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Classic Technic sets are wonderfully versatile....
About this creation
The MOC Olympics are a truly splendid competition. They challenge you to build outside your comfort zone and you can surprise yourself with some of the things you can create. I'd recommend it to anyone. After my exit in round 3, I fancied a quick trip right to the heart of my own comfort zone - early Technic. The newest set used in this post was made in 1981...

My favourite set of all time is 8860 - the black car chassis from 1980 with the flat four engine and iffy suspension. This off-road buggy type thing has a rear mounted V4 engine, a two speed gearbox, all round suspension (live axle rear and sprung pendular front) and working steering.



The rearward weight bias, softish suspension and short wheelbase give it pleasingly oversteery handling characteristics on the kitchen floor :-) What, you didn't seriously expect me to grow up, did you ?



This has been seen before, but it fits the theme - it's made using only the 850 forklift truck and 855 crane sets (apart from the figures..). The crane itself is little changed from 855 (longer boom, smaller cabin); the extra 850 pieces helped give it a better chassis with working steering by Hand Of God and another control to rotate the boom.



Luke wants his Landspeeder back...



The 857 Motorcycle is a lovely thing, but I always thought the sidecar was, well, a little ugly and ill-proportioned...



... so I used the sidecar pieces to give it some panniers and a top box. It gained a stand as well, and lost the slightly pointless 'kick start'.



A lathe made with 856 Bulldozer pieces...



... geared to spin the crank at 75x input speed. Careful with that - this is a mint condition set and this is quite capable of scorching the bricks!



8860 again. A 'top fuel' dragster with V4 and steering. The official 2nd model's a dragster as well; this looks better but has the structural integrity of a wet blancmange...



... never mind, the adjustable air brake's nice. I took a slight liberty with this one and used an extra steering pulley for the front wheels... please don't be mad...



Something else that's been seen before - a dumper truck made using 850 parts. This is a refinement of an earlier version.



The man still can't reach the lever to pull the bucket back up...



Thanks for looking - tell me your favourite!






Comments

 I made it 
  July 12, 2014
Quoting Barry Springer Do you still have some pictures of your 855 MOC? I like that build very much. :-)
The only pics of it are here; thanks Barry.
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  July 12, 2014
Do you still have some pictures of your 855 MOC? I like that build very much. :-)
Nick Barrett
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kenneth rattledge
  December 30, 2012
nice alternatives, the motorbike is my favourite, looks better than the original set.
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  November 21, 2011
It's hard to peek a favorite cause they are all great but if I had to peek one its gonna be the buggy :) Thank you for your kind comments Nick.
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  November 10, 2011
Geez. Have I been gone this long, or are you making them faster than I can look at them. Lovely job with this. Sorry to hear about your exit from the Olympics. I enjoy your escapades outside your comfort zone (and their write ups) as much as your inspired technic ones.
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  November 6, 2011
They're all pretty nifty, but the lathe going 75x is most impressive.
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  October 23, 2011
All great versions of old sets - the motorbike with panniers is much nicer than the original, and the lathe is wonderfully unique. Extra kudos for not posting this as 5 separate MOCs, even though almost all of these are significant rebuilds and not just the simple mods most people post. I'd love a drive of the buggy - but it's crying out for a Technic motor! 5 stars
  October 20, 2011
Panniers and top box really suit the motorbike, well done. But that buggy made from 8860 really is superb and would get my vote out of this lot - stands up extremely well to your other cars too.
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  October 20, 2011
Great work Technic Nick. I love them all but the buggy and the bike are my favs. The bike reminds me of an american police bike. I wish I had this set. I still need to start my next moc (post MO) - hopefully this weekend. I really enjoyed the MO but I am secretly pleased I can build what I want now. Happy Days
Nick Barrett
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Sam "The legoman" Knavel
  October 19, 2011
Great work, I'm lovin' it!
Nick Barrett
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Rijk van Voorst
  October 19, 2011
The buggy is my favourite, with the mobile crane and bike close.
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  October 19, 2011
I remember the 8860. I wanted those HUGE wheels. I dreamed of putting a shell on it to make it look like the Batmobile, but alas, I never got it.
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  October 19, 2011
Neat! My favorite is the one in the main picture.
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  October 19, 2011
8860... souvenirs, souvenirs!! I was 11 when I received it. 8 hours to build it: a challenge!! Your pics bring us directly to old 80's "catalogues" I kept from dust. I like the crane and the dragster: unique!!
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  October 19, 2011
Love the changes you made to the motorcycle! ;)
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  October 19, 2011
They are all great, but my favourite is definitely the 8860 buggy! I always liked the 8860 set, but I already had the 857 Auto Chassis so I skipped this one. My favourite set of these years was the 8845 Dune Buggy. Oh, good old times :-).
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  October 19, 2011
I wish modern technic sets were like this... Great job! I love the lathe and the motorbike :)
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  October 19, 2011
They're all brilliant and I love the bike and the buggy the best. I'm a good way through the transporter but a long way from finishing it lol
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  October 19, 2011
Nice collection. Ive always liked the 857 (motorcycle) set the most...
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  October 19, 2011
way cool old school! i like the buggy!
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  October 19, 2011
Very nice alternates! My favouite are the dragster and the off-road buggy.
 
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