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About Casey429

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    Elizabeth, PA
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    Casey Estok

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  1. I hope everyone found themselves having a Merry Christmas (or whatever you may celebrate) and is eagerly waiting to see what 2018 will bring. I know I am. I haven't made a workbench topic in some time, but it's for somewhat good reason. I've started more stuff this year than I have in many past, hopefully that'll lead to more under glass! First up, a Ford Louisville short hauler. I picked up this original issue Ryder-liveried one before Round 2 had even announced the recent reissue. It happens. I'm going for an out-of-the-box look but with a couple improvements. I started by adding air brake parts from the parts box. This ditched the wedge brakes for maxi cans, just a matter of preference. I recently picked up a big roll of vinyl/plastic tubing like what comes in some kit boxes, so I added some basic air line detail. I also added some material onto the fender segments on the cab, to fill in the gap that these kits have. I looked at some pictures online to determine if the line should be straight, or notched as the hood comes. The amount of chrome in this kit is typical AMT, entirely too much. It's also way too much for a rental fleet truck. So other than a few odds and ends, most of it is going away. Plans also call for some 5-hole steel wheels. Second up is a second issue California Hauler, with sleeper. I started with one I picked up at a local model show, partially started but inventoried and complete. It's also going to be mostly from the box, but I swapped in a Cummins from the 2003 issue of the old T501 with the big window cab. If any of you are Instagram users, and follow Peterbilt Motor Company, they recently posted this picture of a sharp brown and white 1971 359 tractor that I was instantly smitten by. I think this one will wear that scheme. To make the Cummins fit properly, I fused the radiator mounts of the two kits together, as well as relocated the transmission mounts a tad lower to get it sitting nice and level. Thi Third up is a gluebomb resto. I picked up this International F-2674 recently too. It appeared to be out of the box, little paint, and not as bombed out as I originally thought. It suffered from a few broken and loose parts (all included though) with the biggest issue being damaged rear end housings. Sorry about the first picture, it's a quick snap from my iPhone. Then the darn thing just exploded all over my workbench. I never realized that these S-Series models from Ertl are so darn long. This is way too much frame for a tractor, especially a "smaller" truck like an S-Series. So I'm going to whack a section of frame rails, slide the tandems forward, and make a more realistic looking tractor out of this thing. I'm going to try and keep this thread going as much as I can, thanks for looking everybody!
  2. I finished this up a couple months ago, but just got around to getting some pictures. I've had this thing kicking around probably the better part of 10 years. I could never find a color I liked enough to finish it. Thankfully I never sprayed more than the chassis. It was originally maroon, then blue, and then I finally got the color right. Speaking of which, colors are Plastikote gunmetal grey and Duplicolor silver. this is hands down some of my best paint work, as I've finally discovered the virtues of Tamiya masking tape. Pinstripes are Line-O-Tape. I did change up a couple things to improve the toylike appearance of some things. I used the Revell of Germany square headlights, aluminum exhaust pipes, scratchbuilt mudflaps on the quarter fenders and the rear, built a visor, made some hubcaps, cab light lenses from the spares box, and filler panels from an AMT 359 that still need installed. I also smoothed and foiled the mold seams on the grille, and added the panel lines to the sides of the shell. Thanks for looking! EDIT: I wasn't satisfied with the quality of the previous iPhone photos, so I broke out the camera.
  3. Question about the AMT Autocars

    Casey: I did see the news on the A64B tractor. I missed that last time around and will be getting one of those regardless. The big ticket here is I want the HD rear suspension and axles for a project I have in mind, which leads me to my next comment. Warren, Brian: I did a little more investigating and what I was able to find outlined the numerous differences in the A64B Tractor and DC9964B Dump Truck. It's far more than just the fenders and a dump box. Hearing from the both of you that have/had the kits in front of you is an interesting development. Thanks for the help everyone!
  4. Good morning, everyone. I've been doing a bit of casual browsing, and despite what's probably too much money these days, I'm looking at picking up an Autocar dump truck. I have one that my dad built back in the day, but I'd really like to take on my own. One thing I noticed is that some of the sellers photos on eBay and the like show the rear suspension as the correct Rockwell heavy duty with toploader rear ends, and others show the more common Hendrickson walking beam with frontloader rears. This got me to thinking, does the dump truck contain both? Or did certain issues have one and not the other? For what these kits seem to be bringing, I'm not comfortable dropping that kind of coin for what might not have what I'm after. Thanks for the help!
  5. Hot Wheels 1/25 Tribute - "Sweet 16" - Custom Corvette

