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redneckrigger

Mack B83SX Heavy Hauler Under Construction

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FINALLY fought off a spell of builder's block, and actually got back to the bench.  Got the wheels and rims from Mo'Luminum, the old Mark Savage resin tires, the modified Jim Etter MTFA cab, V8 engine and the chassis all in paint.  Felt good to get back at it.  Probably going to paint the fenders black and then lots of detailing to do.  

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Here is the B815 with the detachable neck lowboy that is also occupying my workbench.  Just have lots of detailing to do on that, but now that I am back to the bench, it's just a matter of time!

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Wow, what a great looking model. Looks good hooked up to the Lowboy Trailer.  

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Glad to see you back working on the Mack. Nice progress!

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Oh heck yeah!!!!!!! Very kool looking truck!! Seeing that makes it nice when you get side tracked!!! Squirrel!!!! HUH???

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Nice build and awesome low  boy

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Glad to see you back on this one! That is one tough looking rig! I like how you did the hood. I tried that years ago with an old MTFA B61 cab, but was never happy with the results. Yours looks great!

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Got the lowboy this old girl is going to pull all done so it's back to work on this.  (Check it out in "Under Glass"). Put the company decals on the cab and got the interior ready to install. The gauge decals from Slixx work, well, slick!  

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great craftsmanship the colors blend well with each other

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What a stunner! Great work on this.

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Had what news channels would have us believe was the storm of the century this weekend..............was a flash in the pan, as we only got about 24" of snow. Where I live a blizzard is 40-50". Guess they must be sponsored by the super markets! BUT, the good part is that I decided to put some serious build time in on my B815 Mack. So, I finished up the interior, installed the glass, installed the wheels and tires, got all of the chrome trim coated with Molotow Chrome, painted the radiator shutters, fitted the rear fenders, finished all of the wiring and plumbing, installed the interior, and decided to answer all the questions about whether I had a load for my newly completed lowboy. Yup, we do. Readsboro Heavy Haulers is an old company that has been around for over 50 years, so we have lots of old iron sitting around. Here are photos of some of it................still have lots more! Still have to install all of the chrome trim and mirrors, the suzie lines for the air, the wet line hoses, front fender flares, paint the rear fenders and install them, install all of the lights, intake air filter and ducts, exhaust system, and various other fine details. But, got a lot done, and can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
 

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That is just too cool! What a bruiser of a rig, that’s one tough looking truck.

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I like your equipment!! Did you scratch build all of it like you did your roller?

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1 hour ago, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

I like your equipment!! Did you scratch build all of it like you did your roller?

Wow............I WISH! The loader is a Preiser G Scale railroad item, the shovel is by SpecCast, the Cat and the crusty Alice are First Gear. Have a bunch more too!

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Well, typical for my projects, I had to go backwards a couple of steps. When I first mocked up this build, I used kit wheels and the stock DM800 front axle width was fine. Knowing that these axles are usually too wide, it seemed okay. However once I put the front tires in with the Moluminum wheels, which had a bit more offset, the tires stuck out way beyond the edge of the front fenders. So, back into the shop where the mechanics removed the front axle and shortened it by 3/8" and reinstalled it. Back to the finish shop, and she is back on schedule! Got the chrome hood trim all added, the horns, the mirrors, grille guard, wipers, and the headlights and marker lights. Have to install the vent windows yet , taillights and suzies. Still making up my mind about what kind of air cleaner to equip her with. Think shes looking pretty good!


 

 

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Great looking Mack, Tom.  I like the detail you're putting into this one.

Oh, nice bike in your avatar.  Is that a CB750?

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2 hours ago, Jim B said:

Great looking Mack, Tom.  I like the detail you're putting into this one.

Oh, nice bike in your avatar.  Is that a CB750?

Thanks for the good words............I ALWAYS get carried away with the details!

The avatar is a 1978 Yamaha XS-750 E, triple cylinder, shaft drive. I bought it new, and it still sits in my garage, right next to her replacement, a 2000 HD Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Geezer-Glide!

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This will be the last posting of the Mack here.  The next stop will be in Under Glass.  Got the rest of the chrome trim on, the lights, rear fenders, air intake and exhaust system, radiator hoses, winch cable and hook and vent windows.  Still have to apply license plates, decals, light weathering, radiator support, underwood detail wiring, and go over it to make sure I didn't miss anything.  It's about as good as it's going to get!

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