Do it all Dave. Here to fill in.

WARNING!!!! First timer here,in blog world. As I do know a lot about how and why, I am finding the explanation of it all mind boggling . The truck is coming along nicely. The guys have been plugging along the delays as far as equipment have really thrown things outa wack. But with long hours and a world famous burgers, for breakfast lunch, and dinner, seems to keep them alive long enough to get more done. I have pictorial proof that things are moving along. As for the technical side I’m saving that for my next time here. LaterImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Happy Belated Anniversary To Lil and Dave!!!!

I should have done this yesterday, so my apologies guys. I know I haven’t done an update in a bit, however I did want to say Happy Anniversary to Dave and Lil Heutmaker. They are celebrating their 40th!!!!! AMAZING. We wish you guys have a wonderful trip for your anniversary and that your next 40 will be just as great, if not better.

 

To a wonderful couple and great people!

Cool front (100 degrees) = SUPER productivity!

I’m not gonna lie…there were several early cut out days with river visits, but overall mucho stuff got accomplished.

I spent my usual time inside, making phone calls, following up with everything. The second artwork mockup got completed, and while there will still be some alterations overall, it seems to be the preferred design. The intent was to do something that made the name less of the focus than the rest of the art, which balances the questions people have raised about the name. If you take it out of the focal point, it makes it less “in your face”. Personally? I just want it done. Either would be fine. It’s a HUGE canvas to work with, but we didn’t want it to be too busy. Ideally, I wanted to do a doodle on the truck itself to really drive home just how big those teeny tiny little cards are…because realistically, they will be about a foot tall still. OH well. Just realize now, that I have proof that I wanted to try to get that across to fall upon deaf ears. Other than art, boring and uneventful on my end.

Oh but, here’s a thought…. So Brad was kind enough to leave a dumb show on the TV when he went outside today. It was about the “hardcore” street racers in Oklahoma. Don’t remember what it was called, but it was on par with the stupidity of Honey Boo Boo. OOOOOOOHHHHHHH burn. You know, the cheesy “trash talking”, the seriousness of a “challenge”, etc. Granted, most reality TV is as fake and ridiculous as the next. Anyway, the stars of the show are making a big deal about how illegal it is what they are doing, and dangerous, and what the charges are if they hit someone. In addition to that, one guy drives on probation and without a license? Ok so I don’t really care about all that, … except that it irks me to see sponsors in the background of their shop that I have sought, only to be told we didn’t have a TV show, so we don’t mean anything. Here’s the question…. It’s ok to support illegal activities, poor role models, etc, as long as you have a television show, but forget the small guy trying to do something genuinely decent and skilled? The problem is that we can’t do reality TV, because we are too normal. We aren’t wasted all day, we don’t do anything illegal, we just work hard, and get the job done on our own. No handouts, no schooling, no anything, just us, our time, and talent. We do cool stuff and have plenty of fun, impulsive action, but really? So to all companies who want only to sponsor Ludacris TV shows, think about the professional message you are sending.

Sorry for the rant, but it’s exhausting competing with stupidity.

As for the shop.

Our replacement bender finally made it. It was overdue, and hopefully it holds up better than the last.

The steering was mounted, shifter mounted, gas pedal mounted, put in more bars for all the support to the back, and started designing hydraulic rear ramp door. I would love to elaborate more, but I’m trying to ask for details and Brad is ignoring me. I guess I will just include a lot of pictures. Sorry for the not so helpful update on the build, but I think that is all we are going to get.

 

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Measuring the amount of travel to buid the frame mounted bump stops

Measuring the amount of travel to buid the frame mounted bump stops

Needle scaling to clean the welds

Needle scaling to clean the welds

Just starting on building the frame for the rear door

Just starting on building the frame for the rear door

Tightening up the bar

Tightening up the bar

Heim Joints- this will allow easy smooth motion

Heim Joints- this will allow easy smooth motion

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Beginning of the rear ramp hydraulic door

Beginning of the rear ramp hydraulic door

Not sure who did this one, but they both have similar styles

Not sure who did this one, but they both have similar styles

 

Quick Mini Post- ARTWORK FACE-OFF

Option 1

Option 1

Option 2

Option 2

Alright everyone, we are down to 2 designs for artwork on the truck. Of course there will still be some tweaking and alterations as these are much mockups for temporary purposes. But vote and let us know which one you like best. We are leaving it to the people 😉 You can also vote on our FB page

https://www.facebook.com/bigtoyzracing

and shortly on our website – www.bigtoyzracing.com and click the “voting” tab (which will be up in about an hour)

Vote on all sites or just one one, or if you have friends, kids, etc. They can vote too!

