FAN FRIDAY FEATURED BUILD BY JOSH DUTTON
Josh you humble us with your details and fabrication skills. Between the scale garage and the ’32 Ford Rat Rod Roadster, we revel in all the fine minutia from the steel components to frame work in the garage. Bravo, bravo. We have included the first part of Josh/RC EVERYDAY video series from YouTube, where he shows you some of his process with trials and successes.
It started as a Revell 1/8 scale 32 ford roadster model kit and a vintage Tamiya bruiser chassis. In keeping with true Rat Rod tradition I wanted to build a functional RC from parts I have accumulated over the years.
Starting with the chassis, I cut it down and bolted up some rails off of a 1950’s Nylint pressed steel road grader to give the rear end the step it needed to keep the Rat low. Utilizing a RC4WD Yota II rear straight axle which was hung using all RC4WD links. It has a triangulated 3 link with panhard bar. Space being limited and not many scale options available I scratch built a cantilever setup using RC4WD coil over shocks.
The front axle is from a Tamiya 1/14th scale semi-truck and again hung with RC4WD links made into a radius arm style system. With even more space limitations I fabricated a lower profile cantilever system using some ultimate scale shocks in 110mm length that stretch under the motor. Steering was extremely tough to sort out. I used a micro servo from Savox mounted directly to the front axle for best performance. Clearances are millimeters in the front suspension steering area.
Power is sent through a brushed setup for now, I will be speeding it up later. Driven by an RC4WD scale R4 transmission that was crucial for the look I wanted for the interior. In Rat Rod style I fabbed a sheet metal floor board and left the scale transmission exposed and adding a chrome shifter with scale skull knob. The model kit came with gauges and a seat which I molded to serve my purpose. Even the steering wheel is from a ‘50’s Tonka fire truck that I added some scale wrap and a suicide knob. Electronics are under the bench seat which is covered in a scale fabric to add to the thrown together rat rod look. The windshield frame is custom cast aluminum “Duvall” style like many lake bed racers from the period had.
Bodywork was extensive filling holes and flattening windshield mounts. Done in a gloss dark hunter green and patina’d using scale weathering products to give it some rust and rot.