Today I met with Brad at lunch and was able to see his B9 work in progress. Brad is a super creative guy and one of those guys who can build anything and make it look easy. He plans to mechanize every aspect of the robot and control it entirely with a remote control.
I learned a lot in the hour I spent with him and appreciate all the tips. Brad bought most of his parts from someone who had to abandon their B9 project and he got a pretty good deal on a lot of parts.
His torso section looks pretty rough though and he thinks it's one of the original castings. He'll be able to get it into shape though