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    Drop Hitch

    I have a Villain EX and a boat trailer. I have been meaning to make a hitch for years, never got around to it. But now that I have a truck that can get really wet and not care, I figured it was about time to make that drop hitch and launch my boat via my r/c truck.

    So I fired up my CAD software and spit out this drawing. The I used my CNC sheet metal snips and CNC hacksaw to cut out some brass bits. Next, I used my CNC robotic soldering station to silver solder the brass bits.

    Here is what I have so far:







    Last edited by Grumpa Tom; 03-26-2010 at 10:52 PM.

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    @ CAD and CNC Keep it up. Looks good!
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    that's some hi-tech machine shop you got there Grumps, Look out Jessie James

    Looks good
    http://traxxas.com/forums/showthread.php?536733

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    Thank grumpa I needed a laugh today and that did it I'm very interested in where i can get a cnc hacksaw I gotta watch this thread I need to make a trailer to carry stuff{that comes in bottles and needs ice} to the lake when i'm camping
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    Thanks fella's!

    I worked on it again today and it is almost finished. All that is left to do is drill the bumper, and then the mounting plate for the hitch. Then it can be installed.

    I added another brace under the ball mount plate. Then I used my Dremel (CNC that is, lol..) and ground away the excess and finished it off with jewelers files. I drilled and tapped the hitch ball for a 4-40 machine screw and drilled the mounting plate. Then I sanded it, primed it, and painted it gloss black.
















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    aren't you worryed that it will rip of when you are bashing example truck bottoms out or pulls a wheely
    if your not breaking anything get more air

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    No, because I will not be bashing when I am towing my boat.

    Okay, it's finished. I had to notch the back side of the bumper to get it to fit flush. It looks awesome, I am very pleased.

    Two screws and nuts hold it on, and it can be installed or removed in about a minute.








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    And now for some poser shots!










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    Very nice! Still about the CNC.....
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    Looks good
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    Way cool (diggin' the CAD and CNC work too lol)

    Where'd you get the trailer? (or did you make that as well?)

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    Nice rig! Great job on the hitch.Thats a pretty good size boat your pulling. Dont you think maybe you better get some trailer brakes hooked up as well as some lights on the trailer? Oh!, And dont forget some towing mirrors. LOL!!!

    P.S. Whats on the roof?

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    Looks like a camera mount.PS seen jetlagg2222's vid villain with mods http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiYAA52EMtk
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    Thanks fella's!!

    The 'thing' on top is my GoPro camera platform.

    The boat trailer I had custom made years ago, long before Whitebone Trailers (now defunct BTW) was around.

    I like the idea of trailer lights. Hmmmm........

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    This HAS to be the coolest thing I've seen all morning!

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