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  1. This is kind of a companion to the Sonoma I put up a few days back... a "lab rat" type project made from an incomplete kit and used for mocking up components for other projects and ended up being built as a curbside. Base kit is the AMT '95 Ranger XLT. The core support and front edges of the fenders from a 1996 Explorer were grafted on, and the bumper, hood, and grille were used. The Explorer also coughed up the leather bucket seats. Paint is Testors Lime Ice, and the bed and cab were painted years apart so there's a slight mis match in the colors. I'm just gonna use the excuse that the bed was damaged dragging after the rear air suspension failed and had to be repaired and that's why it's a slightly different shade. One thing I can't excuse are the tail lights... I flopped the position of the turn signal and backup lens portion. Since the orange needs touched up anyway I'll probably redo those if they really bother me. Wheels are 19" Aoshima Kranze LXZs from their VIP wheel set line. I think the mirrors and steering wheel are also Aoshima parts packs items but it's been a few years since the cab was more or less finished. This body was the test bed for two custom Ranger chassis, one mild and one wild, that hopefully will end up under projects at some point shortly.
  2. I've been on a rampage lately taking butchered and incomplete kits and disposing of the spare parts the fun way. Case in point- this thing. I had robbed the chassis for a custom project, but that left me with a mostly intact Sonoma, or at least the visible upper parts. So now it's a curbside built to represent a bagged mini truck "aired out" and sitting on the rockers. I used Testors One Coat paints to duplicate the purple/charcoal paint scheme an awful lot of these trucks seemed to be painted back in the day. The kit has molded S10 rub strips, which I left in place because I liked the look better than the stripes the GMC had. And I had my doubts about the 27 year old Ertl decals being viable anyway. That and I'm lazy and didn't want to shave and sand the rockers. Wheels and tires came from an S10 Xtreme and were color matched to the truck. I opened the grille by removing material from the back, even though AMT really screwed up the look of the grilles on these trucks... my what big eyes it has! I foiled the lenses from behind to hide the BMW-like look the kit reflectors have going. Other than the rolling stock the only other non stock part is the tonneau cover, taken from a '93 Ranger. It was a fun, quick curbside project and It allowed me to use the rest of this parts donor kit for something constructive. And having the modified body gave the the opportunity to mock up a couple of frames for future full detail projects, so all in all it was also kind of a purposeful project in the end.
  3. This was a 20 hour, get it over quick weekend project. Looking at the photos it could stand a few touch ups but it'll look good enough on the shelf for now. Base kit is the '77 Coke van. But I used very little of the kit. Which is fine because it was a parts kit anyway. It has a narrowed Moebius '66 F100 grille. It also has mirrors, wheels, and hubcaps from the Moebius F100, and tires from a Moebius Hudson Hornet. Paint is Tamiya Coral Blue and Krylon Colonial Ivory. The graphics are from an MPC 78 Dodge pickup, except for the front plate, which is from Best Model Car Parts.
  4. As Bob Ross often said, "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents." Well, that's mostly true. Years ago I started this '76 conversion with a Bandit Resins grille and a bed made up of Monogram and AMT pieces. I had planned to add a somewhat better detailed firewall and engine bay, which naturally meant cutting away what was there originally. Well, that plan didn't work too well, and I'd already addressed the windshield height issue and added the drip rails on the cab, so I opted to save it by doing it as a curbside. And with the hood fastened to the cab, I could finally have a nice fitting hood on one of these. The wheel covers are from the AMT Phantom Van, and the white line tires came from... I dunno... somewhere. I made a bug guard and used a Moebius front bumper. Out back you'll find tail lights and a bumper from an old Revell Custom Pickups Parts Pack. I believe that's where the steering wheel came from, as well. Said steering wheel sits on a column made from Evergreen rod with a pin for a turn stalk and gear selector. The mirror is a Detail Master photo etched piece, I have no idea where the dice came from, Ken's maybe? Otherwise the interior (what there is of one) is kit stock. Ray's Kits came through again for the F100 fender badges.
