Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:25 AM
Posted 20 June 2012 - 09:06 AM
The kit represents a very early "Pacemaker" cab 352 - the cab evolved over its life with the headlamp buckets changing, roof air conditioners changing 3 times, sleeper vents moving rearward and the rear window indents being omitted. Mostly costmetic stuff for modelers.
The kit has some design flaws, more like artistic liberties that the guys 1225 Troy Street took back in '70. The cab tilt hinges are spread too far apart, then should be close to the radiator. The type of exhaust used was an early cab mounted style, but they got the muffler to cab mounts all wrong. The kit has the air horns mounted center on the roof - this was never a factory horn location.
The kit also is missing the weatherstrip at the corner of the windshields. This is an easy fix with a piece of plastic painted to match the kit weather stripping.
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Change the headlamp buckets for the external lip and rivets: '71+
Move the sleeper vents rearward: '70+
Remove the sleeper window indents: '70+ (short lived rear panel). Actual windows were larger.
Larger front nameplate: '73 and newer
Rounded top battery box with 2 air tanks under it: '75+
Larger grab handles: '75+
"Easy Entry" (backwards S) grab handle: '75 newer (first seen in '74 ads with original concept in '73 - I'm seen hanging on the truck with the "Easy Entry" steps in the attached photo)
Lower door handles: '76+
Interior changes: Base interior with Classic padding identical to kit - available through all years.
A third defroster vent was added in '73. Curved rather than flat.
Classic II interior in '75 (think Revell of Germany 359 interior).
Cab sizes: 54, 63, 76, 86, 110 (110" debut late '71 for '72).
Pretty much anything was available exhaust and air cleaner configuration wise.
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Note the "Eiffel Tower" exhaust mounts. The engineer who designed this retired from Peterbilt in '06. You've seen a lot of his designs and group projects over the years.. everything from the 1100 cab, round-door sleepers, Dash of Class, Unibilt sleepers, etc..
Posted 20 June 2012 - 12:11 PM
Note the Air Leaf suspension pictured. If you take the Air Leaf off an AMT T501 Pete 359 you can mount it on the 352's from with some modifications to both frame rails and suspension parts. The Revell of Germany would fit too, but you'd have more work with the spring mounts getting removed from the RoG frame rails.
You gotta love the two Class Ad calender/poster shots with the Class Women and the classic cars!
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