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Tremelle
02-09-2012, 04:25 PM
I have always had a soft spot for the FJs since I got into scale crawling. So this will be my second FJ in the stable. This build will be conducted side by side with my Hummin Hummer HX build. This one is not quite a ground up build since the body work was already well underway when I purchased it.

This rig will not be quite as radical as I plan on making the HX. I will be using parts I have already, as much as possible. As of right now, the only thing I know that will be going on the truck are the front and rear bumpers I got off of Ebay, and they sure are pretty. I am torn as to which axles to use. I have some AX10 axles already, but am leaning towards some RC4WD Yotas front and rear.

Ok on to the pictures. The first pic is a mock up of it sitting next to Lil Big Tex.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_2962.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_2963.JPG

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Here are some pictures of the bumpers up close.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_2970.JPG

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The bumpers came with the mounts.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_2980.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_2981.JPG

There will be more to come as I get parts for the build.

jcsaxial
02-09-2012, 05:34 PM
Lookin good! Are yo going to try and make it with us on the 18th?

Tremelle
02-09-2012, 05:38 PM
Lookin good! Are yo going to try and make it with us on the 18th?

As of right now, yes. I have it down in pencil though.

jcsaxial
02-09-2012, 08:03 PM
awsome as of right now i believe ther are 5 possibly 6 and 7 if you go so we should make a good showing!

Tremelle
02-10-2012, 12:19 PM
I had a few minutes today so I added a little detail to the body. You got to love those emblems from Scale Offroad.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_2999.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_2998.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3003.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3000.JPG

I decided to go with the RC4WD Ultimate Yota Axles and got them ordered today.

masmojo
02-11-2012, 09:16 AM
I can't imagine that the Yota Axles took too much thought, Good Choice!!!

She looks great! As somebody that cruises the Bay often I can't say I have seen those bumpers before! They are sweet & would really set off a couple of the builds I am doing; who sells them??

What frame are you using?

Tremelle
02-11-2012, 11:09 AM
Yes, I have been resisting the temptation to buy some Ultimate Yota axles for almost 2 years now. I had thought of changing Big Lil Tex over to them but didn't.

Here is a link to the bumpers on the Bay; http://www.ebay.com/sch/samhobag/m.html?item=160728681222&_trksid=p5197.c0.m619&_trksid=p4340.l2562 . The bumper hitch is no on the Bay site, but on his store site at http://www.rcrockarmor.com/ . He has free shipping going on right now and I got mine 2 days after my purchase.

Tremelle
02-12-2012, 09:25 PM
Well my donor vehicle showed up on Saturday. I spent some time today getting the truck on 4 wheels. What you see will not be the final setup since I will be mounting RC4WD Yota Ultimate Axles, Ulitmate Scale Shocks, electronics and more detailing. The tranny and transfer case are just set for mock up and have yet to be permanently mounted. Ok, on to the pics.

Here are parts from the donor truck.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3007.JPG

Here is the roller on some wheels.

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Tremelle
02-17-2012, 12:05 AM
I had a few parts show up today for the rig. I got my RC4WD Ultimate Yota Axles and some 90mm Ultimate Scale Shocks. I ended up not using the shocks on this build. But I did get the axles installed this evening. I will need to do some tuning on the axle angles though. Here are some preliminary pics.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3063.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3083.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3085.JPG

masmojo
02-17-2012, 12:29 PM
Nice, Love those Toy's also, But I am getting so many rigs all the sudden, I don't know if there's room in the stable. If that came in a Hard body, I would not be able to resist one! :thumbsup:

Tremelle
02-20-2012, 09:54 PM
I did a little styrene work today on the electronics compartment and a rear compartment cover. I have yet to paint them. The compartment will be painted black and the cover will be painted gray. I used two servo horns for latches on the cover. They will be swung around to clamp under the side bars of the roll cage to keep it in place. The compartment will be held in place by the rear shock uprights and the body. Ok, on to the pics.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3091.JPG

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sgtsteve
02-20-2012, 10:45 PM
Very nice work, I would love to build a similar rig some day:thumbsup:

masmojo
02-25-2012, 07:32 AM
You could cover the lid with some of that self adhesive diamond plate; that would look sharp! :thumbsup:

Tremelle
03-06-2012, 08:19 PM
Ok, I got the RC4WD Ultimate Yota axles under the rig. So I took it out today for it's maiden voyage along with Lil Big Tex. Of course I took some pics. Ok, a bunch of pics. Here are a couple. Ok, a few of them.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3149.JPG

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Tremelle
03-06-2012, 08:34 PM
I also received a new project in the mail today. Can you guess what it is? Yes, a trailer. The nice rear bumper was begging for something to pull. I ran across this trailer and decided to take on the task of bringing it back to life. Here are a few pics of it how it arrived. The wheels and tires that are on it are just for mock up.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3200.JPG

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3203.JPG

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Tremelle
03-15-2012, 01:29 PM
I spent a couple evenings sanding and painting the trailer. I still have some touch up and detail work to do such as finding some latches and shocks for the top. I also need to work on getting the wheels I bought on the trailer. For now I have some wheels and tires from the front of my sprint car. They actually fit perfectly. Here are some pictures after the painting.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3254.JPG

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Here are some pics showing the articulation of the independent suspension of the trailer.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3264.JPG

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Tremelle
03-18-2012, 06:07 PM
I spent a couple hours this weekend to detail the trailer a bit more. I have now made and installed some faux shocks for the top and a couple latches to keep the top closed while crawling. Here are the pics.

http://www.sykesweb.com/rcautos/orangeblissimages/DSC_3276.JPG

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pixelnate
03-18-2012, 10:39 PM
Nice work on that trailer. :thumbsup: