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Old Busted Hotness
12-15-09, 07:37 AM
Oh, that's an easy one. It's half truck:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/67.jpg
(In this case a Tamiya F-350 cab)

and half buggy

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/68.jpg

I've had this together for about a year, and decided to super-detail the sucker. The motor and transmission are deep in the chassis and quite compact, so I have room for a full interior. Looks like there's room for an engine, too. I know the guys that make these:

Engine Shop - BartosChassis (http://bartoschassis.weebly.com/engine-shop.html)

and couldn't resist picking up a resin big block for $15.00. I'm a Ford guy, so I'll build it up as a 460. The Bartoses are Chevy guys, so their kit looks more like a Chev, although they did a good job on the Ford valve covers.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/69.jpg

The included single-plane intake wasn't going to work on a heavy offroader, so I called Summit and ordered an Edelbrock Performer. It really should be taller, but it should look okay once it's covered with a carb and grime.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/70.jpg

Next order of business was to make the timing cover and water pump look like a proper Ford. Nothing fancy here, just lots of layers of styrene, and a few nuts shaved off a Tamiya semi wheel.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/71.jpg

All painted up. It'll pass. You can see how tight it fits between the shock hoops. It'll be fun to change the plugs in this beast. I mixed Microballoons in with the paint for an as-cast texture on the block, heads and intake.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/72.jpg

Thermostat cover and spiffy chrome nuts

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/73.jpg

I made this dashboard for another project, and figured annoying the rivet counters was worth it. Not very Fordlike, but I hate to let it molder in the parts box.

And more...

Old Busted Hotness
12-15-09, 07:44 AM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/74.jpg

Started work on the engine compartment

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/75.jpg

The radiator is textured aluminum cut from a Tamiya box trailer

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/76.jpg

Swapped the front leaf springs for a Skyjacker Z-Link suspension, or as I call it, a [color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color] link. Had to take a sledgehammer to the oil pan, but I got it in there.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/77.jpg

Hood pins come from a Losi Micro Crawler

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/78.jpg

No way I'm getting headers around those shock hoops, so I put the junkyard manifolds back on

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/79.jpg

Installed with downpipes

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/80.jpg

I could only find one door panel. Fortunately it's the one that matters.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/81.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/82.jpg

Door panels installed. Sorry for the bad focus

Old Busted Hotness
12-15-09, 07:51 AM
Tool box from Tractor Supply (actually a gift-card box) makes a good place to stash the battery

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/83.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/84.jpg

Power steering pump and alternator made and installed, engine bay painted

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/85.jpg

Floor pan that you'll never see

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/86.jpg

My driver, Wild Willy, seems to have flattened the seat with his big butt. When I said something, he just said "look who's talking" and shot me a dirty look. So I pulled his arms off until he apologized.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/87.jpg

That battery tray could use a cleaning

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/88.jpg

Body installed, upper and lower firewall joined

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/89.jpg

Ammo box hides the speed control and wires

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/90.jpg

Willy apologized, so I gave him back his arms.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/91.jpg

He looks a little cramped in that single cab, but I remain unsympathetic. Lil bassard hurt my feelings.

There will be more....

RC-Archer
12-15-09, 08:47 AM
1what1Unbelievable!!1what1

That truck appears to be be a distant inbred illegitimate cousin of my Ford High Lift.1strange1

Old Busted Hotness
12-15-09, 09:08 AM
The cab is actually from my first Hi-Lift, purchased on the day of its release. It's had a few bumps and scrapes over the years.

Back when it was shiny:
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/92.jpg

ScaleMotorcars
12-15-09, 10:13 AM
Love it. 1thumbup1

How about some more pictures of that Scorcher and trailer....

