I have a few unfinished builds here but I am starting another one. The fire truck by Revell of Germany was not my dream truck at first. But when I found that the real pumper has 8V Detroit Diesel under the hood coupled to Allison automatic and that something has to be done with the sirenes on the bumper to fully open the hood, my interest grew dramatically. This picture was my starting point.
The photo reveals the turbo charged 8V Detroit Diesel and also a hinged sirenes plate on the bumper. Another important Picture is this.
This shows a shifting tower instead of a regular gear stick in the cab, hence the automatic transmission. I have to thank the guys who answered my question here on the forum because I had no idea what the shifting tower was good for.
Now, where do I take the correct engine and transmission? I stole the engine from the GMC Astro kit and copied the Allison automatic from the Super Boss kit. I took one of the twin turbos from the Cummins engine in the fire truck kit and added it to the top of the Detroit 8V.
Even though the transmission will not be visible at all on the model, I couldn´t help and added a few details on it. Here it is with the original Super Boss plain Jane.
Then I worked on the fold-down plate with sirenes. I scratch bulit a piano hinge and surprisingly it works quite well.
So, those are the major changes that I did with the kit. I plan to change some more details but more about them later. This is all for now.