Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:31 AM
Hope this is the right section, may I ask if anyone knows if there is a GMC kit of this semi please...
I have no idea what the model is sorry, I just loved driving her...
Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:47 AM
Edited by Z06Bob, 16 March 2012 - 09:56 AM.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:37 AM
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 12:24 PM
Andy, that truck you were driving was a GMC Topkick. As far as I am concerned, I haven't seen any of these produced as a kit but... I think there is a hood that was produced in resin by Plaskit. I'm just not sure they still produce it and I don't think it's the same model year as yours. Maybe somebody else could input here... So you could start with a Ford Louisville Tractor or dump truck for the frame and suspension, the Chevrolet Titan 90 for the frame as well and for the correct wheels. You could use a kit for any 1973 up to 1987 chevy or GMC pickup truck for the cab at the same scale, the fenders and front grill could be reworked to look like the Topkick. For the engine I think it gets more difficult because the Topkicks were not class 8 trucks, they used smaller engines from Detroit Diesel and Caterpillar. Come to think of it, you might be able to use the ones off a Ford Louisville and adapt it to look like a 3208 Caterpillar. That's for the tractor, somebody here sure has an answer for the tanker trailer.There is work to be done for sure, it's far from impossible and it would be a worthy project! Anybody could correct me on this.
Thank you for the info Sir, very much appriciated, trailer wise I have a couple of tanker trailers that I can try to modify... I remember that this had power steering and an auto gearbox, so driving this was like driving a Rolls Royce compared to what we had...
Many thanks everyone for the help...
Posted 16 March 2012 - 12:59 PM
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:26 PM
No. His truck is a Topkick. The front end looks a lot like the Brigadier but it was one size smaller than the Brigadier. The heaviest Top kick was a 7500, the Brigadier actually replaced or rather was an upgraded 8500-9500 series GMC. Looking at Andrew's picture carefully the headlights are 4 square units mounted directly below the radiator grill, unlike the Brigadier which has two round units mounted on the fender assembly. So that is one way to differentiate them. As well notice the cab side creases on both cabs, they are deeper on the Topkick. The Brigadier did not share it's cab with any other model than the Chevrolet Kodiak. The Top Kick on the other hand shared it's cab sheetmetal with all the GM pickup trucks from the 1973-1987 era.
Your truck isnt a topkick, thats a GMC Brigadier. That resin kit is an older version of the Brigadier.
The hood on yours is different but its still a brigadier.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:46 AM
Put more than a few desert miles on one back in 1991!
You never know we may have met or passed each other on the road/sand...
Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:31 PM
What's the difference? (And I don't mean that in a sarcastic way... I really want to know! )
Actually it's not a Briga deer either it's a mh 9500
Reason I I.D.'d the resin truck as a Brigadier was because a neighbor of mine had a '78 that looked just like it, and it was a Brigadier. It was a '9500', but it did have Brigadier nameplates on the hood sides. Were the MH 9500 and Brigadier 9500 all that different?
Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:53 PM