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#1 Mr mopar

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:55 PM

Hi guy's this is the suspension on the Tyrone Malone Papa truck ,I always thought it was an air ride
but i was wrong it's a Torsion Bar Suspension , did some diging to find this , here it is.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:28 PM

AMT was wrong. I didn't think the 8 bag was available on the VIT 200 which the papa truck was. Too early.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:38 PM

Eric (Porky) has a nice resin kit of that suspension you could use to correct the Papa Truck kit. I wonder if the Hideout Truck had the Torsion Bar suspension as well?

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:46 PM

Me too since it was newer.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:33 PM

The Hideout truck was a 1978 K100 .

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:54 PM

I believe the ag 100 was out by then.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 06:58 PM

I believe the ag 100 was out by then.


I believe you are right , I can't find anything on the Hideout truck suspension . Sure wish someone would have taken detail shots of these truck back then.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:47 PM

Worked on trucks over 40yrs, torsion bar suspension is a grizzy bear to rebuild, mostly used on long
haul rigs, KW, petebuilt had them on some models, it has A-frames, and shackles, and tons of bushings

P.S. pic is resin set, Jim B. is all i can tell ya..was post here long time ago

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:13 AM

Thats is a P&P offering.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:51 AM

Sure would of been nice if there were more detail pics of Malones trucks. Yep torsion bar was a bear maintainence wise but it rode better than the early 8 bag ag100 which also had maintainence issues. Niether one a problem in model form. Porky does have the torsion bar in resin. The AMT k100 and w900 had it when they were first issued but were change to the Hendrickson extended leaf with the release of the ultra rare KW/Challenge mixer.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:43 AM

Leo, do you mean the K-123 instead of the K-100? I believe my AMT K-100 has the eight bagger rear. Would the torsion bar setup be a plausable modification to the K-123 kit?

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:24 AM

Yep the k123 single bunk not aerodyne. The orange one with Interstate motor freight on the doors. K100 is the basic series name for cabover Kw's the additional numbers like 23 identify various components. Yes the torsion bar is perfect for that truck as I said that kit originally came with it when first issued. That version is very rare since most of that kit came after the change to the hendrickson suspension. The torsion bar was very common on that truck in real life AMT's K123 is a 1971,1972 model