I vote for a sweet brushed monster. Thats so cool man. Would an Emaxx body fit? I have a brand new HPI Jeep cherokee body here sized for an emaxx ive never used.
You could do a protrac kit and some traxxas aluminum at the wheels.... that would get you good width and it would be strong. Maybe try mounting the electronics up front or something different than standard.
I wish I could find one of these. There was actually a brand new one at a hobby shop here in ontario a few years ago. Guy wanted $500 for just the chassis. I looked at it but there as no way I was goign to pay more for the chassis than the whole truck costs new.