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Old 02-07-2010, 11:37 AM   #81
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Duuuude i have built tube frames before,and i used to work in a machine shop,but i will be honest and tell you that you had some very good info and even some things ive learned.Great writeup and hope to see it on the rocks soon
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Old 02-07-2010, 02:28 PM   #82
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Duuuude i have built tube frames before,and i used to work in a machine shop,but i will be honest and tell you that you had some very good info and even some things ive learned.Great writeup and hope to see it on the rocks soon
Danke.

A quick update: I've had to think really hard how I wanted to do the roof and hood. Metal would be awesome, but might test the limits of my fabrication skills. Plus, thats a bit of weight up high, which is not what you want. Rest assured I've got something in the works, and should have pics up later this afternoon.
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Danke.

A quick update: I've had to think really hard how I wanted to do the roof and hood. Metal would be awesome, but might test the limits of my fabrication skills. Plus, thats a bit of weight up high, which is not what you want. Rest assured I've got something in the works, and should have pics up later this afternoon.
use tin...as in pop cans....Monster cans, red bulls....light weight and easy to cut into shape!
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Old 02-07-2010, 02:57 PM   #84
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use a condom as a roof. that woudl be dope as ****.
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Old 02-07-2010, 02:58 PM   #85
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use a condom as a roof. that woudl be dope as ****.
bahahahahaha......a colored one too.....or even ribbed for your pleasure.....
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use a condom as a roof. that woudl be dope as ****.


But seriously nice build duuuuuuuuude.
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Old 02-07-2010, 03:59 PM   #87
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use tin...as in pop cans....Monster cans, red bulls....light weight and easy to cut into shape!
Not a bad idea, but that might look a little hokey for this build. A regular comp tuber? Hell yeah, I'd be rocking the Monster panels for sure.

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mmmmmm no.

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Old 02-07-2010, 09:35 PM   #88
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hey duuude im wanting to see a tube chassis build if you get a chance you want to give it a shot?
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Looks great Dude nice build thread.
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:13 PM   #90
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hey duuude im wanting to see a tube chassis build if you get a chance you want to give it a shot?
I did try my hand at it once. Search for "das boat" in the non-crawler r/c section. It never got finished. Besides, if you want to see a cool tuber, Zorlac is the master.

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Looks great Dude nice build thread.
Thank you sir.

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Old 02-07-2010, 10:25 PM   #91
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So I was weighing my options on what to make the roof panel out of. The same 3mm aluminum would be kinda heavy and mess up the COG a bit, but would look killer if I got it right. On the other hand, I could go light (and easy) with some polycarbonate or something. Since I wasn't sure, I found some scrap Lexan and tried that first...

I whipped up some simple mounts using aluminum angle and ended up with this. Pretty easy.



Maybe it wouldn't be that bad with aluminum...so I tried it out on the hood first...



Blammo! It looks killer, time to make a roof!

First I cut a strip of aluminum about 3.5" wide, and used my rubber deadblow hammer to contour it over the case of my bench grinder. Then, using the lexan as a template, cut it to shape. A whole bunch of fitting and filing later, I had this...



Thats a big chunk of metal. I figured some holes to match the hood would be what it needed.

Here they are laid out...



And drilled...



A bit lighter, though I don't know that I'd want to comp with it. I'll probably end up keeping the lexan lid and make a hood to match for the more serious crawling.

While I was at it I added a front and rear support...



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Old 02-07-2010, 10:31 PM   #92
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So whats left? Not a whole lot. Still have to decide on my side panels, though they will probably be aluminum as well, but much thinner. I also need to hit Fastenal for some screws to keep everything kinda the same. Right now there is a mix of 3mm and #4's.

I'm really liking the look of the roof with the natural finish. I may take a scotchbrite pad to the hood and get rid of the shiny. The contrast is pretty cool IMO.

Other than that all it needs is some electronics and a test drive. I'm not one to toot my own horn, but for something that kind of started out as a goof, it turned out pretty kick-ass! Though I'm a little scared to weight it...lol.
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it looks bad ass duuuuuude!!!
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AWesome build thread Duuuuuuudethat thing looks killer with the aluminum hood and roof
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AWesome build thread Duuuuuuudethat thing looks killer with the aluminum hood and roof
Thanks and thanks!

So the trip to Fastenal today was pretty much a bust. However I did manage to snag some thin sheeting for the side panels, which are now done. All thats left is some refitting of the hood and roof, install the electronics, and hit the rocks!

Unfortunately we got about 4" of snow and ice, so the rocks aren't going to happen for a while.

However, I am going to get some good pics tomorrow when the light is good as it is supposed to be sunny(ish). For now I will leave you with this...

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Old 02-08-2010, 09:56 PM   #96
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Man, that rig looks nice. Looking forward to seeing it all together.
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Man, that rig looks nice. Looking forward to seeing it all together.
Well if you're going to get all pushy about it, I guess I can show you one more...


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Maybe just one more...and thats it...the hood and roof panels came out killer...

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the suns reflection is going to blind you when you get it outside
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lol...probably. If I try to take a pic with the flash on it washes it out.
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