How do I build my own "Unique" car from scratch - the Thunder Machine?


#1

I am a G.I. Joe fanatic. I have thought about turning one of the toy vehicles into a full-size, real life cars. I am thinking about the Dreadnok Thunder Machine. See a few pics here:



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http://www…ndex.shtml



Yes, those are huge machine guns on the front and a jet engine on the back. But I still want it to be street legal, and self-powered, though for use with car shows, too.



Any ideas on the type of car body I could use, parts, or how to put together some of the more unique parts?


#2

I’d do what the monster truck people do, find an old 4X4 chassis and build the rest on top. Looks like an old 4WD pickup or Jeep Wagoneer or such would provide a chassis and drive train. You can buy surplus jet engines out of military helicopters. You probably wouldn’t want to use the jet for on-road propulsion, but keep the old truck engine under the cowling that holds up those machine guns. Of course, those would have to be non-functional.

Good luck.


#3

The front end looks like a Firebird or Camaro. But you need the body for structural rigidity. I agree with Ranck about the truck frame, or you could use a custom tubular frame. Since it’s a rear engine car, you might want to use a custom frame.