A new project "Superbeast"

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A new project "Superbeast"

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I can't believe I am starting another project, and I still have to finish my clod tuber lol. That one will be done soon though. Calling this one "Superbeast" because that is what I named my (real 1:1) 69 GTO drag car years ago because I always loved that Rob Zombie song. Anyway...I did not plan on doing another project but I was at a really great local rc shop the other day, and happen to come across the Jconcepts 66 Chevy II Nova body. I don't know if you guys have seen that body in person but it is really huge. It's 20" long and a full 11" wide. I kept looking at that body and trying to come up with a reason to buy it and put it to use lol. Then it hit me. How cool would it be to do a truly hardcore monster truck like Jim Koehler's 57 Chevy but only using the 66 Chevy II Nova body, so I bought the body :)

My plans for this truck are to build something really wicked. I love my Clodbusters, and my King Sling clod with the beefed up Thundertech axles and metal gears and all is tough, but I want this one to be nearly bulletproof. So I just tonight ordered a brand new set of RC4WD Digger axles, as well as a SCS Monster drop trans. The axles are all CNC'd aluminum, and use HPI 1/8 scale diffs and hardend cvd's and are 13" wide stud to stud. And the trans is all CNC'd and just looks like a work of art. I don't even want to talk about how much the axles & trans set me back #-o

Plans are to build a full on monster truck tube chassis for this one with around a 16"-16.5" wheelbase, solid bars for the 4 link like I did on my other truck, probably going to go with some Savage shocks for this one, and 5700k Castle brushless with Mamba x esc. Then the 66 Chevy II Nova body but heavily modified wheel opening and trimmed up front & rear.

I'll start posting up pics as parts get here and I get started on this one.
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It's like Christmas morning here today. Postman dropped off my axles and trans. I'm not gonna lie, when I ordered these axles/trans the price was a hard pill to swallow. Now that I have them in hand and see exactly how beefy they are and the great quality of them, it's quite a bit easier to handle the price tag now. These things are just unreal can't wait to get started on the chassis so I can get them underneath it. Gonna prob be a couple weeks till I can start though, bit too much real work in the way for a bit.
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I just ordered the same axles and transmission as you did. I bought 2 of the steering link kits too. I also ordered some imex jumbo kong tires and wheels. I'd like to make a 1/8 scale tube chassis someday.

I'll be watching your progress!

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You'll love them when you get them. They are so nicely made. I almost added the steering kit to my order but at the last minute changed my mind. I think I'm gonna make my own out of solid 1/4" 6160 with some alloy 8/32 rod ends.
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Kickin it old school tonight. Never was any good with "sketch up" or any of those cad programs online. So doing it by hand. Starting to lay out the design for the two main frame rails for the new tube chassis build. The long extended rails on the rear will end up bent upward to work as a wheelie bar built into the rear of the frame. Planning on using some hard nylon on on the underside of that so it slides easy when it wheelies on concrete and doesn't wear the frame, yet the nylon will be able to be replaced as it wears out.

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I've been out of trucks for a bit and googled those axles after reading about them here. They look awesome. There are some aluminum/cnc parts that look the part but don't really stand up to abuse. Have these been known to be truly bulletproof?
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Yep these are really durable axles. They use HPI Savage diff's with hardened shafts. No plastic anywhere in the axles. I know a few guys from a FB group I'm a part of that have them in trucks with .21 nitro motors and no issues at all even with those :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Didn't have a lot of time after getting done with "real work" tonight, but did manage to squeeze in a couple hours of fun work and at least get the main rails of the new tuber chassis about half way brazed up.
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Looking good!
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Still a long ways to go, but got a few more hours over the past couple nights in on the new project. Would have got more done but can't seem to find my flat stock to finish the trans mounts. I want to get those done before doing anymore of the upper cage. So everything is on hold till I hit Lowes for the 4th time this week lol.. and it's only Tuesday.

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Since I finally got caught up with orders for work I was able to spend the morning working on the chassis again. Starting to show some shape of a truck now finally. Probably on hold till at least Monday now as I have a buddy from Florida in town and visiting this weekend.
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Some more work done in the past two days on this project. Got a lot more of the upper cage done with some more cross braces and such. Just waiting for the shocks to get here so I can go ahead and build the shock hoops into the chassis next. Also got the 4 links done now. Took all day because rather than do them with threaded rod and brake line over the rod I wanted them to be extremely durable so I ordered some 1/4" solid 6160 aluminum as well as some alloy rc4wd rod ends to make them out of. Drilled and tapped the ends so they are about as beefy as you can get now.

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This might not seem like a big thing from just the pic...but this is a huge thing I have been worried about on this project. I now have 12mm hexes on the rc4wd digger axles. They come with 14mm hexes which really limits you to basically using the expensive & heavy derlin wheels if you want to run clod sized tires. But after buying some Bully II 12mm hexes, then modifying them with a dremel and metal working bit to open up the pin slot, then drilling the hole out in 6 stages to get to the final size. I now can run Tributes and Firestorms like I want on these Digger axles.

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Well 8 bottles of O2, 2 bottles of Mapp, and $100 worth of Harris safety silv45 rod later lol....chassis is done. Now I get to spend the day cleaning it all up tomorrow. That's a job in and of itself. Tires & wheels should be here tomorrow as well so fun stuff starting soon

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I hear the train a comin'; it's rollin' 'round the bend, And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when.
I'm stuck at Folsom Prison and time keeps draggin' on.