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Warren D

IH Transtar II

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Another build from the late 1970's this was an ERTL kit.  I really liked the ERTL kits back in the day, looked up the current prices and wish I had bought a truckload of them back in the day....would be able to retire!

The white paint hasn't held up well, it's yellowed.  The ends on the bumper were cut off as many did that back in the day. I was told it let air flow across the front tires which made it more stable at highway speeds.

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 Now that looks real good.

   @ Andrew. Those kits are as rare as hens teeth , and expensive if you can find them.

 

 

 

    Be Well

     Gator

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Considering when the model was built a very nice result! IMO the Transtar was one of the most attractive truck kits ever. There should be a reissue soon.

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Hi Warren,

the (now) ivory color suits this IH very well - looks like a typical fleet truck.

I've read somewhere (don't remember where) that the bumpers have been cut back then to avoid tire damage by bent bumpers which could cut into the rubber when a truck hit a deere at highway speeds. I've got no idea if this might be a plausible explanation !? Maybe any of the truckers here on the forum  knows more about this?

 

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Hi Warren,

the (now) ivory color suits this IH very well - looks like a typical fleet truck.

I've read somewhere (don't remember where) that the bumpers have been cut back then to avoid tire damage by bent bumpers which could cut into the rubber when a truck hit a deere at highway speeds. I've got no idea if this might be a plausible explanation !? Maybe any of the truckers here on the forum  knows more about this?

 

You're right about the shorty bumper. Also, with the bumper pushed against the tire (in the case of a collision with a deer or other animal) the steering was greatly hindered. I think that this might be why GMC used plastic bumper extensions to make a full bumper on some of their trucks. 

Some of the very small shorty bumpers were used to save on weight also.

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You're right about the shorty bumper. Also, with the bumper pushed against the tire (in the case of a collision with a deer or other animal) the steering was greatly hindered. I think that this might be why GMC used plastic bumper extensions to make a full bumper on some of their trucks. 

Some of the very small shorty bumpers were used to save on weight also.

also an old time driver told me that the companys got a huge discount from the insurance company for the use of the shorty bumper

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like this one

special the coe , love this transtar

must build one [ one of these day,s ] have stil a couple of kits in the stash ]

there is not enough space on the table

jacobus

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I always liked this kit myself and yours built into a great looking fleet truck. Only thing missing is a wind fairing. As to the short bumper, another reason was weight savings. Every pound counts and the lighter the truck, the heavier the load it can carry. It didn't save much, but like I said, in the eyes of management at a fleet, every pound counts.

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