Kev’s Bench: Project Old School Update

Kev’s Bench: Project Old School Update


With the holidays and a magazine behind me I have finally been able to get a little work done on my old school monster truck project. I have a few suspension parts to design and make so I had to get the frame rails connected and Tamiya F-350 springs mounted in order to figure out what needs to be done. It doesn’t look like much right now but once my leaf spring mounts are made for the axles the project will start to come together pretty quick. I wanted to give you guys a quick look at the progress so far. Looks pretty old school to me.

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My buddy Ed Cable machined the frame rails that I designed and now it’s time for me to start drilling holes in them so I can mount a few things. Right now, the only things I have in place are the leaf springs. Once the spring mounts on the axles are designed and made I can start to figure out where the transfer case, body and engine are going.

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Tamiya Clod Buster tires are being used because they closely resemble the tires used on old school monster trucks. I have them mounted to RC4WD bead lock wheels. The scale planetary in the center really adds life to the wheel.

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The rims are attached to the RC4WD Blackwell axle by way of a 12mm adapter from RC4WD and they give the rims the right amount of side to side spacing. I may give them a coating of semi gloss black paint to hide them a bit. That orangeish color really stands out and doesn’t look very scale.

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With everything mocked in place my truck is looking pretty awesome. The chassis has to come up at least an inch or more before it starts looking right and that will be done soon.

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Updated: January 14, 2015 — 3:10 PM
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