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aostling
01-03-2009, 10:03 PM
I saw this truck in Santa Rosa, California, a few days ago. Is this for some motor sport? If it's for racing, I hope they have a track going through some serious mud holes.


http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/mini-monstertruck.jpg

Fasttrack
01-03-2009, 10:19 PM
Rock crawling?

Mcruff
01-03-2009, 10:29 PM
Yep Rock Crawling1
Thats why theres bead locks on the tires, so he can run the tires with about 6-8psi for a beter footprint to grab with. Its also why the axles are trussed and there are no bumpers on it.
I do some rock crawling in my 38 year old Jeep I'm just not that serious about it.

Your Old Dog
01-03-2009, 10:34 PM
Well if he is a rock crawler, he must be pretty damn good at it. Don't see know rock-rash on the paint !

dave5605
01-04-2009, 01:20 PM
Hard core videos for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVGClLN7trk

another
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWnxwnaSrxs&feature=related

and one more
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpjj5ow9gs4&feature=related

jacampb2
01-04-2009, 02:11 PM
It looks like the truck in the pics is still in progress. If it is destined to be a crawler, even a good driver can't keep them pretty forever.

I don't think I have ever posted this on here before, but here is mine. I built the whole thing myself in my modest shop, over about 6 months time. Four wheeling is the reason I got into machining as a hobby, and now I am not sure which I like more :)

Pic of my buggy:

http://www.rollmeover.com/jeepboard/mounds_9406/low_P9040019.jpg

Short video of it in some little rocks:

Drummond Island (http://www.rollmeover.com/Video/drummond_TR.wmv)

Both of the above were just shake down runs. Last summer was the first year I felt it ready for anything big, but fuel prices and time did not allow me to get out anywhere with it. Hopefully this summer will be different.

Later,
Jason

davidh
01-04-2009, 03:16 PM
do i see a chev powering your toy ? and, i could not hear any difference of engine rpm, nor front and rears spinning together. . . . . are you driving the rearends with char lynn hydraulic motors ? that would be a cool concept ?

looks like lots of fun. around here they do crazy things with snowmobiles.

jacampb2
01-04-2009, 03:25 PM
Nope, it is a fuelie ford 460. When I first went into the pit in the video, I had it in 2wd, the transfercase is a aftermarket piece with 5:1 low range gearing, and was brand new out there. I had a bit of trouble getting it to shift into 4x4--sticky new synchros, once it was, it just idled over pretty much everything there.

I have toyed with the idea of a hydraulic powered rig. Actually, I am quite tempted to do it for my kids once they are old enough. A mini-crawler, it would be unstoppable.

I have seen a thread with a guy doing a full blown buggy with all hydraulic drive. It is very impressive. The guy is a top notch fabricator and machinist. He works in the hydraulics industry, and got all the best chit for it, I assume for little or nothing.

Later,
Jason