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About this creation
My entry to Head Turnerz Februari meet: Rods & Kustoms.


After a few creations that didn’t exactly worked out like I wanted (and didn’t make it to the internet) I decided to go for a rather ‘simple’ car. Browsing the internet I came across this Rod and I instantly knew I was going to build a Rat Rod.

Before even beginning the build I already had tons of ideas of how I’d like it to be. I had nearly the whole bodywork figured out in my head and I ideas for the technical side of it quickly came too. I already had pneumatics and the Unimog tires from an order for a eventually failed MB 600 Pullman. My collection of PF parts had also been growing lately, so I found I had to include some power functions as well.

Unlike usually, I started with the bodywork instead of a chassis. And even more notable, I started with the back and not the front, which is something I very rarely do. Having done the rear part of the bodywork from the very beginning, I started working on the rear suspension. As it should with a rod, I used pneumatics, so at rest the frame would be on the ground and when driving I could lift it up. When I became to know how big the PF battery box actually is when trying to fit it in a car, I realised that it would need to be located very early in the building process. It would need to be easily removable, so I decided to put it under the seats. Instead of hanging the battery box in the frame and building a bench on top, I grabbed the loose battery box and build the bench around it, before fitting the whole thing in the frame.

However, after a lot of attempts to fit the PF motors in I ragequitted on that idea and went with the usual manually operated functions. I had already installed the battery box though and to still utilise it, I decided to order myself a couple of PF lights and include some lights in my build.

After that, I focused on the front suspension, one of the parts that I knew would be hard to build. Whereas I usually don’t really pay attention to the looks of my suspension designs, this car did need a good looking suspension, because it would be on front of the car, rather than behind a bodypanel, like it would be on a regular car. After millions of designs I finally got a simple, good looking, yet well-functioning suspension that I also used to fit in the front lights.

I already had some parts of the engine lying around and it was actually one of the easiest parts, just as the grill, which I build straight after I did the engine. Originally the engine was mounted about 2 studs lower, but it had to be moved up to make place for the pneumatic cylinders from the front suspension, that had to be moved from their original place to make place for the engine, because the engine turned out longer than expected.

Then it was time for the gearbox. At that time I still had to decide whether to go for a linear gearbox or one with the specialized Lego gearbox part. Because there wasn’t enough place for a gearbox behind the firewall, I realised that the only place suitable for a gearbox would be under the engine. After some effort I managed to fit a 2 speed linear gearbox under the engine, between the pneumatic cylinders for the suspension. Although it had to be removed and replaced to let the PF light cables go thru, it turned out to be the ideal place for it. By fitting the gearbox I had completed the drivetrain, so the only thing that was still to be done were the interior, the doors and the roof.

Building the interior went very smooth and took me just minimal time. Floor from Technic, a Spartan dashboard and a steering wheel hooked on to the steering mechanism. The doors went easy too. No hard to build shapes, but just square doors, so the only actual hard thing about it were the hinges. The roof on the other side, was quite hard to build. I wasn’t really able to find a good solution to follow the right shape, but things fell into place fast when I came to the idea of leaving the roof partially open. By leaving this big hole in the roof I also granted myself the ease of not having to build the HOG gear on the roof, because the working steering wheel inside would be reached through the roof. I threw on some mirrors, et voilŕ, finished!

But then came another challenge: taking pictures. I’ve been very good at photographing my cars, but even worse was that this car was black. Anybody that has ever tried to get good photos of a black MOC will probably agree that it is one heck of a challenge to get nice, clear pictures. I had a bit of experience from my Volvo FH12 and in the end, I think the photos turned out rather well. Although I hope to improve more on my photography, I found that for this car the photos are good enough, so I’m posting this. :)

I am really happy and proud of the final result. Although some parts worked out differently then I planned, it is as playable and good-looking as I hoped it would be. The bodywork is sturdy and looks realistic and the technical aspects work fine too. Through the open roof the steering wheel and gearshifter can be reached easily, providing for great playability. And the pneumatics work almost addictive; I can spend ages lifting the chassis up and letting it drop down again...

Anyway, enough of my talking.
Hope you like it just as much as I do. :)

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Specifications:
Length: 51.5 cm.
Wheelbase 43 cm.
Front track: 20.5 cm.
Rear track: 24.5 cm.
Minimal height: 14.5 cm.
Maximal height: 16.5 cm.
Minimal road clearance: 0 cm.
Maximal road clearance: 2 cm.
Weight: 2.3 kilos

List of all the functions
- steering via steering wheel in cabin
- liftable suspension
- 2 speed gearbox
- moving V8 with rotating radiator fan
- working front and rear lights
- opening doors

There are 2 flaws in the functioning of the whole car. First is that it makes a rattling sound when in second gear. I’ve been searching for hours to the cause of this, but so far withouth success. Second flaw: the steering wheel. When the car was completed, I was extremely happy to have got the steering wheel hooked up successfully to the front suspension. Wasn’t too happy that the steering wheel moves the opposite way as the wheels though…

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

For all the Technic fans out there:

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Lego Rat Rod

Hope you enjoyed!



