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Old 01-20-2021, 09:37 PM   #1
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This project started almost 7 months ago. As some know we were blessed by bringing our first child into the world.

I thought he was going need a truck of his own in the future but what do I want to get him. I obviously had plenty of time to find something but as luck would have it a clean VS4 chassis kit slider popped up on the for sale section. I figured how could I go wrong. After getting the truck in my hands it was easy to tell the truck was never used.


I tossed on some wheels and tires and a spare motor just to get an idea of what I was going to be working on.


This is about the time that I started to have ideas on what I wanted to do. This project is in no major rush just having fun with the build of it. I try to squeeze in a couple minutes here and there so it is definitely going to be longer than my normal build times. As a follow up here’s the little guy 7 months later happy as could be.



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Old 01-20-2021, 10:45 PM   #2
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I thought uncle Ernie was going to do his first truck???
Nice to see you are starting to get a little wrench time.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:00 PM   #3
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I thought uncle Ernie was going to do his first truck???
Nice to see you are starting to get a little wrench time.
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Uncy Erine will have probably built 3-5 trucks for the the little guy by the time I get this one finished
When I told him Unky Erine was going to build him a truck he had the biggest smile and then he covered his face face up when I told him that I was working on one for him. Like he already knows how long it is going to be for me
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Old 01-21-2021, 11:04 PM   #4
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I did forget to mention everything it came with already
SSD front diamond axle with Samix brass link mounts and Samix brass chubs along with SSD brass knuckles.
SSD rear diamond axle Samix brass link mounts with SSD lockouts
Aluminum Axial shocks and links with the Axial 3 gear transmission with machined gears

As for my plan of attack some of these items are not going to make the cut. Definitely going to be adding some more bits and bobs. As for the body I do have something in mind. Rather I can pull it off or not is the question. If I feel that I can’t I might just let him pick his own color once he is old enough but really hoping that my first idea works out.
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Welcome to dadhood, it's a life changer for sure! He's adorable!
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Welcome to dadhood, it's a life changer for sure! He's adorable!

Thank you so much for the kind words

Definitely been life changing around here but in a good way. I want to build something up for him that is going to be easy to drive and also be very kid friendly. Hopefully the body works out for what I have planned.
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Old 01-22-2021, 09:33 PM   #7
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I was looking at the transmission and thought about doing an offset front axle. Flipped the transmission around and now I have the out puts going the right way for the front offset. Also added the Pro sliders to help lock the body in place.

Next was some new offset tubes from SSD with the TK offset front universals. I wanted to have as much steering as possible for the little guy so that should do the trick.

I am liking how things are coming together so far


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This thing is coming along nice brother! Big Al will love it! Glad to see you back to posting here on the forum! Reminds me that I really need to update my build threads. Can't wait to see what this thing turns into and to see him running it! Keep up the great work like I know you do!
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This thing is coming along nice brother! Big Al will love it! Glad to see you back to posting here on the forum! Reminds me that I really need to update my build threads. Can't wait to see what this thing turns into and to see him running it! Keep up the great work like I know you do!

Thank you Unky Animal. It’s definitely going to be a fun time building it. Still not sure what to do on the body but I still want to go with my original plan but like you said it might be better to let him decide. This is probably going to be the look on his face when it’s FINALLY completed. You know what I am talking about hahahaha



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Old 01-31-2021, 11:01 PM   #10
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This truck came with a 11.4 WB. That’s not fitting my plans so time for some new links. To get it back to the 12.3WB I decided on some high clearance links. Not sure if they are going to be best option for a young driver but I can definitely see the difference between the front and rear link position.


Up next it’s got to be these leaky Axial shocks. I already have plans for those.


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