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Old 11-16-2020, 02:32 PM   #1
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Default Rusty Attempts A G.I. Joe Never Sleeps 1/6 Scale

What's up people. it's been at least 3 to 4 years since i did a build.
Matter of fact sold most of my RC and have 9 left and they're all been sitting dormant since then..
lol..
So now i have the itch to start another build during the winter months.
This time it will be the G.I. Joe Jeep Willy's that been on the shelf for like 8 years and didn't have the courage to rip it apart.

So after doing some homework and Googling (G.I. Joe Jeep Willy's build) and lot of images pop up to give some insight on where to go with this..

I would like to keep it Army looking, will save me time to paint but you never know....
also i want to make this a leaf spring instead of links set up that i see every body doing..
My OCD tell me to do leaf's spring to make more scale, don't care for articulation at the moment but if leaf's don't pan out will try the links....

For parts I'll be just using what i have on hand as I'm going to try a budget build which in my mine is still going to cost me...hahaha

As for trans going try a brand new Axle Yeti trans Or (Xtra Speed 2 speed trans, at least with forward engine ,More Money)with Old school axial axles and like to upgrade to D44 axle housings..

Servo-cheap one for now, and still working on some type of army tire...
Anyways there probably be lots of pics and I'll try to explain as best as I can....
Also as i write this I'm a bit a head of the build so I'll try to play Ketchup.. lol Catch-up..
Enjoy....one more thing, for all you Hasbro Jeep willy's build thanks for your knowledge and inspiration..
Ps might be a long build nothing fancy just long and slow....
As one person said on this forum a while back said,this is (Eye Ball Engineering) at best..

this is what i have to work with..2003 Gi Joe Jeep Willy's..

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So this where I'm at now all apart and investigating each piece on how and where I'm going to cut and modify.....

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Old 11-16-2020, 05:54 PM   #2
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WooHoo! another Jeep build!
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Old 11-20-2020, 06:40 PM   #3
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well made some more progress not much but getting there...

Not to good at explaining stuff but try my best.so after grinding to where I want to be the transfer case fits well...

frame off resto..
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figuring out leaf ..
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ties are 2.2 going to try 1.9 thinner tire 4.75 height...

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here's the yeti trans and motor that I'm going to try to shoehorn under the hood...lol
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using xtra shaft the i had from the yeti and cutting it here.....
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not sure if it's order but hope it helps...
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Old 11-20-2020, 06:49 PM   #4
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found more pics, cut ,hardware ,spacer, ready to install...... lol

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Old 11-21-2020, 12:52 PM   #5
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so as you can see I remove most of the extra plastic to fit yeti transfer case...still have to fab up support for motor and trans
pics pretty much explains everything......

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I decided to leave the Oil pan for now i think i might be able to use it for support.. Sanded ready for trans..

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Well that pretty much it for now...
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Old 11-22-2020, 11:48 PM   #6
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Little more done today made myself a little support to my trans and motor...nothing fancy not sure if it's going to work but just going with the flow.
Aluminum plate cut to fit in between stock frame rails...

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as always looking for scrape pieces and came across this for window blinds for now later will make better ones..

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Old 11-23-2020, 12:09 AM   #7
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Had a error come up while loaded pics so here are the remaining ones..
Here's a good place to add some extra weight for Low CG...

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fudge it won't load pics except for one...lol i'll try tomorrow..
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Old 11-23-2020, 10:10 AM   #8
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Other than the added wait in the frame it looks great
A heads up I'm loosing allot of steering because of the slop in the leaf springs and frame flex I'm thinking of going to servo on axle to fix it just something to think about since your still building
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Other than the added wait in the frame it looks great
A heads up I'm loosing allot of steering because of the slop in the leaf springs and frame flex I'm thinking of going to servo on axle to fix it just something to think about since your still building
YA I'm also looking at doing a servo on axle cause i have limited space in the engine compartment...

here's a pic in advance of my leaf spring setup, it's change more then once but for now turning radius is perfect but leaf springs are stiff ( Probably remove small one and put it on top or just have 2 leafs, there is not much flex...

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Old 11-27-2020, 01:50 PM   #10
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Well time for little update.....
So I'm at the point were I have to stuff this motor trans,combo in the engine compartment.. Being 18 yr old Hasbro body was scared to screw up or cut to much, but I went for it any ways...

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A little trimming is needed for transmission to fit snug and cut off couple engine mount so would fit...

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Almost there decided .Gonna try to see if i have enough room to have the pinion and gear set are visible just for fun may be paint fake fan..

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Engine cover fits

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That it for now. I guess it's time pitter patter and get at her ..
I don't know about you but I love fabbing up stuff...
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Old 12-01-2020, 10:56 AM   #11
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Ok so i figured out the motor mount for now.. It seem to be in a good location but as i progress there will some changes for sure since a leaf spring set up and using the existing plastic frame. I may fill in the void inside the frame with a epoxy once it's all setup..
So I'm at the point where I have to install the rad & grill combo.. Rather then cut it up totally i wanted to see if I would have enough room to have it in front of rad rad so where you can see it..0 tolerance ...More pics..

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Cut here Fan and Pinion ..

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It fits on to the next mod...

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well i guess that it pretty simple..on to the next mod.. oh ya broke the bank and ordered me some goodies should show up in about a month...lol
take care all...

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Old 12-05-2020, 09:53 AM   #12
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So i started working on motor mount again pretty simple...just a plate with 4 holes in it....

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Motor sit flat and temporary screws to hold motor in place..

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Part 2 motor mount.....

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2.2 Growlers seem to fit very well under the wheel wells..

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Well I worked on the willy's the last week and took some pics of the front spring set up, still have no idea where or how I'm going to set the shocks and its been going slow too. Right now I think its going to sit to high so next step might have to be is to try the springs under the axles and I'll probably have to cut some of the front frame..I'll keep at it till the end never give up...
Stay safe people..

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I like where this is going, it'll be interesting to see how the leafs work once all the weight is on them. As far as where to mount the top of the shocks, if you look at other Jeeps here with your same body and frame, they've attached inside the fenderwell to the body.

I built the old style Hasbro 7000 Jeep, with 4 link & shocks, and when it was completed with ladder frame, cage, figures, accessories, and battery, it came out to 14 1/2 lbs

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you can remove a few leafs to lower the ride hight some
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