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Budhatrain Boyer Chassis Bigfoot

Post by Budhatrain » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:08 pm

Well, I am foaming at the mouth for this project. I have been wanting to do one of these builds since I looked over a couple from turnmeover. In the beginning of summer I made the decision to start a scale monster truck build. I wasn't going to post anything until I actually had the chassis in hand but I just can't wait- I have to share this process- to me this is what really makes the hobby enjoyable.

First, I tried making contact with Mr. Boyer. He is extremely busy with projects- but responded to me and communicates very well- dependable. Due to his schedule we are not able to start the project until Mid-August almost here! Next I had to decide what to use for transmission and axles.

I found the axles first: I found these and purchased them with some other stuff I was able to sell off or trade. I like it when you can do that- makes you feel like you are getting a deal and saving money, we all know with this hobby "saving" and money hardly go together. They have TTR CVD's and Straight Axles installed. Along with some aluminum steering arms- the rear ones have been shaved to work/look like lockouts. I am a little worried that you can't readily pick up parts for the TXT axles. But worst case senerio I can always switch back to clod axles (Boyer said that he designs his chassis this way with the mounts and all)

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As for the transmission, I am going to use a Mad Force transmission- all bought from amainhobbies. It's really simple and to the point. I love the chain action and leaves plenty of space to mount all the electronics. Plus it's different than what most people do here.

Next was the body. I really like to do things unique and fun. But I hadn't been settling over anything. I had picked up a HPI 79 ford supercab body for my Mad Force but one night while looking at Bigfoot pictures I could not resist... I wanted a big foot and I couldn't think of anything else. Don't know why and I know it's not even original but it looks "Bad to the Bone" if you ask me. Plenty of room and windows for lots of tube work. John says he is excited to do something for this supercab. Wheelbase will be close to 15inches. Paint done by Kris from Darkside Designs

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In the meantime I accidentally purchased a set of rc4wd aluminum beadlocs when I purchased a set of Rumble tires for the build. It's a long story but I really did accidentally picked up the set of wheels. I wanted the delrin version to save on weight but I wasn't even close to being ready to buy any wheels- but somehow I did and I have a set. Mhesse did me up a set of aluminum 14mm hexes so that the CVD's/Straight axles and rc4wd wheels all work together. They are impressive and look stellar- I am going to have to pick up a set of wheels and tires that weigh less when racing though.


So that's where I am at... sending the body and trans to Mr. Boyer next week. Still need to pick up a power plant for this beast - sway bars- shocks etc...

Was able to score a team3six dash kit (I had no idea they had this stuff out there) and a great looking hemi motor...

So here's to the start of a great build- Lord Willing?!
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Re: ohh Baby.... Boyer Chassis almost here

Post by Diamond Dave » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:14 pm

Looking great!! You sure do it right the first time. Way to go bud!

I am also finding that half or more than half of what I enjoy is the actual work time on the trucks and cars.

Hope it all goes smoothly for ya. :mrgreen:

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Re: ohh Baby.... Boyer Chassis almost here

Post by andymac0035 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:11 pm

Very nice so far, and also, I didn't even know they made that body.

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Re: ohh Baby.... Boyer Chassis almost here

Post by Diamond Dave » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:44 am

Why would you know? It's a ford!! Sheesh!

Joking :) , it does look great as the old Bigfoot. Those are the ones to have, any newer and the look just does not interest me.

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Re: ohh Baby.... Boyer Chassis almost here

Post by Budhatrain » Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:57 am

HPI listed two old fords like this- one is the supercab- this fits the large wheelbase rigs like the savage xxl and the new kyosho mad force. Like I said it's like 14.5 -15
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Re: ohh Baby.... Boyer Chassis almost here

Post by Diamond Dave » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:51 am

Ya, thats alot! Mine is sitting just above 12 inches I think. I can only imagine a 15 inch WB, Thats cool!

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Post by andymac0035 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:58 am

Actually, the CPE "claw" has a WB like that.
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Post by Budhatrain » Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:44 am

So I am trying to make movement on this project. Mr. Boyer has had my project for around 3 weeks now- I am not sure of the progress, but I am definitely waiting patiently. I don't want to rush an artist!

Today I put the rumble wheels and rc4wd aluminum beadlocks together- Mhesse machined some 14mm hexes to fit the CVD's and Straight axles. The axles look boss for sure.

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The wheel and tire combo is really heavy! Outside of light bashing, I will have to be careful. So, for everyday bashing, recently I picked up a stock set of tires on txt rims- and I always wanted to do the tire shaving thing. WOW is all I can say- it took me a little over an hour for just 1 tire (good thing this is a hobby right). I didn't mind the time, to tell you the truth, mindless activity on a day off is always fun.

