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  1. In the day when these trucks were new... The drivers who wanted a brakesaver paid big money and swore by them. Now... with the big cost to repair one and the difficulty to find parts for a nearly 50 year old system, I think the owner would swear at it.
  2. fiirst, thank you for posting the reference pictures - there is a lot of good information in them. I kinda dig those metalflake steering wheels as well. Red was a good combination. The green combination was pretty awful with avocado upholstery and a bright green steering wheel - it was the '70's. Brakesaver was a Caterpillar hydraulic retarder located on the back of the engine - a very complex, expensive, and rare option that basically did the same function as a Jake Brake on a Detroit Diesel. I'm going to have to leave the details to the internet. The story I was told was that Detroit Diesel had the patents locked up for the Jacobs Compression Brake. Eventually Jake Brakes became available for Cummins and Caterpillar engines. Here is a diagram for the brakesaver oil routing. The oil in the Brakesaver was routed thru the oil cooler on the engine which dumped it's heat into the cooling system so the radiator had to be larger to take the heat away. The hydraulic brake added four inches to the rear of the engine. Caterpillar engines were considered the premium option and a Brakesaver was a premium on top of that. The Caterpillar Brakesaver had significantly greater retarding power than a Jake Brake but the exact number has escaped my memory.
  3. Competition Resin still in business?

    did you check back with Competition Resin? how long has it been? more details...
  4. Competition Resin still in business?

    Is that Competition Resins? Their web page has always looked kind of old - haven't heard that they were done. Always had good service. Competition Resins products are also available from Slixx Decals.
  5. That would be the Vega engine with the Opel (GM Europe) sourced 4 speed transmission - All of the MPC Vegas, with the parts for a stock version, have this engine. Not sure, but the Monzas may have had the GM Saginaw 4-speed or an automatic transmission. There should be plenty of these engines in parts boxes out there, I don't think too many Vegas were built stock. One should show up if you can move this over to the wanted section.
  6. Lining up the cab for the AMT White Freightliner

    everything already said - patience and be OK with sacrificing a few rivets.
  7. AMT (Round2 Release) '40 Ford Coupe

    The "P G" logo is for P & G shifters - late 60's...
  8. 70's tires called Formula 1's?

    Fireball Modelworks has the white letter tire decals - http://www.fireballmodels.info/
  9. The Dupli-Color sealer primer 1699 also goes on very thin and is compatible with the kit plastics that I've used it on. Beat to test on a kit part that your not using. I'm not sure about the Tamiya primer under the Dupli-Color top coats.
  10. 1965 Lincoln Continental Navigator

    Looks good. The wood grain makes it. Love it!
  11. In general, I'm going with the ten year recommendation, but it could be less under certain conditions - Just took a tire in for a flat repair - ten years old and two tires shops that I trust wouldn't touch it - nothing over ten years old. One checked for leaks where the nail was and no leak there. The other, where I bought the tire, checked the whole tire and found nothing, but it had been losing air for some time. They mentioned sidewall leaks - which could mean the tire materials were breaking down. The car sits outside, that tire had the most exposure to sunlight on a hot driveway, and it doesn't get used much. Fortunately it was a good time to replace tires. Glad I did, the new tires are much better than the old ones ever were. so, my list of thoughts - - ten year old tires not only have the deterioration of age, heat, ozone, oxygen, - they were made from the best technology at least ten years ago. Twenty year old tires... Thirty years old - same math. - if a tire keeps losing air with no apparent damage, the materials have started to break down - at some point a catastrophic failure will occur. - http://car-storage.com/article/tire-dry-rot/ a good summary on the causes of tire aging and it includes a reference link to a 2007 NHTSA report to Congress on tire aging
  12. Need some tires

    check here - http://www.fireballmodels.info/
  13. Round 2 AMT Advertising Suggestions

    I think I see the same thing - the Round 2 website doesn't have a lot of information about what is in the box. It's been a long time since I've looked there because it doesn't tell me very much and isn't easy to use. There are 352 instruction sheets on the support tab - all in kit number order - They are difficult to find by kit subject. It's not a user friendly web site. Round 2 could try a little more. Some of the small hobby shops around here have gone to a "we'll order it for you" system. They are keeping very little model car inventory so there is no box to look at.
  14. Replicas & Miniatures Company of Maryland

    but you mention it over and over and over - we get it...
  15. Replicas & Miniatures Company of Maryland

    judging by the price, that is an old package on a model car, they would work fine, no loss in performance...