Force

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  • Location Umea, Sweden
  • Full Name Håkan Persson

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  1. Force added a post in a topic Current truck aftermarket?   

    I got a couple of wheel sets from Jamie last week and I've ordered a couple of C15's from him immediately after when I saw he had them.
  2. Force added a post in a topic Food for thought, Are models intentionally made with...   

    Italeri has been known to take shortcuts when they do their kits and many of their kits are not accurate replicas of what they are supposed to be, I would think the reason is that they don't want to spend the money to do it right so therefore they take shorcuts here and there to make it cheaper.
    I'm sure they have all the requried licenses for the makes they do kits of, otherwise they couldn't stay in business for long.
    I personally think it's a shame that they doesn't bother to do it right when they do new kits or revised older kits, they are more fun to build if they are accurate replicas of what they are supposed to be and have all the right components.
  3. Force added a post in a topic Smokey & the Bandit truck color?   

    I would go with black myself, I have never seen the color Coffee Brown up close so I can't say how it looks, but I have seen the Smokie end the Bandit movie a gazillion times and the Snowman truck looks black to me from every angle it's shown in the movie...even on the close ups and with sunshine directly on it.
    I don't even know where the Coffee Brown statement comes from and how reliable it is, I believe I found it mentioned on the IMCDB website when I did research on the movie truck where someone said it was painted Coffee Brown, I don't know if everyone else has read it there as it shows on more places on Internet...but with no proof and no color code, just the name.
    But as the real movie truck(s) is gone no one will ever know for sure except for the people who painted it.
    So when I will build mine I will for sure go with black and it will have a gold KW bug emblem on the grille wich all 1973 KW's had to celebrate the KW 50th anniversary.
  4. Force added a post in a topic Wild Willie's Funny Car Color   

    The arm was a dummy, but it was his trademark from the Fuel Altered era so he did it for fun.
    It's included in the Wildman FC kit.
  5. Force added a post in a topic Opel Blitz question   

    I respect your opinion Bill.
    I never claimed that the Opel 3.6 and Chevy 216 should be exactly the same engine as it's not, they are very similar as the pictures shows, but if you go into details you can of course find differences.
    The Opel 3.6 engine is obviously based on the Chevrolet 216 design as the article I provided says, but it's not an exact copy, the measurements are converted to the closest metric equivalent and it's developed and made by Opel to their own specs and for their own needs, it's not like they took raw engine block and head castings from Chevrolet and machined the internals to metric masurements, no the castings were made by different foundrys with their own molds half a World away so they are not 100% alike if you go into details.
    As I see it the differences between them are not like "apples and oranges", more like green appes and red apples...close outside apperance but tastes a bit different.

     
  6. Force added a post in a topic Opel Blitz question   

    Here are a couple of pictures I found of the Opel 3.6 Litre engine.

    And a couple of pictures of the Chevy 216 cui

    I'm no expert on these engines but they looks to be quite similar to me.
    If an engine is based on another engine design doesn't mean they have to look exactly the same, they were built by two different manufacturers with their own foundrys and casting facilities on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean so of course there are differences here and there, but to me they look very close on the outside.
  7. Force added a post in a topic 383 Stroker engine   

    You're welcome.
  8. Force added a post in a topic Looking for a Kenworth W-925 in 1/25 scale   

    I don't think it would be that difficult to do a 1973-74 from the AMT W925 kit, just change the door handles on the AMT cab to the later slam lock ones from the Revell Snap kit and you are basically done.
    Remember that the KW "bug" grille emblem is gold on 1973 KW's, not the usual red, 1973 was Kenworth's 50th anniversary and all KW from that year had gold emblems...I have seen the Smokey And The Bandit movie a gazillion times since the first time I saw it at the movies in 1977-78, and I have studied it closely as I also plan to do the Snowman truck...and in most of the outside scenes (if not all) the Snowman KW had the gold grille emblem, the yellow "Tod Engels" KW W900 in the first scene in the movie also has this gold grille emblem.
  9. Force added a post in a topic What cool trucks (rigs or pick ups) have you seen lately?   

    Yes it sure is.
    A Sliding Rotator maybe???
  10. Force added a post in a topic Accurate, Modern US Trailer Kits?   

    Italeri haven't directly been known to make true kits all the time, they take shortcuts both here and there and try to pass off many things for what they are not, so the trailers are just one thing.
  11. Force added a post in a topic A truckers view of mother nature.   

