Surfin' USA - Custom Panel Van
This is a Panel Van created by J&B Custom Cruisers (based in Long Island). This is just one of many great bodies that Jeff & Brian produce. Their '57 Chevy is also in the Team Bigstuff race box. The main reason I got this car was that is a body style that lends itself to being slammed. I look for any body that room above the gear plate in the rear. With no glass or trunk to get in the way, bodies can be lowered to the point of scraping the track. And that's what I did with this car.
like a day at the beach. If I had room for more of the image, you'd
see that there is a beach behind van, and the blue stuff is water. The
surfboards were sacrificed from a couple of pull back Woodies. This
stark white car was calling for something to add interest. I think
the board on top did the trick!
you can see from this side view, the body (especially noticeable under
the rear bumber) is a scant few millimeters off the track. This
is a looooow-rider. Since this is a very heavy body, lowering the
center of gravity is a more important function than just cool looks.
this shot you can see the beach and water better. You can also see
how the BSRT aluminum independent front end puts the tires completely
outside the fenders, which prevents the need to hog out the front wheel
wells. If you like the white tires, I'm afraid you can't get them
any more. Well, not from BSRT anyway--they don't make 'em any more.
You'll have to rummage through you local hobby shops or slot car
show vendors to find them. This front is actually designed for the
SG+ chassis, and is held in place with steel hex nuts for spacers.
van looks very stout at this angle, with the rear tires sticking out like
that. The rear axle is AFX, with stock Tyco hubs, and Tyco low profile
slip on silicon tires from Nostalgia Hobby. I put a good chassis
underneath this body, but I think the weight prevents it from seeing it's
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