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#1 redneckrodder

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 02:08 PM

I seen on my facebook in the group model truck builders from around the world that the california hauler is going to be reissued as t-500 (the one without the sleeper) so lets cross our fingers and hope it comes soon

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 02:19 PM

Good to hear something is comming



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 02:27 PM

Its actually changed from t-500 to t-866
Sorry my bad

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 07:06 PM

Tim Ahlborn posted pictures of his build of a test shot on another forum this evening.  It's the original circa 1969 T500 kit, without the sleeper (as it was in the original box art issue).  

 

Looks terrific. 

 

I would imagine that Tim will cover this in his column in the mag in due time. 

 

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 01:39 AM

Well, there's another kit to add to the "buy" column! :lol:



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 01:47 AM

This is good news... but read the post that round 2 has problems with the sleeper parts of that kit.... so lets see what happens ...

 

Another kit i have to buy a case or two of... :lol:



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 02:04 AM

Where is this info you all speak ?



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 04:34 AM

Well I think I will get a  minimum of 6 of these kits when they come out :wub:



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 06:05 AM

This is good news... but read the post that round 2 has problems with the sleeper parts of that kit.... 

 

I wonder if the sleeper was an afterthought in the original release? Did AMT include a separate, small instruction sheet for it, too?:

 

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 06:15 AM

I read somewhere that the sleeper was available separate as the kit did not include it.. Something you sent in with a price for the time and you would get it .

I thought I had that bookmarked but can not find it.

 

Awesome pic Casey - takes me way back seeing that Apollo add.

 

Does that kit have the green tint windows ?


Edited by Old Buckaroo, 28 March 2014 - 06:20 AM.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 06:24 AM

Does that kit have the green tint windows ?

 

No, it appears to have clear: http://www.ebay.com/...=p2047675.l2557



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 12:47 PM

The original kit had green tinted windows and did NOT include a sleeper.....

There was a mail in offer to allow the builder to buy the sleeper separately....

The second release did have clear windows and did include the sleeper....

IIRC both releases 1 and 2 were issued as T-500....



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 01:42 PM

The main reason said for no sleeper in the coming repop is that the mold for it was not viable

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 02:00 PM

Where is the link which says it's comin fellas .



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 02:42 PM

Where is the link which says it's comin fellas .

 

https://www.facebook...794483793913929

 

"The California Hauler - The post that Tom made about The Truck That Pete Built by Phil Jensen had a post mentioning that Round2 will be releasing the kit again. This is correct. I've been sitting on this secret for almost 3 years since the tool was located. The red 359 that I've occasionally posted photos of is a test-shot of this kit. The kit will be the same as the original T500-500 as a non-sleeper. The sleeper tool is not viable.

The kit will have a new decal sheet with two stripe options and three optional company door signs and California themed names and cities.

This is fantastic news - the original 1969 Peterbilt 359 is the kit that started the big rig kit line-up.

Now, watch eBay as a the kit speculators "dump" their original kits trying to make a buck on them."

 

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 03:23 PM

Great news for sure,the only bad thing is the hood does not open,it has no hinges?,the hood and front bumper are glued as one piece.hated that part when I made one 35 years ago.. but will have to try one again,



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 03:31 PM

This is the kit with the Little Window cab, right? Looks like the springs are molded onto the frame rails, too.

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 03:44 PM

The original kit had green tinted windows and did NOT include a sleeper.....

 

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There was a mail in offer to allow the builder to buy the sleeper separately....

 

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 11:05 PM

Thanks casey for the link . I dont use facebook so wasnt aware of what was goin on .


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 02:33 PM

If this is for real that's good news.  I've been paying 60 to 65 bucks for them (which is a good deal from Freds in Buffalo) and now have seven including the original one I built in 1969.  Hey Jim B, I think I'm gonna be getting 10 or 12.  Classic style for custom, work ,fleet dump truck, hay hauler etc.