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TXT-2-C Build - Excaliber

Post by 87lc2 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:46 am

Excited to build this truck, should be a fun & capable runner. Got this idea from sixtysguy & Grave-TXT over on the rcmt.net board (not sure if they posted them here or not).

I had a nice set of Clod axles sitting around doing nothing along with an extra set of TXT-2 chassis plates. I really like the look of the TXT-2 chassis and its actually very strong and lightweight with the heavy stock side plates removed and tubular bracing added.

Started by cutting down some 6061 aluminum tube and making some chassis braces. Also made some lower sponsor plates from .030 lexan as I didnt like the wide open look of the chassis without the center transmission.

Used a set of stock TXT-2 body mounts I had lying around and mounted them up as well.
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Post by 87lc2 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:53 am

Next I made up some 4 link bars using the same 6061 aluminum tube. Went with gold powdercoat on the links to pay homage to the original Excaliber. Obviously this truck wont be a replica of the original truck, but thought it was nice to add some nods to the original.

Put the axles together with the stock open diffs and full bearings. Added RCGuy upper 4 link mounts, lower link mounts, and CPE servo mounts (both axles for 4WS), all powder coated black. Going to run the HPI Firebolts I had lying around for the time being, will most likely end up running either stock cans on 3S or Revo motors on 4S. Ill see how the Firebolts do and make a decision after she's up and running.

Assembled the axles to the chassis and used some TMaxx big bore shocks I had lying around. Rebuilt them using 20wt oil and the soft Traxxas red springs. Might need an even softer spring but we'll see.

Also painted up a set of Clod wheels using gloss red, came out pretty nice.
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Re: TXT-2-C Build - Excaliber

Post by shadowfocus603 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:58 am

:popcorn:

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Post by 87lc2 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:59 am

Next up was making up some mounting plates for the battery/electronics. Could have just used the stock TXT-2 bits, but thought I could mount the battery lower in the chassis and take advantage of all that extra space when not using the stock transmission.

Used thick smoked Lexan sheet and made a battery plate to mount in the center of the chassis. Going to use a stock Wraith battery holder with velcro straps to keep everything secure in there. Made a plate for the rear of the chassis to hold the ESC and a small plate in the center to hold the receiver. Also added some more chassis bracing to keep the top section of the chassis rigid.

Cut out the ProLine 1980 Silverado body and lines it up on the chassis, looks like its going to fit well. Have the body all masked up and should be able to paint in the morning. After that it just a matter of wiring up the motors to the Novak Super Duty and off we go!
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Re: TXT-2-C Build - Excaliber

Post by Sixtys Guy » Sat Sep 26, 2015 5:46 am

:thumbsup:

Looks great! I really like the black sponsor plates. Neat job on the battery tray and mounting system. I might have to revisit mine to see if I can get the battery down lower like yours.

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Post by 87lc2 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 2:25 pm

Thanks! Yea I like how the plates came out, and they weigh a lot less than the stock metal plates. Ill post some better photos of everything when all the electronics are mounted. I figured why not use all of that space in the center of the chassis when the trans is gone. The upper link mount was hitting the stock battery box when mounting the the stock location anyway so that wouldn't have worked out well.

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Post by GRAVETXT-1 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:02 pm

Excellent :thumbsup: this truck is going to be a real looker especially with those red wheels. Only one issue though... its a TX-C2 not TXT-2-C!

There are now three tx-c2's in existence that we know of 8)
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Post by Justinswraps » Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:41 pm

Lookin good! 8)
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Post by 87lc2 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 1:14 pm

GRAVETXT-1 wrote:Excellent :thumbsup: this truck is going to be a real looker especially with those red wheels. Only one issue though... its a TX-C2 not TXT-2-C!

There are now three tx-c2's in existence that we know of 8)

Oops...TX-C2. Away for the weekend on business, hopefully can get her finished up shortly after I get back. Cant wait to see how it works. Love my stockish TXT-2 but this truck has so much less sprung weight I think it should perform quite well.

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Post by SFC K » Sun Sep 27, 2015 11:12 pm

Your build looks awesome! I wish these chassis were going for cheaper. I want one, but will see if the prices drop.
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Post by 87lc2 » Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:39 am

Thanks, really appreciate it. Actually coming out to look even better than I expected. Got the body painted today and it looks great, just need to add decals. Should have some completed pics posted within the next day or two.

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Post by 87lc2 » Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:01 pm

All wired up and wheels on. Just need to decal the body and she's finished.
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Post by GRAVETXT-1 » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:51 pm

SFC K wrote:Your build looks awesome! I wish these chassis were going for cheaper. I want one, but will see if the prices drop.
:popcorn:

Woah! this a fine looking tx-c2 roller cant wait to see the body mounted :thumbsup:
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Post by SFC K » Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:49 pm

GRAVETXT-1 wrote:
SFC K wrote:Your build looks awesome! I wish these chassis were going for cheaper. I want one, but will see if the prices drop.
:popcorn:

Woah! this a fine looking tx-c2 roller cant wait to see the body mounted :thumbsup:
No kidding!


:popcorn: for me to get one too. :wink:
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Re: TXT-2-C Build - Excaliber

Post by 87lc2 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:29 am

Here she is, all done. Just need to trim the body posts a bit. Took a bunch of photos because it will never be this clean again, she's going to be a runner.
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