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#21 Wagoneer81

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 05:09 PM

Man, I drove a 9400i Eagle with a 72" ProSleeper! Out of the four trucks I've been in, the 9400i was, hands down, the best. I would love to build a replica of that truck. It looks like I'll be able to do just that. Keep us posted, I'll be watching this one with much interest!

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 07:33 AM

Got a start on the grill last night.
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Posted 21 March 2010 - 11:45 AM

Got a start on the grill last night.
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Shouldn't that grille have some curve on it?

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 04:50 PM

Shouldn't that grille have some curve on it?

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Chuckyr, I think that all depends on the year: Your picture shows a newer truck with the subtle curve in the grill and a different cab than what's in my photo. I'm not sure what year that cargostar is going for, but it looks right from my vantage point...

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I'm pretty sure that International used several different cab/sleeper/hood combo's to produce different models. I don't know too many manufacturers that don't. I do know that with that hood and the 72" Prosleeper cab, I'll be able to build "my" Eagle.

Looking good, Cargostar! Keep 'em coming!

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 07:45 PM

Got a little bit more done on the 9400I. First coat of primer has been shot, and a visor roughed out.
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I don't know what cargostar's planning either but these pictures show a newer model 9400i like the picture that chuckyr posted, look close at the door window shape. The picture you posted wagoneer81 is of an older 9400 where the bottom of the window frame is flat, not like chuckyr's and cargostar's pictures where the bottom is sloping downwards towards the front of the cab. The cab for the one you pictured wagoneer81 is the one cargostar used in his picture of the 9300 hood. Leave it to a trucker to notice the little details!

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 11:12 PM

Well, what can I say? :D I still hold the CDL but it's 'Former Truckdriver" these days. When you put 100,000 miles on one truck and it runs, rides and drives that nicely, you tend to remember the little things... My Eagle had a 475+ hp plant with a 13 speed, 300 gal. fuel capacity, sliding 5th-wheel, owner-operator package... lot's of bells and whistles inside and out... and it would stand up and STROLL. The company took me out of it when the lease was up and put me in a roughriding, Freightshaker Columbia fleet truck with less horsepower, 100 gal. less fuel capacity than the Eagle and a 10 speed gearbox... I considered myself lucky to have an A/C in that one it was built so cheap... The Columbia didn't even have a seperate handvalve for the trailerbrakes... I'd never seen a tractor without independant trailer brake control before... There's just no comparison between the two... Anyhow, now that I'm done ranting, I'll get back on topic... You'll also notice the one-piece wraparound windshield of the newer daycab versus the two-piece flat glass of the Prosleeper cab that I posted which is what his cab/sleeper master represents. I remember the two piece windshield quite well because I had to have the driverside replaced once. (Picture that older white 9400i in burgundy metallic with aluminum wheels all around and chrome bumper and you'll get a good idea of what mine looked like). Also notice, like I said before, it's like International did some 'kitbashing' themselves when building different series'. The prototype picture of the black Eagle that chuckyr posted...notice that it has the same cab/sleeper that my pictured 9400 has BUT, a very different hood, I think that's a 9900 series hood? I am in nooooo means complaining, just trying to help keep thing clear and I've probably made them as clear as mud! I'm just gonaa sit back and relax and watch where he goes with these. Wherever it is, it'll be fun! and I'll get to build mah Eagle!!!HappyHappyHappy!!!

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 12:37 AM

"I still hold the CDL but it's 'Former Truckdriver" these days."

You sound like me, Wagoneer81! I drove for 12 years and probably had close to if not more than 1,000,000 safe miles in the seat, up until Feb of last year, anyway. I had a slight mishap on a street (I was driving for a local company driving the same routes every week) I'd had my Mack CH daycab and 28 foot pup trailer down dozens of times, but that day, turned on the street and didn't realize that the electric and cable lines that went across the street caught the top corner of my trailer. That is, until a phone pole next to my trailer snapped and crashed into the side of it! I sat in the truck for 45 minutes until the electric company came and shut the power off, and those were the longest 45 minutes of my life! Thankfully, no one was hurt and the only damage was the pole that hit my trailer, it poked a small hole in the roof and dented the side and roof where it hit the trailer, and two other poles down the street that snapped from me pulling the lines. Anyway,

"I'll get back on topic... You'll also notice the one-piece wraparound windshield of the newer daycab versus the two-piece flat glass of the Prosleeper cab"

You noticed something I forgot about! :angry:

"Also notice, like I said before, it's like International did some 'kitbashing' themselves when building different series'. The prototype picture of the black Eagle that chuckyr posted...notice that it has the same cab/sleeper that my pictured 9400 has BUT, a very different hood, I think that's a 9900 series hood? I am in nooooo means complaining, just trying to help keep thing clear and I've probably made them as clear as mud! I'm just gonaa sit back and relax and watch where he goes with these. Wherever it is, it'll be fun!"

