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original RC Monster truck

Post by CRSMP5 » Mon Mar 10, 2003 11:30 pm

First i have to say only one thing.. this info came from http://www.rcgrabbag.com i have to add this cause this is what started all our monster truck needs, it is the beginning. i also borrowed his picture

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the deal with this truck is simple.. it is 100% aluminum, steel, brass down to the 3 speed tranny, thats right 3 speeds run via a 3rd channel. 1st gear is for 4 wheel drive, 2nd turns it to a 2 w drive and 3rd is again 2 wheel drive. it has leaf spring suspention, oil filled shock, solid front and real difs and axels like a full size 4x4 truck of th era.

here is a vid of it in action, ALSO came from above mentioned page, http://rcgrabbag.com/rccars/videos/vintage/bruiser.avi

http://www.rcgrabbag.com/rccars/videos/ ... tamiya.htm is the main index page for the antique vids.. I want to see bashing these off road buggies took in the vids on a savage!

if the owner of the web page has a dislike for this post feel free to contact the admin, i could not find a way to email you on your page, and this is the beginning of this wonderful hobbie.

His web page is probally the most complete i have ever seen on the web, if you wonder where these things came to life from you have to look it over and watch the old antique commercials/movies made by tamiya in the 70s/80s
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Post by 32Ford » Tue Mar 11, 2003 8:58 am

Nice looking truck. I remember when Tamiya came out with it, though i never owned one. It was considered state of the art for the day.

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Post by CRSMP5 » Tue Mar 11, 2003 9:42 am

I still have to think it is.. i would love to get on of those trannies one day to take apart, it has to have syncronizers and all to switch gears when in motion like it does.. the cutaway of the tranny in operation changing gears in the vid is like awsome.

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Post by TypeR_126 » Fri Mar 14, 2003 1:25 pm

Ahh, the good old Bruiser. I just sold mine a few months back. It was definitely a fun truck, especially when I got it brand new back in the late 80's. It wasn't a really good basher, but the scale appeal was undeniable.

The tranny doesn't have any synchros, or the like. You actually have to back off throttle to change gears. There was a little paper shift template that came on the instructions. The idea was to cut out a lexan shift gate with the pattern and place it over the throttle/3rd channel stick on the radio.

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Post by oarie » Fri Mar 14, 2003 3:08 pm

Welcome TypeR_126! :) Very cool info on the Bruiser too. :D
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Post by 32Ford » Fri Mar 14, 2003 3:12 pm

Welcome aboard TypeR_126 :D Glad to have you with us :wink:

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Post by thebryguy » Fri Mar 14, 2003 9:54 pm

Jim
How would like to put that three speed in your savage?

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What's being happy??? Leaving your favorite HS with new Hop-Ups!!!!

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Post by TypeR_126 » Sat Mar 15, 2003 1:07 am

Thanks guys for the very warm welcome. :mrgreen:

After having a look around, I have to say I'm very impressed with the quality to quantity ratio! :wink:

Just for kicks, here are pics of my old Bruiser right before I sold it:

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ans some of my original Wild Willy that has also gone to a new home:

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and a project car; my old Frog that I've been restoring with vintage hop-ups and some custom mods:

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I also have an old Porsche 959 with spares for a second car sitting in the Tamiya locker, waiting for some love, but the Savage seems to consume all my spare time these days! 8)

BTW, the three speed tranny was much like the transfer case you would find on older 4x4's, first was 4WD low, second was 2WD low, and third was 2WD high. The truck would hit about 25 or so in third, but was pretty difficult to turn without rolling due to the short track and long wheel base.

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Post by B » Sun Mar 16, 2003 11:48 pm

What a fantastic site CRSMP5! My very first real RC Car was a Tamiya Frog with a Subaru Brat body, or maybe it was a Subaru Brat with skinny front wheels. I'm not sure, I bought it used and didn't really care what it was as long as it ran. My friend had a Grasshopper and his brother had a Pajero. Man, we beat the snot out of those things, and that Grasshopper usually came out on top!

It's awesome watching those old videos.

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Post by CRSMP5 » Sun Mar 16, 2003 11:54 pm

i am glad you like it.... i just hope i dont get blaimed for bandwith theft, i did give guy lots of credit on the top though... and me like u wanted one forever... so did all i want for x-mas things to get my turbo optima

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Post by 32Ford » Mon Mar 17, 2003 11:47 am

TBG, yep......a 3 speed would be cool :D

TypeR.....Your stuff looks really nice. I enjoyed the body off pictures. Tamiya was ahead of their time with that truck. I had a Frog :D and man has suspension come a long way sense then. I know now how the Frog got it's name :lol:

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Post by cardesigner » Fri Jul 25, 2003 10:03 pm

The Bruiser, Clod Buster and a Turbo Optima are 3 R/C's that I ALWAYS dreamed of as a kid! I had to settle for a Blackfoot but those were the days.

Now, I spend all day running after my Savage after it flipped over. Heh!

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Post by Savage-Abuser » Sat Jul 26, 2003 3:47 pm

www.tamiyaclub.com has great info

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Post by rcgrabbag » Sun Aug 03, 2003 1:28 pm

Hey everybody,

Found this post from a google search. Glad you all like the old Tamiya Bruiser (and others) videos. The link above is outdated, I moved videos around between two of my sites. Just go to http://www.rcgrabbag.com and drill down on the links there and all the same videos are there.

I am a big fan of old and new stuff as you may have already seen.[/url]

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Post by CRSMP5 » Sun Aug 03, 2003 4:57 pm

thank you for the updated link.. and yes i feel you have one of the best old tamiya pages there is on this hobby.. thanks :D

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Post by motoman » Thu Aug 07, 2003 8:49 am

What you have there is the Tamiya Mountainier.It started before that came out with the Toyota Hilux and the Blazing Blazer,those trucks were basicaly the same just slightly smaller tires with aluminum rims and manualy locking front hubs.Those fetch well over $1000.00 today.I sure wish i hadnt got rid of mine.

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Post by mcandmar » Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:18 am

Man i am totally blown away by this truck, if it were brand new it would still be awesome :o

http://www.jcwarfield.net/rccars/videos ... blazer.wmv

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Post by B » Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:23 am

....And it's back from the dead! Wow, this is an old thread.

I always wanted that Toyota Hilux when I was a kid. The hobby store said it wasn't available at the time and (like most kids) I got interested in something else before I could get my hands on one.

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Post by mcandmar » Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:41 pm

So it is lol, didn

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Post by B » Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:13 am

I'm not surprised. I've heard that some of those vintage models can get pretty spendy if they are in new condition or unassembled and still in the box.

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