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Old 05-08-2002, 01:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Turn key rover crawler?

Well not really turn key but:

http://www.qtservices.co.uk/space.htm

Anyone think of using one of these as a base for a crawler. Cage, frame, etc all set up. everyone is talking about minimalist set ups, drop in a drivetrain and fiddle with the axle mounts and off you go. Thought I would throw it out there for comment, but it is not something I am really considering.

Dumb idea or no?

Ron

I have seen 100in set ups as well and I was particularly keen on the flat pack package (ie prebent tube ready to weld)
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Old 05-08-2002, 07:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A couple of friends of mine (I'll leave them nameless!) were seriously considering buying a Bowler WildCat chassis...Nice designs for high speed stuff, but for crawling, IMO, the chassis would require a LOT of re-work to fit what *we* need as a basis for serious rock crawling. These guy's were gonna' buy a couple too...Until they talked with the owner of Bowler and he's only doing turn-key rigs now...Got too popular with the Paris Dakar crowd, and he's doing very well...He had no need to have some Yank bastardize his chassis design!

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Old 05-09-2002, 10:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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building something like that with all late model parts would be really cool

for that mater getting a smacked or rolled insuraunce sign off and adapting the frame similar to that one and then bending up a aluminum body alla stock car style to sorta look like a defender would make a cool crawler.

with the huge reduction in weight the drivline may need less upgrades
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Old 05-09-2002, 11:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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They are based on RR/disco chassis

which generally are given away or are almost free.

Doug's point is good but what I was thinking was just using the body/frame/cage up and fabbing whatever mounts you wanted to the chassis.

Not my gig just throwin it out there.

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