I never thought I would build something as old as this - a logging truck of 1950´s. But I watched the birth of brand-new cab for Peterbilt 281/351 and was so impressed that I couldn´t resist. I bought two transkits straight from the author. I started working on one and I would like to have this
As I do not know much about logging trucks of that era I will appreciate every information, every advice, every help that I can get from you. If you see me going wrong direction, please, don´t hesitate to tell me so and get me back on the right track.
This is the first big rig that I started out with frame and not the engine. It is also my first attempt to work with resin material at such an extent. But first, the good old styrene. I said I started with frame but that´s not quite correct. Actually, I started with the front axle. I didn´t have any spare one and so I copied the RoG Peterbilt 359 axle using styrene sheets and channels. Believe it or not but the axle alone, without springs, consists of some 30 parts.
The brake chambers are part of the cast set. The rest is scratch built. So is the frame. The rails are doubled for better toughness. The cross members is a mixture of resin cast, the original RoG parts and scratch built ones.
The rear suspension is attached just temporarily. I will rebuild it if I don´t get better one somehow. I hope this kind of suspension is okay for logging truck. What do you think?
I added some bolts cut from Plastruct hexagonal rod. The job is not finished yet but I think I will put them only on the outside.
Next time I will show you the birth of the cab using the author´s photos. And the modification that I have done to it. Till then I would like to know if a non turbo engine is okay for logging truck of 1950´s and if I can use two gear boxes for a twin- stick shifting. I would really appreciate this information.