    As an avid HW collector, I have to say those are awesome!
  6. Correct. The only other manifolds I have for an 8v-71 in my stash are from a Peterbilt, and I need those to build it lol.
  7. Thanks Jim, but I don't need any of the stack setups. I need the exhaust manifolds that attach to the cylinder heads. I have all the other exhaust plumbing.
  8. I recently picked up a mostly complete, but started 1987 issue of the AMT/Ertl GMC Astro 95. The only thing I seem to be missing is both exhaust manifolds. I'm willing to trade or simply pay the favor forward if anyone can help me out. As far as actually trading, I don't have a huge parts inventory, but I'll do my best to return the favor if I can!
  9. Reissue Wishlist

    I didn't even think of pickup trucks when I came up with this harebrained idea. Sure, why not? You are correct, but that is the one originally released as T-500 (tractor) and T-522 (wrecker) with the Unilite cab. I meant the new tool one with the later "1100 Series" cab. I second the DM800s for sure. The 1/32 rigs wouldn't offend me either.
  10. Reissue Wishlist

    Seeing the topic up in the general section regarding "Comfort Kits" got me thinking. There's some stuff out there that we're way overdue for another run. Some of the recent reissue news (especially the Cruiseliner) also got me thinking about this. That being said, I want to know what everyone else thinks. I'm going to post a list of a couple kits below, and we'll build it from there. Feel free to agree or disagree with me and anyone else, and let's have a little fun! To start, I've got a couple wants that have been reissued recently enough for me to remember them, but I have no luck actually buying any of them. Some of them are a little outside that window, but there's no reason they shouldn't be out. Based on some of the recent groundwork laid by new reissues that haven't been seen in 30+ years many of these should be easy. "New" AMT Peterbilt 359. I have one from when it was last around, which I believe was 2003-04. It'd be nice to have it in the T-501 California Hauler and T-533 Wrecker variants. Pipe dream: double package like the 75th Anniversary Freightliner Cabover.AMT Ford Louisville: Ideally, the 3-in-1 Dump/Snow Plow/Tractor, but I'd be ok with them separately. We just got the short hauler, this should be a no brainer.Ertl International Paystar. The tractor and logger are probably out of the question, but with Round 2's track record lately I won't rule it out. The dump truck and mixer were last out about the same time as the Peterbilt. Every time I search on eBay, I get disgusted at what some people ask for Paystars, regardless of the variant.Ertl International Transtar Cabovers. I'd much rather have the CO-4070A, but I'd take a Transtar II given the opportunity.Ertl International 4270. Because why not?AMT Autocar, dump truck and tractor. Same reasons as the Paystar.Revell of Germany Peterbilt 359: It seemed like it was just here a minute ago, and I can't for the life of me find one.There's a few more that escape me, but I'll leave it up to the rest of you to come up with more. I don't want to steal all the thunder on this one.
  11. I'm always ready for another 4x4. Seems to have been a lack of them over the years, with 4x2s prevailing even in modern tool pickups. As others have stated, trying to make an F-250 4x4 out of these won't be impossible, but it's not simply a matter of tossing on some 8 lug wheels. The only thing an F-250 shared with it's 1/2 ton counterparts (if we're sticking to the '67-'72 trucks) is sheet metal and engine options. F-100s used a 5-lug Dana 44 front axle, Ford 9" rear, and I'm not sure but may have been available with an automatic transmission. F-250s were a Dana 44 HD front (in a couple variations up though the '70s) and a Dana 60 rear. I've been told that F-250 4x4s were manual trans only up until the debut of the new '73 trucks but have never confirmed that. Just to add more to the confusion, the F-350 wasn't available as a 4x4 until 1979. Aftermarket conversions were around, but I've only seen one.
  12. Good evening everyone. Here's the latest from my little corner of the world. It's a pretty basic mashup of a couple of Moebius/Model King F-100s. What we ended up with is a 1970 F-100 Ranger XLT with 390 power, 3 on the tree, longbed, 2WD. I used the majority of the '71 Ranger XLT to build this, with the grille, interior, mirrors and manual transmission from the '70 Custom. I added the missing lower bodyside molding to the rear of the bed, since the wide style as depicted would've had that piece. It would've been more difficult to modify the rest of the trim to match the narrower style that didn't. The Custom door panels were also modified to resemble the '70 Ranger XLT as the '71 is completely different. As a first for me, I threw some details at this thing too. I used a MAD prewired distributor (awesome parts!), added battery cables, a starter solenoid, and fuel line on. Hindsight says I should've stuck some heater hose in there too. Oh well. Also a first, I threw some photoetch at it courtesy of Model Car Garage. I didn't have it handy when I built up the interior, so other than an ignition key and the rearview mirror, PE is absent from there. Yet another first was the use of Tamiya paint on the body. I have mixed feelings about it. It fisheyed on me like nothing I've ever used before, but thankfully nowhere on the exterior. I rubbed it out with some Meguiar's Compound, and while it's far from flawless I'm pleased with the shine and the little bit of orange peel adds to the realism (HA!). I haven't decided if it will wear the wheelcovers yet, so they were only temporarily attached to one side. I stripped the chrome, and redid them in more correct finishes and restored the trim ring chrome with my new favorite thing ever, the Molotow pen. License plate is a photo reduced real one, and I learned that in the '70s PA tagged all trucks "COMMERCIAL" regardless of them being commercial use or not. I wanted to build a very loose interpretation of a truck my grandfather bought new in 1970. To that effect, the blown truck tires, spoons, jack, and tools are a nod to Pap's nearly 50 years of trucking. I took a few liberties on the unknowns, since I don't have any pictures of the real thing. My dad ended up trading in the real thing on a brand new 1977 F-250, the '70 basically toast by then. The rust belt was not kind to these trucks! I'd be happy to answer any other questions, and thanks for looking.
  13. Comfort Models, Ya Have One?

