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  1. There are lots of other '53-'56 F-100 kits available.
    AMT has a '53 (wich is the same truck as in the Diamond In The Rough Combo kit) done in a couple of versions, MPC/AMT has a couple of versions of a '53 with tilt front and sometimes tilt bed in 1:25th scale, Monogram has a couple of versions of a '55 in 1:24th scale and Revell has a couple of versions of a '56 in 1:25th scale...you can also find the Monogram 1:24th scale kit under Revell lable
    So you can most likely find one quite cheap if you look around.

  2. Early 406s had problems staying together so Ford starting crossbolting the main bearings later in '62. - you can easily imitate that with two bolts on each side of the block...

    There are five main caps on a FE engine and both the late 406 and all 427 has cross bolts on number 2, 3 and 4 from late '62 onwards (406 with cross bolts are very rare though), so It should be three bolts on each side...most hi-perf engines from Ford also had threaded screw in freeze plugs...but these things are not that visible on a model so you can leave it off.

  3. Yeah but BJ and the Bear has been reissued a few times just minus the decals. The Convoy Mack and it both pop up fairly often on ebay Australia.

    I agree Danno, not making it into production doesn't count.

    Yes, and the BJ truck is basically the same truck as the Tyrone Malone transporter trucks without transporter body and Tyrone decals...and maybe a shorter frame.

    The BJ trucks are for sure expensive on ebay but it's quite easy to do one cheaper with a re-issued generic AMT KW K100 Aerodyne kit and aftermarket decals.

    The Ertl Convoy Rubber Duck kit is a regular Mack DM 600 with some added parts and decals to do the movie truck...sort of...and Model King re-.issued the DM 600 quite recently.

    But sure, the Convoy Rubber Duck kit first came out in 1978 (that's the issue I have) and was available continuously to 1981-82 something and hasn't been out since in it's original form with all RD parts...so you might call it rare...and it for sure fetches a lot of money on ebay for some reason.

  4. Except for the kits allready mentioned the MPC/AMT '69 Olds chassis also works under the '70 Jo-Han Olds 442.

    The AMT '68 Roadrunner/'69 GTX/'70 Coronet chassis works under the Jo-Han '69 Road Runner and '70 Superbird...and all other B and E-bodies in 1:25th scale with slight modifications.

    The Lindberg '64 Dodge and Plymouth chassis works under the Jo-Han '62-'63 Plymouths and Dodges if you modify them slightly.

    The AMT '60 Starliner chassis and floor pan works under the less detailed AMT '63½ and '64 Galaxies and Mercurys with some trimming.

    The AMT '67 Mustang and Shelby chassis works under the less detailed AMT '68 Shelby and other Mustangs...and Falcons as the Mustang is related chassis wise to The Falcon...and the AMT '64 Mercury Comet Caliente as the Comet also are based on a modified Falcon chassis.

    The '62-65 Fairlane doesn't share chassis with any other car so it's not correct under a '64 Comet Caliente but it works if you're not that picky.
    The '66 Fairlane chassis looks to be very close to Torino so it might work as a donator.

  5. You can do that and it will for sure work.

    But if you want to take engine and parts just from one kit you should get the latest AMT '60 Galaxie Starliner 2'n1 De Luxe kit as it has everything you need...and everything is top notch detailwise and it's one of the best kits AMT ever made.

    There are two complete engines in the kit and you'll get one 4-bbl intake with carb for 332/352/390/406/427 etc, one 2 X 4-bbl intake with carbs correct for 427 and one 3 X 2-bbl intake and carbs correct for 390/406 complete with cast aluminum oval air cleaner, same cleaner top but different base for the 2 X 4 and 3 X 2.

    You also get other nice parts as 427 style cast iron headers, one of the nicest 9 inch rear ends I have ever seen, lake style side pipes, nice Astro Supreme wheels, two sets of plated valve covers (one plain, one Thunderbird) and one set unplated, traction bars and lots of other usable parts...and the separate chassis and floorpan works under the less detailed old AMT 63½ and 64 Galaxies with some slight modifications...I don't like '60 Galaxie's that much but they are great kits and I have several of them as parts donors for other builds.

  6. It was a wise decision to build something else from this kit.

    I also tried to build this kit back in the late 70's (my kit has copyright year 1978), but I didn't finnish it as it was too far from what it was supposed to be and I gave up...I had seen the Convoy movie so I knew how it should to look like and it didn't by far. :mellow:
    I still have it but it's not complete anymore.

  7. The Showboat kit is a fiddly kit to build and the pipes are not easy to get right at all, so I understand if you don't want to do it over again and again.

