Originally Posted by Rileyb1
I would like to recreate an f1 car that will be driven around my street or in carparks. The only problem is that I can only find electric tamiya ones and well, electric has no soul and does not suit an f1 car. And I might have a .18 nitro engine I can use, saving me from buying pricey electronics.
I have seen an f201 on here fitted with a four stroke and I was thinking it would be a fun project to fit a f104 (maybe f104w) with a nitro engine. Any ideas on how to go about it?
I do plan on using this as well so it has to function, no use in an rc car cluttering a shelf is there?
What you could do is buy a sheet of carbon fibre, buy all the parts for the KF-01 rear/trans assembly and the front end of choice. Find out the length of standard 1/10 F1 cars and mark the points on the sheet you must drill for the front and rear assembly. Now cut out spaces for your wheels to fit between using a dremel and fit some tyres on it. Now dremel the sides of the sheet so they are flush with the wheels.
Now you should buy a body with the largest pontoons and widest air scoop possible (probably a mid/late '90s style F1 body), some body mounts and front and rear wings. Dremel the sheet and the front of the car so it is not much wider than the front suspension mounts and drill some holes to fit your front wing to. Now mount your rear wing. Cut out your body and just place it other your chassis so it lines up with the wheels and wings, ensure it is centred, now get a permanent marker and outline the body onto the chassis.
Use this as a template to dremel out the rest of your chassis. Now you can get an engine (You could go for a .12 or .15 or possibly even an .18 if you wanted to, its your own chassis
), exhaust and engine mount and figure out how you want to position it all on your chassis. Mark holes the chassis for engine mount and drill out holes on these marks.
Get some body mounts that are long enough to reach from the chassis to the pontoons on the body (you'd probably want to position them as wide as possible to keep as much space availible as possible on the chassis), again, mark drilling points for the body mounts and drill those marks.
Now do the same for your servo mounts for both throttle and steering. Now you have the rest of the space for a fuel tank. I'd personally choose the largest tank I could possibly fit without it popping out of the shell, but if you want to keep weight minimal and you're not worried about run time, go for a smaller one. Again, mark drilling points for mounts and drill your way through.
Finally cut out your body the fit around engine and body posts and viola
It probably wouldn't be that hard, but it will be a pain in the ass to find all the right screws and nuts for everything, but great patience brings great rewards. If you're gonna use my guide above, if you only use the body you originally chose for the project, your chassis would be entirely sealed from rocks and dirt
, but if you want to save weight or change your body in the future, dremel out any remaining parts of the chassis that isn't holding anything.
I haven't done this myself, I just read your post and I have a good imagination
. I may do this myself one day, but not any time soon, so I can't guide you if any problems occur.