I agree, International liked to kitbash, too, and I also agree it will be fun!

By the way, my favorite truck was a 2000 Freightliner Classic XL with a Detroit Series 60 rated at 470 hp with an Eaton Super 10 transmission, imagine this one

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with a two tone blue paint job, and yes, it was a major company's fleet truck, but other than the 65 mph governed speed, on a hill, it would even outpull many owner operator trucks. It passed many shiny Petes and Kenworth (and don't forget Western Stars) up those hills, even fully loaded at 80,000 pounds!

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 05:25 AM

The day cab I'm building is an "I" series. It has the curved windshield, and modified door windows. I'm planning on an "I" Prosleeper in the future.

The Prosleeper that I'm building, ( and shown in Wagoneer's post) are earlier, non "I" cabs with the flat windshield. Some people would call Wagoneer's a "transition" truck, that has the "I" hood, with the older cab. These were only available for about a year or so.

Chuck, the grill does have a curve to it in the vertical plane, but viewed from the side it is straight, until it reaches the fenders and then curves around to the sides. The vertical curve isn't visable in the pic I posted, because it was taken head-on, but don't worry, its there..

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 05:49 AM

The day cab I'm building is an "I" series. It has the curved windshield, and modified door windows. I'm planning on an "I" Prosleeper in the future.

The Prosleeper that I'm building, ( and shown in Wagoneer's post) are earlier, non "I" cabs with the flat windshield. Some people would call Wagoneer's a "transition" truck, that has the "I" hood, with the older cab. These were only available for about a year or so.

Chuck, the grill does have a curve to it in the vertical plane, but viewed from the side it is straight, until it reaches the fenders and then curves around to the sides. The vertical curve isn't visable in the pic I posted, because it was taken head-on, but don't worry, its there..


Give us a shot from 3/4 view.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 05:18 PM

The day cab I'm building is an "I" series. It has the curved windshield, and modified door windows. I'm planning on an "I" Prosleeper in the future.

The Prosleeper that I'm building, ( and shown in Wagoneer's post) are earlier, non "I" cabs with the flat windshield. Some people would call Wagoneer's a "transition" truck, that has the "I" hood, with the older cab. These were only available for about a year or so.

Chuck, the grill does have a curve to it in the vertical plane, but viewed from the side it is straight, until it reaches the fenders and then curves around to the sides. The vertical curve isn't visable in the pic I posted, because it was taken head-on, but don't worry, its there..



Cargostar, I think that transition was around '99-2000, I think... Now it's clear. Put me down for one of each. ;)

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 03:41 AM

Just dropped in and now know were dave is hiding... LOL great looking cabs dave!!!!

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 04:08 AM

Thanks Chris!! I'll be back to the Spartan soon!!

Started on door/interior panels last night.

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 05:02 PM

Been a while for an update, but here goes!
First, here is an ALF Eagle raised roof that is just about done! Here is the first test pour.
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With the cab will be included a set of interior panels to add some detail to the sides of the cab.
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These panels will be available seperatly, for those that are building a standard Trumpeter cab. The only modification that will be required will be to shorten the rear "post" area.

Second is the Loadstar project.
Thinking of the fire department applications first, I've been working on a travel-crew cab as the first cab.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 05:12 PM

Second is the Loadstar project.
Thinking of the fire department applications first, I've been working on a travel-crew cab as the first cab.
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That would be nice for highway dept. trucks, too. I know some states still use crew cab dump trucks. Nice work on the LaFrance cab, too.

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 05:20 PM

Forgot about DOT applications! There were alot use on railways for crew trucks also....

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 05:24 PM

Forgot about DOT applications! There were alot use on railways for crew trucks also....

Yeah, and I forgot the rail trucks!! Anything else you or me forgot??? :lol:

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 12:16 PM

Forgot to add this one last night. final prime on the left side of the Prosleeper. I will hopefully be adding rivet detail this weekend.
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Posted 09 April 2010 - 11:16 PM

Great job.

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 05:24 AM

Been a while for an update, but here goes!
First, here is an ALF Eagle raised roof that is just about done! Here is the first test pour.
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With the cab will be included a set of interior panels to add some detail to the sides of the cab.
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These panels will be available seperatly, for those that are building a standard Trumpeter cab. The only modification that will be required will be to shorten the rear "post" area.

Second is the Loadstar project.
Thinking of the fire department applications first, I've been working on a travel-crew cab as the first cab.
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Posted 10 April 2010 - 06:32 AM

Forgot about DOT applications! There were alot use on railways for crew trucks also....



You can get a variety of metal railroad wheels in G gauge too. I just got a set of spoked 14" wheels to build a Model T speeder.