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About highway

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  • Birthday 02/04/1976

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  • Location Talentless Hack University at Wheelman's Warehouse
  • Full Name Matthew Brownlee, card carrying member of the Donnie Boger fan club

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  1. highway added a post in a topic wheel help   

    You're welcome Chris, and what you found online was exactly what I meant by permits making all the federal guidelines go out the window! 
    As for the wheel size being a factor, I don't know able that either but since you did mention the manufacture rating, it could have an influence in the GAWR (gross axle weight rating) and the GVWR that the truck as the manufacture equipped it, but that still doesn't make a difference in the state or federal guidelines for allowable weights. The manufacture specs are different depending on how the truck is equipped, a vocational truck such as a dump truck, garbage truck, or a tractor built for heavy hauling is built with much heavier duty components than an over the road truck would be.  
  2. highway added a post in a topic wheel help   

    This may or may not help Chris, but by federal regulations the maximum weight is 80,000 pounds for a regular 5 axle tractor trailer with a breakdown like this:
    Steering axle=12,000 lbs
    Tandem drive axles=34,000 lbs
    Trailer tandem axles=34,000 lbs
    Trailer tandem spread axles=40,000 lbs but total GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) still cannot exceed 80,000 lbs
    That is the rules for federal interstate over the road trucks, but there are also state regulations that muddy the waters so to speak, but the max I would say a three axle truck could weigh would be more around the 50,000 lb range with a steering axle with wider "float" tires, which I believe may raise the max steer axle weight to 17,000 lbs. Other than the wider float steering tires, tire size doesn't have a difference in the allowable weights. The common size for wheels today are 22.5 rims, though 24.5 are still used, but the biggest difference is the sidewall height, which is why the tires for 22.5 rims are commonly called "Lo Pros" because of a lower sidewall profile than the "tall rubber" 24.5s. 
    You could still build a dump truck with three axles, but at least most in my area in the WV, OH, and PA region near Pittsburgh hauling coal usually have at least one liftable "tag" axle and more commonly two or three tags, making them 5 or 6 axle trucks. 
    5 axle

    6 axle

    The lift axles add 17,000 lbs to the gross weight, so one added to a 3 axle dump truck with a steering axle with the wider float steer tires (like the 5 axle Peterbilt has) would give the truck a 68,000 lb GVWR. 
    Hopefully this helps you some, but those are the easiest examples using the federal guidelines. Everything can vary state to state, and permits to haul heavier can throw everything out the window! 
  3. highway added a post in a topic Biiiiig turbo   

    Not only would you crush the Mustangs with that, you'd crush your Honda!!!
  4. highway added a post in a topic AMT Mack R685ST Semi Tractor Kit Review   

    Are the 10 hole Alcoas in this issue? I thought that I had heard that it was going to have both fuel tank and wheel options, but I didn't see the Alcoas in the video. I had plans to add a few more of these to the stash, but no Alcoas could change that since a few of my ideas either include having all Alcoa wheels or at least a mix of the front Alcoas with the spoke rears. 
  5. highway added a post in a topic SCENES UNLIMITED   

    Danny, do you make a four hole dually front with the hubs for the single wheel or will those hubs fit the dually wheel drilling out the 2WD bearing cap to replicate this?

  6. highway added a post in a topic Papa / Hideout truck builds ?   

    This is not finished, but this is an original Papa Truck kit that I transformed into a regular tractor with some custom touches to be a long frame custom rig. 

