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  1. That looks like a nice project. First off, it would not be a 3/4 ton, but a 1 ton. The dual wheels in the rear are 1 ton only, unless it was modified. 

    All 1 tons would have had leaf springs in the rear. Strange, but in the 1/2 ton-3/4 ton there seemed to be no pattern to the leaf spring vs. trailing arm that the kit has. BTW, this is also true of the 67-72, could have leaves or trailing arms with coils. I installed 3/4 ton coils in my dads 69 1/2 ton and it fix the bumper wanting to drag from the lightest of loads. As of 1973 ALL GM trucks had leaf springs. I have a 65 C10 that has coils. But as pictured above the books show 63-66 with leaves. It is as if they were converting over, but just pulled a number out of a hat to decide what to put on each truck. 

    Also something to know, if it is a GMC, it would have had the big V6 in it. They were torque monsters and nearly all the 1 tons had them. The Chevy did not get the V6.

    For the rear axle, it will be an Eaton. This will look just like the axle in the pictures above. The "pumpkin" will be perfectly round like a ball with a ring of bolts around the edge. The axle you have is a half ton Dana 44 or Corporate 12 bolt. 

    The frame you have narrows after the coil buckets, this would be straight on a leaf sprung truck. 

    Have fun, this will be cool. 

  2. So indulge me a bit on this one. Back in the 60's-80's Ford made the C600-900, then some time in the 60's or 70's Ford made the Two Story Falcon, a C series cab jacked up and made into a heavy duty Over the Road type truck. Well I got to thinking what if there was a "In-Between" truck that Ford made for more than the C900 could do, and less than the Falcon. 

    It would be the C1000, a 1 1/2 story truck. The truth is I have a Revell Volvo truck that the cab is too ugly to even think about using, a box full of C series cabs and some left over wheels and tires from the Linberg L700 and an Italeri truck. 

    The Volvo was a twin screw, but I thought it needed to be single so I re-worked the rear to fix that. The engine is the huge Volvo unit and was too large to have the cab sit like a C600 would, so it got lifted and the fenders skirted. The bumper was cut from the grill insert and the bumper will get dropped down. I filled in where the stock bumper would sit. 

    So, this is really a parts box build brought on by the "Stay at Home" situation we are all in. It has been one of those builds where I dig though the parts box and see what I have, then attempt to attach it in a meaningful way. Very fluid build with the final outcome developing as it goes. 





  3. I am finished, but if it will help others get their builds done, I say lets do it. I would love to see everyone cross the finish line this year. 

    I understand the supply issue. I need a few things for my other builds and the only options are on-line and some of those are limited or way behind on shipping. 

  4. On 3/30/2020 at 1:04 AM, Hermann Kersten said:

    The end result of all modifications and scratch work is now paying off with a great replica of the tv show.

    Also the picture taking is great, the background has something post apocalyptic and completes the whole atmosphere.



    BTW, that Post-Apocalyptic back drop is my back yard. Now with the CoVid thing, it feels that way.  

  5. I decided I need to get more done on this one today. I got the hydraulic cylinder built and installed and I built the basket for the operator to stand in. I have more details to add, but its a start. It is starting to look like something now. 

    The boom does extend, the boom will rotate, and the basket swings and will pivot up and down at the end. I will post pictures of that at some point. 

    3 hours ago, Sam I Am said:

    WoW!  That pile of parts is sure taking shape. Looks great!

    Thanks Sam I Am, I keep digging through the and fining things I can use. I do have one or two of the other kits I got from you in the works also. 






  6. So, I guess I have too much time on my hands. I started this build on Friday and finished it today, 5 days later. I got this Autocar Dump for my birthday back in October and was not sure what to do with it as it really is an ugly truck. I just could not do this up as a clean show truck. So I decided to take advantage of the ugly and make it a dirty beat up used work truck. 

    The story with this one is that the owner really likes this old truck as it is one tough old truck, so he keeps it going and even upgraded the engine recently to the Turbo Cummins. While the bed is really beat up, the cab is not to bad other than surface rust and dirt. He has been able to keep it DOT legal by replacing lights and things as they have gone over the years. So, it is a bit rough around the edges, but still makes him money. 

    The bed was heated and dented out from all the rocks, then lined with Aluminum tape before paint. Then after paint it was sanded and scraped to show wear from the loads. The cab is painted in Rustoleum Forest Green over a base of Red Oxide primer. A little salt treatment, light sanding and some other weathering gives the cab that well used look. The steps on the bed are solder so they could be bent and not break. Custom intake and exhaust were made to mate with the turbo and the whole thing was weathered using various techniques. All finished with some "Selah Soil" to dirty it up. 











  7. OK, well it is a photo shop picture, but it is not really that far off the original. The PS truck was lowered and chopped and that is what gives it the goofy look, but the number of axles is correct. However, if you read the article they only built one truck and this was not it. This picture is original, but it was done long before Photo Shop and was retouched by the company. So, real, but not real. See this:


    Original picture:




  8. I have been playing around with different weathering options. So far they seem to be working OK. I have had a lot of time this weekend/week to make progress on this build. Still a lot to do, but getting there. Currently the chrome is drying from a matte clear coat to tone things down. 

    This is just one of those trucks that I could not do in a new from the factory look. Its a work truck and just had to be beat up. 




  9. Well, I know that I am not alone in this whole ordeal, staying at home, self isolation, etc. I was feeling like I needed a distraction and "fast" build. By fast build I mean something I can build OBB and just work on. No need to order stuff, no resin parts, just open the box and build. Something to get my mind off the fact that I am stuck at home (like everyone else) and need a distraction.

    I got this kit several months ago for my birthday and had mixed feelings about it as I didn't know what direction I wanted to go with it. Well, as you can see I decided to go for a well used work truck. As you can see I got a lot done in one weekend, I had nothing else to do. At the current rate of this build I should have it done by next weekend. One week build, this has to be a record for me. These are weird times we are in and I am blessed that the worst issue i have is that I am so bored I have to spend time building models. I am still employed, working from home and my family is all healthy. 

    So, on with the truck. I have begun to weather it, but still have more to do. I lined the bed with foil and then scraped it off to allow the metal to show through. I also heated the bed up and dented the sides where the rocks and abuse would have bent up the bed. The side rail and steps on the bed are solder so I could bend them and beat them up a bit. The wood is mis-matched in color to look like they were replaced at different times. I "grunged" it up a bit too. I am still up in the air as to the front fender color and if it should be Green or maybe a tan/brown or even black. I may dent them up a bit too. 






  10. The combination of my ADHD and the Covid-19 keeping me from traveling, I have been bouncing around a bit on about 4 projects I have going right now. I decided to build the bed for the RV Hauler. 

    I wanted it to look custom and have a fendered look to it. The top is covered with diamond plate and I plan to french in the tail lights. It is a tight fit around the tires, but its all good and I like the way it looks. 

    I need to make the 5th wheel hitch next and it will be recessed into the back. 




  11. This build off is not really about "Winning" some prize or even the competition, but about us all building together and encouraging each other to build a great truck and finish it. I see no reason why you can't be included in that also. Late or not, you have started long bofore the deadline. 

    Anyway, looks like you are off to a good start. 

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