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PeteAttryde
07-13-2016, 02:32 PM
So as I don't have enough projects and commissions on the go at the moment I have made a start on another one ::doh::

I scored a second hand spanish range rover shell and picked it up at the UK G6.

and also managed to get a set of the pre-production portal axles from Mad Moose RC (http://madmooserc.com/) the axles are copies of 1:1 Volvo C303 axles and the pre-production ones run Ascender internals, they look like this :-

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Mad%20Moose%20Portals/13686755_10154300926557103_1501815800299524552_n_z pslvs9fjuk.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Mad%20Moose%20Portals/13690686_10154300925987103_2031672381645142051_n_z psbdvvznny.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Mad%20Moose%20Portals/13631465_10154300926742103_1874088710385985422_n_z psbfvv9mlh.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Mad%20Moose%20Portals/13645334_10154300926002103_5250105274588401206_n_z psd9jfqgp2.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Mad%20Moose%20Portals/13690615_10154300926037103_4881248189394431920_n_z psrgdhssyr.jpg

The axles are due to arrive in the near future, I am really looking forward to getting my hands on them.

So started project portal.

Well actually I sawed the back end off the Range Rover and removed a section and glued it all back together again and started making it a three door, but hey it's a start ;)

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5114_zpsk70mvbfj.jpg

I also purchased the metal for the chassis. Other than that I haven't decided what motor/gearbox/transfer case I am going to use but I am leaning towards an R4 and GCMs new drop case transfer box.

Progress will be slow on this for a while but I will try to keep this thread up to date.

chimeraa
07-16-2016, 11:48 PM
Nice parts to start with! 303 axles under a rover seem to be a common swap in 1:1. Is that a 6x6 304 in the background ?

Regards

Flo

pardonmyn00b
07-18-2016, 05:55 AM
Any build that starts by cutting a rare body with a saw has my attention

PeteAttryde
07-18-2016, 10:03 AM
Nice parts to start with! 303 axles under a rover seem to be a common swap in 1:1. Is that a 6x6 304 in the background ?

Regards

Flo

Hi Flo, Yep quite common in the 1:1 world which adds a nice touch of authenticity to the build. The Volvo is a 303 6x6, it's a commission for a member of a UK forum.


Any build that starts by cutting a rare body with a saw has my attention

Thanks, The decision was easy with this one as it already had the hood cut by a previous owner and some damage to the rear.

MadMooseRC
07-19-2016, 11:19 AM
Awesome to see you started a thread Pete! Your portals are boxed up and headed out tomorrow! ::2thumbs

imthatguy
07-24-2016, 06:48 PM
I'm so happy to see these bodies floating around. And cut up. Good one sir. Those axles are killer.

BadWagon
07-25-2016, 05:26 AM
Mmmmm portals and hacked up rare body....

Please continue.

PeteAttryde
07-31-2016, 09:28 AM
Awesome to see you started a thread Pete! Your portals are boxed up and headed out tomorrow! ::2thumbs

Cheers, although I think the dispatch date may have proven a little optamistic ::2thumbs


I'm so happy to see these bodies floating around. And cut up. Good one sir. Those axles are killer.

Why thank you sir :beerchug: I am really looking forward to getting my hands on them, once the minor issues with the link mounts is sorted.


Mmmmm portals and hacked up rare body....

Please continue.

As you asked so nicely :laughing:

Not much progress as I am still waiting on the axles, as there have been some very minor issues with the print quality of the rear link mount which I am happy to say MadMoose have been very quick to address and resolve.

However I have been playing with my 3d printer having found a nice V8 model on Thingyverse. I still need to print off a load more detail parts for it, but the big bits are done and painted :cool:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5136_zpsqju74z8x.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5137_zpslmawekxe.jpg

I have also started playing about with Sketchup, and am part way through designing a 2:1 ratio transfer case for this.

