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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Beers View Post
    That turned out killer..
    Supper clean and functional....
    Great job.
    Thanks! that was the plan. super simple = super dependable

    Quote Originally Posted by pardonmyn00b View Post
    Nicely done, Blake!
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by delux View Post
    That's nuts! Looks alot like most of my shirts...
    What? the nuts? that must be a weird looking shirt?

    Quote Originally Posted by crawl330h View Post
    I love this car. I still have to put the Amigop together

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    Yes you do! I want to see it when it's done

    Quote Originally Posted by TastyBagel View Post
    Very nice!

    I don't suppose you'd consider sharing the files for the mount/center section by any chance? I've been planning on doing pretty much the same thing for my xj, but if I don't have to design a version of my own from scratch, so much the better haha.
    Let me get some wheeling time to work out the bugs and then maybe we'll talk.

    Speaking of which, one of the issues I had was that the opening for the motor was too small. it was my fault not double checking my dimensions.

    It was a pretty easy fix with a grinding bit.



    the other issue was that I make the skid to the exact dimensions of the SCX10 skid. well it's injected molded plastic, this is layered Nylon. and in order to get a clean interior for the gears I had to position the part on the machine in such a way the layers went across the screw holes resulting in a crack when I assembled the lower links.



    the cool thing is it's reparable.

    I first notched the crack



    then I chucked a piece of the raw material in a dremmel



    and welded the crack shut with friction.



    Then cleaned the face with a razor



    I may revise the part to be thicker in that area if I continue to have problems.

    More later

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    So now it was time to start the skins. i always begin with the rear quarters as it aligns the whole body.

    test fitting, they seem to align up well.



    it's kind of hard to see in these pics but the inner fenders didn't reach the new skins. i think it was the way i build the first body. i didn't take a lot of time aligning things the first time around.



    I'll need to make filler panels i guess.

    i decided to trim more of the inner fender away to get to some cleaner metal then i glued the new skins on with the doors to keep it all aligned.



    now this time i wanted to have a decent hinge for the hood and trunk so i bent up some TIG wire



    then i used some aluminum to make a hinge



    glued the whole shebang together



    and attached it to the body



    now i made the front fenders permanent.



    next i repeated the hinge for the hood.



    And finally the roof went on.





    getting closer!

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    Looks soooo good! I love it! I normally hate car bodies on rock crawlers but this is an exception, it's sweet!
    Also I might steal that hinge idea for any of my future builds, haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blazer7567 View Post
    Looks soooo good! I love it! I normally hate car bodies on rock crawlers but this is an exception, it's sweet!
    Also I might steal that hinge idea for any of my future builds, haha
    I honestly built this as a joke but the more I drive it the more I like it! and yes for a Trar it really does look "right".

    Go right ahead and use my ideas. that's why I post them here.

    I had one last thing to do to the body for strength which was rear inner fender extensions. to accomplish that I chucked up my inner fender mold I made a while back and bent up some new parts





    then they were trimmed to size and glued in place



    Now I could tackle some chassis mods. The rear bumper was always just temporary and since it got hung up on everything and now that it's starting to bend I really needed to dump it.



    a few minutes with a hack saw and the offending piece was removed



    my plan now is to go with a tube bumper so the frame was pie cut and narrowed up to fit the size of the tube an gain more clearance



    then a simple profile was made



    and tacked in place to check the fit



    tucks up there pretty good



    happy with the fit I added some braces



    one more check and all looks good.



    the last mod I did to the chassis was the addition of the braces to the front bumper. I got tired of bending it back every other time it got used.



    more later!

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    Sweet HeavyMetal! Love those bodies! Regards Jens
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    Thanks!

    Time for more progress.

    I needed to do a few more things before I could paint which was a way to hold the hood and trunk down. I wanted to keep hood pins on the front but didn't like the size of the pins I had before so I used a method I developed on my other trucks which was taking a small nail and drilling a hole just big enough for a micro LST body clip and glued it to the radiator support.



    once I popped the hole in the hood that was ready to go.



    for the trunk I needed something easy to open for battery access but didn't want hood pins showing. I don't have time for some complicated latch mechanism like on my class 1 toy and Scout so I decided to go with rare earth magnets. the problem is that they are actually too strong and I was afraid I would bend the trunk lid trying to open it. so the first order of business was to reinforce the area.

    for the tail pan I formed a channel that fit the profile and went all the way to the trunk floor.



    then glued it in place



    next I added a channel to the trunk lid



    now I needed something for the magnet to stick to so I used some real thin tin I had lying around.



    fits good



    lastly the magnet



    it worked beautifully and holds the trunk lid firm but allows me to open it without damaging the trunk lid.

    finally it was time for paint and since it is a Mopar, and I love purple, I put on my version of metallic plum crazy because honestly, this thing truly is!







    I still have more to do but it's getting close!

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    looking really good

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    Spectacular engineering Blake. I really like the transfer case/motor/transmission piece. Definitely will have to look you up for the files once you've worked out all the bugs.
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    DANGIT! You always steal all the good colors before I get to use them!

    I am Not a mopar guy but you have to love a charger

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    What can I say other than fantastic

    I really like that skid too

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