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#1 Casey

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 09:37 AM

This project grew out of another C-600 build I've started, though both are based on the 1/25 AMT Ford C-600 kit. This version will use the longer frame rails found in the City Delivery C-600 kit which have already been fully boxed in, as shown below. The lower rail has been sanded smooth, while the upper rail was not yet sanded when the pics were taken:

 

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I'm using the turbine engine from the AMT GMC Astro 95 kit to power this truck, so I will be doing a lot of test fitting and modifying things as necessary to allow the engine to fit under the cab and between the frame rails. I debated widening the frame, but found it wasn't necessary once I had the engine mostly assembled. There isn't much side-to-side clearance, but there are no interference issues so far, even when the exhaust manifolds are placed in position:

 

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After adding the regenerators to both sides, there's even less space between the engine and frame rails, but the engine's fit and location within the frame is about as good as it can get. I will likely need to add some small lift blocks between the front beam axle and leaf springs or arch the springs a bit more, and a small blister or two might be necessary for under-cab clearance, but the front and mid-engine mounts are now in place:

 

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There are still a bunch of accessories to be added to the engine- alternator, starter motor, etc., and the rear wall of the cab will get a larger opening, some louvers, and a new support brace, but for now, I'm happy with how it's all coming together.



#2 Doobie

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 11:34 AM

Very Interesting Casey Are you going for a full blown custom with this one ? I think I will be watching this closely



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 01:42 PM

Taking shape, should be a cool build



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 12:52 AM

Definitely worth watching...



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 12:55 AM

Looks pretty  cool so far...



#6 Casey

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 08:27 AM

Very Interesting Casey Are you going for a full blown custom with this one?

 

I'll just call it a "What if...?", factory experimental type project-- a truck Studebaker might've built only one example of right before they went out of business.

 

I'm working on the cab-to-frame pivots/mounts, so not much progress to show at the moment.



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Posted 05 May 2014 - 07:51 PM

I finished the cab-to-frame pivots, pinned the cab to the frame for test fitting, but never took pics of the pivots.  :unsure: 

 

The front axle is centered in the front wheel well...:

 

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...and the front wheel from the GMC Astro 95 and Goodyear 11.00 x 20 tire is properly centered, too:

 

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Top of engine to bottom of interior tub clearance is not so good, as expected, but there's enough room under the seat to add a bit more vertical space for the engine, so no worries:

 

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Here are a few pics of the cab's rear wall so far. I added the rear valance vents from the 1/20 MPC McLaren Mk8D kit and used the GMC Astro 95's engine support piece as the C-series' body support instead. Below you can see the vents already installed and sanded flush, and the U-shaped support brace resting in place:

 

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The below image roughly shows how the turbine engine's exhaust pipes will exit the rear of the cab, and why the body support brace needed to be narrowed:

 

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Brace narrowed, and engine in place for another test fit. Yep, still too tall.  :D

 

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I filled in the rear cab wall on both sides of the new body support brace, but won't attach the brace to the body until much later. The rough lower edges of the filler pieces will eventually be shaped to fit around the exhaust pipes, but getting the rear cab height set correctly was the main goal tonight:

 

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 01:31 AM

This is looking real nice Casey.



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:05 AM

Nice work.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 06:22 AM

Real nice work, there, my friend......Looking quite proper.....



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 06:52 AM

Looking good



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:29 PM

this is pretty cool, the cab vents are really slick. I like where this is going B)



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 06:49 PM

Thanks, guys. I added a clearance blister under the seat...:

 

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...and "much later" become "today" once I permanently installed the U-shaped body brace and cut cleared out some room on both sides of the brace to allow the exhaust pipes to pass through:

 

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I think I'm going to use the large fuel tanks found in the GMC Astro kit, too:

 

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 05:23 AM

Awesome.....

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:31 AM

Very cool idea man



#16 Chuck Most

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 11:59 PM

Can't wait for more- even though I'm afraid I might have to. B)



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Posted 03 June 2014 - 11:07 AM

It looks like a cool project but did I miss the Studebaker content? :huh:



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Posted 03 June 2014 - 11:12 AM

Love turbines....love Studies......cool!



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Posted 03 June 2014 - 11:17 AM

Interesting.



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Posted 03 June 2014 - 12:22 PM

It looks like a cool project but did I miss the Studebaker content? :huh:


If you check out his other Studebaker build, it will answer your question. It will be badged as a Studebaker.