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Differences between the AMT Kenworth cabover kits.

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#1 mrglubaum


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Posted 25 October 2006 - 09:06 AM

I recently bought a couple of old built Kenworth cabovers off eBay figuring on rebuilding them. I plan to use the parts from the recently reissued K-100 Aerodynes to fix them up.
I noticed right off that the older kits used Cummins engines and manual transmissions, where the Aerodynes have Detroit engines with Allison automatic transmissions. The Aerodyne kit has the 8-bag air ride suspension. One of the old builts had a walking beam suspension, and the other has the torsion bar setup. Did the first issue of the K-123 have the torsion bars, like the first issue of the W-series? Or has someone swapped out the rear suspension? All the others I've seen have the walking beams.

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 07:58 PM

Hi Lee Hartman,

The very original Kenworth did come out with the torsion bar setup and you are very lucky to get one.

If you can find a copy of building model Trucks by Phil Jenson there is a photo of the torsion bar setup and chassie ready to be painted.

You are quite right on the kit being changed to spring and then the Aerodyne was released as a new kit later on.

I hope to see your Kenworth torsion bar setup on this website some day.


John Wilson