Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:24 PM
I had seen something mentioned the first time I read this forum, and I looked in vain for the info. I need to work with what I have, is shortening the axle the best way to remedy this problem?
I look forward to any suggestions in this matter and to any issues I might need to know about. Thanks!
Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:32 PM
The WF is a great subject to build. But can be troublesome if don't think and plan the build through. The width of the front axle on many AMT kits is a problem. I tend to use the 1/25 metal axle from KFS because its about 3/16" narrower so wheels sit under cabs and hoods. This gives a much more realistic appearance. The only down side is that you have to buy an axle kit. I know one or two people who have used the kit axle. To get the wheels in the right place they have trimmed the actual hubs. This can be very effective and is at no extra cost.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 10:06 PM
Another option I looked at was thinning the brake hub and enlarging the centering hole and making a super thin backing plate with non-rotating wheels. That would be acceptable but not preffered.
I have seen many builds of this kit here and most have an acceptable wheel spacing, just hoping to get some experienced thoughts to ease the pain. Thanks again.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:27 AM
Edited by pete3522, 20 April 2012 - 04:29 AM.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:41 AM
This is something I'll address on my next freightliner build.
Oh, the cab jack pump should be horizontal between the frame and left tank not vertical behind the tank like the instuctions suggest.Watch the tank fillers,its easy to get them mixed up and on the wrong side
Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:27 AM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:35 AM
Not sure when the law changed, '74???.I also think Canadian laws were changed later.I'm saying that because my dad had what I think was a '84 that had a steel disk mounted to the hub so it looked like a brake drum when looked at through the holes in the wheel.This was to fool the scale man,well not a full inspection.This maybe was a california thing because that truck was suposed to have a dedicated run to cali.For some reason the guy who ordered it never bought it ,my dad did
good point kevin i forgot to mention that . I think alot of 1980 and earlier didnt have the front brakes just on the rears were brakes so leaving off the brakes in the front is probably the option i would take before cutting the axle ,
Edited by mistermodel, 20 April 2012 - 04:40 AM.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:51 AM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:23 AM
The cab really wasn't an issue, as I sanded both halves and glued small sterene strips to the inside for alignment. My seam is minimal and should be able to fill with putty and smooth out if I am carefull. My plan is a black cab with gold striping, alclad the wheels and give the truck a owners pride look, but well used. The interior will be a dark red or maroon, hopefully I can make some accessories to add to both the interior and exterior for added appeal.
I have two older trailer kits which prompted this build, a '50's car hauler and the two trailer kit, unfortunately neither is actually a good fit, for this kit or my Ford Aero, which really looks like a nightmare to build.
Thanks to all who input on these forums. The information is priceless for our hobby. The pics are fun too!
Edited by Hary Bare, 20 April 2012 - 08:26 AM.
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Posted 21 April 2012 - 02:39 AM
Please post some pics when you can i am in the middle of one of these had to stop for a while got to ticked off had to walk away for a while
Edited by camaro68, 21 April 2012 - 02:47 AM.
Posted 21 April 2012 - 09:16 PM
Posted 21 April 2012 - 09:41 PM
Front axle is stable now. Did some filler work on it. Got the front wheels to support the chassis, body mounts on and adjusted. Had to raise them a smidge to get a level cab. Thinned the front of the cab somewhat to get the grill to fit flush with the front panels. A little more work needed here. When finished should have reall nice cab tilt and cab mount detail should be nice.
I am really having fun with this build so far, put the engine block together and am wondering about the color it should be? The box art shows a pale federal yellow shade, is it even close? Is the chrome on the engine correct? (?) I am going to look around here but is someone knows, please share lol.I have a ton of questions but I will address them as the build progresses. Have to look at air conditioners so I can make a dandy. Thanks for sharing and your suggestions! Billy
Posted 22 April 2012 - 12:01 AM
Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:43 PM
A little more filling on front axle, Cab supports good with interior tub in, shifter mount lines up nice. The top seam still shows a line after second primer coat, I don't like it but,,,,,? Had to use what filler I had that wasn't dried up, have to get some bondo putty tomorrow. Axle will be finished then.
Edited by Hary Bare, 22 April 2012 - 05:48 PM.
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