  5. This was one of those "plugged away at it for a time, then it sat untouched for months, then the last 5% or so was finished in an afternoon" kind of projects. The cab is an AMT '59 El Camino body cut off just behind the doors. The bed is a 1950 Chevrolet 3100 piece with the fenders from an AMT '40 Willys pickup. The chassis is from a Moebius 1970 F100 with wheels and tires from a Revell Baja Bronco, and the Revell GMC snow plow hangs off the front. Engine is a Buick Nailhead and just because all of this wasn't quite absurd enough, it has twin turbochargers courtesy of Iceman Collections. The rear pintle hitch came from Scenes Unlimited. Smatterings of parts box refugees and a few scratch built parts fill in the blanks.
  6. I wanted to build a ratty hot rod shop truck, or a semi tractor. I had an incomplete Stevens International reissueAMT Autocar A64B so I decided to do both. Power is a Detroit V12, a combination of AMT and GW Trucks parts. Wheels are from the infamous Peterbilt 352 Turnpiker with Revell tires. Fronts are the float tires from a Revell Bill Signs Peterbilt, and the rears are from a 1:16 scale Revell Jeep CJ. Oddly enough, the Jeep tires are the same as the 1:25 Peterbilt tires except that they're slightly taller. The rear single air suspension was made from various spare parts and air bags made from plastic tubing. The AMT Haulaway Trailer is mostly box stock apart from wheels and tires to match the tractor. Junkers are (top row front to back)... 1976 International Scout II, 1953 Ford F100, and a 1970 Ford Custom. Lower deck front to rear consists of a 1975 AMC Matador and a 1962 Chevrolet Impala.
  7. This is the AMT Super Stones F350, augmented with several Moebius parts. Mainly the service bed, wheels, tires, hubcaps, 300 straight six engine, and assorted underhood doodads. The grille is the '78 Custom (base model) round headlight grille from Morgan Automotive Detail and the cowl markings are from the Ray's Kits Ford truck decal sheet. The front Ford oval plate came from Best Model Car Parts. The upper edge of the windshield was raised and a new gasket was scribed to fix the appearance of the too-short opening as provided in the kit, and as always making that cove trim disappear was loads of fun. Other than the washes getting a little out of hand around the service body's door handles I'm reasonably happy with how it came out.
  8. Over the weekend I found myself with a few hours to kill. So over the course of five or six hours I threw together this old Lindberg snap kit. Other than the Gofer decals (slathered over a few coats of Tamiya pink) it's box stock. A few of the graphics cover nicks in the paint, and I didn't bother touching up a few chips around the tail lights. The idea was a van that had been obviously repainted but fairly well kept since that time. Hard to rack up those miles when your transaxle is constantly on the fritz, right? I imagine the owner being an elderly lady who's nice enough but you try to avoid her at Dollar General because you don't have the time to hear her go on about healing crystals again, or how you'd be under a great deal less stress if you'd just come over for a spiritual cleansing session. The van itself is loosely based on an early 2000s Ford Windstar I used to see locally. It was about the same shade of pink but had far fewer graphics. The last thing I did was apply foil to the backup lights. In so doing I accidentally shoved the passenger side tail light assemble into the body. But I found that I could fix it without disassembly by shoving a bamboo skewer up into the gap between the chassis plate and bumper and maneuvering it until the lamp was back in it's proper spot. I'm not sure about he wipers- I may have installed them upside down or maybe they're just that weird looking. Eventually I'll pop them off and tweak them a little if they really bother me but considering I threw the thing together in a few hours it turned out better looking than it probably should have.
  9. It's for sure in 147. I know this because oddly enough I was thumbing through that exact issue about a week ago. That Chrysler is lovely.
