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S10 Off Road Racer
Topic Started: Jun 13 2011, 04:34 PM (1,464 Views)
IAracefan
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I started with a AMT 96 S10 2whl drive kit and converted it to a 4x4. I used parts from a Nascar kit for the interior, a lot of styrene rod and many parts out of my parts box. Most of the decals are from Slixx.

Thanks for looking, Kevin
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Very nice!
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jsm jsm jsm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME BUILD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fbr fbr :))) :)))

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That is a super nice build! :)))
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looks great I dont know how I missed this one for so long fbr :))) :)))
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Hey Kevin, nice build.

In real offroad racing, S10s and Chevy's in general and particularly 4x4s are NOT real common for desert racing or even recreation.On the streets, there are lots of lift-kit posers, but not out in the desert. The primary issue is that the frame rails are bad about cracking. Something about the steel alloy GM uses that doesn't deal well with the stresses. Even with reinforcing, they still tend to break. At a given offroad race, you will find more Ford trucks with Chevy engines than Chevy trucks entered in the race. Almost ALL of the smaller trucks are Rangers and Toyotas.

But that's OK. There is a guy with an early S10 who has been racing it for many years and keeps coming back. He's a paraplegic, so the truck has special built hand controls for him. Since trucks are required to have 2 people riding, that ensures someone with functional legs in the truck with him in case there's a crash or breakdown or other problem. He's not fast and maybe that's why his truck has continued to survive, but he has managed to sometimes be around at the finish when the competition dropped out and he has taken a couple of wins over the years.

Here's a photo of my truck (pre-runner, not racer) for reference:
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For those who are not much exposed to desert offroad racing:
The Mojave desert is very rugged terrain and most of the trails are NOT passable for most autos. However, desert racing is more about going fast over the rough terrain than crawling over it. Big horsepower though is far less important than light weight and good suspension. Sometimes a 1650 lb buggy with a limited nearly stock 1600cc VW Bug engine and suspension based on that of the same Bug and costing $30,000 to build and has a top speed of about 70mph, can go around and pass an unlimited class buggy with an 800hp V8 and 30" of wheel travel that cost $250,000 and is capable of 150mph, and go on to win 1st overall. VW Bug engines and suspension still are the most common in the desert, even though VW hasn't sold new Bugs in the US since 1979. The handful of "New Beetles" that have been raced (and my son has helped build one which has been on the cover of Hot VWs and is in the middle of building another) are actually built on tube frames which more closely represent the old Beetle with the "beam" front suspension and even air cooled rear engines.

The radical Trophy Trucks that cost as much as 1/2 a million $$$ have as much in common with a production pickup truck as John Force's 1/4 miler has in common with a stock Mustang. The fastest are ALWAYS 2WD, 4WD actually slows you down 99% of the time.

Yet for all the ruggedness of the race courses, a popular class in offroad racing is called "Class 11", which is for nearly stock VW Bugs. They are required to add a rollcage, can change the seats and whatever tires they can put on the stock wheels and under the stock fenders, change the shocks, and raise the stock suspension as much as they can only by re-setting the torsions. They can take out window glass and back seats and add skidplates underneath. Beyond that, they are stock VWs and have one of the highest finish rates for any class.
Richard

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Hey Kevin -

Love the S-10, great job!! We need to see more of these off-roaders here for sure!

Mojaveracer - great commentary of the off road scene! How 'bout a few pictures of those V-bugs? Need to build one of those......!

Thanks,

Dave B2 - Bayouman
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