Thanks everyone! TGIF

So Glad Monday is OVER!

It really must be Monday. NOT a good way to start the week. I was ready for a great week, an AWESOME week, but nay nay, the gods are not favoring me. My genius idea to hit up breakfast in Chloride backfired, when we drove an hour to get there only to find out that during the week they open at 11. It was 7….too hungry to wait. I was for sure that I wouldn’t hear the end of how terrible my idea was and what a waste. (rarely do I make suggestions like this, but since our weekend was eaten up with work stuff and selling ambulances…why not?) Instead of pouting and heading home, we shot off to Kingman, for a decent breakfast, and some errands. The Bronco doesn’t have AC so that was pretty awesome. Not only do I feel abhorrently disgusting when I sweat profusely, but I feel like my gender gets questioned when I walk around with dark spots on my back. GROSS. So anyway, now that you no longer hold any feminine ideas towards me….we did score a mockup tranny for the purpose of measurements and placement in the truck. Found an old scrapyard that spans forever! I wish I would have had more time, and better shoes, (thin flip flops are NOT for walking through death weeds) because I have some of my own projects in mind and could have probably founds some stuff there. Oh well. Next time.

Junkyard nostalgia

Junkyard nostalgia

The day so far has not gotten better. I received a super friendly rejection notice from a potential sponsor that I had a lot of time invested in. It wouldn’t be so bad, aside from the BS reasons they give. If you don’t like my truck, tell me. If you don’t like my proposal, tell me. If you don’t like me, just say it. Don’t make up some fluff excuse so that you don’t sound rude. I would rather have something constructive to work with. ARGH.
THEN, we got back home and it’s blowing like a hurricane. Did I mention how much I love sand in my eyes? No? Well I do. LOVE IT. Grit in the teeth, irritation- paradise. People wonder why we are doing an enclosed truck…well spend a week out here and see just how much it’s perfectly calm and slightly warm in temperature. You won’t ask again.
AND….it gets better. I spent the last half hour on the phone dealing with our MIA replacement for our already ruined bender. Wonderful. We got a replacement on the way, and instead of directly shipping to us like they were supposed to, they shipped it to the company we ordered from, who I’m guessing just discovered that today, because they will get it out today. Hmm. So maybe our replacement, functioning bender will be here by next month. Does anyone on this freaking planet care that we have deadlines? I mean, we had to PAY for the replacement and wait until the other is returned for the refund…yet in the mean time I have no way to bend? Hmm. CRAP.
UGH it’s only 2. That means there is still ample time for more stuff to go wrong. Grand. Oh. As promised I will update you on last week too, because, well I suck and I didn’t do it last week. (I really need to get Brad his own laptop so that he doesn’t just take mine all the time to fill his Craigslist addiction)
If it seems like we constantly buy stuff…it’s because we kiiiiiiinda do. Newest in the collection is another ambulance (boring) and a SUPER AWESOME FANTABULOUS 4×4 Firetruck. This thing is huge, it’s yellow, and it’s the biggest squirt gun on the market. Forget you Super Soaker 2000!!!! I got PSI, a big tank, and super firefighting nozzles! So far it has actually come in quite handy! On Friday, Brad and Metal watered down the temporary pad for the helicopters coming in to check out the facility and the truck. I missed most of it being so productive in here, but hey. Helicopters out here means more business! Plus they are cool so that could be amusing.

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Playing around with the

Playing around with the truck

Metal watering the temporary helichopter pad.

Metal watering the temporary helichopter pad.

Boys never grow up

Boys never grow up

What else? Logging lots of river time. Tried Free Fishing Day….with ZERO success. Hulk enjoyed it though. Metal bought a new truck, which sucks because I wanted a little run around vehicular so that I could go gallivant on 20+ mpg….but NO, Mikey bought it. Dang him. Oh well. He loves it and so I guess I will deal.
Alright, well, if anyone knows any sponsors who are just dying to sponsor the coolest monster truck –EVER- send em my way. 😀 Happy Monday Everyone!!!! (although now it’s Tuesday because Brad hogged the computer when I was needing to post)

