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1967 International Loadstar 1600

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Excellent work Charles!

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great work

put me on the list , sure like to have one

follow this great build

jacobus

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Struggling with the windshield.  Today I put a small piece of strip stock around the perimeter of the windshield to act as a trim piece and as something to force the clear plastic against to hold it in place.  After much frustration I was able to get it in except for small pieces near the lower corners where the plastic has to bend.  Curving the clear stock is not easy.  Real hot water is best as it does not distort the plastic but it takes a while to do.  Got all of this done only to find out that the top of the windshield is too low!  So the trim has to come off and the top of the cab has to be modified some.  As I'm sitting here the idea came to me to make the trim piece of out of small brass angle stock.  It can be bent if softened by heating (annealing) to fit the contours of the windshield opening.  Why didn't I think of that earlier!  (*&)*^*$^$#^%#(?!!!!!!:huh::P

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Today I got the brass angle stock windshield surround installed.  It was a blessing in disguise as I noticed previously that the top front of the cab just did not look right.  Studying the photos showed that the front was much more square than what I had sanded out.  The brass sits out just a but from the top of the cab and it gave me a ledge to put in some Squadron putty to reshape the cab.  Now the problem is going to be finding some clear stock that I can heat up just a bit and bend and the edges so it will form to the shape of the windshield trim.  Some sheet stock has a tendency to craze when it is bent even a little bit.  All in all, though it was a good choice to go with the brass angle.  It is strong and hopefully will allow the windshield to pop in without gluing.  We'll see.

One of the local repair garages had several wreckers using Loadstar chassis.  I had a diecast wrecker body sitting around so I put the two together just to see what they might look like.  (Kinda like the lookB))  But we are a long way away from deciding to do any kind of a finished truck model.  Just getting the cab right is enough for now.

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The headlight bezels are now turned out of aluminum stock.  I drilled out the center of each one and milled out a ledge around the inside for a lens to sit on.  I used some lenses from the AMT Ford LN kit.  Just about the right size.  I don't have the lenses in the bezels in the photo but they look good when installed.  I can remove the bezels and cast them as well.  That way they can be painted.  A couple of swipes with a Molotow pen around the inside would restore the bright area behind the lens.

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This looks so great. I just hope to have a few of these one day.

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This looks so great. I just hope to have a few of these one day.

What he said!!!

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I love how this is coming together Charles and am watching your progress with much envy. I do hope this is somehow available to us someday as I would love to build a couple of different versions of this truck- dump and wrecker, similar to the one you have mocked up.

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Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!

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