Most trucks are indeed cast into sand, some have the axles in there when the alu' goes in hot, some are pressed in there afterwards.
all the new-er line of randals are sand cast with the axles in the mold. the Comp 2 linup goes through a secondary heat treating process, I don't think this can be done to a cast-in truck - as alu' and steel behave differently when it comes to heat treating.
There's a few LB trucks on the market that are cast into a solid state mold, but they've all gone to china to do so - it's generally too expensive for most companies to make solid state molds, without compromising something... so thay go to china and make jokes of it.
im not on facebook or myspace but i might get round to setting up facebook soon. my mobile number is in the message about 3 down the list so give us a buzz if you head out for a skate. i was thinking of joining jacko and the boys for the sydney sessions but those hills look a bit too hardcore for me at the moment....
im at uni, im 25yrs old. yeah im gonna come check out the action on friday and bring my gear along. i got lucky today at wilsons bike hub in warrawong, i went in to check out the full faces and they had 2 on sale and one was a giro remedy in my size for half price so im stoked. probably wont skate the hill from top to bottom though 'cause i havent got slides dialled yet and foot breaking at speed is still an issue..... my number is 0402597399 if you want to go for a skate anytime.
yeah it looks like they have just whacked tar in the cracks and left it bumpy, 85 is pretty nuts for the condition of that road. i just upgraded from my shoddy old sector 9 cruiser and i'm just starting out at speedboarding but it would be cool to check out some hills after my exams finish in two weeks