    This will be now a project for one of the two Papa Trucks I currently have in the stash, as working with the original kit has become more of a pain as the project progressed. I got tired of fighting brittle 30-40 year old plastic and shelved the project for now after it seemed all I had to do was breathe on it and another part would break!  I do plan for the other Papa and one of the 3 Super Bosses on the shelves to actually be built as the racing combo, the other 2 Bosses have "donated" their V12s for other customs! 
  7. highway added a post in a topic Pay It Forward   

    Ace, from reading Mike's post, I'm not quite sure that is what Mike is taking about. 
  8. highway added a post in a topic Revell 1/8th L.A. Chopper   

    I'm not sure of all the details, but about 6 months ago at one hobby shop I go to from time to time, I seen a few police bikes on the shelves from one of the Japanese manufacturers. I'm not sure if they were the Harley or not, the only thing I clearly remember was one was CHP and another was LAPD. 
  9. highway added a post in a topic Revell 1/8th L.A. Chopper   

    Honestly in my opinion, the older kits here and another I have very similar to the reissue of the "Grim Reaper" from Revell called the "Chain Gang" (which oddly is a 1/12th scale) are more what I consider a chopper compared to the newer Revell offerings. I'm not saying the newer kits aren't nice, but for my tastes they are more a stock type bike with added "bling" than they are a chopper. I had to heavily modify the "Crusader" I have to meet my personal tastes to be a chopper. 

    Also, though I don't know you, I would build a cop bike! 
  10. highway added a post in a topic Nelson Truck hood conversions   

    Not really sure if I can do that or not, as art is not one of my strong suits!  I'll give it a try though. 
  11. highway added a post in a topic Modeltruckin.com   

    I actually made some of my own using a roll of real tape that was leftover when I company I worked for had to put it on older trailers. It is a little time consuming, but it also does still reflect as well. 

    As for the regulations, I'm not sure what the sizing and spacing is, but here are a few different ways that they are typically arranged. 

    Also, related to the original topic, there have been times about 6 months ago that I have contacted Jerry both by email and messages on Facebook wanting some decals and some custom work as well with no response, and I know that the Facebook messages were read. Any explanations to this??
  12. highway added a post in a topic Nelson Truck hood conversions   

    That should help, it's about the best image I could find showing most of the details you should need. I put "steerable tag axle" into Google image search to find that pic. 
    Those axles don't link to the steering itself, but steer with pressure as the truck is turning. I would guess from the pic you posted the pieces in the middle of the two axle mounting arms are deflated air bags for posing in the "up" position and the large bags are for "down". Other than that, the installation looks like it should be fairly easy, your mounts to the frame are the pieces by the axle, the bottom axle mounting arm is laying the way you need to mount both into the frame mounts facing the front of the truck, then the axle will mount where the square is in the arms, and whatever bag you use on the area behind that and the top of the bag to the frame. The way the square area where the axle mounts looks to me from the pic, you will probably have to cut the ends off the axle and mount the center part between the arms and then mount the outer parts to the outside of the arms. 
  13. highway added a post in a topic Is this typical ?   

    This is an example of a 34 Ford Roadster body I bought at a hobby shop that sold some of JF's products quite a few years ago. 

    As a few others have said, the places where it counts are nicely done, but as you can see, there is cleanup to do where the interior is and also where the donor kit's (Revell's 34 Ford) trunk goes. Also depending on the age of the mold, just as with normal reissued kits, there may be more flash than if it was a fresh mold. Another resin conversion I bought of a truck is a prime example of how the mold's age can effect the finished product. In this case, the caster I was buying it off of did tell me there was going to be a lot of work on it to do because the mold was old and the one I was getting was probably going to be the last he would cast from that mold, but I wanted the truck regardless of the work because I wanted that style truck. The hood in the pic is from the same caster, just a much newer mold than the truck itself.

    Maybe some of the extra flash on the pic in the original post is just that the mold is showing its age?
  14. highway added a post in a topic Can't judge a box by its cover   

    This sort of reminds me of a friend that is notorious for putting parts or kits in the wrong boxes. He'll be looking for a project he'd been working on to show me whenever I get the chance to visit, and the search is on because it isn't in the right box! I do the same thing sometimes with kits with damaged boxes or just in bags from a model show, but I put a 2x4 (might be 3x5, not sure LOL) label on each side of the box with the contents. 
  15. highway added a post in a topic Highway thru Hell   

    Yes, that was the only way I got to see season 5! I don't know if the Weather Channel just have not aired the new season yet or if they dropped carrying new episodes, but they just keep replaying the first 4 seasons.