ITS SOOOOOOOOOOO HOT

TGIF! It’s been a busy week here at Big Toyz Racing. Between fabricating, marketing, general adventures, and new internet, and running into Vegas a millions times (none of which allotted me ANY grocery shopping) it has just been hectic.
Summer is here. I keep trying to find a ginormous old school (sorry skool just looks wrong) thermometer so I can snap a picture every day of the build to show you just how ridiculous the heat is here. Don’t get me wrong, I love the heat (except when I am trying to exercise or sleep…then not so much on the appreciation level) BUT here is the good news! Phil at Expert Air in Las Vegas hooked us up with a industrial-sized swamp cooler for the shop, which makes the temperature a thousand percent more tolerable. Although on the flip side it does make the shop a tad humid , but hey if it keeps the guys from dying, I’m all for it. I might be well rounded in my skill set, but I seriously doubt I could finish up the truck on my own. So thank you Phil, you saved the truck, my husband, Metal, and my sanity. (who wants to listen to guys incessantly whine about how hot it is? What babies)

Phil and Brad at Expert Air Las Vegas getting the swamp cooler loaded

Phil and Brad at Expert Air Las Vegas getting the swamp cooler loaded

The cooler came just in time for the summer to actually hit. It was a little slower this year to fully take off, but I don’t see anything under 100 for the next 10 days. Looking at 106 for most of the week. As you can see, Hulk really loves the AC. We should have asked Phil to reinforce the bottom, because our fat little bulldog literally has made himself quite comfortable inside. Not only is it funny that he sites and blocks a good portion of the air with his portly self, but his ears twirl like pinwheels while he does it. It’s pretty freaking hilarious, even if you hate my dog stories. 😉

Staying Cool

Staying Cool

Now that they have AC, there are less excuses for non-productivity. I’m not sure if they thought that one through. 😉 However, with the mockup motor in place (top to bottom) they were able to begin to build the structure that surrounds it. It’s going to be great because there is still ample spacing around the engine to work on it, which as anyone who has worked on cars knows, it always appreciated! (that’s why they charge to much to work on those foreign cars-unless you have tiny hands, usually everything has to come out.)
Our new driver’s seat also made an appearance, which allowed the guys to finish completing the mounts for it. It will sit center in the truck, just like a race truck to add to the effect, in addition to giving you the best overall visibility of your driving (with of course the assistance of cameras) Any drivers that read this will know why….I couldn’t ever see anything in my truck, aside from the tiny gap between my wheel well and tires, so cameras for the rear will be helpful.

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Every Day is like Christmas..I actually forget what is coming in the mail

Every Day is like Christmas..I actually forget what is coming in the mail

Seat mount and driver's seat

Seat mount and driver’s seat

I think I might have mentioned this before as well, but I want to reiterate again to anyone joining us. You might be wondering why we don’t elaborate on brands, or reviews on products on this blog, and why I edit out branded logos. From a professional standpoint, there are several reasons, but the biggest would be providing free marketing for a product that has no sponsored us, which would take away from future sponsors that get highlighted on the blog. It wouldn’t be fair that companies get promotional marketing for free, while others are paying, whether in product or monetary contribution. Simple enough.
Metal did manage to create the first injury of the year, and was quite upset the it gashed his funny car tattoo. Hopefully it heals up and looks better than fiberglass patches on the real thing. It also reminded me I need to get a first aid kit. Ironically, we used to own literally a dozen kits, containing everything to knock you out, stitch you up, and even get rid of poison ivy. Never used them once. Fortunately the restaurant had some butterflies and a miscellaneous assortment of adhesive and pads. Way to go Metal. I think I might see about a rattlesnake kit while I am shopping for them.

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Poor Funny Car. Brad held the ice cream while we got it together

Poor Funny Car. Brad held the ice cream while we got it together

This week has been a few river runs as well. Nothing beats the heat like winding down the day in the freezing cold Colorado River. Forget having a beer, just give me that river! Hulk is pretty clean because of it (thank goodness)
Tires have been a hiccup and the bane of my life (that and leaving voicemails-seriously call me back people) China was originally in the works, but due to time constraints and minimum orders, it just might not happen. UGH. I’ve been shopping around domestically, but it is tough to locate what we want, and there is no Amazon Prime for these bad boys. If only I had a genie right now…..
Well I will save our new vehicle adventures for tomorrow, as I have a ton to do before wrapping up today. Let me assure you it’s gonna be good 😀
Also for those of you joining us and are unaware of our site, check us out at http://www.bigtoyzracing.com
I will start updating the blog pictures on there as well. Also coming up we will be running a vote on artwork for the truck. Don’t miss it!
CIAO!!!!!
PS…it’s clear skies and hovering at 105…… ac never felt so good!

Has it been a week already?

