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The Rat Rig FINAL UPDATE 02/19/12 **DONE**


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#21 kenb

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:11 PM

Well, I said i was a slow builder. Been getting some things done lately. Had trouble deciding on how to rig the steering, went with a cross steer system. Stil looking for the right wheels. Will probably order some resin ones. Want to put some 6 spoke like those found on early Macks. Here are some pics. Ken

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:30 PM

Here's a couple more shots

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That hole in the right side fuel tank is where the exhaust will pass through, then turn up along side the cab. I was thinking of a way to make the exhaust while drinking a shake. I looked at the straw with the corrugation in it to make a bend. Hmmm this might work. That's what I'm going to use. Going to look like this...

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 12:37 AM

Now, THIS brought a smile to my face :D

About the straw: Be careful - priemrs and paints hardly get a grip of that darn thing ;) I've had quite a few problems with paint chipping off it ;)

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 01:35 AM

Very cool. I wanna see more.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 02:16 AM

I think I have the problem with the paint sticking to the straw. Most of it will have header wrap on it. I'll make sure to rough it up a bit before paint as well. Ken

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 03:11 AM

Great work so far. Keep it going.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 03:20 AM

I think I have the problem with the paint sticking to the straw. Most of it will have header wrap on it. I'll make sure to rough it up a bit before paint as well. Ken


Maybe a coat of Future first?

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 03:13 PM

This is an update. Decided to design my own grill. Wanted something on the line of a 34 Ford. Took a few pieces of Rectangular evergreen strips and glued together in the shape that I wanted. Then sanded down to the right contour. I made the grill insert from piano wire. Right now it's all shiny, but will be weathered and dullcoated. Looking for some headlights to attach to either side. Now to make a radiator to go behind it. Ken

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 02:14 PM

Wow ..... nice work , I had a go at build one like this a few years back , I used a peterbuilt cab , build mine like that video of Piss of pete,i think theres a pic in the rat rod file somewhere...Anyway....

Very cool build,

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 04:20 PM

looks really good. Can't wait to see more.

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 10:31 AM

That bendy straw stack is the baddest a$$ Sack Idea I've ever seen. HUGE PROPS TO YOU SIR!!!!

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 11:04 AM

Great to see you back with more progress. That scratch-built front grill is SWEET!

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 03:04 PM

wow this is looking amazing I'll be following this one.

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 04:04 PM

Now that is totally cool............... B) Could you use a light coat of some sort of adhesion promoter like BullyDog on the straw..?...I've used that stuff painting the plastic engine covers on my 1:1 before, and it works great....I know some paints/primers are too "hot" for some plastics, but it's worth a shot...

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 04:13 PM

Use a lexan primer like adherto...it's clear and is used on RC shells painted with HOK

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 04:18 PM

Always like seeing the progress on this. Love that grille!

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 07:03 AM

Hi, Great job on the cat 3406 engine(and the chassis too). Can't wait to see the completed truck. Steve

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 04:09 AM

Great WIP! I love the idea. The detail & scratch building is also great. Nice paint & weathering. This is one very cool truck.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 05:20 PM

Well, it's been a while. Like I said before I build slow. Holidays and new grand baby slowed things down for a while. Now I have to go for double hernia surgery on valentines day, so that will slow me down again. I'm slowly but surely getting there. I've gotten pretty far, just scratched up a radiator. Will be putting an electric fan on the front of it after it is installed. Lots of small details left, like mirrors, wipers, brake lines, the rest of the steering gear, air lines etc. have to install the grill also, after radiator is completed. Here it is. All comments and criticism welcomed. I'm giving it my best. Ken

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 05:48 PM

Love it! I remember seeing this somewhere a good while back. Great to see it again at this stage! Love the exhaust! How'd you get the paint to stick? And hope surgery goes w/o a hitch and congrats on the new grand baby!

Tim