This is going to be my hat toss into the "URC's Fastest" competition. i have wanted a nitro pede... wait? nitro?
...what was i saying?
oh yeah, ive wanted a nitro stampede for a long time, they are great play cars, very simple, lots of wheelies and tons of on-power push. i bought this pile off a local a few months back along with a nitro rs4, the idea being that i would get them both running for their own reasons. decided to sell them one day but after selling the rs4 for 40 bucks and a small trade i got to looking at the pede and decided instead to keep it and make it a basher. here is where we pick up, i was at my lhs (rcboca hobbies) a week ago and saw a parma 57' chevy body, its a 3 piece mold with the front and rear clips molded in one section and the center in another. at the time i thought it was a 9 inch wide deal that the shop had ordered by mistake and i snapped it up, figured it would make a sweet race body for the oval. here come to find out it was a 200mm body. now what do i do with it? well as it just so happens part of the deal on the rs4 was i got a nice, rebuilt associated .15. great engine bitd, not a huge amount of power (being an rtr mill) but reliable as sin.
the car as i received it was rusty, gunked up to heck, and the engine was shot. instead of cleaning it up factory fresh and replacing all the screws with new hex hardware ive decided to run with that theme, im gonna leave all the rust, nasty, gooped up stuff. let everyone think it looks like roadkill. im actually thinking about sourcing a bunch of rusty 12.9 steel hex hardware and letting it all rust to heck. if i do that ill wind up stripping the anodizing off the chassis plate too.
for now my plans are to swap in new wheels and tires, shocks, towers, and body mounts. the look im going for his a classic, altered 57' gasser.
for tires im thinking i need big meaty slicks with new stock 5-spoke chrome trx wheels. towers will probably be scrounged up from the endless pit of traxxas parts ive got. i have a set of shocks in mind but im not sure i want to run them or one of two or three other sets ive got kicking around that would work well. id love to find a set of the old deep-blue traxxas "pro" shocks you used to see in old traxxas flyers or maybe push comes to shock traditional big bore shocks. for the body im going to swap over to the oldskool threaded posts to secure everything and im opting out of using the rear section of the body to save weight eliminate some rear drag/lift. im also considering narrowing up the car with shorter arms front and rear. would certainly give it a more scale appearance.
the other thing im undecided about is a pipe and header, i kinda want a rear projecting set like the MIP stinger but i also like the idea of a forward "racing style" pipe to look not unlike a true set of side pipes on a 1:1 classic gasser
lastly for now im going to try with the .15 but i thing id like to find a nice used .12 on road race engine with high rpms and a more appropriate power band or alternately a big block 8th scale rtr engine that is sloppy and loud.
seeing as nobody has entered a nitro yet in the competition my goal is 50mph once i get the car built and we'll see from there. even if i dont get anywhere atleast ill have fun building it and maybe earn an honorable mention on the list
anyway here are some lousy pictures...
so far the only progress ive made is to clean the stock tank and test for leaks and back flow. its pretty good as far as i can tell.
oh and here are some good examples for those of you who dont know what look im going after.
anyhow ill see yall on the forums, stay posted for more updates in the coming weeks
(Last edited by Fiero_Man_121 : 8.29.15 at 10:20 am)
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