Being I have 3 TA-02's, I decided I would keep one stock for comps/crawling, use the second as a parts truck, and then customize the third as a scale looking basher/mudder. My clod's stock body had been sitting unassembled in the basement since I bought the truck new 3 years ago, so I pulled it out and sized it up with the Ta chassis. Using a combination of hummer and s-10 suspension arms, I got the wheelbase to match the body exactly. I then installed longer front body posts, and milled an aluminum plate for a rear body mount. With the body mounted, I installed the grille and other body parts. I wanted to use the clod front bumper, but I didn't like the stock mounting position- it was too low and looked out of place. I made a mount to pull it up and inward, which made it look much better IMO. I then cut the front of the body a bit and flared the fenders out a bit to gain better clearance. I locked the rear diff, but left the front open to keep some turning. I then installed a new lathe motor and esc (sealed this time :lol: ) after yesterday's little accident and took it out for another run. It performed pretty well with the addition of the lathe motor, even with the open front diff.
Let me know what you think of it, and any suggestions you have to make it look more scale. :)
On to the pics:
Mud is fun :thaking:
The not-so-fun part of mud...cleaning.