    Very nice pics of beautiful views, Thanks!!
  12. Force added a post in a topic Opel Blitz question   

    Well I did some research on the Opel 3.6 litre inline 6 subject a while ago and found this regarding the Admiral/Blitz engines from 1937 to 45, and that's what I grounded my earler statement on.
    Nothing fits between them as it's all metric but it's still based on the Chevrolet 216 according to this article.
    In 1936, and I assume here that the American deputy chief engineer at Opel Russell S. Begg was responsible, a new engine was designed for the forthcoming Opel Admiral model. The engine for this large Chevrolet-sized car was based on the new 1937-on 216 cu. in./3,549 c.c. 6-cylinder Chevrolet engine, with four main bearings. The Opel engine was copied from the Chevrolet by redrawing the original blueprint drawings and converting from Imperial to Metric measurements. In fact, at the end of the day the engine more closely corresponded with the Canadian Pontiac car engine for 1937, the 224 cu. in. unit, which was fitted into a Chevrolet-based bodyshell to create the Pontiac 224 model and also in Canadian GMC trucks. The “224” unit was created by increasing the Chevrolet 216.5 unit bore by 0.0625”, with aluminium pistons instead of cast iron. The Bore & Stroke were then 3.5625 x 3.75 in. [3 9/16 x 3 ¾ in.] [30.2 H.P. rated engine measured exactly at 224.1 cu in. The Opel engine became 90 x 95 m.m. Bore & Stroke, the nearest Metric equivalent, or 3.5433 x 3.74015 “, for 3,626 c.c. [Rated at 30.1 H.P., producing 86 b.h.p. @ 3,200 r.p.m.]. The Opel car engine had a 6:1 compression ratio as against the Chevrolet 6.25:1, and used the same transmission ratios as the Chevrolet: 2.94:1, 1.68:1 and 1.0:1.The smaller 2.5 and 2.6 Opel engines are a different story. 
  13. Force added a post in a topic Accurate, Modern US Trailer Kits?   

    The difference is most likely a scale thing, the Italeri Volvo VN 780 is 1:24th scale and the Moebius trailers are 1:25th scale.
  14. Force added a post in a topic Opel Blitz question   

    Opel is owned by GM and the 6 cylinder 3.6 litre engine in the older Blitz trucks and Admiral's were a metric version of the old Chevy Stovebolt 6.
    The later 6 cylinder in the later Blitz and Kapitän was an Opel developed 2.5 litre engine.
  15. Force added a post in a topic 383 Stroker engine   

    As long as the engines are from the same family they look pretty much the same on the outside, so a Chevy small block based 383 stroker engine looks like a regular 350 and the things that may differ on the outside are intake manifolds, valve covers and air cleaner and if it has headers or original exhaust manifolds.
    Same goes for almost any other engine familys, so if you need a specific engine you can take almost any engine from the same family as the one you want and call it what you like as most of the differences are internal...and that's not visible.
    Here is a list of the American made engine familys I put together some years ago, it's not complete but covers most of the engines we use.
    Chevrolet V8:
    Generation I Small Block (1955-91) 265-283-302-327-350-400 cu in and most of the aftermarket "crate" or "stroker" engines based on the CSB.
    The 265 had the oil filter mounted on a bracket top of the engine and the early ones didn't have spin on oil filters, otherwise they basically look the same
    Generation II Small Block LT engines LT1-LT4-L99
    The LT5 349cui 32 valve DOHC engine didn't have much in common with the other LT engines.
    Generation III Small Block LS engines LS1-LS6 and Generation IV L76-LS2-LS4-LS7-LS9
    Big Block Generation 1 W-engine (1958-65) 348-409 and the Z-11 427 cu in, the 348 has oil dipstick on drivers side and 409 on passenger side, the 427 Z-11 had two part aluminum intake manifold.
    Big Block Generation 2 Rat engine (1965-) 396-402-427-454 and the "crate" 502-540-572 cu in, the larger displacement engines has taller deck
    The 427 ZL-1 engine was all aluminum but looks nearly the same as the cast iron big blocks

    Buick V8:
    "Nailhead V8" Generation 1 (1953-1956) 264-322 cu in
    Nailhead Generation 2 (1957-66) 364-400-401-425 cu in, looks similar to the Generation 1
    Small Block (1961-80) 300-340-350 cu in
    Big Block (1967-76) 400-430-455 cu in

    Pontiac V8:

    Small Journal Engines (1955-62) 287-316-336-347-370-389-326-400-350-366-301-265 cu in
    Large Journal Engines (1963-?) 421-428-455 cu in
    Oldsmobile V8:
    Generation 1 Rocket (1949-64) 303-324-370-371-394 cu in
    The 371/394 series is a completely different casting for the block, heads, crank, cam, everything externally and internally. Although some minor parts might swap back and forth.
    Generation 2 Rocket (1964-90) 260-307-330-350-400-403-425-455, the larger displacement engines had taller deck.
     
