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#1 Jairus

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 12:49 PM

A long while back a customer asked me to build two Predator Thingies.
Actually, he wanted a La Bostella coupe but all I had were these roadster versions.  

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I very quickly realized two things.  There is NO room for an interior with an in-line motor mount.  The second problem is nobody makes rubber for those Russkit rear wheels anymore.  

So I contacted Gene about using his new Predator bodies which are very close in shape and size to the La Bostella... and continued building the chassis.
Yes, I have to do everything TWICE!

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Customer wanted a sliding weight exactly the same as what I built in issue #5 of SCM called "The Alien".
Below is the completed center sections with the slider installed.

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Meanwhile, the bodies arrived from Gene and at first it looked like clearances would not be a problem.

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Stay tuned.
 


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 01:00 PM

The previous post was actually last October.  
I got really busy with other jobs and so the project sat.
Finally pulled the chassis out and installed out-rigger rails to mount some pans in late November.
Also managed to find some perfect wheels that would fit the natural rubber JK now sells.

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Pans are now hung and it's time for final assembly.

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Again, no indication of body fitment problems.

But, once I got the wheels mounted and started cutting and mounting the bodies as low as possible.  That's when the motor started hitting the body up by the canopy.
This was about December 1.

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Arrrgggg...
So I bit the bullet and cut some clearance holes.  But I worried over it for a week trying to figure out what to do.

Now, time for paint.
 


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 01:09 PM

And this is 11 days later after much time was spent allowing the water based paint to dry.

The front wheels are installed on floppy arms, but held in place by torsion rods.  They move only 1/16" up or down to account for different tracks.  But if they are run on a recessed braid track, will probably require washers added to the tongue flag in order to keep the chassis from touching.

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The clearance holes in the body.... I did something different with.
Think, Folker DR-1?

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Well, that's it.

I'll scribe my name in the chassis and permanently mark each chassis with a #1 or #2 so the bodies get put back on the right chassis.  
Then pack them up and mail today.

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 03:15 PM

Cooling holes with eyebrows :good: :heart:


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 03:20 PM

Beautiful work Jairus, and a really clever way to handle the body clearance!


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 08:38 PM

I was wondering when those bodies would start to show-up in some builds, well worth the wait!  Will that center weight travel the entire length of the rails, and can it be heard when it stops?


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 08:49 PM

The center bar travels only 3/4" where it strikes the motor case.  Yes, the noise is clearly heard as a slight ring.


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 10:52 AM

I was wondering when those bodies would start to show-up in some builds, well worth the wait!  Will that center weight travel the entire length of the rails, and can it be heard when it stops?


Here another one Jairus built for me!

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