    This is a fun question! I'd have to say hands down, AMT's '53 Ford F100. I've built three of my own, restored a couple built-ups, and have enough parts to make up at least another or three. I couldn't help myself and picked up another when the latest issue came out. It's sitting off to the side of the bench right now, being built as a Marmon-Herrington 4x4. A close second would be the Moebius Bumpside Fords. I just finished my first one, and dove right into another. This was a long overlooked subject matter, and many others have praised it and I can totally see why. And even though we're not in the truck section, I'll even say that the reissued California Hauler has won me over. I could never bring myself to pay what originals were going for, and Round 2 hit a home run bringing that one back. I'm getting ready to build my second one, with plans for at least two more.
  14. Paystar Logger

    It's all fixed. Tried 5 minute epoxy the first time around and that was a fail. So I scraped all of that back off and tried again using good old Testor's orange tube to stick the pieces on, and a couple coats of Plastruct cement for extra insurance. Seems to be working so into the display case it went. I also turned the air intake the correct way, even though I didn't take pictures of it. I've been around enough 1:1 Paystars to know that wasn't going to fly. Other than that, I did absolutely no other restoration work other than reattaching the mirror. I still need to come up with 2 more mudflaps, those are all that appears to be missing. Also set my dad's old Paystar up with the photo op. It's a little worse for wear, and the front axle has been "welded" as a repair. I'm hoping for a reissue so I can give it a proper resto, since it's mostly all there. Thanks everyone!
  15. Paystar Logger

    Hello everyone. Hope everyone's new year is off to a good start. I picked up this Ertl Paystar at an estate sale foe a whopping $5. It's a pretty clean build overall, and pretty well done if I do say so myself. No paint on anything, but it's 100% complete, save for the tractor's mudflaps. The downside is both ends of the front axle are broken off right at the springs. Shouldn't be much of a fuss to fix. I don't plan on a full resto for the time being, since it is pretty well done. I just figured on posting it here, since it's still awaiting the repair. Thanks for looking!