    Cadillac V8:
    (1949-62) 331-365-390
    (1963-67) 390-429 redesigned, 1" lower, 4" narrower and 1 1/4" shorter than the 1949-62 engines
    (1968-) 472-500 and 368-425
    Ford V8:
    Flat Head (1932-53) 136-221-239-255-337 cu in
    (1937-40) 136 cu in 60 hp, 17 stud heads, waterpump in block, center head water outlet .
    (1932-38) 221 cu in 65-75-85 hp, 21 stud heads, '32-'36 waterpumps in heads, '37-'38 waterpumps in block, front of head water outlet,"eggshell"/"drivers helmet" style distributor.
    (1939-48) 221-239 cu in 85-90-100 hp, 24 stud heads, waterpumps in block, center head water outlet, '38-41 "eggshell"/"drivers helmet" style distributor, '42-'45 "crab"/"pancake" style distributor, '46-'48 "round" style distributor.
    (1949-53) 239-255 cu in 100-110-112-125 hp, 24 bolt heads, waterpump in block, front of head water outlet, "round" style distributor.
    (1948-51) 337 cu in 145-152-154 hp, 27 stud or bolt heads, waterpump in block, front of head water outlet, rear mounted distributor, used in Lincoln cars and Ford Trucks.
    Y-Block (1954-64) 239-272-292-312 cu in
    Lincoln/Mercury Y-Block (1952-57) 317-341-368
    FE Series (1958-76) Generation 1 332-352-360-361-390 cu in Generation 2 406-410-427-428 cu in
    427 SOHC are basically a 427 FE series block with the special SOHC heads, valve covers, timing chain cover and intake manifold
    427 Side Oiler has a cast in oil line on the bottom of block side on the drivers side and some had vertical ribs on the passenger side but otherwise looks basically the same as the other FE engines.
    MEL (1958-68) 383-410-430-462
    Windsor (1962-95) 221-260-289-302 cu in and 5.0, the 351 Windsor looks basically the same but has 1.5 inch taller deck.
    BOSS 302 (1969-70) is basically a 302 Windsor block with 351 Cleveland style heads and different intake manifold
    335 Series (1970-82) 351-400 Cleveland
    385 Series (1968-97) 370-429-460 cu in
    BOSS 429 (1969-70) is a 385 series 429 block with Hemi heads and different valve covers and intake manifold.
    Ford Straight Six
    1st Generation Flathead Six (1941-51) 226-254
    2nd Generation OHV Six (1952-64) 215-223-262
    3rd Generation Falcon Six (1961-77) 144-170-200-250
    4th Generation Truck Six (1964-96) 240-300-4.9L

    Mopar V8:
    Chrysler Fire Power Hemi (1951-?) 331-354-392, the 392 had taller deck
    Dodge Red Ram, Super Red Ram and D500 Hemi (1953-?) 241-270-315-325
    De Soto Fire Dome and Fire Flite Hemi (1952-?) 276-291-330-441-345
    The older Chrysler, Dodge and De Soto Hemis looks very similar but there are differences both internally and externally.
    A Series "Wide Block" Polysferic Head (1956-67) 277-301-303-313-318-326 cu in
    LA Series (1964-) Small Block 273-318-340-360 cu in
    B Series Big Block (1958-78) 350-361-383-400 cu in and RB Series Big Block (1959-78) 383-413-426-440 cu in and 413-426 Max Wedge (1962-66?), the RB Series had slightly taller deck than the B Series
    (1964-71) 426 Hemi and "crate" 528-540-572 Hemi, the 426 Hemi is based on the RB series block design.

    AMC/Rambler V8:
    Generation 1 Nash/Hudson/Rambler (1956-66) 250-287-327 cu in
    Generation 2 AMC Short Deck (1966-70) 290-343-390 cu in
    Generation 3 AMC Tall Deck (1971-91) 304-360-390-401 cu in
    The Generation 3 engines looks similar to the Generation 2 but had taller deck and slightly different head design.