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  1. The picture you link to Andy is when the original owner/builder Jerald McBee had it, Tyrone Malone bought it from him later and had it repainted pink. I'm affraid you have to "wing it" Alan because I haven't found any good information on this truck other than it's 21 feet 6½ inches total length, has the Allison 1710, an Allison 5 speed automatic and a Timkin rear end. Most likely it also has a V-drive or a drop box style gear to change the drive to the rear axle considering the engine placement as the power outtake is towards the cab, and I believe it's only the last axle that drives.
  2. This is a magazine I don't want to miss, I get every issue and just bought the new one Monday this week...I have just flipped through it so far but I'm gonna read it soon.
  3. Most of "the club of four" cabs were COE's and were used by Volvo, DAF, Magirus/Iveco, Saviem/Renault and MACK for their light and medium trucks.
  4. Yes...more power equals more heat so they need more cooling, that's the reason they abandoned the narrow nose trucks in the late 60's and did a wider hood so they could fit a wider radiator for better cooling. High horsepower engines from all suppliers often needed more room, for instance the Detroit 12V-71, Cat 1693 and Cummins KTA 600 as they are quite long and some are also taller than the less powerful engines.
  5. Those cabs looks European as you say, but they are not Scania. they look more like a Volvo F4-F6 COE cab with a nose attached, that cab was also used by Magirus, DAF and Renault...and I have seen small MACK COE's with this cab. One thing tho', they have mounted the doors the other way around on these, the cutout in front are for the wheel wells on the COE's. Volvo owns MACK since some years back so that might be the reason.
  6. I know the "standard engine" in many of the Peterbilt 281/351, 282/352 trucks from that era was Cummins NHC 250 but there were other options as well, the NTA 370 might be one, Detroit Diesel 6-71, 8V-71 and 12V-71, possibly some Cat 1160 V8, 1673 I6, 1693 I6 and 1676 V8 found their way into some Pete's. I'm speculating a bit here but this question are for Tim Ahlborn, he would know for sure.
  7. There were no steelies in any of the Monogram or Revell NASCAR kits as far as I know and the rim looks like it could come from an 80's issue of the old tool AMT 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air or something like that based on the brownish color of the plastic. The tire looks like it comes from an AMT NASCAR kit, they have rised Good Year and size markings on one side only, the yellow Good Year marking in the first picture looks to be a decal. The early Monogram tires on the other hand has raised Good Year Eagle markings and nothing else, and the later Revell/Monogram tires has D5574 markings on one side, otherwise they are smooth as tire decals are supposed to be used. You don't have anything else do you?
  8. I've read that Round2 still want's to do it but "due to time and budget constraints" it's set aside and might come at a later point in time.
  9. Don Holthaus at The Modelhaus has this 383/413 Cross Ram intake set up...Don also has Max Wedge exhaust manifolds. The Mopar Cross Ram. http://www.modelhaus.com/index.php?c=0&p=69214 And the exhaust Manifolds. 1963 http://www.modelhaus.com/index.php?c=0&p=68356 1964 http://www.modelhaus.com/index.php?c=0&p=68357 I believe the 1963 manifolds are the early low production rare Tri-Y manifolds.
  10. Richard Ruth who built the TLB cars got 3 brand new crate engines from GM for the movie cars, two 454's and one 427 and it wasn't just any 427...it was a L88...that's why it was faster. The 427 L88 together with the 427 ZL1 was the most powerful engines Chevrolet had at the time and they were in fact pure race engines, the compression ratio was 12.5:1 for the L88 and 12.0:1 for the ZL1 and they needed 103 octane RON racing fuel to perform as they should...both were rated 430 hp but were in fact over 500 hp in factory stock configuration. As I have understood it there were two main cars in the TLB movie. One for outside scenes and according to my references that car had the 427 L88 with Weiand tunnel ram, dual Holley's, 4-speed and Olds/Pontiac rear end with 4.88:1 gearing...and that car later got converted to the AG car. And one for all interior scenes also called the "camera car" as it had lots of camera mounts all over the car, it was built exactly the same way as the first car but had one of the 454's, it also had a Weiand tunnel ram but was changed to a low regular intake manifold with one Holley to be more reliable and a "dummy" Holley carb mounted high up visible in the hood scoop from the inside. both cars were painted blue but was changed to grey primer for the movie. Here is a pic of the dummy carb and engine in the camera car. Ruth also built one stunt car with the other of the 454's, it had an automatic and individual brakes for the rear end...it was never used in the TLB movie but was used as the camera car in the AG movie and was crashed at the Paradise Road race, The "Camera Car" is still alive and has been restored to the TLB movie specs, and you can see it here together with lots and lots of useful information for both the TLB and AG 55's and facts for the TLB movie. http://twolaneblacktop.yuku.com/directory#.U4AwGfl_tps
  11. Isn't the Revell Austin Powers "Shaguar" reissued not that long ago the old Aurora kit...the wheels and tires surely looks like the old Aurora stuff...not that good I also have seen a Revell Germany issue of the XKE Roadster from the late 80's wich is the same as the "Shaguar".
  12. Nice. The original car is at Danchuk in Santa Ana, California and I have seen it there a couple of times, last time was in November 2012. I also met the man himself at that same trip ...Tom McEwen that is...but not at Danchuk but at the NHRA Museum in Pomona California a couple of days earler.