Old Busted Hotness
12-15-09, 02:53 PM
No can do. The Scorcher's been sold off, and I'm not sure where the trailer's wheels are 8he1he

ScaleMotorcars
12-15-09, 03:22 PM
No!!!!!!!!!!! 1boho1

Old Busted Hotness
12-15-09, 06:54 PM
Made some progress today. Found a fuel tank out in the yard. I think it's from a Nissan or something.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/95.jpg

Installed with filler neck, skidplate and cap:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/96.jpg

Expanded-metal bed (actually a Rubbermaid business-card rack)

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/97.jpg

Overall progress:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/98.jpg

And some old pics of the Scorcher. Bought it well used and incomplete, spent a ton of money on the restoration using a Blitzer Beetle body and correcting the wheel arches.

crawler07
12-15-09, 07:36 PM
Looks great Stu!! And that Scorcher had to have been a hard one to give up..

Old Busted Hotness
12-15-09, 08:32 PM
Yeah, but I hardly ever drove it and needed the money. Ended up getting about 2/3 of it back, which is pretty good for an RC "investment". Wish my 401k was doing that good.

Tonight's progress: Fuel can bracket

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/99.jpg

"Hey Willy, I got the one fuel line hooked up, whatcha want me to do with the other one?"

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/100.jpg

"Just stick a golf tee in it."

hot ford coupe
12-16-09, 08:38 AM
I have to say, OBH, you should win a medal for the most interesting vehicles. Again, the weathering you've done is first rate.

Old Busted Hotness
12-16-09, 12:37 PM
HFC, I got a thing about boring cars. I'd rather build an interesting POS than a nice belly-button rig.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/103.jpg

Taillights (Willy could only find one blue dot but that's cooler than none)

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/104.jpg

A little hard to see, but I filled in the existing scratches with silver. New scratches will remain white.


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/105.jpg

Brake lines, both hard...

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/106.jpg

And the flex line. Out of focus, up by the frame tube.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/107.jpg

Dual-outlet Flowmasters, bent, booger-welded and cracked pipes.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/108.jpg

Bug guard with a shout-out to the original build.

Old Busted Hotness
12-16-09, 04:16 PM
More work on the engine room:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/109.jpg

Steering box, shaft and rag joint

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/110.jpg

Heater box and hoses

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/111.jpg

Hillbilly overflow tank

I've been putting this off long enough, finally worked up the dexterity to do it:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/112.jpg

Fan belt made from .020 half round, rust in the unused grooves.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/113.jpg

Overall engine compartment shot

Old Busted Hotness
12-17-09, 09:18 PM
Scored a good used Mercedes battery (check that date code, I'm surprised it still holds a charge), and bent up a bracket to weld to the frame:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/121.jpg

CA fogging makes a pretty good simulation of terminal corrosion.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/122.jpg

Tucked under the toolbox for a nice low center of gravity

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/123.jpg

Is that positive lead going to hit the toolbox? No wonder I keep blowing alternators.

Now this one's been bugging me for a while. If that vacuum-secondary pot is going to be up there top and center, it needs to look more like a vacuum pot and less like a model-car axle:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/124.jpg

Much better now.

More to come, day off tomorrow!

hot ford coupe
12-18-09, 09:34 AM
If I didn't know you, OBH and I didn't see you build stuff here on the site, I would have sworn that truggy was the real thing. That's just downright incredible. 1clap11clap11clap1

Old Busted Hotness
12-18-09, 11:55 AM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/126.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/127.jpg

Willy's bumpin' now :lol:

Can't have a bashed-in fender without a broken sidemarker:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/128.jpg

And of course a cracked mirror.


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/129.jpg

Old Busted Hotness
12-18-09, 02:30 PM
More:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/131.jpg

Gotta have a 1.55 spare

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/132.jpg

Looking at the battery & fuel system, Willy is definitely going to need this

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/133.jpg

Not even the underside of the hood is safe from the detailing.

hot ford coupe
12-18-09, 08:57 PM
Just when I thought it was safe to poke my head out again......................1clap11clap11clap1

Old Busted Hotness
12-19-09, 12:51 PM
It's getting safer, but not yet safe.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/135.jpg

Taillights

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/136.jpg

Reverse light

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/137.jpg

Headlights

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/138.jpg

Redneck internet

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/139.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/140.jpg

Overall shot of the bed

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/141.jpg

and the cab.

