FAN FRIDAY FEATURED BUILD BY MASON COUGHLIN
Mason’s build info:
It started life as an Axial SCX-10 II Builders kit that my younger brother bought me for Christmas. I started researching the direction I wanted to go with it and settled in the looks of Pro Line’s 1978 Chevy C-10 Short Course truck body. The problems began as soon as I got home and realized just how wide the short course body was, which I should have known because I’ve had an Associated SC-10 for years. I tried mocking everything up with the stock AR-44 axles, some wheels and tires that my brother had and some wheel spacers, but hated the look of the narrow axles and the scrub radius with the big .850 Vanquish hubs and the spacers. At this point I decided I needed to use the AR-60 axles. A complete set we’re purchased from eBay and installed using links from the Builders Kit for the front and a set of Axial Yeti rear trailing arms to give the appropriate wheelbase stretch to 13″ for the short course body. I’m also using the kit’s factory shocks and springs. Bolted to the axles is a set of SSD Assassin wheels with the included wheel hubs and wrapped in a set of Pitbull Growlers in their “Alien Compound” with the stock Pitbull foams. As far as running gear, it’s a very cheap, simple setup. I’m running a 45 turn RC4WD brushed motor powered by a Hobbywing Brushed Crawler speed control. A Turnigy 2200 mAh 3S LiPo battery powers the truck mounted in the stock position as the SCX-10 kit, up top and over the front axle. The truck is controlled by a 6 channel Turnigy GT6 radio and matching receiver which also controls the Turnigy steering service attached to an Exotech dropped servo arm. The third channel on the transmitter controls the headlights and taillights on the truck, and the 4th channel is a 3 position switch in case I decide to run a winch someday. Overall the truck performs very well, although the differentials in the AR-60 axles is a little in the big side for a 4.75″ tall tire and hangs up occasionally. I can’t wait to get it on the rocks this summer once our snow melts!