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Casey429

Member Since 22 Jun 2006
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In Topic: Prostar to Cat conversion

14 December 2014 - 07:28 AM

From what I've read, for EPA regulations the US market Cat trucks use the International MaxxForce engines painted Cat yellow. With Caterpillar leaving the highway engine market a few years back, they don't have an engine that is emissions compliant for highway use. By partnering with Navistar, they saved a lot of R&D on their end to get back in the highway market. I can't speak for what powers the ones down under, but they're much better looking for sure. I like the rebadge approach better than the tacking an ugly hood onto a Paystar approach.


In Topic: White Western Star Logger - Seeing more red!

11 November 2014 - 05:06 PM

Just another quick update. We had some unseasonably warm weather today in SW Pennsylvania so I took full advantage. Lots of red paint flew today. I'll let it sit for a while to dry so this will be it for about a week or so.

 

Red everywhere! Fuel tanks, battery box, trailer, and some other miscellaneous bits got their color. I like the results, but I don't think I'll be using Valspar again any time soon. It takes forever to dry and despite the can saying dry to the touch in 40 minutes, that isn't the case. I'll also never use this much red again lol. Everything needs to be prepped and primed exactly the same so it matches, and it ended up eating up lots of time. But it should all be worth it in the end.

 

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I wasn't sure what to do for taillights, so I looked online at some 1:1 logging trucks. Most have them under the chassis, my guess is to prevent a mishap with a wayward log. With my pintle plate, I couldn't do that and at this point it's too late to redo it. So I took some 3/8 x 1/4 Evergreen square tubing and capped one end. .

 

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And I got the mudflaps for the tractor done. They're from the trailer kit. Testors flat black and silver. I wasn't too thrilled with some of the boogers in them at first, but real rubber isn't flawless either. I then scraped the paint from the letters with an Xacto and colored them with a yellow Sharpie. I also stuck a small red lens on the end (this truck will have lots of extra lights). I'm pretty happy with the result.

 

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It's getting to that point where it's a bunch of time consuming little details that will come together in a big in the end. I had a bit of a paint failure on the cab and hood, so those will need some more attention. With the weather slated to cool off big time, I hope I can get it redone before Old Man Winter sneaks up on me. Thanks for looking!


In Topic: White Western Star Logger - Seeing more red!

03 November 2014 - 04:48 PM

A little update on the Star.

 

I got the chassis sitting on it's own 10 feet. Now its starting to look like a truck!

 

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I've been doing a little experiment with some rear hubcaps. Some of those folding brass fasteners with some Duplicolor chrome looks like they'll do the trick.

 

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Here you can see how the Road Boss wheels are a little off in the molding.

 

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I've also been playing with some exhaust ideas. I want to run dual stacks on this but the kit muffler leaves a lot to be desired. I have this set from the Italeri truck accessory kit and they're miles ahead of the kit parts. I contemplated straight pipes, but wanted something a little quitter for running up and down the mountains. Tips are aluminum tube that I miter cut. They'll get polished before final assembly. Final height might need some adjustment, but that'll wait til later. They'll probably end up being a hair taller than the headache rack.

 

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I also decided to add a spare tire. But, since I robbed all the wheels from the Road Boss, I didn't have any spare spoke wheel rims left. Easy fix. Take one old and bad looking aluminum wheel:

 

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Slice off the hub...

 

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Paint black to match, and we have a spoke rim. Still needs a beauty ring painted on, but that won't take long.

 

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Thanks again everyone!


In Topic: 1/25 AMT White Road Boss

29 October 2014 - 03:40 PM

Should've put this in my original post. Thanks for the reminder, Tim!

 

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In Topic: Meng F350 welding rig

29 October 2014 - 03:35 PM

Looks like a lot of rigs running around SW Pennsylvania as of late. With all the Marcellus Shale drilling and pipelining going on, guys are coming in from all over.