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#1 cahilj

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

I've had this project in the box for almost a year now gathering parts. I wanted to build a replica of my 1:1 rig-

 

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I started with a used/painted Revell VTS kit. I pulled the engine and axles (318, 9.25 rear, Dana 44 front) out of the Revell Gone Fishin' Ramcharger. It's really the only kit out there I found that has the right axles, and it just happened to have the 318 engine. I'll need to update it a bit to 5.2 specs, but no big deal. I pulled the wheels from the AMT Jeep kit, tires are from Ma's Resin (BTW- absolutely great quality and customer service). I spent months trying to find one of three kits out there (all too expensive to pull one piece out of) that have a Torqflite 727 trans, which is the only thing available that looks like a 46RE trans. I ordered it from MAD modeling, it's the only thing I don't have in my hands yet. I'll just need to change the tailshaft a bit and add a transfer case to make it work.

 

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The biggest challenge was updating the dash/interior from the 1997 truck to the 2001 truck. There aren't even any diecast models out there in the 1998-2001 years. Luckily, the Lindberg Dakota has the older dash style, which is pretty darn close to the later Ram style-

 

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So I sectioned out the Dakota parts to extend them to fit the Ram dash-

 

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:54 PM

Then glued, filled, and glued and filled some more-

 

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The headlight switch isn't where it should be, but I doubt anyone will notice. I just need to finish up the righthand side tomorrow. I just now realized that the lower portion should be concave, not convex like the Dakota dash. I hope no one can see it when I get it all together.

 



I also whipped up a rear bumper to replicate the 1:1 bumper-

 

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I think it looks pretty convincing, even if it is a scale 1.5" too long (measure twice, cut once). I actually need to measure the tire carrier, maybe this weekend.

 

I may start on the cap next week if I feel up to it.

 

Has anyone seen a 1/24 or 25th Federal Signal Streethawl lightbar? I've been to all the online diecast sites I can find, and they all have the same generic one that I've bought two of now from two different places, and it look nothing like the real deal.

 



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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

This is gonna be cool great start

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

I like seeing people building their 1:1 vehicles. There's always so many little details the change and get right. Nice work on the dash bumper!



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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:48 PM

Nice work so far James! The Monogram '91 Ford F250 has a lot better looking set of spoke wheels in it. Here's what they look like.

 

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:32 PM

 

Has anyone seen a 1/24 or 25th Federal Signal Streethawl lightbar? I've been to all the online diecast sites I can find, and they all have the same generic one that I've bought two of now from two different places, and it look nothing like the real deal.

 

Try Dave Panek at : wcltdnut@yahoo.com.  His custom vacuum formed bars are AWESOME!  He is reasonably priced, and great to deal with!  You will not be dissappointed.



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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:45 PM

Nice work so far James! The Monogram '91 Ford F250 has a lot better looking set of spoke wheels in it. Here's what they look like.

 

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Interesting. I went and looked at the DPMCC instructions site and didn't find the F250, then I realized why! I haven't sent the directions in to him yet! I have the kit, It's just 1500 miles away from me right now, and I told him I would send him the directions when I pull it out in a few months. So I went and found the Jeep i actually pulled the wheels from, which also happens to be Monogram (not AMT like I wrote before), so now I wonder if they're the same tooling. I will have to compare the two when I dig out the F250. I found a pic of them on here, and they actually look wider, which would help with the big tires.

 

Try Dave Panek at : wcltdnut@yahoo.com.  His custom vacuum formed bars are AWESOME!  He is reasonably priced, and great to deal with!  You will not be dissappointed.

 

 

Just shot one off to him. Thanks for the help!



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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:08 PM

While it not be 100% correct, the light that comes in the Revell Caprice police/fire kit is a StreetHawk,  its missing the takedowns/alley/rear flashers,  or you can get from here as well

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It all depends if you want the all dome version, or the speaker version, I which one Dave makes, I think he makes both.



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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:47 AM

 

 so now I wonder if they're the same tooling. I will have to compare the two when I dig out the F250. I found a pic of them on here, and they actually look wider, which would help with the big tires.

 


The wheels from the F250 and the Jeep are completely different toolings. The Jeep wheels are a bigger diameter,shallow and small center caps while the F250s are smaller diameter,deep and have better sized center caps.



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Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:16 AM

Really cool project! Can you post some pictures of the tires and tell me more about them? I'll really apreciated that, becouse I'm in the search for some 33-35 tires for varios models.



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Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:21 AM

I agree whit plowboy about the wheels, the jepp ones have the right bolt patern, and they are 0.714" Outside diameter (measured at the outer rim/wheel lip).



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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

Sweet build.  I like the 1:1

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

Nothing really exciting to report. In the 10+ years I've owned the truck, I think I've had the center seatback up maybe twice, so I had to put it down for the model-

 

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Started the conglomeration of plastic for the passenger side dash-

 

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Really cool project! Can you post some pictures of the tires and tell me more about them? I'll really apreciated that, becouse I'm in the search for some 33-35 tires for varios models.

 

These are the BFG Mud Terrains available from Ma's Resin. Alan is a great guy, and these tires are excellent scale reproductions. You can see all the scaled dimensions of them at- http://www.magazinep...ires/tires.html (third tire down). The ones I have are actually 37.5mm diameter, and have the 18mm opening. The Jeep wheels fit perfect. They are molded in soft black resin, almost like rubber, but Alan told me it's not. My truck has Dunlop Mud Terrains, and the BFGs are the closest tread pattern. I'll probably sand off the BFG lettering to run them right side out, since the inside sidewall is a bit less "bulgey". Pics-

 

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I ordered up a Streethawk from Dave. I'm excited for it to get here!



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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:14 AM

Thanks Cahilj for the tire info. I'll keep an eye on your build! : )



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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:22 PM

Nice work so far

 

I have a question James, are you a whacker?,  dont take offense to the question if you dont know what it means lol, it has to do with something about your truck



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:44 AM

I'm 99% sure I know what you're talking about, so, no. I was a volley FF for years, and I worked construction, so I've got red and amber in there. Now that I've moved out of MA, I left it on there for the takedowns when I use them in the woods at night.

 

Was I right? :D



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:51 AM

VERY COOL! LOVE MOPARS!

that rear bumber is sweet! would look good on my late 70"s dodge truck i am building! I might have to copy it!



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

I'm 99% sure I know what you're talking about, so, no. I was a volley FF for years, and I worked construction, so I've got red and amber in there. Now that I've moved out of MA, I left it on there for the takedowns when I use them in the woods at night.

 

Was I right? :D

Yep, you are correct :lol: ,  even volley FF call them selfs whackers :D , well at-least on a light forum ,  I got some stuff on my POV, I would post a video link, but dont want to hijack your thread



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:08 PM

Yep, you are correct :lol: ,  even volley FF call them selfs whackers :D , well at-least on a light forum ,  I got some stuff on my POV, I would post a video link, but dont want to hijack your thread

 

'Whackers?'

 

Firefighter 22 years and I never heard that term before.  Certainly not in reference to the true American heroes who are volunteer firefighters.

 

Are you sure they're not referring to you as wacky?  :wacko:



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

 

'Whackers?'

 

Firefighter 22 years and I never heard that term before.  Certainly not in reference to the true American heroes who are volunteer firefighters.

 

Are you sure they're not referring to you as wacky?  :wacko:

Thats a term that has been coin to people who like flashy lights , (emergency lights),  dont take the term as something negative ;) , but there are sometimes when being a whacker and what you do is bad

how not to be a whacker http://elightbars.or...all-thread-185/

Sorry James, I really was not trying to derail your thread ;)