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72 Chevy Cooter's tow truck

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Digging through some stuff, I found a box full of Cooter's tow truck parts. 3 built trucks with tons of missing parts. So I figured I'd build one box stock & one "my way". This one is the "my way" version. I started by stripping the paint off the cab & chassis & giving it some primer. I didn't have a complete wrecker body for it so I built my own. I don't like the way the kit one is anyway. 

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Nice work. Love the new boom. I never did like the one in the kit. I'll be watching this build.

I have a box of pieces and parts from the Kevorkian kit. Sure would like to find a complete one someday.

Later-

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Nice start, always thought the tow boom in that Cooter truck was a bit cheesy. Should look nice when you have it done.

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Thanks guys. I got the interior done, some paint & resin wheels. 

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That looks great!!! I just picked up a Revell "Midnight Cowboy" for the Holmes 440 rig to do a future project. I sold a couple of them in a past life as a truck salesman, so I am familiar with them, and I know what I want to build. I just have to make time.

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That looks great!!! I just picked up a Revell "Midnight Cowboy" for the Holmes 440 rig to do a future project. I sold a couple of them in a past life as a truck salesman, so I am familiar with them, and I know what I want to build. I just have to make time.

Thanks Ron. "Time" that seems to be the hardest part of building sometimes. I used to use the Midnight Cowboy kit too but they can get a little pricey so I just build them. The Holmes is what we had on our last wrecker when I was a kid. It was originally a 1966 Ford f-350 rack body truck & my father used the Holmes body off an old worn out 1960 Dodge we had in the junkyard. He used it for years & towed some big stuff with it too, lots of power in those old 390 Fords.

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She's about done. I have to build an exhaust And a few other small details. I built the mirrors from wire & added a little plumbing & wiring under the hood. I had to make it dirty because it's a work truck not a show truck. I'll post some better pics under glass when I get time. Thanks for looking.

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Thanks Ron. "Time" that seems to be the hardest part of building sometimes. I used to use the Midnight Cowboy kit too but they can get a little pricey so I just build them. The Holmes is what we had on our last wrecker when I was a kid. It was originally a 1966 Ford f-350 rack body truck & my father used the Holmes body off an old worn out 1960 Dodge we had in the junkyard. He used it for years & towed some big stuff with it too, lots of power in those old 390 Fords.

It's kind of funny, in some areas, those old Revell Wreckers are quite expensive, and then some are quite cheap. I have a few of them, just for the wrecker and accessories, as the rest of the kit is junk to me. My plan is to do a few '70's wreckers, using the AMT Ford F350 Kits, Chevy and Dodge pickups for a diorama of a filling station/shop/used car lot I plan to do in the future.  I have just about everything to do it with except time and patience. I even have the first wrecker planned, down to the color.

 

Yours looks marvelous, and I love that scratch-built body you did on Cooter's Truck. I wonder how many of those would sell if it were properly executed like yours.

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Cool wrecker.  The light weathering is spot on.

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