Comments

 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
ravishingly beautiful!
 I like it 
  March 18, 2014
Wow! Amazing rat rod. Very detailed.
 I like it 
  March 10, 2014
wow! it looks rad! very low ride, a technical wonder!
 I like it 
  March 1, 2014
Very cool car with a lot of grat detailes! :)
 I like it 
  February 19, 2014
Incredible detailing inside and out!
 I like it 
  February 19, 2014
Stunning!
 I made it 
  February 18, 2014
Thanks for all the kind words, guys!
 I made it 
  February 18, 2014
Quoting cody dillon love it.. any instructions? would love to build it but Kustomize some things :)
I have to say that the thought of making instructions has come to my mind as well. I'm not yet sure though!
 I made it 
  February 18, 2014
Quoting Nathan Pownell This is really cool! Must have taken forever!
Only 3 months this time... :)
 I made it 
  February 18, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Wonderful build, and thankyou for showing us your technical solutions - your pneumatic suspension is especially interesting. The solutions at the front are very pleasing and I'm impressed that it works well, steering direction aside! As you've no doubt discovered, PF motors need to be integrated at the very earliest stages of building...
Yep, those PF motors turned out to be harder to fit than I expected. But it's another lesson learned for the next time! Having never really included PF in my builds, I have to try things out to get more experienced, before being able to get a proper creation with PF functions. :) Thanks for the nice reaction!
 I made it 
  February 18, 2014
Quoting Kenji ! That is crazy awesome for being made from Lego!! By the way, how'd you get that smooth lighting for the pictures?!?
For the photos I'm using 2 Ikea lights and a reflection screen. Best is to not point the lights directly at the car, but for example the ceiling and/or something that reflects the light. A little picture of my set-up here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomas-graafland/12537187403/ Thanks for the reaction!
 I made it 
  February 18, 2014
Quoting Ape Fight Came back to MOCpages just to comment on this : ) It's the best Rat Rod on MOCpages. Easily. An amazing creation, and one of my favourite creations of all time : ) I don't give out top scores and comments often, but this is a 10/10. Maybe an 11.
Very proud when reading your reaction! Thanks, Ape!
 I like it 
  February 18, 2014
Excellent design...love the details and the pictures quality with a black model...just amazing work!
 I like it 
  February 18, 2014
love it.. any instructions? would love to build it but Kustomize some things :)
 I like it 
  February 17, 2014
Amazing creation! So beautiful and with great functions - I like it a lot!
 I like it 
  February 17, 2014
Gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful.
 I like it 
  February 17, 2014
I LOVE THIS CAR!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
This is really cool! Must have taken forever!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
Great looking rod with an impressive set if features. I like some of your Technic solutions as well, like the way you snaked the steering column under the engine. Fantastic job!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
Well done!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
Wonderful build, and thankyou for showing us your technical solutions - your pneumatic suspension is especially interesting. The solutions at the front are very pleasing and I'm impressed that it works well, steering direction aside! As you've no doubt discovered, PF motors need to be integrated at the very earliest stages of building...
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
That is crazy awesome for being made from Lego!! By the way, how'd you get that smooth lighting for the pictures?!?
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
Amazing! You have got this baby tricked right the flip out. So cool. The shape is perfect and the technics work is killer. So well done.
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
Absolutely beautiful! The attention to detail is flawless . Excellent work!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
Came back to MOCpages just to comment on this : ) It's the best Rat Rod on MOCpages. Easily. An amazing creation, and one of my favourite creations of all time : ) I don't give out top scores and comments often, but this is a 10/10. Maybe an 11.
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
Wow! I am really impressed. Just perfect! It's absolutely Your the best MOC!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
Beautiful, clean design!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
Lean and mean!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
I'm not really a fan of Hot Rods, but this is just incredible. From the front to the rear it's just beautifully built. I absolutely adore the bodywork and all the technical things I'll never understand. Absolutely brilliant creation, I love it!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
Oh yes, i enjoyed it Thomas! :) This is a real beauty and i love every detail of it. Excellent work mate!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
8-O excellent job !! I love the design and the whole technic underneath!! 5/5 8-)
 
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