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Mike Cole

Member Since 30 Nov 2006
Offline Last Active Apr 18 2011 10:36 AM

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In Topic: GMC Astro as SAFEWAY

08 January 2009 - 10:35 AM

Great start! I look forward to seeing this one finished.

In Topic: What are the rules on truck licence plates?

08 January 2009 - 10:34 AM


For a late '80s Texas truck you only need a Texas Apportioned (if the truck will travel out of Texas) plate. For a truck that will only travel in Texas a truck plate is needed. Fuel decals for the side of the truck are a different story. As late as 1995 some states issued decals for fuel permits. Tennessee required the fuel permit number to be painted on the passenger side only. Don't get me started on the hassle of filing individual fuel tax reports with every state you were permitted in, mostly quarterly. Thankfully since '95 and the implementation of the International Fuel Tax Agreement all that is out the window.

If I can help any more please ask.

For you who build more reecent trucks I found this site which may help you with fuel decals:
Fuel decal pics and info.

In Topic: Builds from the 70s? 60s? 50s?

30 December 2008 - 02:53 AM

I can't tell you exactly when these were built, probably while the originals were still on hobby shop shelves.

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IMC Cougar II

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ERTL Massey Ferguson

More photos of these two.

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Original ERTL Paystar

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MPC Mack DM800

More photos of these two, and the MF tractor.
The Paystar was redone about 2002, photos here.

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I never finished the build, but this is the turbine engine from the original AMT Astro kit.

A few more turbine photos.

In Topic: semi truck pulling

27 December 2008 - 05:50 AM

Buba, I have a couple albums that contain some photos taken at Buck Motorsports Park. Links are below, here are a few pics to whet your appetite:

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Cummins KT in a cabover Brockway.

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Hard to get good night-time action with my camera. I believe this is Tom Lindsay's KW also with Cummins KT power.

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This Marmon had a Cummins V903 for power.

I'm certainly no expert, but i have picked up a few things. Engines of choice for the pro pullers are Cummins KTs (only available in resin), Detroit V12s (Bandag Bandit), Cat 3408s and Mack V8s. You will occasionally find a Cummins NTC or V903 (First release ERTL International Transtar conventional) or a Cat 3406. The pros run two or more turbos, water injection and ungodly fuel pressures.

Trucker's Day 2008 An all day truck show, pulling photos are on the last page.
Pulling Event 6/17/06

In Topic: 1976 ASTRO

05 May 2008 - 12:40 PM

Do you remember what kind of gas mileage it got. :( I have always been curious

Man, that was a loooong time ago. Best I can remember/guess is around 6 give or take a couple tenths. Can't be sure 'cause back then I didn't obsess over fuel mileage like I do now.