Anybody thought of doing this in resin?(towtruck)
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I don't have a picture but maybe someone else does.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:18 AM
Edited by Scorpius1, 16 April 2012 - 02:20 AM.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 04:42 AM
For starters, actual tow trucks back then were built on 1.5-ton medium-duty truck chassis, given that automobiles by the late 1940's were past the 3000lb mark for low-priced cars such as Chevies, Fords, Plymouths, Nashes and Studebakers. Mid-priced cars and of course the luxury cars had already passed the 4,000lb mark, and when raising one end of such a car as with a tow hook, the wrecker is actually hauling well over half the weight of the car being towed--way overweight for a 1/2 ton pickup.
The quick (but not inexpensive) fix for this is to use the chassis, engine, driveline and wheels & tires from the Italeri Opel Blitz 1.5 ton truck. Opel was GM-owned, the Blitz chassis etc. being identical to the Chevrolet/GMC 1.5 ton trucks built in the US from 1936-66. Even the wheels are a very good match to the ones on the Danbury Mint Chevy wrecker shown above.
The front fenders will need to be widened to reach out over the front tires, but that's not hard to do. To be correct, the hood and fenders also need to be stretched a bit (finding the Bumper-Back of Cab dimensions for both the pickup and the ton and a half should be fairly easy as well).
As for the wrecker body--copying that with sheet styrene should not be a huge problem--flat sheet stock with some strip stock will get you there. Of course, you will have to decide what style boom(s) use and scratchbuild them as well.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:59 AM
Does sound like the kit would have to be all resin and not a Conversion. But again, who would buy it?
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:55 PM
As Art mentions, though, most tow trucks from that era were built on at least a 1.5 ton truck, sometimes even 2 ton trucks were used. A 1 ton would be the absolute minimum size truck you would want to use, even then, you don't really see two trucks that small until the '60s. Here's the specifications for the 1950 Chevrolet truck line, covering all models from 1/2 through 2 ton. http://www.gmheritag...rolet-Truck.pdf
I would like to point out a few things about using the Blitz for a 1.5 or 2 ton conversion, as it is not a straight up chassis swap. As mntioned, the front fenders will need to be widened, as well as lengthened with the hood. I beleive the dimension is about 4" wider, and roughly the same for length. The frame and running gear from the Blitz, while similar in basic design, is different from the US market trucks. There is a difference in wheelbase, with the Blitz fitting in between the shortest Chevrolet 4100/6100 (130 inch) and the longer 4400/6400 (154 inch). The steering box is also in the wrong place for a Chevrolet. Opel mounts it ahead of the axle, GM put it behind the axle. The wheels are also have the incorrect bolt pattern, the have a very large 8 lug pattern. The US trucks used a 5 lug on front, 10 on rear (the wheels all have 10 lug holes). All of these are easy to correct.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:38 AM