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Doodlebugs, Scrambolas, Jitterbugs, and Field Crawlers to Name A FEW


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#1 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:52 AM

This is part of automotive history and I am convinced all of this is great material for building ideas . . . you look through the website and if you don't start drooling, you might not be alive.

 

Enjoy and happy TGIF eye candy.  Cheers.  By the way, I think this would make a great CBP.

 

http://www.roadkillc...link.asp?id=127

 

 

 

FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN GOING BEYOND THE DISCUSSION OF THESE TYPES OF VEHICLES

 

and actually building one, here's the CBP thread:

 

http://www.modelcars...showtopic=67168


Edited by Dr. Cranky, 30 November 2012 - 10:56 AM.


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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:10 AM

Doctor you are right as always, this could be a fun CBP.

These look very similar to the Stewart farm truck I posted pictures of in the 1:1 truck reference shots I posted Oct. 27th.

Neat little trucks/tractors


Edited by doggie427, 30 November 2012 - 08:11 AM.


#3 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:11 AM

Thanks, Wayne.  I've always been fascinated by how people end up cobbling together these machines, and as a model builder I think they have lots of great potential for have a blast in this hobby.



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:11 AM

That really wound make for a fun build. Any ideas where we could get some tractor tires/wheels?



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:17 AM

Chuck Most would know.  I am thinking of using the tires from the Willys Jeep that just got rereleased.



I think also it would be cool to just look for 1/24th scale diecast tractors and use the parts.



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:30 AM

Doc thanks for this! I'm wrapping up my Z06 build and I've been itching to do something different and creative (and FUN!). This would be perfect. If there is a CBP thread I'm in. 



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:44 AM

Lots of those out here, they used them in the mines. This would be a great CBP.

 

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:47 AM

Okay, I will start one over there for the coming year.  Great to hear there is interest.

 

I am hoping others (who might know) can continue to chime in about the history of such vehicles, etc . . . and keep posting eye candy pictures of some they've seen in their communities.



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:15 AM

Field Car ?

 

 



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

The stuff from A.G. is all too new.



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:21 PM

Just the reference to field cars. Remember the film took place in 1962. I was in high school in Tucson Arizona then, and many of my friends had cars  (chopped down) "Field Cars" as mentioned. Some of the trucks in the pictures look to be from the fifty's.


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#12 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:53 PM

Oh, I see what you mean, another great film is THE LAST PICTURE SHOW.  Yes, farm beaters I think are all pretty cool.



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:53 PM

I love doodlebugs, and I've been looking for an excuse to build one. Pretty sure I've even got parts to build a couple without having to pick up anything new. I've even got a pair of rear tractor tires and wheels that I salvaged of one of my sons trashed toys from ages ago.



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:55 PM

Christopher it sounds like you are ready to get going.  Have fun.



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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:54 AM

Thanks good doctor. I realy enjoyed the link. A very long time ago when I was in high school, one of my friends had an old 40's Chevrolet truck that he and his father put together. Sorry no pictures. It started out as a 1ton + G.V.W. rated truck with duel rear wheels. When they were finished with it , you could almost touch the rear tires from the drivers seat. The cab was gone and everything from the dash forward was all there. We spent many hours out in the fields behind his house on down to the swamp. Great fun.



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Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:51 AM

doodlebug_side-vi.jpg

 

Oh I didn't need to see that web page!  Here's one that's been in my queue for years. Still looks exactly like this!



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Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:50 PM

I googled "scrambola" and got "racin' thru the raindrops" Not tractors, but way mucho vintage racing stuff!

 

http://befastpast.blogspot.com/



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:17 AM

A few things to think about-

 

There are a handful of 1:25 ag tires I've seen on diecast Ertl promos, but I've seen just as many (if not more) 1:1 car/tractors with medium or heavy duty truck tires on the back. I'd also look into WW2 era 1:35 and 1:24 military kits- some of those might work, and many 1:35 tires will fit bi-scale wheels and still look 'right' on the model. As Dr. Cranky mentioned, the reissued Willys Jeep kit's tires would be suitable as well. You could even fabricate your own spoked steel wheels, like the kind seen on the Model T conversion kits sold by Shaw. Also, some retained all four stock wheels/tires, or had a set of builder-fabricated dual rear wheels. Sometimes the stock wheels were cut down to fit a different diamter wheel rim.

 

Ertl did make a few 1:25 farm and construction kits, but the drive tires would be WAY too big for what we're talking about here- the tires in those kits are meant for a 14 to 20,000 pound machine, not a flyweight like a doodlebug.

 

You could use pretty much any early '30's or older vehicle as a starting point, though the vast majority were Ford based.

 

Model T Doodlebugs normally had improved cooling, as the Model T engine wasn't as well-suited to field work as it was to simply moving the car. Often the frames were reinforced, and in many cases the rear axle was solid-mounted to the frame- no rear suspension at all.

 

Also keep in mind that no two will be exactly alike, even if they were based on an aftermarket kit like the Shaw setup. Builders equipped them and set them up for their own uses.



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:26 AM

A Fokti album (not mine) of Model T's fitted with the Shaw conversion Chuck mentioned.

http://public.fotki....odel_t_tractor/



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:05 PM

Doc...this is from your neck of the woods...."Mile O Mud" love the swamp buggies! HPIM0535%20Jeffrey%20Wolfe%20XB-36%20Tir