  13. I would buy a couple of sets if someone did them.
  14. Model Car Garage and Pro Tech Model Products also has lots of useful stuff for detailing a Top Fuel dragster
  15. You could do that but you will have some problems to solve to do a similar build. First...the cab is too short in the AMT K123 kit (if that matters), it has a 86 inch cab and the Revell kit has a 108 inch V.I.T. cab and yes you can of course lengthen it as you in this case will have two cabs. Second...the rear suspension on the AMT kit is a Hendrickson Walking Beam and I don't know how you can do to modify that to a Tri-Drive as the beam that holds the two drive axles are hanged from the center, the Revell kit has a KW AG 100 air ride wich is easier to do a Tri-Drive with...the AG 100 suspension from the AMT K100 Aerodyne is available in resin from Melbourne Model Truck Accessories wich is complete with drive axles and prop shaft but you'll need two sets to do a Tri-Drive...of course everything can be done but I don't know if it's worth it. Another way to go is to base the build on the AMT K100 Aerodyne kit, in that case you only need one more suspension kit and some wheels, and you are close to done...you don't even have to lengthen the frame as it's probably long enough as it is. But Revell AG has reissued some of their truck kits recently, the Peterbilt 359 Tractor and the 359 Wrecker, the KW W900/T900 Tractor and W900 Wrecker, so hopefully they will reissue the K100 kits soon....I have suggested that at their "Share Your Dreams" site a couple of days ago so you can go in there to vote for it. http://ideas.revell.de/ideas/item/4054/
  16. How different a 428 is to a 429...one cubic inch....no I'm kidding...the answer is very. The 428 is a FE family engine together with 332, 352, 361, 390, 406, 410 and 427, and the 429 is a 385 family engine together with the 460...so they are two totally different engines...the 429 is both longer and wider than the FE and the outside apperance of the two don't have much in common. If you want to do a 429 a good engine can be found in the Revell Pro Modeler 70 Torino GT and the Revell 70 Torino Cobra, they are the best there is and I think someone has casted them in resin.
  17. That truck kit was available from 1986 to 1989 and another version called The Oriental Express from 1990 to 1994, a fun thing is that you could build it either as a dual-drive or tri-drive as there were frame extensions, a third drive axle with suspension and wheel set in these kit. I bought a Revell AG Kenworth K-100 VIT "Australia" truck (only dual-drive) back in the mid to late 80's and they were also available as Aerodyne at the same time with a different roof section, and I think the last issued Revell AG KW K-100 kit was about 10 years ago so I think they are long overdue for reissuing.
  18. Well I'm not born yesterday either,,,and I have had my truck drivers license over 20 years and have been around trucks and cars all my life...so my statements aren't taken out of thin air. But you do it your way and I do it my way and we are both happy.
  19. Well Cat used their engines for different applications with different horsepower ratings, so if it's lets say a 3408 or C15 the on-highway, off road, train, marine and stationary engines are based on the same engine series. So if the engine looks like a 3406 it is a 3406, a 3408 is a 3408 and a C15 is a C15 regardless of what it's used for...it's just different versions and some things may differ as the placing of the turbocharger, with or without aftercooler and so on.
  20. Well the wheels and tires are pretty much generic for all the NASCAR kits as are the chassis...so it might not help much...but show them to us. There has been a couple of different wheels in the Monogram/Revell kits, the early Monogram NASCAR kits had nine hole Bassetts (GM cars) and five hole Bassetts (Ford cars) and those were chrome plated, and non plated eight hole Bassett or Aero Wheels (all) on the later Revell/Monogram NASCAR kits, the chassis are "front steer" (GM) or "rear steer" (Ford), that is where the steering box is located, in front or behind the front axle. AMT also did NASCAR kits for a while but in 1:25th scale, they were even more detailed than the Monogram/Revell kits and most...if not all... were molded in grey plastic..
  21. I don't know but after what I have seen it seems like 3400 is a series of Cat engines wich consists of the 3406, 3408 and 3412, at least that's what's coming up when you do a Google search on Cat 3400...I haven't found any specific engine called 3400.
  22. Most likely...3400 is the common name for that engine series.
  23. The autoparts store and the Caterpillar, Cummins and Detroit dealers should have the correct engine colors on spray can...I bought Detroit Alpine Green at O'Reilly Autoparts in L.A. and Cat Yellow at the Cat dealer over here. By the way, old Cat yellow is at least pre 1970's so most of the on-highway truck engines should be new Cat yellow.
  24. You can read about the Peterbilt model numbers and what they stand for here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterbilt The number designations on the engines I'm not completely sure about as the designation of the older Cat engines are somewhat confusing and only makes sence to Cat themselves. But I think in this case the first 3 stands for Diesel engine, the second number, 2 or 4 in this case, stands for wich family group the engine belongs to and the last two numbers 06 and 08 is the number of cylinders. Cat deviated from this numbering system when they introduced the 3116 and 3176 in the early 90's, first number was 3 for diesel engine, last number was 6 for number of cylinders and that's like before, but the middle 2 numbers were for displacement per cylinder (1,1 and 1.7 litres)...so it confused things even more. But later in the 90's they changed the designation to the easier to understand C13, C15, C18 and so forth...the C stands for Cat and the number for displacement in litres...easy as pie.
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