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#21 LAone

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 11:26 AM

haha, the bbq is not in my hands, in my mind?? sure why not...lols joe didnt want me to get my hands dirty, so he's taking care of building the bbq.. :lol:

by the way, heres my address for any letters that you wish to send

1235 fake st
californication, ca 92337

oh and dont forget the number
toll free
1800-hit-luis
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#22 Nitrozilla

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 02:43 PM

Okay, now that we've settled on a BBQ at Luis' this weekend (very generous of you sir, just pm your address to everyone on the site), I can get back to work.

Chassis started. If I didn't mention this before, the chassis is going to be "Curbside" style. No motor, straight axles on the rear with the POSSIBILITY of steerable front tires. Yep, all four of 'em. Maybe !! I picked up a Bag O' Gears by Stevens Intl. I'm at least going to try / experiment. Wish me luck.

The last pic is just in case you need a little help smiling today.

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 05:34 AM

Can't wait to see how this turns out, steerable front or not. Last pic almost reminds me of the Predator.

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 06:16 AM

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


pretty darn cool. i think with the left over pieces you can make a bbq trailer.. :D



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Posted 09 September 2011 - 09:01 AM

I'm off to WalMart to buy more Gorilla glue. Luis' stupid BBQ trailer is soaking up my last reserves. What's left of the interior pit is now a BBQ pit. I'll make a grill for it.

The back end is where the goodies go. Aww, man, dang, I gotta make a spring / axle / frame / hitch too???!!!???

Well, going to Wally World is the best excuse I can come up with to stop work on it for the day and get on with some REAL MODEL building.

L8RZ

P.S. Wanna hear something funny? The spell checker in the reply box hi-lites WalMart as a misspelled word, but the link indentifier in the post hi-lites it as a good thing.

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#26 LAone

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 09:28 AM

i already posted the address before.. :lol:

but hey, that bbq is looking better and better with every post. B) so it the deora...im actually looking forward to the steering part as well.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 05:50 PM

Nothing to get excited about, picture-wise, but the 2 front axles are scratch built and represents 2 days work. I haven't figured out a way to get holes in the tie rods so they will mesh with the gears. What would be great are a couple of those zip pulls that spin flywheels on friction racers. I might use the old blower belt trick by attaching a series of plastic rods to a strip of plastic. I'd have to be "scary"accurate to try that.


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Messy desk. That's how I work. I know where everything is, so don't touch anything !!!


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Steering knuckles w/ axles. Each one has 7 parts.


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One up close.


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Tandem Twosome.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:28 PM

Man that's a cool project.What have you come up with engine wise? How about butting two slant 6s together for an exotic slant 12 with 6 four barrel carbs, with 2 corvette trans axle out back hooked together tandem style?
It was just an idea, enjoying your build,bigtim.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:38 PM

I've also got an idea for your working steering.
1. Where your tie rod connections are add another one at 90 degrees to them on the inboard side,on all four spindles.
2. Run normal steering tie rod as usual, add two more tie rods connecting the inboard connecting arms on each side. The main tie rod will run left to right, the secondary tie rods will run from front to back.
It might take a little fiddling with the fits and lengths but it should work. I have seen this set-up on some 1-1 vehicles. I hope this helps and sorry for butting in on your build.

#30 Nitrozilla

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 10:55 PM

Tim, thanx for your input. You may have sent me in a direction I hadn't considered. I'm one of those people who have a hard time imagining what I'm reading and putting it into the 3D world. However, you gave me an idea for cross connected tie rods that might work all four wheels. I'll play with it later today. If it works, I'll give you credit. If it doesn't, well, I'll have to add your name to the 1-800 call center with Luis. :D

I do have to shoot you down on the rear end and motor set up ideas. As mentioned previously, the chassis is curbside. No details, no motor (or motors) and a lot of black paint. ;) :P

Never feel like you're butting in Big Tim. As long as it's constructive and positive I welcome all ideas. That's what we're here for really. This is an Imagination Factory. Now clock-in and get to work !! OH !! Everybody gets an extra Graham Cracker with their lunch.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 01:45 AM

Beautiful, keep it going. I think it's going to turn into one of those one-of-a-kind models! More, more, more . . .

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 10:26 AM

I like Graham Crackers! :lol: :lol: :D

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 08:55 AM

This steering is kickin' me a new one, but I think I've got it whipped. It's almost ready to put together. I do have to decide on how I'm going to work it from inside the cab. My choices are:

1-Center driver and use steering wheel as per normal, but it's going to have to stand straight up. If I lean it back, I'd need a flexible joint.

2-Driver on left using LARGE, bent stick shifter to steer.

Both are working options, it's a matter of aesthetics.

The wheels pose an issue. They are aftermarket lowrider rims, but I'm calling them Chicken Rims. Why? They have no lips. The tires can slide right off, so I'm putting in bands of strip styrene to stop that from happening. That would be embarrassing at a show:
Judge: "Hey Joe, I thought you said it has 8 tires?" Me: "AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!"

As you can see, I went with the "blower belt" type strip for the gearing. What a walk in the park to make that. I just cut up a bunch of thin rod, laid it down on some masking tape, sticky side up, rolled the gear over it to line everything up, then super glued a strip over that. When you pull it up, there it is. Minor clean up trim and good to go.

Lastly, broke the interior while doing my "Make it fit you stupid Gorilla" routine. Fixed it and added additional bracing on the interior fender wells. At this rate, the inside's gonna need as much putty as the outside.

If anybody sees Luis, don't tell him I didn't work on his trailer this time around.

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 10:52 AM

Hey, where the darn BBQ!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

welll, i guess i can say that your doing a good job on the steering for the deora... :lol: :D

tim: your number will be 1800-beat-tim :lol:

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 11:56 AM

Some good work going on here, but I'm still confused. What's with the BBQ?

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 01:49 PM

Some good work going on here, but I'm still confused. What's with the BBQ?


There were 3 parts left over when I chopped up the "donor" Deora. Luis "LAone" suggested making a BBQ trailer out of them. So, the nose section will have a grill and the back is for goodie storage. If you go back to the start of the topic you can follow the whole crazy sequence.

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 07:46 PM

nice work and ideas, one question where did you fiind the plastic gears, pinions?

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 08:07 PM

nice work and ideas, one question where did you find the plastic gears, pinions?


Jose, that's put out by Stevens International. It's a bag of about 14 different sized gears with varying lengths of metal shaft. Speaking of which, I paid $22.00 at my LHS. They've got another one, but you'd have better luck on the web.

http://www2.stevenshobby.com:5641/

IT WORXXXXXXX !!!!!!!!!!! I ended up with a scissor set up and IT WOOOORRRRXXXX !!!!!

Got the tires lettered. Dullcote tomorrow, finish the rear axle and the chassis will be done.

On to the interior, putty the body (anybody got an extra large spatula?), then start on the hauler portion w/ ramps, etc.

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 08:56 PM

all jokes aside, that steering mechonism is awesome!

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 07:19 AM

Congrats on making the steering work, it looks awesome (&complicated!), can't wait to see her when she's done!