Paper drawings before trying to make them digital :eek:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5139_zps1kyjywdt.jpg

More as I achieve it ::pray

PeteAttryde
08-08-2016, 01:13 PM
I have put the T-case designing on hold, and gone for a different and more aesthetic solution see below for details :biggthumpup:

Slowly accumulating parts,

Got these in the post the other day, a smallish part of the suspension ;)

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5146_zpsd22mfeba.jpg

The reprinting of the manifolds :rolleyes: has begun

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5148_zpsiidzuuwj.jpg

I also placed an order with GCM for the new SSD gearbox / GCM LR T2-case combo.

http://www.gcmracing.ca/ccdata/images/full1_14_357.jpg

The nice thing about this combo is it gives a 14.3:1 reduction rather than the 10.5:1 of the RC4WD R4.

More soon.

imthatguy
08-09-2016, 07:08 PM
More reduction is more good. I like trucks. That is all.

PeteAttryde
08-22-2016, 01:47 PM
More reduction is more good. I like trucks. That is all.

I like trucks too,

So more parts have, been trickling in,

first up were these

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5149_zps67tbtuta.jpg

first impressions are very good, the axles have a nice solid feel about them and seem to spin nice and smoothly.

I will get some more pictures as I disassemble at least one of them so I can have a good look at the internals.

Next up were some wheels and rubber donuts, and tires.

I have gone for 1.9 pitbulls with CI closed cell foams mounted on SSD 1.9" Steel Trail beadlocks in silver

Mounted a couple up and stuck them on the back axle to check clearances

drop box sits really nicely inside the wheel and tire

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5152_zpshzlhwhzl.jpg

and plenty of clearance between the inside of the rim and the drop box ::D:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5151_zpswoz5iy90.jpg

I stuck the axle under the back of the shell, this is how much the tire will stick out with the axle centered :luv:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5156_zpswhemtqcf.jpg

and finally today, this shot shows nicely how much shorter the rear overhang is now

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5164_zpscq7sceqw.jpg

I am still waiting a package from Canadia (shipped today ::2thumbs) and one from RC4WD and then I can start on making the chassis and mounting up all the large bits too it.

Thanks as ever for taking an interest, more as it happens.

MadMooseRC
08-22-2016, 02:59 PM
Looking great Pete!!! Nice to hear you are pleased with the the axles! Got any low angle shots from the front or rear? Love seeing the stance and clearance!

PeteAttryde
09-01-2016, 01:07 PM
Looking great Pete!!! Nice to hear you are pleased with the the axles! Got any low angle shots from the front or rear? Love seeing the stance and clearance!

Not yet, I will be getting some better pictures over the weekend ;)

Spent the evening playing around with the axles :luv:.

Although the axles come with well designed mounts for a 3 link and panhard on the front and triangulated 4 link on the rear, I am going to be trying something a little different on this set. Not going to reveal any more until I have actually got something to show.

So tonight I start with the front axle and made the drag link and made a boss for part of the suspension mounting. Here's a few pics.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20160901_202148_zps977ocytq.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20160901_202123_zpsmt9pee5a.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20160901_202134_zpsk2tbldiu.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20160901_202051_zpskgij6zp1.jpg

drilled out the printed fill bolt and replaced it with a m2 scale bolt

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20160901_202116_zpsnpj03voy.jpg

I also swapped out the drop box bolts for some scale hardware.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20160901_202100_zpsutjkmfvs.jpg

The LRT2 trans and t-case kit also arrived today ::D:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20160901_202208_zpsqr1qnyxx.jpg

included in the package was a little bonus from Chris :biggthumpup:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20160901_202211_zpsoa3uobtx.jpg

More soon, and thanks as ever for taking the time to look in on this.

MadMooseRC
09-01-2016, 01:12 PM
NOW WE ARE REALLY CURIOUS PETE! Think I need to order one of those steering rods!

The scale bolts are a fantastic addition. Well done!

PeteAttryde
09-01-2016, 01:27 PM
NOW WE ARE REALLY CURIOUS PETE! Think I need to order one of those steering rods!

The scale bolts are a fantastic addition. Well done!