  10. Bumped into a couple of tandem farm trucks in the local junkyard not too long ago. These two were staples in the area for years. This one's a '62 and gas powered (FE if I'm not mistaken). Take a look at the cowl... you can see the nubs where the electric wiper stalks would go. This having air acutated wipers, naturally they're down lower and those areas are "flashed over" to borrow a scale modeling term. This one's a '67, Cat diesel powered. If you've been reading MCM for a while, waaaaaaay back in April of 2015 I did a "spotter's guide" type article and this very same truck was one of the examples I used. Those were happier times and the truck wasn't nearly as mangled as seen here. Now, take a look at the cowl... no vesigial electric wiper bumps, even though electric wipers were still avaiable. I don't know when that change occured but I'm guessing it was 1966 when the grille-mounted lamps were moved to the cowl and we got the grille with "plugged" lamp openings on either end. Also, both trucks boast the sleeper, not too many of those made for C series tractors, much less straight trucks like these. If I had a bit more cash and a lot more shop space, I'd snap these up. More than enough to build one decent rig and have plenty of spares. Barring that I might just nab one of the sleepers, if for no other reason than to store it on the rafters of my barn.
  11. Yep. They're part of the '88 and '89 C1500 kit. I believe they're still in the 1990 version but I'm not 100% sure.
  12. This is a conversion of the AMT '89 C1500 into the four wheel drive K1500. You may have seen an in progress photo and the truck's filthy ash tray in the Commercial Break column in the most recent issue of MCM (I think it's the most recent issue... I'm too lazy to get up and look )... here's the finished mess. The thought process was to create "the truck owned by every grandpa in the '90's". To that end, the running boards, tailgate net, and bed rails provided as options in the kit were used. Front suspension comes by way of a 1996 S10 Blazer, modified for fit and to "look right" in this half ton application. Rear suspension height was also adjusted. Tahoe snap kit wheels and tires were added, and the whole mess was coated in a generic silver paint. The fact there's no peeling clearcoat or surface rust and the fact that the 4x4 graphics are of a different color and font may be a tip off that this truck was repainted at some point during it's service life. Though Ray's Kits has a decal sheet with a bunch of GM truck graphics, including the correct 4x4 markings, I didn't have one at the time, so the generic red graphics are from a Gofer shop truck set. Bumper stickers were made on my home printer, though the "I'd rather be driving a Titleist" one I had on the back window flaked off. In place of the kit supplied buckets and console, a rear seat from the extended cab snap kit was cut from the interior and modified for use as a front bench. I went to the trouble of making two headrests but after losing one I said screw it and did without. There's also a shifter console and 4WD gear selector on the floor. I retained the 5 speed manual and despite an early thought to install a 4.3 V6 I stuck with the small block V8. Kit box says it's a 350 but since this is 1990s grandpa truck let's say it's a 305. As I lamented earlier, I hope Round 2 will reissue at least a couple of the GMT400 variants sometime soon. Preferably the long bed regular cab but this series doesn't have any stinkers so any choice is a good choice.
  13. Well, there have been resin 258 engines. 😊 Motor City Resin Casters does one for the Jeep DJ and he will happily sell you just the engine. There might be others but that's one readily available. In fact I know there are others- years ago I had a really awful resin 258 that was obviously based on the AMT '77 Pacer wagon engine. That one definitely was NOT the Motor City engine, which is a beautiful casting just like everything else Jeff makes. 4.0 on the other hand, other than the Tamiya Wrangler it's just not out there. That would be a perfect subject for the 3D guys but I've never even seen the CAD files for one online. It is a fairly popular off road engines but there aren't many existing kits of vehicles that use the 4.0 from the factory other than that Wrangler and the Tamiya Grand Cherokee (that kit comes with a V8 but the 4.0 was the standard engine in the actual Jeep). Then again, I can think of at least three different 3D printed Cummins 6BT, and all but one of the second gen Ram model kits out there are curbside, though to be fair I guess the 6BT is far more popular for swapping into other vehicles than the 4.0.
  14. Last I knew Kris Morgan at Morgan Automotive Detail was doing the standard long bed. I don't see it on his site but it wouldn't hurt to ask anyway.
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