Whew! What a week! A LOT of Vegas runs! Oy vey! Not only have the guys been building their buns off, it sure is starting to creep up in the heat! I always feel like such a jerk when I pop out there to ask a question, drop off a meal, or just take a break from my cage, and I am wearing a coat drinking tea. (Brad likes the AC to be on freezing) Both are sitting in front of the fan and I come strolling through the door with my hood up. This upcoming week’s lowest day is Monday and it’s going to be 97 with a low of 72. Most of the remainder of the week is pushing 105-107. UH HUH! Time to get the ice tea out and stock up on even more water jugs!
Alright, so while Brad and Metal have been building like crazy, they have also taken on a few side projects here and there. One includes building some large covers for the gun range out of DOM so that the patrons coming out for Bullets and Burgers (and eventually the truck) don’t have to stand in direct heat and burn the crap out of their hands and arms when they grab a gun. Not to mention, it’s just gets hellaciously hot here and any shade is appreciate for ANY amount of time you are outside.
So these square heavy duty “not-so-easy-ups” are I believe either an 18×20 or somewhere in that size range. They built “t’s” to put the pieces together and then bolt in. It made them easier to put up than most, but anytime you are using heavy duty tubing in that length, it isn’t a one man job by any means. Although…I do make a great Atlas statue holding up one end.

First assembly

First assembly

The upper and lower four link tabs have been mounted. You can see in the pictures that each of the uppers has three holes in it, and while realistically, we will probably never use it, it does look cool and in some applications has a function. Metal explained it pretty much as by varying the pitch of the 4 link bars you are able to change the type of traction you get. Makes sense from a physics point of view, but because we really won’t be utilizing it, I will skip the details and scientific descriptions. Call me lazy. Do it…I dare ya. They even mocked it up by attaching the 4-links to the axles and placing the axles on the lift to check measurements and placements. It looked pretty spot on and not just picture ginormous tires and we have ourselves a truck!

Brad Welding upper 4-link tab

Brad Welding upper 4-link tab

Close up of axle mock mounted with 4 link to tabs

Close up of axle mock mounted with 4 link to tabs

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Initial phases of the front cage and engine placement have been determined and started. The mockup motor has been painted (yes painted, we can’t have ugly “dummy” motors in our pictures) and is sitting patiently on a motor cart until we are ready to start building around it.
Seat height and placement has been finalized and determined.
Tires have hopefully been confirmed. What a nightmare that is.

New driver’s seat is on it’s way! I guess Brad just couldn’t part with his uber expensive custom seat for anything but decoration.
Currently I am in the redesign phases of our artwork. We are changing it up a little bit, which hopefully will be for the good of the whole image. Focusing less on “hustler” and more just on the truck and Vegas-y theme. Lots of tedious, unappreciated work. OH and I spent hours reworking a few things, had Brad come in to check them out and make sure I wasn’t wasting my time on something he hated , which he didn’t. Then a few minutes later, trying to be considerate, I pick up my lap top to head out to the shop and that wonderful, glorious wind I often mention, ripped the door out of my hand, when I opened it, which forced me to allow the batter to come out of the back. I should know better. All my work was gone. POOF. If my laptop would have been smaller, it would have become a Frisbee at that moment. Fortunately, it’s huge and flinging one armed is not exactly a simple, impulse task.

Talk about micro-managing. Don't I have enough bosses?

Talk about micro-managing. Don’t I have enough bosses?

We also had the pleasure of meeting some new friends, who’s truck was on fire last week when they rolled into Last Stop. After having to leave one truck here to continue on their journey, they made it back on Saturday and it was delightful to have them here. I’m sure they would have rather not had to be in good old White Hills, AZ, but at least there was cold water  Hopefully they are able to complete their tasks and get back to their home today. Not that we want to see them go, but I know just how much fun it is to be stuck in no man’s land. Hopefully, we can make it to Sturgis with them this year!! We (plus Melissa) had a wonderful dinner last night, and while it might seem odd to some for you to break bread with near strangers, they couldn’t have been any more delightful. A big shout out to “Michelle” for her nummy BBQ meat and condiments for tacos!

Today…well I don’t know about today. I see a river in the future (Hulk tried to swan dive off the quad into the dust, and officially needs a river swim to clean up) and possibly some shocks heading our way!
For now….off to call me up some sponsors and finish up the artwork rendition part 2.

HAPPY MONDAY!

Only been working 2 hours.....and you wonder why I write vaguely about the days in the shop... This is the type of stuff I see first hand, not the tail busting :D

Only been working 2 hours…..and you wonder why I write vaguely about the days in the shop… This is the type of stuff I see first hand, not the tail busting 😀