Cheers, I would be more than happy to supply one for you ;). The printed detail on the axles is really good, so I felt the drop boxes need the extra bling :laughing:

PeteAttryde
09-04-2016, 07:48 AM
More scale hardware this time on the transmission

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5218_zpssynmlp8t.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5217_zpsovffby7z.jpg

:eek:

MadMooseRC
09-04-2016, 07:57 AM
So sexy!

generis
09-05-2016, 05:12 AM
Looks great! Where's the motor from? I like!

PeteAttryde
09-05-2016, 10:20 AM
Looks great! Where's the motor from? I like!

It's from Thingyverse :- V8 Motor cover (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1479890)

PeteAttryde
09-10-2016, 07:45 AM
Made a start on the chassis this week,

started life as a straight section of 12mm x 12mm steel box

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5220_zpsonvpkiol.jpg

next up measured up and made all the bends, some are hand bent in the vice others were cut and then silver soldered.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5221_zpsfmdvwd2i.jpg

then marked the top face before getting out the death wheel and slicing the box in half.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5223_zpsceydbdef.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5224_zpsqdngygex.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5225_zpslrxrvazn.jpg

Next step will be the cross members, engine and suspension mounts.

PeteAttryde
09-11-2016, 11:37 AM
Got a bit more done today,

Added a couple of cross members and the start of the rocksliders/bodymounts

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5300_zpsxoi1sow6.jpg

as you can see I had to redesign the front chassis rail and also got a winch for the front.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5299_zpsemeydo3c.jpg

Next was step was to make a start on the front suspension link. I am going to try a 1 link and panhard on the front I may also do the same on the rear.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5296_zpsyxq4ujeg.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5295_zps2hi6fj24.jpg

last shot of the day, this is pretty much at ride height and the front link is installed, as you can just about see there is nothing hanging below the chassis rails.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5293_zpsubmqegn7.jpg

More soon.

imthatguy
09-14-2016, 08:40 AM
Fab work is on point, but points taken away for body carnage. ;)

PeteAttryde
09-14-2016, 09:51 AM
Fab work is on point, but points taken away for body carnage. ;)

More body carnage too follow ;)

PeteAttryde
10-09-2016, 11:46 AM
finally made a little progress on this, this weekend ::awwcrap

Front axle is mostly in place, just needs a panhard bar, also mostly mounted the engine and transmission.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5325_zpsrldfe92o.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5327_zpsnqklpyrv.jpg

just need to slightly modify the engine mounts and stick them in place.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5326_zps9whjdarj.jpg

Also made a start on the rocksliders/bodymounts,

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5328_zpst9bydfp7.jpg

Popped the shell on to check the under hood clearance (it's close but it misses)

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5330_zpseqsu4poz.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5329_zpss7uz4xnu.jpg

Hoping to get some more done this week, my aim being get the rear axle mounted at least.

BadWagon
10-09-2016, 01:30 PM
Wow, this build is picking up steam. Love the axles.

I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.

PeteAttryde
10-15-2016, 06:56 AM
Wow, this build is picking up steam. Love the axles.

I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.

It's been nice to finally have some time to work on tiny trucks ::D:

This mornings progress was locking in the rear links. Decided on triangulated 4 link on the rear.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5332_zpsz0mf3jtv.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5333_zps95bez91o.jpg

and as with the front nothing hangs below the chassis rails :biggthumpup:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5334_zpsfiuvxlp5.jpg

This afternoon will be finalizing upper shock mounts both front and rear and making clearance for the front propshaft as part of the 1 link is currently in the way ::awwcrap

PeteAttryde
10-15-2016, 09:59 AM
Hmmm, didn't make as much progress this afternoon,

Got the cut out to clear the propshaft roughed out, once the shocks are in there final position and I can cycle the suspension through it's full range I will close in the tube to restore strength.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5337_zpsyiz7jhhd.jpg

This is rapidly becoming the most complicated cross-member I have built so far.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5336_zpso0wbg7z2.jpg

A quick shot of the underside,

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5335_zpsgiorxddx.jpg

Chassis end panhard bracket, still needs tidying up and soldering on.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5339_zpsmivonpyh.jpg

One last one think the clearance on this should be quite handy ::D:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5340_zpsuiseib92.jpg

more, as and when it happens.

H2Micr0
10-16-2016, 06:27 PM
Hey Pete.

