Before even strapping in a battery, I took the time to enjoy all the work that I had put into this project. I am very happy with the look of the truck and the finish of the parts and
body; I don’t think you can get closer to a factory finish.
Once it was on the ground, I was happy with the power
delivery with the first pull of the trigger. It’s perfect for
those tight and high-finesse situations that a truck like
this will end up in. The motor puts out plenty of torque
to get my truck up and over any obstacle and still has
enough speed to get me from spot to spot quickly
enough to keep me entertained. The suspension does a
great job of soaking up imperfections in the terrain, and
as expected I didn’t see the axles move at all thanks
to the aluminum lower links. I was leery about driving
my truck around because I didn’t want to ruin all of the
work that I did to the body, but my SCX10 felt planted
and my confidence grew as I drove along. I did manage
to roll the truck when attacking a steep side-hill portion
of my yard. Luckily, the grass in that area offered a
cushion each time the truck made a rotation and the
body hit the earth. The only damage that occurred was
a scuffed body and a popped-out window, but that’s
nothing to worry about since they’re easily fixed.
The beds on late ’20s and early ’30s trucks are very simple, and making one out of sheet
plastic would have been easy. But while at a truck pull, I saw a rig that made me go in a
different direction. I decided to go with a flatbed, which will make my truck stand out more
and allow people to see easily all the accessories that I added to it. I designed the bed and
had Ed Cable machine it out of aluminum plate. I had him pocket the center so that I could
lay wood in it like they do on full-size trucks, and cutouts on the sides and front allow
for wood stakes to enhance the look even more. All the wood pieces were made out of
basswood and covered with several layers of clearcoat once the glue had dried. A painted
plastic skirt around the bottom takes up the gap between the bed and chassis to cover up
what is going on inside.
The windows were cut out of sheets of Lexan, and pushpins were used to give it the bolted-in look.
RC4 WD’s LED light bar completes the cab.
The bed started off as a chunk
of aluminum and it was shaped
into what you see here. Nothing
looks like real wood except real
wood, and that is what finishes
off the old-school flatbed look.
If I were to build a full-size trail truck, I’d build it just like this SCX10.
I love the look, and I’d be stoked to ride around in a truck with its
old-meets-new vibe. It took more than two years of off-and-on
work to make this truck come to life, and it was well worth the wait.
I don’t have as much time as I would like for projects like this, and
a lot of time was spent simply thinking about how to make things
happen. My plan for this truck was to use it in comps like they have
at Axialfest, but I have to be honest, the truck looks too good for
serious trail abuse. I’m perfectly happy bombing around the house
and enjoying the look. I guess I need to start work on a new comp-style rig—one I won’t mind hammering on! ✇