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Top notch detailing on the engine!

X2 and then some.

 

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Checking in for August. I haven't touched this one since the middle of July. I hope to get back to it soon.

Thanks for all the comments!!

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Well I may be out of the contest, but I'm back to it now. After not touching it since July, I started fabricating the rear suspension. I also fabricated the tag axle. I hope to start making some progress now.

37785253901_6f0f462abe_k.jpgIMG_5722 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

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 I remember those trucks well. When I was a kid they were one of my favorites ! But then most trucks were.

X2. Looking good.

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Strange that the springs are not centered on the axle.

I'm trying to replicate the Fabco Westcoaster tandem suspension that P.I.E. used. Why it was off centered, I do not know. Here is a few photos.

35384153161_dfd8ac1b08_h.jpgIMG_3173 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

 

Here you'll notice the center pivot is behind the rear drive tire.

31214613704_ddae8282ad_h.jpgIMG_1803 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

30576318223_dffbad3403_h.jpgIMG_1791 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

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The offset may have been to add leverage to put more force on the drive axle, but that is only a guess.

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Your axles look great Brian ! 

Probably right about the axle Centerpoint position , had to be for weight transfer . 

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Nice work .Very interesting this suspension, I had never seen .

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Man, the chassis and suspension is really looking great.

Some of you truck guys care so much about getting the guts right, and do such nice work, I'm thinking I need to spend more time on this side of the board.

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Man, the chassis and suspension is really looking great.

Some of you truck guys care so much about getting the guts right, and do such nice work, I'm thinking I need to spend more time on this side of the board.

Thanks Bill! It's far from perfect, but I'm pretty happy with how it is finally coming together. I finished making the lower rods, and calling it a night. The passenger side of suspension is done except for some bolt detail.

37844120961_7e56541faf_k.jpgIMG_5782 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

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Very nice work Brian! Who does those drive tires?

Thanks Sam! I bought those tires on Ebay. They were listed as Clint Freeman's, but when I got them they are solid cast resin. I don't know that Clint Freeman ever sold solid hard cast tires. Who ever made them, I really like them.

This looks great. I like it a lot.

Thanks!

 

 

I'm using Ertl style rear outer rims, so I made my pulleys hollow. They look like the real thing once the tires are on. I made the pulleys by gluing split rim rings together. I used a rubber band for the drive belt for demonstrative purposes. It's been my experience that rubber bands rot very fast, so I don't think that I will use one permanently. I'm still experimenting. Here's what it looks like.

37948134072_866a2034b3_k.jpgIMG_5823 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

37948125172_f3c8eb7d6b_k.jpgIMG_5824 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

37948142332_217de76850_k.jpgIMG_5822 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

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Fantastic work on this rare suspension setup Brian ! ......this old binder already looks just awesome in your mock up pics !...looking forward to see the rest of your progress.

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WOW, Brian, this is really coming together nicely!!!!!! Love the work on the rear suspension!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks so much guys!!!!

The rubber band was too thick and out of scale. I searched and tried several options. I settled on half round styrene for the belts. Pulleys, belts, ans wheels and tires, painted and on.

38020598952_8da6ba6bcf_k.jpgIMG_6218 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

38020588322_088b9c2d86_k.jpgIMG_6219 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

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Great looking build so far. This is going to be fantastic!!!

Thanks!!

A little more progress. I didn't like the tanks that came with the conversion, so here's my attempt at fabricating new ones.

You can see here the resin tanks compared to the ones I made:

38394698192_04f0b73fe1_k.jpgIMG_6389 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

26649748229_18f80ed5d5_k.jpgIMG_6388 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

I also have installed the floor pan to the chassis:

26649757389_6f71d5aeb5_k.jpgIMG_6390 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

37711589114_2ad8e8be36_k.jpgIMG_6391 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

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