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#1 lapazleo

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 09:42 AM

I'm trying to determine the year the kit represents and get a brief overview of the kit. I of course am refering to the 359 with the Cummins engine that's brown and white on the box art.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 01:48 PM

I have that the AMT Peterbilt 359 (Kit T501) is a 1975-77, but it might be a little earlier.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:11 AM

Jim B is correct. The cab has the larger rear window that replaced the smaller back window in late '74. The cab debuted in late '72.
The instrument panel is late '72 through late '77.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:46 AM

Thanks Jim & Tim that answers my question the only other thing I always wandered about is the sleeper it just don't look right to me.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:51 AM

The sleeper is just plain wrong. AMT should have used roof from the original T500 359 kit and made new sidewalls and doors. The sleeper should be 4 inches taller than the old sleeper - the doors are the same as the older kit but with a 4 inch filler panel on the top - with a grab handle mounted to the panel. AMT really missed the mark on the roof cap on the later sleeper.
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You could use the sleeper from the Revell 'snap' 359 and graft in the square doors and scribe in the filler panel and have a correct shaped sleeper.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:11 AM

The sleeper is just plain wrong. AMT should have used roof from the original T500 359 kit and made new sidewalls and doors. The sleeper should be 4 inches taller than the old sleeper - the doors are the same as the older kit but with a 4 inch filler panel on the top - with a grab handle mounted to the panel. AMT really missed the mark on the roof cap on the later sleeper.
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You could use the sleeper from the Revell 'snap' 359 and graft in the square doors and scribe in the filler panel and have a correct shaped sleeper.

Tim

Thanks Tim ,I didn't think I was that crazy.