    When I saw Wagonmaster at the NHRA Museum at Pomona, and on all pictures I have seen, it has another layout of the exhaust pipes, they are shorter and point straight up so they are not leaned backwards as on the Showboat...yes the Wagonmaster is built on the original Showboat but the pipes was appearantly changed at the same time as the Buick wagon body came on.
    The Showboat they show today is a replica of the original that was built some years ago as the Wagonmaster still exists.

  8. Well the tooling for the Pro Stock Camaro has been developed into 4 further evolutions so the extra parts are probably from one of those.

    The Reher-Morrison/Frank Iaconio versions was the first issues of this tooling from 1984, after them they did a Pro Street Firebird in 1987 based on the same tooling, after that came the Tony Foti LAPD Camaro 1991, then they released the Pennzoil/STP Firebirds in 1992, and finally the Goodwrench/Summit Firebirds in 1999 with further updates and new body wich are the same as the Model King issue except for decals.

    But the engines in all issuses has been a naturally aspirated GM (Chevrolet) 500 cubic inch big block except for the LAPD car wich had a super charged big block, so where the smaller heads came from I don't know.

    I have built both kits you are choosing between, the Reher-Morrison kit is a nice easy build (at least it was back in 1984-5 when I built mine) and the Sox & Martin 'Cuda is one of my my favourite kits ever...so you can't go wrong either way.

  9. I think the Joe Lepone Jr driven Jenkins car is a 1982 or 83 model so it should work fine if the Reher-Morrison kit is in it's original state...I dont have it yet so I cant compare with the original, you have to change the wheels and modify the hood scoop though.

    As far as I know Reher-Morrison started to use the Generation 3 Camaro body 1982 so it should be very similar to the Jenkins car, and the kit is most likely done after the 1983 car as it takes some time to tool up a new kit.

    The Reher-Morrison and Frank Iaconio Camaro's was the first of the modern style Pro Stock kits together with the Bob Glidden Chief Autoparts/7-Eleven and Rickie Smith Motorcraft Thunderbird's from Revell/Monogram, and they came out in 1984 under Monogram lable.

    Revell have most likely altered the tooling for the chassis when they did the latest evolution of this tooling, the Warren Johnson Goodwrench and Mark Pawuk Summit Firebirds from 1999...and now they are stuck with it. :huh:

    The funny car style cage over the driver is also a change for later versions of this tooling together with the deletion of the passenger seat, and came with the 1992 Jerry Eckman Pennzoil and Rickie Smith STP Firebird kits...I don't know if this kit have that as I don't have this issue yet...if it has it shouldn't as that was a later safety requirement wich came a couple of years later.

    The engine has also changed slightly over the years, first it had plated Moroso valve covers with breathers, for the 1992 versions they changed to plated plain sheet metal valve covers with breathers, for the latest version from 1999 there are plain valve covers without breathers and the runners of the intake manifold is covered, (many did cover the runners with aluminum sheets taped into place to hide their speed secrets).
    The transmission also changed for the 1999 version from Lenco's to a Liberty.

  10. I'm assuming the rear wheels and tires from the Gasser Parts Pack will be combined with the newly re-tooled Halibrand spindle-mount Sprints from the recent Hot Rod Mustang and '69 GTO Funny Car reissues and included in this kit?

    While I'm at it, how good (or bad) is the SOHC in this kit? Similar to (the same as?) the SOHC in the Ohio George AMT '33 Willys?

    Well the SOHC is probably unaltered and the same engine that allways has been in this kit (and the '69 Mr Gasket Gasser), it's not up to the AMT '33 Willys standard as that's the best one you can get, but it's decent.

  11. lapazleo:

    Yes I thought it was earlier, I have a picture of a Mach R700 in the stars and stripes livery in Rod Adams book Big Rigs Of The 70's, I have now found out that the Stars & Stripes paint scheme was for Mack's 70th anniversary 1970.


    Here is one picture I found.


    Another, same truck I believe.


    The old MPC/ERTL Mack DM 800 Heavy Duty Truck and DM 800 with Rex Cement Mixer kits has the stars & stripes paint scheme on the boxart, so google ERTL DM 800 and you'll get some pics of those kits.

    I have seen a pic also in the Ron Adams book of a Mack Cruiseliner for the 1976 US Bicentennial celebration with a red, white and blue paint scheme, red up top down to the bottom of the windows, a dividing white stripe and a red stripe right under it, the moddle part of the cab is white with 76 on both sides of the grille, further down a blue stripe divided with a white one and blue under that to the bottom of the cab.
    I cant find any pictures of that scheme on the internet though.

  12. Mack had the patriotic All-American with Stars And Stripes paint scheme, but I don't know if it was for the bicentennial celebration...could be earlier.
    Here are links to pictures of the R series and F series.



