Chevrolet K30 Flatbed recovery truck

Chevrolet K30 Flatbed recovery truck

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Submitted By
Stuart Pardue
Edinburgh, Midlothian, United Kingdom
Build Information
Readers Ride Title Chevrolet K30 Flatbed recovery truck
Vehicle Class Scale
Chassis Brand Custom
Chassis Model Cen Racing
Custom Chassis Brand and Model Cen Racing F450
Body Brand RC4WD
Body Model K5 Blazer
Power System Electric
Electric Motor Brand and Model Hobbywing Fusion SE 1200KV
Speed Control Brand and Model Integrated ESC in Fusion motor
Battery Brand and Model Gens Ace Soaring 2200mah 2S lipo
Wheels and Tires Brand and Model Integy 8 lug single and dually 1.7 wheels wrapped in RC4WD 1.7 lorider tyres
Shocks Brand and Model RC4WD Bilstein 50mm internal spring shocks
Axles Brand and Model Axial SCX10II axles front and rear
Paint Brand and Model Toolbox red and matt black acrylic automotive paint
Graphics Brand and Model Custom vinyl door graphics and flatbed reflective markers created by myself
Scale Accessories Brand and Model Traxxas Hauler flatbed
KK Truckstore custom side lockers
Warn scale winch
Warn front axle lockers
SSD rear axle hubs
3D printed sun visor
Custom made bug deflector
Truck wing mirrors
King Kong RC fuel tank
Custom mudflaps front and rear
Texas license plates
Radio System Brand and Model Flysky FS-i6S 10 channel radio
Other Options Brand and Model Actuonix L16 R 50mm 210:1 RC linear actuators x 2
Further Description/Back Story I started working on this truck exactly 12 months ago. I wanted a scale on road flatbed recovery truck. At that point the Cross RC WT4 didn't exist and the Traxxas Hauler as a complete package wasn't scale enough for my liking.

I purchased a CEN F450 truck and stripped the chassis right back. I then set about installing the Axial SCX10II axles with the help of some custom links to work with the pre existing CEN link mounts.
I also installed an Axial SCX10II skid plate so that I could run an SSD aluminium scale transmission.
Power distribution from the gearbox is sent to both axles via a triple set of Lesu polished aluminium scale driveshafts. the read drive is split in two with the help of a Lesu carrier bearing.

To get the Traxxas Hauler bed to fit the CEN chassis the bed itself was heavily modified to keep it down low. The bed itself is attached to the chassis rails via a sleeve bearing that also gives the bed its tilting action.
To powe the bed I set about installing two Actuonix L16 R 50mm linear actuators. Thes actuators are 3 wire versions so operate exactly the same as a normal servo. This means they plug directly into the receiver and can have trim and end point adjustments set accordingly.

The Chevrolet body started life as an RC4WD K5 blazer which was subsequently chopped in half and had a Shrink RC cab back panel installed.
The cab has been adorned with subtle but pleasing accessories such as the 3D printed sun visor, bug deflector and CB antennas. There is also a pair of xtraspeed truck wing mirrors installed for greater effect.
Because the batter and receivers have been located in the custom side lockers, there is room in the cab for a floor pan, door cards, bench seat and a GRC Traxxas blazer dash.

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