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However, I think I may have cut off a couple years of my life by not wearing anytype of mask for the very fine rubber produced by my dremel on just 8 lugs. So. I went inside and found a bandanna (Hi O Silver, Away) to finish the project. This is a lot of work- cutting most of the material off with body trim scissors did cut down the dremel time.

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But it's a big reward in my book. I paid $35 for the stock wheels and tires (4). Where a set of Rumble tires run around $70. There is a HUGE improvement in bite over the stock tires. Overall I am pleased with the outcome- it's the little details that will make this build special. Now only three more tires to go! Uggg

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Re: ohh Baby.... Boyer Chassis almost here

Post by charliechristmas58 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:50 am

Yep ya lost 2 years. :lol: :lol: its looking good. :D :D
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Post by Diamond Dave » Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:32 am

Very nice shave Mike!! Such patience, and the outcome is sweet!

Must have a few pics or some rolling vid of the results! That is some good work going on there!! :P

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Re: ohh Baby.... Boyer Chassis almost here

Post by Budhatrain » Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:08 am

I have enjoyed talking back and forth with John Boyer. I am really surprised to tell you the truth. Within the last year I have dealt with more and more "vendor" types, mostly painters. And when it comes to email, sometimes there is a gap or lag in response. Usually has to do with, "I'm not done with your project, leave me alone til I finish it up, your not the only thing going on in my life right now." And I get it, I really do, no one is making a killing doing this stuff, most of the time it's done above every other commitment that one faces. So I get it, and I hope I don't ever come across as nagging.

With Boyer, he has always responded and always says to contact him if you have any questions or concerns. I don't take him as a big email guy- typically I receive emails from him late Sunday nights though. But I always get a response. Seems like he is down to earth and enjoys what he does for the hobby. Did anyone else catch that writeup in RCcaraction with Readers Rides? Cool humble beginnings and I have a sneaky suspicion that members here know him from back in the day.

Concerning the emails, here's a couple I have received recently:

1.)I have started your chassis...although its similar in design to the Bigfoot 14 chassis its still a new chassis design since its larger in size to fit the body...Its going to be a awesome project! Dont hesitate to e-mail me with any questions or to just check in

2.) Its coming along great...I did have a question...Did you want me to leave the bed panel intact on the body? The way the frame is designed it requires to cut some of the back window and bed area for the tubework...I can work around it but it would require some changes to the design...lmk on that...

3.).I'm hoping to finish it within the next two weeks..plus powdercoating time...He usually has it done in three or four days time...
The transmission is a little wide (but will work great) so the chassis will be slightly wider midsection and narrow down at each end so the shocks don't tilt outwards...I had to do the same with the Hushpower truck because the old E-Maxx trannies are wide too...
I don't think we will need to cut the body..I changed the design slightly to allow the body to fit on without trimming (unless you want the rear down-tubes through the body) Talk to you soon..


4.)Made some good progress on your chassis this past weekend...This build is going to be wicked! Talk to you soon.....

I am continually excited, I really am. I feel that this project is truly custom, that he's into it as much as I am, and that this is going to be worth everything we put into it!

The rear window thing- I like the way the tubes shoot out the rear window through the bed- but I didn't know how that was going to effect the "already painted" bf body. I am glad that he came up with something else- ultimately I left that decision in his court.

I think I have mentioned this but I wanted to use a twin force tranny (actually stole it from my new made force kruiser VE). So being able to make it work in the design is huge. Because this is a Ford Supercab with longer than usual wheelbase we decided to beef up the chassis- it will be using slightly thicker rod and tube instead of the typically stuff he usually uses for builds. I know it's gonna be heavy- but that's kinda the idea.

WOW oh wow- can't wait! Hopefully something soon.
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Re: ohh Baby.... Boyer Chassis almost here

Post by SFC K » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:49 pm

That is really cool! I hope he get's it done for you soon too! This is going to be something special for sure! :wink:
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Post by cher9498 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:55 am

any new news on this one?
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Post by Kingclod27 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:04 am

cher9498 wrote:any new news on this one?
Yea I was wondering about this project too!!!! Any new updates yet??? Im a huge Bigfoot fan so I can wait to see this...
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Post by Budhatrain » Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:49 pm

it's coming along... received an email yesterday that it should be going to powder coat this week. I am hoping that by Christmas time I will have it in my possession- earlier than that icing, on the cake!

But that being said, it's no big deal- he's doing this freehand (I am sure I am not the only guy on the project list) and he has said multiple times- how much he is loving this build, one of his favorites.

So if he is excited I am excited! :lol:
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