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  • Location Syracuse, NY
  • Full Name KJ Humphreys

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  1. KJ790 added a post in a topic BRBO Kenworth K123   

    I worked on some front rims for this build. I modified some snap kit rims and sprayed them with Spaz Styx to get a more realistic shine to them.

  2. KJ790 added a post in a topic BRBO Kenworth K123   

    Finally finished the rest of the suspension and started fitting the engine to the chassis.


  3. KJ790 added a post in a topic BRBO Kenworth K123   

    Alright, I haven't had much time to work on this, but I finally got to work on the engine a little bit.

  4. KJ790 added a topic in The Truck Stop   

    Radiator color
    I know there are a ton of topics on engine colors, but what about radiators? I know most are painted black these days (just like most frames now), but what about in years past? Were most painted the color of the chassis?
    I am building a late 60's Kenworth W925 and I want to make it as accurate as possible. Anyone know what color the radiator would have been?
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  5. KJ790 added a post in a topic Double-Take Replicas   

    Sorry, I am not offering the W900L at this time.
  6. KJ790 added a post in a topic BRBO Kenworth K123   

    This is my 3rd time using a torsion bar suspension. They are a pain to put together, but my last 2 attempts turned out alright in the end. I am hoping that I can repeat my success this time!
  7. KJ790 added a post in a topic BRBO Kenworth K123   

    It's been a long time since I have touched this build, but last night I started putting the frame together. I am using a metal steerable front axle from KFS and a resin torsion bar suspension.

  8. KJ790 added a post in a topic 1974 Kenworth K123   

    A gluebomb is a term used for a poorly built model. Typically they have excessive amounts of glue everywhere, but commonly have poor paint, missing or broken part's, etc. This truck was the first model I ever built and I did not have very good modelling skills at the time. Since then it had handled a lot and started falling apart. So I broke all of the glued pieces apart, stripped the paint with oven cleaner, and started over. Thanks!
  9. KJ790 added a topic in Under Glass: Big Rigs   

    1974 Kenworth K123
    Calling this one close enough to done. This is my first glue-bomb rebuild ever. This was the first model that I ever built, and I was never quite happy with it. So a couple weeks ago I tore it down, repainted everything, added new wheels, tires, scratch-built exhaust and intake, and a 3D printed grille.I'm still not happy with a few things, but it will do for now.

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  10. KJ790 added a topic in Under Glass: Big Rigs   

    Lil' Pete
    After almost 9 months, I am calling this one done. This is a replica of a real truck that I have built for the owner. The real truck is a 1977 Pete 359 that was cut up and scaled down slightly, then placed on a Dodge 3500 chassis with a cummins diesel engine. The box was custom made with wood decking inside, gorgeous truck.

    For my replica, I used a Revell snap kit cab and hood with scratch built fenders, scratch built box, bumpers, fuel tanks, air cleaners, exhaust, rims, tires, and lots more.


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  11. KJ790 added a post in a topic Help with 'BJ and The Bear' project   

    Not to hijack too much, but I find Brown's history interesting. Way back in the day, some of the largest trucking companies thought it would be a good idea to build their own trucks instead of buying them from an independent manufacturer. Consolidated Freightways built Freightliners, and Associated Transport built Browns. Brown built both trucks (based off of a Corbitt) and trailers. By the mid 50's they decided it was better just to buy trucks from a manufacturer, so Brown stopped making trucks, however their trailers were pretty decent, so they continued to make them, but began selling them to the public to avoid legal issues.
    I only know all of this because my Grandfather's first truck was a Brown that he bought used (retired Associated Transport truck). The trucks are very rare today, but there are still a bunch of trailers floating around since they were made for many more years.
  12. KJ790 added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. Kenworth W900L...4/8 update   

    If you want to see how the aerocab sleeper looks without stacks, maybe this will help. I know it isn't the W900L, but the T800 uses the same cab and sleeper, just a different hood. The front corners of the sleeper slope in to the cab, the roof of the cab slopes up and fits into the rounded top front edge of the sleeper.

  13. KJ790 added a post in a topic Truckers, What's in those boxes?   

    We also did it for weight savings. We ran one fuel tank that was extra long. One long 240 gal tank is lighter than two 120 gallon tanks (saves the weight of 2 end caps, fuel caps, fuel tank brackets and straps, etc. All in all you save maybe 150 lbs, but if that means one less overweight ticket then it is worth it. There are still quite a few scales on major highways around the US.
  14. KJ790 added a post in a topic Truckers, What's in those boxes?   

    I would rather change truck tires than car tires, I find them easier (though a lot heavier). You can easily change a truck tire with two long tire-irons. Just let the air out, break the bead down, push the bead into the drop enter of the rim (the hump in the middle of the rim) and pry the tire off. Some tire guys change the tires while the wheel is still bolted onto the truck. Many trucks have a small bottle jack in their storage box, and a lot of guys have a spare tire already mounted on a rim hanging under the trailer in a carrier. This eliminates the need to swap the tire on the rim on the side of the road. Back in the day it was pretty common for drivers to at least change the whole rim/tire on the side of the road themselves, but that is less and less common now. Most people call a roadside service company to come out and change tires on the road now.
  15. KJ790 added a post in a topic Truckers, What's in those boxes?   

    Here was one of our old trucks with the fuel tank on the driver's side only. The front box in the picture is the battery box, the rear box is just a storage box.