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TAT Mack F700

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I have been meaning to build this truck for a long time. I think the time has finally come. My end goal is to build a replica of this truck:

 

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I always found it interesting that it was a Western model cab with east coast specs.

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Very nice. Looking forward to this.

Ben

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Knowing your work that should be awesome. Are you sourcing parts someplace or scratch building most of it.

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Kurt this will be a very interesting build I remember seeing these trucks on the NY Thruway around Utica. Looking forward to see your progress. 

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Thanks guys. I am going to modify a DM600 kit chassis, and will use an AITM cab. The cab will need a few modifications to make it a west coast model. I have resin drive wheels already made, and am working on some front spokes to match these Mack ones. I was picking my father's brain on this truck this past weekend, since it was years before I was born. He says it had a Mack 673 engine with a 5-speed Mack transmission. I thought this was interesting since everything else in the fleet had twin-stick 16-speed transmissions at that time. He said it was a big difference to jump from one of the twin sticks into a 5 speed, but it didn't run nearly as fast as the others did.

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Looking forward to this

 

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Thanks guys. I am going to modify a DM600 kit chassis, and will use an AITM cab. The cab will need a few modifications to make it a west coast model. I have resin drive wheels already made, and am working on some front spokes to match these Mack ones. I was picking my father's brain on this truck this past weekend, since it was years before I was born. He says it had a Mack 673 engine with a 5-speed Mack transmission. I thought this was interesting since everything else in the fleet had twin-stick 16-speed transmissions at that time. He said it was a big difference to jump from one of the twin sticks into a 5 speed, but it didn't run nearly as fast as the others did.

What is the difference KJ?

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I'm really looking forward to this one!! A lot of great builds starting.

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What is the difference KJ?

The grille is the biggest difference. I'm not sure why they had two different versions.

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The front spider wheels look similar to the ones in the dm600 kit to me. American Mack are pretty amazing to me as they had so many chassis variations. After the b series, Australia really only had the r series chassis rails until the Mack trident and later model ch series. I'm guessing the west coast trucks had more aluminium components from the pictures I've seen?

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     Kurt,

           That looks interesting.  You going to give it to your dad when it is done ?

 

 

 

 

     Be Well

      Gator

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 Great choice KJ. How many Macks did the company have?

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 Great choice KJ. How many Macks did the company have?

We only had 9 Macks through the years. Mostly used Kenworths through the 60's, 70's, and early 80's. Then switched to mostly Freightliners and Internationals with a few KW's thrown in. We had a couple of almost every brand, but seemed to stick with KW, Freightliner, and International the most. When I was a little kid we had a couple GMC Generals and an Autocar AT64F that I always liked.

 

I'm not sure of everything that is in their fleet these days since my family sold the company a few year back. It seems like they are still mostly using Freightliners.

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also one of my favorit

a icoon from the past

worldwide one of the truck,s that,s everybody know,s

jacobus

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this will be cool, i must say, i think it's cool that you are building the family fleet in scale one truck at a timeB)

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this will be cool, i must say, i think it's cool that you are building the family fleet in scale one truck at a timeB)

Haha, I am trying to build my favorites at least. Not much to update for February, been busy casting parts the last few weeks.

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Time for my March update. Unfortunately there has still been no progress. I am hoping that once I get done with the shows in April, I will have some time to get working on this one.

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 Kurt, I have been looking forward to seeing this one built. You need to get busy !

 

 

Be Well

 Gator

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 Kurt, I have been looking forward to seeing this one built. You need to get busy !

 

 

Be Well

 Gator

What he said!!:D

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That is going to be a great looking build, I will be following your build as you go on

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Looking forward to seeing some progress on this project!!!

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Remembered I need to add an update for April. Unfortunately, not too much has changed this month.

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This will be a cool build. 

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Man, these months are flying by and I have yet to touch this thing!

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The first progress has begun, but not much to show. I started working on a master for the front wheels, since I cannot find any that are a good match for the ones that were on the 1:1 truck.

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