This time we did something out of the realm of the usual RC4WD stuff. Our Team Driver Neil Leyesa (@bonards29) took out popular Cruiser body and built a Hot Rod out of it!⁠
Featuring a chopped roof, exposed scale V8 with Inglese stacks, and a rear wheel drivetrain, this beautiful truck is one you don't want to miss out on.⁠
Order today and be automatically entered to win this custom Hot Rod style Cruiser built by RC4WD Team Driver Neil Leyesa!

Hey Neil! Tell us where you're from, your favorite RC segment, and how long you have been tinkering with RCs?

Hi my name is Neil Leyesa and I'm from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. My favorite RC segment is scale building. Over the years, every time I start a new build, I would browse online for a perfect real truck and start from there.

When did you dive into the world of scale crawling?

I started the hobby back in 2008 and ever since, scale crawling/building has been my game.

When did you become a team driver for RC4WD? How did it happen?

I became a team driver for RC4WD on February 20, 2019. It all happened from seeing my builds and using RC4WD parts.

Let's talk about the build. How did the idea for a hot rod Cruiser come about?

Early last year, RC4WD contacted me about the build and the first thing I asked is when is the due date lol. I always take my time on my builds so when RC4WD said it was due in October 2021, then it was a go. The Cruiser hot rod was the company's idea and when they showed me the picture I got so excited because I love replica builds.

What was the most challenging part of the build?

The most challenging part of the build is making everything fit. Chopping almost an inch of the body and dropped the suspension as low as possible and still keep the chassis, interior and drivetrain. Also the front suspension gave me a hard time since this is my first hot rod build. I managed to use as much RC4WD parts on the build.

This isn't your typical RC4WD build, it's RWD! How was the process in building an RWD drivetrain for our chassis?

RC4WD parts are so easy to work on. I don't think I can make this build wotk if its a 4WD. With the V8 engine that I made to work with the R3 transmission gave a perfect look of a real engine and still ale to hide the steering servo under the oil pan.

Any plans for a next build? Where can people follow your RC adventures?

My next build is a Toyota LC79 Super Tourer. I already have most of the parts and I will be using a Defender 110 chassis and converting the rear suspension to leaf spring. I also have a Toyota Fj62 on a TF2 chassis that I extended. I love building old and new Toyota trucks.

​People can follow me on Instagram @bonards29 #bonardsgarage and on ScaleBuildersGuild at bonards29


Terms and Conditions:

1x Winner will be selected through social media on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 at 10:00am PST

Prize: x1 Custom Hot Rod Cruiser built by Team Driver Neil Leyesa (@bonards29)

All registered users who make a purchase between January 20th, 2022 to April 17th, 2022 by 11:59 PM PST is automatically entered for a chance to win.

1. Registered Users Only (No Discount Groups Eligible)
2. Winner selected by random integer website (Random Number Generator)
3. Winner will be contacted using information supplied on RC4WD Account (email/phone)
4. Email [email protected] for any questions or concerns.
6. RC4WD is not liable for any damages that may occur during shipment.
7. How To Enter Without Purchase: To enter without making a purchase, submit a handwritten (Purple Gel Pen) 3×5 index card within a 3.5" x 5" envelope with the following information: Hand-write your name, address, city, state/province, zip/postal code, e-mail address, telephone number and date of birth and include an accurate drawing of an Otter in the same Purple Gel Pen on a 3×5 index and mail to: RC4WD 720 N Gateway St Visalia CA 93291. One 3×5 index card per 3.5" x 5" envelope will be accepted. Envelopes containing more than one 3×5 index card will be destroyed. Mailing information must be handwritten using a green gel pen and must have a first-class stamp affixed. Metered, automated or computer-generated envelopes will be destroyed. Mail-in entries must be postmarked no earlier than 1/21/2022 and received no later than 4/17/2022. Limit to one entry via this method, extra postcards sent from the same person will be destroyed. Requests for confirmation of receipt of mail-in entries will not be acknowledged. No photocopies, facsimiles or reproductions of mail-in entry will be accepted. RC4WD is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, stolen, incomplete, ineligible, postage due, or misdirected entries. Proof of mailing does not constitute proof of delivery.

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