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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) Old Busted Hotness is offline
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      Started: 02-19-10 Build Revisions: Never  
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      One of my buddies on another forum suggested a station wagon to tow the camper, so I'm putting this together. It'll have the same road-weary, beat-down flavor you've come to expect, and ride on my old Losi XXX-S. So I'm calling it the XXX-SW.

      After a long day of styrene 1972 Ford Country Squire slinging, the XXX-SW is starting to take shape:





      The hood was tricky. Trailing edge still needs work.



      Some of the wood trim is missing, too
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  1. Old Busted Hotness's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Just showing off the 2-way tailgate:



    This is about as complicated as anything I've built.

    How-to in a bit.
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
    QUOTE QUOTE #17

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    [b]wow[/b]
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    QUOTE QUOTE #18

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    Right, pay attention now:



    This brass bit is a spring which slides into a hole in the moving door jamb...



    ...preventing the jamb from rotating when the door is open. A pin pushes against the spring to release it in the tailgate-down position.



    The moving door jamb is soldered to a short tube, into which slides a longer tube which locates the assembly between the taillights. The double-tube hinge allows the tailgate to swing down.



    The linkage is a bit complex. The outer latch operates a rocker which pulls the pin on the right-hand hinge so the door can open. The inside latch pushes the pin into the left-hand latch and simultaneously pulls the right-hand pin directly, bypassing the rocker.

    The linkage is spring-loaded using solar-cell test probes from Norway.
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    Brilliant.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
    QUOTE QUOTE #20

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    Minor update:



    Finished the tailgate



    Fuel door



    Started on a taillight
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    Got some more done this afternoon:



    Taillight and sidemarker



    Tailgate painted. The woodgrain is a simple wet-brush mix of brown, red-brown and black. Paint one color, dip your brush in the next color and blend, touch up as needed. With similar colors like this it's not hard to get a nice woodgrain. Once that was dry I faded it with a thin white wash in the airbrush 1972 Ford Country Squire .



    Door handles test fitted. How to make door handles:



    Frame cut from .020 and a short length of angle...



    Assembled with backing sheet.
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    Your magic door mechanism is simply fantastic, OBH.
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    Thanks! It took me a long time to figure it out.

    Got started on the interior:



    The giant trans tunnel is necessary because the base vehicle is belt-driven.



    Ditched the 5-year-old race gear for a nice slow outrunner and a smaller battery. You can see the belt guard down the center of the chassis. I'll probably stick a cooler in the back seat to hide that. I'm determined to use a bench seat up front, but it's going to look funny. Maybe a folded map in the middle over the hump.

    Now for some how-to action:

    Here's the way I build. I'm going to make a wheelwell at the back of the interior. Start by bending up a piece of styrene 1972 Ford Country Squire into the arc you need to clear the wheel:



    Use that as a template to mark the interior tub:



    Cut out:



    Here's the clever bit. Rather than rely on the line joint between the two pieces of plastic, I bend up some .010 into 90 degree pieces that I glue over the joint.



    Just bend, don't crease. You don't want these to crack.



    You can see where the angled strips come into play here. They make the joint much stronger so there's no problem with rough handling or poor driving.
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    OBH, what do you use for an adhesive?
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    Great stuff. Don't forget the rips and duct tape on the seats. Oh yeah, you also need the ciggy burns and (root) beer stains
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    kc, I'm using Plastruct Bondene liquid, but only because I can't get Tenax anymore.
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    Yep, that's the stuff. Get it while you can.
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    HFC, all that and more. I may even attempt a plastic, plastic Hay-zoos. Or maybe a Virgin Mary.

    Man, the word filter bleeped Hay-zoos and made an innocent comment seem dirty.
    Last edited by Old Busted Hotness; 02-26-10 at 06:06 AM.
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
    QUOTE QUOTE #30

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    OBH, You could also put a baby seat in the space in the middle. That might help hide the bump. Keep it up, it's looking great!
    -Steve
    "Success and failure are the same choice; only attitude determines the difference." Ross A. Halliday
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