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Old 05-06-2019, 05:40 PM   #1
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My very first vehicle was a 1980 chevy luv 4X4. Bright yellow with the huge graphics that let everyone know it was a 4X4. Just like this one

http://www.luvtruck.com/Gallery/John...%20luv%201.jpg

At 14 and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. Always day dreamed of the things I wanted to do to it.


25 years later I inherited my dad's 79 luv. Since mine was long gone this was my chance to build the truck I dreamt of when I was a kid. This is how it sits now.





I still have a lot of work to do to it. A motor sway is in the long term plans. The stock motor runs ok. It does sounds like it is about to blow every piston out of the oil pan and uses oil by the gallon not the quart.



I really wanted to build a r/c version of it. I had a tf2 when they first cam out and liked it but sold it. 6 months later I picked up the luv.


Today I broke down and picked up another TF2. I have been working on a 3d printed body of the luv for some time now and am at the point where I need the chassis to make sure everything is going to fit.



I need to lower the body about 1/2 inch to get the proper stance. Tire are going to stay the same but stretched over 1.7 wheels instead. I really am thinking on trying to design a ifs for it like the real truck. I donít plan on doing a solid front axle swap on mine. At least not yet.

Iím excited to say the least.

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Old 05-06-2019, 06:34 PM   #2
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That is gonna be sweet! Once you get it lower, the 1.7's will look awesome.

The new RC4WD Milestar Patagonia A/T 1.7" tires would be perfectly scale for the size of your Luv.



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Old 05-07-2019, 02:26 AM   #3
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Those are cool. I actually looked at putting those on my truck. One of the few brands that makes the odd size 27x8.50x14. Went with the general grabber at2 instead. If I stay true scale of the 1:8.24 based on the wheel base those tires are perfect at the 85mm. The kit mud thrashers are close to 30x9.50 tires but with a 12” wheel.

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Following along. Excited to see how the Luv turns out!

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Old 05-07-2019, 12:05 PM   #5
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This is gonna be great. Really great. I can't wait to see how this turns out.
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Old 05-07-2019, 10:49 PM   #6
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Always loved the body lines of those old Luv trucks! Buddy's dad had 2wd baby blue long bed 5speed that we used to flog! 58Wills nailed it with those tires, looking forward to this, body is off to nice print start!
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Well I have the wheels and tires on order. Should be here beginning of next week.

The lwb chassis arrived and I installed it. Unfortunately the body isnít lining up as well as I thought it would. The specs on the lwb tf2 is supposed to be 314mm so thatís were I scaled the body to.



The rear section is still printing. I did remove the springs out of the shocks and only using the two larger leafs. The chassis is squatting a lot. The front shocks are almost bottomed out. Thatís without the motor and tranny installed so I guess the springs are going back in. At least in the front.

I also ordered the reverse mount front spring mounts along with the rear spring mounts. That Iím hoping will fix a bit of the wheelbase issue. With it squatting so low the wheelbase is longer. With the reverse fronts it might shorten a bit. The rear springs are already jamming so thatís why those are ordered.

This is will be more of a shelf rig so overall performance isnít a real high priority but I still want it to crawl with out major issues.

A shot next to my scx10ii. The scale of the luv is based off of it. So they look proportional sitting next to each other.








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Old 05-09-2019, 06:17 PM   #8
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Bed is finished. Wheelbase is off by about 10 mm or so. If I lift the truck back up it does line up better. So kinda debating options. Be easy to add 10 to the bed and reprint. Just takes 30 hours. Lol.


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Wow, this is amazing! I am totally blown away. I own a 79' LUV 4x4 and my goal with one of my Tf2's was to do the same, replicate my LUV. So stoked to see you actually doing it, man looks sweet. I'll attach a pic of my truck.

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Wow, this is amazing! I am totally blown away. I own a 79' LUV 4x4 and my goal with one of my Tf2's was to do the same, replicate my LUV. So stoked to see you actually doing it, man looks sweet. I'll attach a pic of my truck.





Your truck looks great. My 80 looked just like that except I had the chrome roll bar in the back. Hard to find the 4x4 luvs anymore. The 2wd are common but they normally have a big v8 in them. Lol. Where in Colorado are you. Would not have expected a luv to survive there. Mine barely survived Nebraska winters

This is going to be slightly slow build unfortunately. Even though I want to drive it with my full size sometime this summer I just have to buy a few parts with each paycheck for now.


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Old 05-10-2019, 06:00 AM   #11
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I love Luvs as well! From the moment I first saw one as a kid I've been in love with those trucks. There's an older guy not too far from me that drivers a mint Luv.
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Figured I would let it be known. The body isnít my design. I am changing some things and I scaled it up. It came from scale 3d Rc. https://www.scale3drc.com/?fbclid=Iw...zjjbzjlDCWiIyE

I was trying to 3d scan my actual truck with little success. Then I found their site. Itís not a perfect model of the luv but very close. It does print very well.



So build a Luv
Not a Jeep.



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Old 05-10-2019, 08:04 AM   #13
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The pics take this build to an entire new level. The body is looking fantastic. I canít wait to see more.


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I am not the beat at 3d design yet. So far this is what Iíve come up with for the radiator support




Compared to this



There is just some detail I canít print and will have to add later.

Iím glad everyone is enjoying this build so far. I was worried that the pic was a long forgotten truck. Lol.


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What material do you print with? I haven't gotten a 3d printed body because I worry about warping. This one looks great though!


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Right now it is normal pla material. It will warp if left in a hot car. Once I get all the mounting and changes made I am going to reprint everything in pet-g material. Which is stronger And more flexible. Heat doesnít effect it as much. A being left in a hot car isnít an issue. I want to try abs but there are a lot of issues with printing it. Pet-g has all the same properties as abs more or less with the same easy to print as pla.


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I own a 79' LUV 4x4 and my goal with one of my Tf2's was to do the same, replicate my LUV. So stoked to see you actually doing it, man looks sweet. I'll attach a pic of my truck.
Agreed and sweet LuvTruck!

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I am not the best at 3d design yet.....There is just some detail I canít print and will have to add later.
I was worried that the pic was a long forgotten truck. Lol.
Looking good so far! Keep it coming, Luv's got great lines.
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Wheels and tires arrived and mounted. At least just one side. Much shorter then the stock ones but they look soo amazing.



Just need some scale lugnuts and some hubs. There is soo much little details on the tires. It shows the how many of each type of plys there are. At least the real one not the scale ones. Only thing they are missing is the little DOT number. Lol.

With the new front and rear mounts the wheelbase did shorten up a bit. Still sits a little high in the front. Once I get the motor and tranny in there it should level out a bit.


Not sure if I like how much the front hangers extend pass the frame though. Could be a major hang up spot


Now itís time to start really figuring out mounts and reprint the body.


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Please sell this body!
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Wow! This is coming along well. I LUV the body work that you printed so far.

If you drill new holes in those front mounts and cut off the excess, that could lower the front, down where you want it.
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