat batt-esque tray.
http://pixelnate.com/crawler/IMGP6133.JPG

pixelnate
06-08-2011, 09:42 PM
The body after everything was stripped off. Ready for cutting, painting.
http://pixelnate.com/crawler/IMGP6216.JPG

The IROKs on modified OEM wheels.
http://pixelnate.com/crawler/IMGP6218.JPG

Duckslayer08
10-24-2011, 07:32 PM
are you using big bores for the slash or the maxx