Just found this build.

Bloody awesome as always sir.

Love your fab skills, is always an inspiration.

Cheers
H2Micr0

BadWagon
10-17-2016, 05:05 AM
The suspension work is in depth for sure. Looks like you're addressing all of it before you get too far a long.

Keep it up!

PeteAttryde
10-29-2016, 09:52 AM
The suspension work is in depth for sure. Looks like you're addressing all of it before you get too far a long.

Keep it up!

Thanks, I am spending a fair bit of time on the suspension as I want it to be just right, and due to the added height from the portals I also want to keep it sitting as low as possible which leads to some very tight clearances.

Got a little more done this afternoon :beerchug:

Made and fitted the upper shock mounts both front and rear, so now it's self supporting :biggthumpup:

Need to take some pics with the body off but the phone battery went flat :blush: but here's some with the body on

This is the clearance sitting at around 5mm under ride height (currently no springs fitted)

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20161029_170214_zpsuayowyxt.jpg

as you can see it's got a nice smooth underside

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20161029_170238_zpsbbxrejwp.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20161029_170138_zpsaz0q3lwy.jpg

Not masses of articulation but enough and nicely balanced front and rear.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20161029_170002_zpsipbfenrf.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20161029_170009_zpsf1wto0eq.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20161029_170054_zpssopqaqpy.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20161029_170254_zpsh2lvz3xo.jpg

I'll get some body off shots tomorrow.

Thanks as ever for looking.

MadMooseRC
10-29-2016, 02:07 PM
Looking good Pete!

BadWagon
10-29-2016, 04:46 PM
Yummy

PeteAttryde
10-30-2016, 09:56 AM
Looking good Pete!

Thanks Boss :laughing:


Yummy

:popcorn:

Not really feeling it today but still got a few bits done.

Firewall started,

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5358_zpsyoasnggn.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5355_zpsrmirlinp.jpg

Sanded the back of the grill down to open it up and then glued it into position.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5354_zpsfxznho3p.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5353_zpsk2b7smzb.jpg

Really liking the stance of this thing.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5352_zpshyxipjvw.jpg

Finally today a couple of shots of the rear suspension including the shock mounts,

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5356_zpsoavxbo6s.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5357_zpslt20fiob.jpg

That's all for today, I hope I can get some time in the shed this week and continue the progress.

Jamifra
11-02-2016, 11:41 AM
Any build that starts by cutting a rare body with a saw has my attention

:laughing:

PeteAttryde
11-05-2016, 08:09 AM
Not much done this week as its been another mad week @ work, however printed a set of 1/8.5 scale Recaro seats,had to scale up a set of 1/10 ones I found on the intawebs also printed a set of waffle boards.

The seats took a grand total of 52 hours to print but I am really happy with end result. Seen here with the first coat of primer.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5360_zpsu7fxdwjv.jpg

waffle boards in there lime green splendor

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/DSCF5359_zps4psgtezk.jpg

More soon I hope as I would like to have this at least running by the 27th of this month for a local GTG.

BadWagon
11-06-2016, 09:08 AM
Love the seats, definitely worth the time.

imthatguy
11-06-2016, 03:04 PM
Such a wonderful body, isn't it Pete? I'm already regretting selling mine. But that's pretty normal. Sell and regret!

Coming along smashingly well.

PeteAttryde
11-13-2016, 10:37 AM
Love the seats, definitely worth the time.

Thanks, it's nice having the printer as finding a suitable seat for this body.


Such a wonderful body, isn't it Pete? I'm already regretting selling mine. But that's pretty normal. Sell and regret!

Coming along smashingly well.

It's is indeed a great body, and actually nicer to work with than the Discovery body was. I would like to have made more progress but other things keep getting in the way.

Shot some matte black at the seats, and have to say I'm really happy with out come.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b235/RACEFACE120/Project%20Portal/20161113_163548_zpshhubaxtk.jpg

No other progress on this one though.:confused:

OldfartRC
06-12-2017, 04:37 AM
HOLY COW!!! That's one Badass Build! I hope you've made some progress since your last post.
Stunning work indeed!