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Old 09-18-2006, 09:46 AM   #21
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A Y-harness will work fine as long as you don't want to do front digs/burns.
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Old 09-23-2006, 05:30 AM   #22
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The good news: Hi-Lift arrived Friday

The bad news: In the boss' words, "This isn't Hong Kong, you can buy it on the 25th."

He's so mean...But I do have some initial impressions. I got to slit the shrink wrap and have a look inside

First of all, this thing weighs a TON! This is no featherweight.

The tranny has several revisions from semi-truck spec, including die-cast and chrome-plated shift forks, and a couple of tubes cross-bracing the tranny case.

The axles are gorgeous Choose the matte-finish covers or leave the pumpkins black and use the little rubber plugs. I like the rubber plugs, and the axles look more streamlined without the covers on (Did you think I could resist test-fitting them?)

Two complete sets of lenses are included, white and yellow, so you could build a French F-350 if you really wanted to You also get dummy LED's to put in the lamps.

Two different exhaust-pipe options, too.

The tires are uber sweet. Bigger and softer than BFG's, but not as big as soft as Geo's. No foams are included or necessary.

The chrome on this thing is gorgeous, even for Tamiya.

I hope it's a slow day at work, maybe I can get something done
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Old 09-23-2006, 10:36 AM   #23
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haha, i cant wait to see pics!!!!!!
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Old 09-23-2006, 12:42 PM   #24
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i want mine now so bad stu you dont even know
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Old 09-24-2006, 04:24 PM   #25
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Smuggling 101:

Take lots of smoke breaks, and if you give the excuse that your Zippo is out of fuel, then you can go outside to your truck 4 times during your shift with a tire in your pocket. By the time work is done, you've had not only one more smoke break than usual, but a full set of tires.

This only works if the boss isn't watching you like a hawk, waiting for you to snatch the body out of the kit and take it home or something sneaky like that. But I'd never do something so underhanded. That would be wrong

Anyway, here's the teaser. I'm not going to use the kit wheels. I'm using these instead. They're Tamiya's ever-sweet 2-piece rims, with centers glommed from the re-issue of the Monogram Big T 1/8 scale plastic kit. While they don't have enough lugs for an F-350, neither do the kit wheels, so we're even :p

If the tires look a little scuffy, it's because I couldn't help running them on the XC F-150. I gotta satisfy my Ford jones somehow!
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Smuggling 101:

Take lots of smoke breaks, and if you give the excuse that your Zippo is out of fuel, then you can go outside to your truck 4 times during your shift with a tire in your pocket. By the time work is done, you've had not only one more smoke break than usual, but a full set of tires.

This only works if the boss isn't watching you like a hawk, waiting for you to snatch the body out of the kit and take it home or something sneaky like that. But I'd never do something so underhanded. That would be wrong
Radar mailed most of a Jeep home from Korea a piece at a time like that on M.A.S.H., so that method gotta have some merit...

Out of all of the Hi-Lift builds going on around them internets, this is the one I'm most anxiously awaiting...
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Old 09-24-2006, 05:04 PM   #27
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Major update tomorrow
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Radar mailed most of a Jeep home from Korea a piece at a time like that on M.A.S.H., so that method gotta have some merit...

Out of all of the Hi-Lift builds going on around them internets, this is the one I'm most anxiously awaiting...
And Clinger(spl?) tried to eat one. I was thinking more along the lines of Johnny Cash, One Piece at a Time.
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:58 AM   #29
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Good news! Two guys showed up for my shift (including me) so I can go home and build this thang! Yeah, I'm supposed to be selling helicopter parts and glow plugs, but I can't resist the lure of the Hi-Lift.


Stay tuned...
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Stu, mine arrived Friday too, but my HobbyTown guys pulled through and let me take it home.

Mine's built already, and man oh man do my fingers hurt! There's a ton of parts.
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Well, there's one hobby shop that plays by the rules. But I did manage to smuggle the body out as well, so that's been sitting there painted for a couple of days

The build-o-rama is over, and all I can say is wow. This is one sweet beast. They called it right by modeling it after the F-350. It's heavy and stiffly sprung, and drives like a fullsize. I built my leaves with the smallest auxiliary leaf under the main leaf, and used the anti-wrap leaf but not the zip-ties. I may pull the coils out of the shocks, as it's a little too stiff but not so much that I want to make a flex-monster out of it. I want it to act like a 350.

The Novak is as sweet as pie. You can creep along so slow that a slug would leave you in the dust, and then nail the throttle and it feels like a decent stock motor. The drag brake, doesn't. You'll have to use the active braking if you want to hold your position on a hill. Remember this is an inrunner.

I will never, ever get tired of bangin' it up and down through the gears.

The tires, sweet. You're going to see a lot of small rigs with these on. Maybe Imex will come through with some 1.9 Swampers. That's a hint, guys.

I like the red, too I detailed the lenses with paint instead of the stickers, and used stainless M3 button-heads on all the exposed screws. I'm not a fan of the brush guard, but it'll save my chrome bumper some wear and tear. I'd like to keep it pretty as long as possible.
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Lookin' good.

In that last pic, did you distort the lens with the screw?
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Sweet ride mg.....Looks great!!!! I like it in that red color....
What rims are those????
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Sweet ride mg.....Looks great!!!! I like it in that red color....
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Anyway, here's the teaser. I'm not going to use the kit wheels. I'm using these instead. They're Tamiya's ever-sweet 2-piece rims, with centers glommed from the re-issue of the Monogram Big T 1/8 scale plastic kit. While they don't have enough lugs for an F-350, neither do the kit wheels, so we're even
Wheels look killer, BTW
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Old 09-25-2006, 04:42 PM   #35
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JIA, yeah, that damned screw. It got the other side, too. Touching up the outside of the lens to hide it is on my list of things to do, along with painting the body-mount screws red and getting a pic of the Novak.

If I really wanted to, I could cut the turn signals from the lenses on the yellow tree, and the headlamps from the clear parts, and glue them together into one unit like they do on 1:1 vehicles, but damn that's a lot of work.

The wheels aren't quite done yet
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Old 09-25-2006, 04:51 PM   #36
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Goat loking really good, I like the red too. Should have mine in a few days, aw the build begins.
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:00 PM   #37
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Looks great Goat!

It was so cool to walk into Hobby Town in Columbia and see 4 of the F350s sitting on the floor waiting for good homes!

Lose the roll bar, and brush gaurd. Mount up some Goelanders and it would be more my cup of tea!

I am tempted, but not yet!
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:03 PM   #38
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That thing looks awesome!
I can't wait to see what others do with theirs, the possibilities seem endless.
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:16 PM   #39
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Nice work goat I agree with you on everything.I too don't like the brush/grill guard.Th red looks awesome dude!As for mine I think I'm going to do the Harley paint scheme.Badass work dude!
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:49 PM   #40
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trying to resist the temptation
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