WILD WILLY DRAG JEEP

RC Car Action - - READERS RIDES - DAN BOYLE › PALM DESERT, CA

Cus­tom drag­ster builds can be pretty out there, but Dan’s is wilder than most—be­cause, among other things, it uses the shell from a Tamiya Wild Willy Jeep! That clas­sic body sits atop a Traxxas funny car chas­sis, but just look at the scale de­tails back­ing up this un­likely pair­ing. He notched the Jeep’s stubby lit­tle hood to make room for a big blown Hemi V-8. The mo­tor was rea­son­ably de­tailed to start with, but Dan took it to new lev­els by adding plug wires, metal fuel lines, a more re­al­is­tic blower belt, and—his spe­cialty—cus­tom head­ers fash­ioned from heavy-gauge cop­per wire. The cock­pit got some at­ten­tion too, with Willy hold­ing the wheel and bang­ing gears while a fully wired bat­tery sits be­side him. Just be­hind him lives the fuel cell with a re­al­is­tic filler tube, as well as a ni­trous bot­tle. Dan also fab­ri­cated a scale-look­ing Simp­son para­chute for the tail­gate, just above the jumbo wheelie bar.

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