Ignore the tiny tires. Our club is putting on a Small Tire Challenge tomorrow, and my big 'uns haven't arrived yet.

Old Busted Hotness
12-20-09, 07:20 AM
A holdover from the original, box-stock build was the antenna hole in the roof. Gotta do something about that, and I didn't feel like blending paint. So how about a roof-mounted spot?

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/142.jpg

And I thought I had a pair of wiper blades, but must have used them on something else. They're not hard to make, and I think these look better than the Tamiya units anyway:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/143.jpg

Old Busted Hotness
12-20-09, 09:53 PM
And more!

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/144.jpg

Changed the lights on the roll bar (the old one had decal lenses)

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/145.jpg

Broke one already!

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/146.jpg

Chucked a Hi-Lift jack in the back for trail emergencies.

not much more I can do til the wheels & tires arrive.

3.Star
12-21-09, 01:17 AM
OBH you're proving another time, that ugly trucks need love too. And you are the man, who gives it to them. Every time I'm looking at your builds, I just tend to say: These vehicles are the right stuff to go. No worries about a scratch or dent in the paintjob.Doesn't matter, if your loving spouse is pouring another mixture of cottage cheese and herbs de provence on the trunk's carpet, after she shot in the coke-bottles on her last shopping trip. So in either way, one has to love his fellow-companions.
Keep on doing your fabulous modelling


Cheers

Michael

Old Busted Hotness
12-21-09, 04:43 PM
Cheers Michael.

I got my tires today, but the wheels are still on a boat somewhere:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/147.jpg

And because there are some trail emergencies that you can't handle with a Hi-Lift jack:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/148.jpg

I love this stuff!

ScaleMotorcars
12-21-09, 05:03 PM
In honor to our good buddy OBH SMC now has a new Scale R/C forum. 1thumbup1

Old Busted Hotness
12-21-09, 07:08 PM
Woohoo!

Old Busted Hotness
12-22-09, 07:55 AM
Some paint on the old pistola:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/149.jpg

And a can of chaw:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/150.jpg

I hope Willy takes his helmet off when he chews. Could get messy.

hot ford coupe
12-22-09, 07:48 PM
Now we're really gettin' somewhere. It's the little things that make this build what it is.

Old Busted Hotness
12-24-09, 03:52 PM
All I want for Christmas....


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/157.jpg

is a 50 shot.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/158.jpg

Solenoids installed on the firewall, lines leading to the plate under the carb.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/159.jpg

Bottle tucked under the bed next to the battery. Looks like I need to clean up the glue down there....

Old Busted Hotness
12-27-09, 08:33 AM
Gotta have some nitrous lines to go with the tank:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/160.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/161.jpg

K&N breather and vacuum line for the brake booster

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/162.jpg

Muffler clamps

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/163.jpg

Rust on the Hi-Lift

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/164.jpg

I'll probably use these axle wideners to help with stability. Somehow this thing got really heavy.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/165.jpg

Mandatory flex shot

hot ford coupe
12-27-09, 12:44 PM
The crew over at my LHS would go ballistic over that. That's definitely hard core R/C.

Old Busted Hotness
12-28-09, 12:16 PM
I might try my luck in the spring model contest at my LHS. There's plenty of modeling in here. The details just never end...

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/177.jpg

Power steering hoses

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/178.jpg

Tranny cooler

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/179.jpg

A little gray wash to dull the bright colors and age the hoses a bit.

hot ford coupe
12-28-09, 04:21 PM
You definitely have to put that one in the contest. The gray wash does the trick. How do you apply it? What type of paint are you using? What is the ratio of color to not color (thinner vs. clear) ?

Old Busted Hotness
12-29-09, 07:19 AM
The paint I used is Createx white and Testors acrylic flat black, mixed on a palette to get various shades of gray. Some parts of the mix are light, others are dark. I've found engine compartments are rarely uniform, so this works well. Once the color is mixed, I dip the brush in water and spread the color around. Kinda old-school.

hot ford coupe
12-29-09, 03:41 PM
Thanks OBH. I'm going to try it out.

