August 7, 2016 I went to the Trigger King event to watch my friend Dan race his monster truck Lil’ Pete which is a modified clodbuster. I have watched monster trucks for ever on TV and been to a some live events. Back in the ’80’s I also had some monster trucks such as a Blackfoot & Big Bear that I raced on a road course. Trigger King is different they race monster trucks the way you would see at a Monster Jam event or some of the other series featuring monster trucks. Not to mention that the trucks at Trigger King are scale and look like the trucks you would see at these events.
I watch my friends Dan & Ross race, Ross had a brand new Axial SMT10 Grave Digger that was 2 days old. I stood there watching all the rounds and took some video too so I could watch it later. Needless to say while I was there I caught the monster truck bug. On the ride home I was thinking of what I had that I could convert to a monster truck. I knew that the AX10 Deadbolt or Ridgecrest could be converted and I had an AX10 Scorpion so I started making my parts list for the conversion. I then discovered that my AX10 didn’t have the AR60 axles but had axles more like a SCX10. Okay scrap that idea, no the bug wasn’t gone I just needed to travel a different road. While cruising the RC Buy/Sell/Trade ad I ran across a new STRC izillia Monster Truck chassis for a good price. Made the deal and it was on it’s way. Now I need a Axial Wraith slider which basically would give me the drivetrain & suspension from the Wraith that I need for my new monster truck. Put an ad up on the FB St Louis RC Buy/Sell/Trade group and about an hour later I get a call from my friend Dan he has a truck that he was going to build into a mud truck that would make a good monster truck. It has the same chassis as the one I just bought. We talked for a while and made a deal. Last night he delivered my new monster truck slider. Didn’t have the wheels and tires on it those I had and are from a Traxxas Scully. It will have a set of Proline Brawler 2.8 wheels and Destroyer tires on it when finished.
We will continue this story as the new truck takes shape.