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In Topic: Dabbling in Die Cast

19 March 2015 - 04:10 PM

Hi everyone. I haven't forgot about these old dogs, so here's a quick little update...




Sort of...


I say sort of because this little side project has opened a brand new can of worms. Before I get into that, first things first. Here's the original Bulldog Number One.






This is the same chassis pictured above with a fresh coat of Rust Oleum satin black. I swapped out the original cab for one donated by a mixer that I wiped the tampo printed logos off of. The same mixer also donated it's wheels and rear suspension. I really dig the no-nonsense ready-to-work look. Only modifications were a few additional paint details. I removed the air cleaner and painted the inlet duct flat black to match the real trucks. I also trimmed the turn signals with silver and gave the hood ornament a proper coat of gold. All Mack parts here! To finish it up, I painted the rear axle flanges black. They come chrome on most First Gear trucks, and if they were moon caps, I'd have left them. The chrome flange doesn't work for me.


In doing that, it inspired me to break out Bulldog Number two.





This was one of the original 3 beaters I purchased that I never did anything with. So, it got the same treatment as the one above. Stripped down, cleaned up, and a fresh coat of the same Rust Oleum. I also swapped cabs on this one, from yet another mixer. Another mixer donated it's rear suspension and wheels as well. This one is only temporary, as I'm eyeing up another cab donor for it. It's tough to beat the paint on these things, so I like swapping cabs to do color changes. This one doesn't have a stack on it yet for that reason. This one also got the same paint details, along with the front wheel hubs getting it as well.


I've also worked on whipping up a few additional details. First up, a cab guard. I was going for something that looked like it would have been fabbed up by a construction company's shop for their new truck. It's all Plastruct square rod and sheet with some mesh added to the window opening. The beacon is AMT. This will be painted with the same black as the chassis.




I also fabbed up a behind the cab wet tank. This chassis originally had one, but it was long gone when I got it. First Gear installs them on tractors paired with dump trailers. Sides are mudflaps donated by a mixer (see the theme here?) and the rest is just bits of scrap sheet. A little more body filler, sanding, paint, and a fill cap and it should do the trick.




Donor flaps:




And last but not least...Bulldog Number ? I haven't decided when this one will get done or what order that will be in, but I couldn't resist tearing into it. This was yet ANOTHER mixer that I removed the barrel from. It's slated to become a water truck. I picked this one because a friend of mine has a 1:1 DM600 water truck that was a faded baby blue when he got it, reminiscent of this one, and it was also a former mixer. Real former mixers are popular for water truck builds due to the front mount PTO. I already wiped the graphics from this one, and added the grille guard from one of the other mixers that donated other parts.




And one more for fun.




Part of the draw for these is that they're so easy to tweak and re tweak as desired. The other part was I got a killer deal on six of the already mentioned mixers recently. I ordered doubles of two of them for my collection, and the rest are fair game. Some will be plucked for parts and others will be transformed into other trucks. I also haven't forgotten about the original cab pictured above. It's getting a fresh coat of paint and a new chassis that's still to be determined. Stay tuned! Thanks for looking!





In Topic: Pete 352 Restart

09 February 2015 - 01:27 PM

I know it's already been mentioned, but that paint is killer. Very period correct, nice job.

In Topic: 1971 Southern 500 race in 1/25

09 February 2015 - 01:24 PM

This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing with us!

In Topic: Peterbilt 359 "Pennsylvania Hauler"

03 February 2015 - 04:55 PM

Another quick update here. I've been having PC issues and had to switch to a back up. Malware is a royal pain! Without further ado...


I got the interior buttoned up. I'm really into the classic blue. Might not be 100% accurate, but I'm digging it. My dad and grandfather had matching '93 Peterbilt 357 dump trucks that were blue on blue, so that was part of the draw. I can almost smell the naugahyde!





The '93s I mentioned earlier were bought used in about '97 or so. They were a big jump in tech from the trucks that they replaced, being the first electronic engines that we ever had. This one is dad's, it had an East dump bed. Pap's had a Cobra. They were identical in every other respect. 3176 Cats, Eaton 8LLs, Hendrickson suspension and I believe 44k lb rear ends. I suppose it's worth noting that BOTH trucks ended up totalled after they were sold. Dad's was struck by a train and Pap's was rolled and repaired, but it isn't the same truck anymore (I pass it daily). Shoulda kept them...




Other than that, I've been picking at the little things. Went ahead and did some red mudflaps, although they turned out more brown but they still look ok to me.




I also got the battery box built, I used .060 styrene. I took some measurements from my old 352 cabover and based it on them. It sticks out a smidge farther than I'd like, but it's still inside the tire. It's got its few little boogers, but it turned out smooth and square, so I'm happy.




I also got some miscellaneous items stuck in their places. Stuff like the radiator, hoses, fifth wheel, deckplate, and pogo stick. I also decided to go with the Farr aircleaner. I was able to find a photo on Hank's Truck Pictures in addition to the ones Jeff was kind enough to supply. Hank's site is a goldmine!




That's all I have for now til the weather allows me some paint time. That and I need to find some paint lol! Anyone out there know off hand a good match for Gulf's light blue, like was used on many of their race cars? Also, I'm not sure if I want to run the rooftop AC or not...anyone care to weigh in? As always, thanks for taking a look!

In Topic: '78 Ford 4x4 beater "un-restored"

01 February 2015 - 05:53 PM

Looking good, Chuck. Looks like a lot of snowplow warriors we see here in PA too. Although Dentside Fords aren't as common in ratty form as they used to be, I remember seeing more than a few with later beds. Easier to find and bolt right on, so why not?