Old Busted Hotness
12-30-09, 06:34 AM
More little details:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/184.jpg

Light half full of water

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/185.jpg

Shackle covering that hole in the bumper

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/186.jpg

Spare clip for the hand cannon

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/187.jpg

Overall progress. Still waiting for my wheels to arrive.

Old Busted Hotness
12-30-09, 04:53 PM
I guess that 50-shot was too much for the old motor mounts.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/190.jpg

Good thing I had this chain.

Old Busted Hotness
12-31-09, 10:51 AM
Well, the motor mount took out the hood when it failed, so it's time for a new one:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/192.jpg

Actually the old one had some filled body-post holes from a previous life (this body has been on 4 chassis that I can think of).

Damn Google. Found an image of a B&M high-capacity pan for the C6 trans so I had to make this:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/193.jpg

It's a bit out of focus, but I did do the cast-in B&M lettering. Well, I had to do "B+M", the ampersand is pretty hard to do when it's 1/16 inch across. The item description mentioned that you don't have to alter the dipstick to use the pan. Dipstick! I knew I forgot something.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2009/12/194.jpg

Old Busted Hotness
01-04-10, 04:35 PM
Time for an update!

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/1.jpg

White spoke wheels from RC4WD, detailed with a Sharpie

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/2.jpg

Just the look I was going for. Now all it needs is the new shocks and it'll be done. Ish.

hot ford coupe
01-05-10, 01:03 AM
Man, dig them crazy balonies.1thumbup11thumbup11thumbup1

Old Busted Hotness
01-05-10, 07:11 PM
Experimenting now with more weathering. The new wheels are steel, so I let one of 'em soak in sea salt and hydrogen peroxide after scraping a little paint off. Should rust up nicely before long.

Old Busted Hotness
01-06-10, 01:17 PM
Wideners off, shocks on :D

Let's go play outside:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/8.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/9.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/10.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/11.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/12.jpg

Upskirt shot

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/13.jpg

The windshield doesn't fit as well as it could. I think I'll make a Lund visor to make it a bit less obvious.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/14.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/15.jpg

I thought the peroxide was working well til I saw one of the other wheels had rusted just the same where the wheel nut had scraped the paint off. I'll just let 'em rust naturally. With this weather it shouldn't be long.

strevo
01-06-10, 07:44 PM
Wow OBH! If I didn't know better I'd think I was looking at the real thing!1thumbup1 You never cease to amaze me with your details.
-Steve

Old Busted Hotness
01-08-10, 04:28 PM
Managed to fit a pair of Deuce drums to the rear. They look a bit like 3/4 ton brakes stuffed into a 15-inch wheel:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/20.jpg

hot ford coupe
01-09-10, 07:02 PM
Wow OBH! If I didn't know better I'd think I was looking at the real thing!1thumbup1 You never cease to amaze me with your details.
-Steve

Same thing for me. Just when you think OBH has peaked, something like this comes along and raises the bar again and again. /~\/~\/~\

Old Busted Hotness
01-17-10, 06:32 PM
Action pics! Just to show I'm not afraid to beat on it.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/63.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/64.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/65.jpg

It's okay, it's okay. I meant to do that.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/66.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/67.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/01/68.jpg

hot ford coupe
01-17-10, 07:42 PM
Dang, that thing moves like a tank. Looking great yet quite functional. 1clap11clap11clap1

Old Busted Hotness
01-18-10, 07:32 AM
It IS a tank. Weighs about 9 pounds all up.

Old Busted Hotness
02-03-10, 09:48 PM
Thanks to all who voted this MOTM! 1thumbup1

Old Busted Hotness
05-24-10, 07:21 AM
Action pics from yesterday:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/05/182.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/05/183.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/05/184.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/05/185.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/05/186.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/05/187.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/05/188.jpg