The Report function of the forum works well. If you see someone acting up, acting out, or just being an okole, use the Report function. It works! I have it set up so it not only sends me an email, but that email is then marked with a flag, and get's put to the top of my email list. I will try to access/look at the report/topic as soon as possible, but remember, I'm on a six hour time delay, and other mods not only have a life, but a real job as well. k den
1970 and earlier 2wd Chevrolet and GMC trucks were 6x5.5 bolt pattern as well. As mentioned in my first post, using the 4x4 Rally wheel with 4 closed center caps is a very common swap on the older trucks.
An example, this is my 1:1 '55 Chevrolet 2wd truck with 4x4 Rallys on it. I do admit, the centers are not the OEM 4x4 center, but rather are from a '99-'06, but it is basically what is common to see on pre '70 GM trucks.
Shawn Carpenter was the only one who made a conversion kit, but he had to stop due to getting a cease and desist letter from GM (They're very touchy about GMC). As far as anything available now, the closest is a diecast of the '58/'59 GMC from M2 in 1/24 scale. It's not perfect, it has the wrong engine and the doors are not correct, but it is a very nice piece otherwise.
Very nice. Just a suggestion, you might consider offering the 6 lug version with 4 plain centercaps as an option. That particular wheel is very popular for use on '70 and older 2wd GM trucks as an inexpensive way to get a wider wheel without going aftermarket. Most vintage trucks fitted with those wheels use 4 of the closed rear caps. Also, for fitting them to the MPC '78/'79 Chevy truck kits which have the full time transfer case, which would not have the lockouts on the front.
I'm pretty sure the grilles are the same, or any difference would be very minor. The badges on the cowl ('65) and fender ('66) would be the major difference. But that can be easily changed with parts from the '65 pickup kit.
Another vote for the Deserter and/or any of the earlier variants of that kit. Even being the best one, it does have a few accuracy issues. Overall, the biggest accuracy problem I see is the incorrect 2bbl carb and intake. While that would be ok on the original 2wd release, the 4x4s should have a 4bbl carb. Speaking of the 4x4, that's the other accuracy issue. The transfer case is the NP203 full time version, which is correct for the '78/'79 model years, however, the '80 and up should either have the NP205 ('80) or the NP208 ('81-'8, though the 205 was a delete option). Neither issue is hard to take care of. As far as finding them, try looking at the swap meets at model shows instead of the usual online places. You can find them MUCH more reasonable at shows. I got an unbuilt '78 2wd for $35 at a show a while back, and have seen the '78 first issue 4x4 (red w/multi color stripes) at a recent show for around the same price range. Alternatively, if you go with the Plow Truck kit, or any of its Chevrolet variants, the bed from the wrecker fits right on it with little alterations. You would want to change the transmission to a TH400 or perhaps an SM465 to be more accurate to the heavier truck over the 3 speed that's in the kit. The transfer case is usable as it, as it is the correct NP205 part time case that was optional at the time.
Wrong stripper for the paint type. With the lacquers, you'll want to use rubbing alcohol, preferably 91%. In addition, lye based cleaners like Purple Power really should be kept in a plastic container, as they can be very corrosive to metals, especially aluminum.
The engine from the Ford 9N was a factory option in Ford trucks in '41. They're actually quite rare, as most buyers got the V8 instead due to the lack of performance of the 4 cylinder in a truck. Most of them went into Panel trucks.
The '53 Ford beds would be nowhere close to being correct. A better choice would be the beds from the AMT '55 Chevy Stepside, which would be an exact match since GM used the same stepside bed from '54-'87. The custom fenders from the AMT '53 Ford, with the indents for the custom tail lights removed, are more accurate than what comes in the '55 kit, though.