    Also the old MPC/ERTL Mack DM800 kits had this paint scheme on the box.

  13. Yup, after what I have seen the Challenge Transit Mixer had torsion bars so it's a true W 925.

    But the KW torsion bar suspension was meant to be a lightweight on road suspension so it seems a bit strange on this truck, the Hendrickson Walking Beam is on the other hand the kind of suspension you can expect from a concrete mixer as it's more to the heavy duty side.

    So the Hendrickson must have came in at a later time after the Challenge Transit Mixer.

  14. I believe another reason is that some think the modern lowered custom trucks with loooooong chassis looks cool...it's not necessary with all that length...and definately not without a sleeper.

    Over here in Sweden we also have lenght restrictions and the longest legal vehicle combination over here is 25.25 meters (82 feet 10 inches) and a legal gross weight of 60 metric tonnes (just over 66 US Tonnes) but there are trials with even longer combinations up to 30 meters (100 feet) and higher gross weights on some roads (up to 75 metric tonnes (82.6 US).
    But that's not that much as you Aussies are the kings of long vehicle combinations with your road trains. ;)

  15. Well the Ford LN Race Transporter has been re-issued several times and difference between the Petty version and the other ones are only the decals, the Dart kit in the set has also been re-issued and both kits are out right now...that's why I didn't mention it as the kits themselves are not hard to find at all.

    The AMT Pete Small Window 359 and the KW W925 and K125 with torsion bar suspension, and the Ertl IH Transstar Eagle II with air ride has been modified a long time ago and I don't think they can be re-issued in their original form.

    The KW Challenge Transit Mixer has only been out once...another somewhat hard to get kit is the KW Alaskan Hauler, and as AMT did modify the original W900 tooling to the T600A in the 90's both are not likely to be re-issued without serious re-tooling.

    The Tyrone Malone kits then...well the KW K100 Aerodyne has been out a couple of times, it's the transporter body and decals that's missing, but the Super Boss and Bandag Bandit kits hasn't been out since the early 80's.
    I believe Round 2 still has the tooling so hopefully they can secure the licensing and re-issue all of them soon.

  16. I agree with Rob.

    The Torsion bar suspensioned Kenworth K-125 and W-925, the Transit Mixer and the small window Peterbilt 359 with Detroit Diesel 8V71, both the Wrecker and California Hauler fetches a lot of money nowadays...So does the Tyrone Malone trucks, Super Boss, Papa Truck, Bandag Bandit and Hideout Truck.
    Another kit that's a bit hard to find...not true AMT kits but...is the Ertl International Transstar II Eagle with air ride (most of them has Hendrickson Walking Beam) and the Great Dane Reefer Trailer.

  17. On almost every engine the oil pumps are mounted in a straight line directly under the distributor as it's driven from the camshaft via the distributor through a shaft.

    The Ford Y-block engine has the oil pump on the outside of the engine at the bottom rear on the drivers side, and the oil pickup inside the sump is connected with an outside tube from the sump to the oil pump, so if you change the oil pickup tube to a shorter one you can use a rear sump instead of front wich is the case on early Thunderbird's and Pickups.

    On most other engines the oil pump are mounted inside the oil pan and it needs space, so on Ford engines with the distributor in front that are mounted in cars that requires rear sump for cross member clearance it is also a smaller depression in front of the oil pan for the oil pump, but most Ford engines has the sump in front.

    Most Chevy engines has a rear sump as the oil pump (and distributor) are located at the rear of the engine, except for early Nova wich needs a front sump due to clearance for crossmembers and steering, so they have a special oil pan.

    The Mopar B/RB (383-440) engines also has the oil pump on the outside of the engine as the Y-block, it's located on the lower drivers side in front right behind the oil filter, on stock engines all oil plumbing to the pump are internal in the block but on racing engines they often route them on the outside through hoses, these Mopar engines has a center sump to fit inside the K-member and torsion bars.

  18. Does anyone cast the Thermo King reefer unit with fuel tank and battery/electric boxes from the old Ertl Great Dane Reefer Trailer in resin??


    I need a couple of the old style Thermo King units for a couple of upcomming TV and Movie truck projects of mine, I'm planning to build the Smokie & The Bandit truck and trailer, and the BJ & The Bear truck and trailer and both trailers has the old style Thermo King units..

    As far as I know the Ertl #8033 Great Dane Reefer Trailer has never been been re-issued since the early 80's, but the Dry Goods Van trailer (Ertl #8932) has been out at least once or twice under AMT/Ertl lable, both trailers are the same except for the reefer unit with inside air duct/cooling element, fuel tank for the reefer engine, battery/electric boxes and the front wall.

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