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  1. Found this browsing around online. As someone who's been looking for these (since they seem to have disappeared from hobby store shelves) I welcome it. The throwback box art is nice too, looks like the second issue of the original T500 California Hauler, which I'm just fine with.
  2. It doesn't look like it'll have any actual branding, which is no doubt to avoid licensing. But some of the features look like they belong to a Reitnouer trailer, which I've got no issues with. They're some of the finest built aluminum flatbeds out there, and their Big Bubba and Bigger Bubba are two of the more popular trailers in the heavy flatbed industry. As for it not being branded, I couldn't care less, it looks very promising. I'm already sold on it, will be getting at least one to build as a covered wagon.
  3. I'll need a couple of each for sure. I've yet to build any of the other Moebius Ford trucks straight out of the box, and these will just add to the parts-swapping pool.
  4. I don't need another '53 F-100, but the box art is very nice and it's hands down my favorite kit to build. I think I currently have 7 or 8 of them, plus pieces of others. I'm very excited to finally see the Autocar dump truck again, I'll need a couple. I do have one that I paid almost too much money for, so I can resist raiding it for parts and actually build it instead. As for the Pete wrecker, glad to see the late cab make a return. If it's like previous releases, will it include a sleeper and fifth wheel so it can also be built as a tractor? That also being said, I'm also looking forward to the Double Header vans. Now if we can just get the Fruehauf flatbed...
  5. Nicely done. Where did you get the wheels and tires?
  6. All the spoke wheels I encountered in my wrenching days were 1 1/4" lug nuts. Number of spokes, super single or duals, it didn't matter. One truck in particular I worked on had super singles on the lift axle, with a wedge that was about 6" long. I actually prefer them to the older style Budd discs with the 2 lug per wheel setup (with LH threads on one side to boot!). They're not as much of a pain as they might appear to be to get true, and the rim and tire itself ends up being a bit lighter for throwing it around for mount and dismount of tires. That being said, Hub-Pilot was by far the best thing to happen to truck wheels.
  7. I may have to blatantly copy this idea some time. Very cool!
  8. A nice ode to the infamous "Kecksburg Incident", Chuck. For those that don't know, the incident is also referred to as "Pennsylvania's Roswell" due to the alleged coverup of the whole thing. This sleepy little hamlet is about 30 minutes from me, and the prop used to reenact the incident for an episode of Unsolved Mysteries is mounted on a pole behind the Kecksburg VFD. Also, I had to Google the address, just to see where it was. Weather it was intentional or not, you picked the location of Norvelt Beverage, a beer distributor. For those uninitiated, PA only recently adopted the practice of being able to buy your beer in gas stations and grocery stores. Local beer distributors are still very commonplace, often mom and pop type businesses, and usually are more competitively priced than the supermarkets. My only gripe is the geographic locations of your Esso stations. Harrisburg, Kecksburg, and Exeter aren't exactly in each other's backyards. That's one heck of a service area for a family chain of gas stations. Now I'm going to go back and read up on Kecksburg again...
  9. I remember seeing that truck for sale in a very old issue of Wheels of Time many years ago, and I always wondered what became of it. I'll have to see if I can find it (I'm a notorious magazine hoarder) and scan the ad. Cool stuff!
  10. I say run with it, the idea isn't all that far off from reality. Dodge sold versions of the track-only Challenger Drag Pak with a V10 that was derived from the Viper power plant.
  11. Agreed on more trailers. I've been on the hunt for a Fruehauf flatbed. None of my local shops have any and eBay prices are through the roof. According to my research, that was last out in 2010 so I'd say it's time again.
  12. Sharp rig! It reinforces the want I have to build a 353.
  13. Just a little update. Been tinkering with this some more, and it's really coming together. An easy thing to do when there's almost no paint involved. The engine and all its assorted bits are in, with the missing bits taken from the donor truck. I washed and polished the shine to bring out the shine, without going overboard. I wetsanded it with 2000 and 4000 grit paper. Then hit it with Meguiar's Ultimate Compound, followed by Meguiar's Ultimate Polish. I might hit it with a quick coat of wax too. I used some new never used parts from the 4270 parts kit to put the front end back together, along with the 10 tires that were still in the original bag. Just like a real restoration, nothing beats NOS parts! The black around the headlights was redone with good old Testors square bottle enamel. I didn't want to deal with masking and getting potential overspray where it shouldn't be. Thanks again for looking, look for some Under Glass photos with the next update!
  14. I felt that this truck deserved its own "build" thread separate from the random projects one I have elsewhere. This 4070A was originally built by my father, probably back when the kit was new. Typical of his style (I have several survivors for those that don't know) very little was ever painted, and it was built straight from the box...I'm guessing. I say guessing because the last 40 years weren't easy on it. Many parts were missing or broken, but I wouldn't ever think of letting it go. It's just been hanging out in a drawer, filthy, just begging me to do something with it. And the answer came in the form of another Transtar builtup I found. Not to worry, the donor will be restored too. I just wanted my original to have all original parts, the donor will eventually be rebuilt with a little more creative freedom. Basically I will be reassembling it as it was out of the box, warts and all. I'll be removing as much dirt and glue smears and stuff as I can while trying to preserve as much of its character as possible. Should be fun! Here's what I started with, one big pile of Transtar parts. The only thing not pictured is the original engine. It was already in the purple pond. It had been repainted Detroit green probably 10 years ago. Just part of the abuse this thing suffered. After stripping, I reinstalled the original 8V-71, now back to the red plastic it was molded in. An interesting thing I noticed, the inner halves of the front springs were never installed, along with the engine crossmember. I have new, never used parts that came in a pile of stuff I got that might be from the Ertl F-4270. They're exactly the same as the 4070A parts, and this seems an appropriate use of them. A couple other neat things. I don't know where the black pinstripes and permit numbers and flags came from, but they work! Any ideas what kit(s) they might be from originally? I have an original 4070A decal sheet, and it's definitely not that. And finally, the donor for the restoration. I'll be using all of the chrome and any other parts that are missing from my Transtar. This one, while cool, doesn't have the sentimental value that my original Transtar does. The build isn't terrible, but the paint is about an inch thick and most of the glue joints are already failing. With the rarity of these kits, this one will also live another day. Check out the green interior! That's all for now. Thanks!
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