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hct728(Bob)

Kalmar Ottawa Yard Tractor

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Hey Bob I work for a Kalmar dealership if there is anything I may be able to help you out with let me know and I'll see if I can help you out. Looks great can't wait to see the end result.  

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On 10/17/2017 at 9:23 PM, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

I've been wanting to build an early 70's one of these myself. I'll be watching this one close, especially the fifth wheel lift. Great start so far!

Great minds think alike. i just acquired 2 parts manuals for the 1970 Ottawa Commando 30. I'll try it one of these days. In the meantime, I'll keep watching this one come together. It looks good so far, great idea, great thread!

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3 minutes ago, Repstock said:

Great minds think alike. i just acquired 2 parts manuals for the 1970 Ottawa Commando 30. I'll try it one of these days. In the meantime, I'll keep watching this one come together. It looks good so far, great idea, great thread!

That's probably close to the model that I want to build. The company that my dad worked for in the late 70's and early 80's had one. It was powered by a gas v-8 (Ford I think), and had dual thrush mufflers on it. I hope to build a replica of that one.

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On ‎11‎/‎1‎/‎2017 at 9:24 AM, hct728(Bob) said:

Yes, Charles does nice work, but I'm Bob, I hope you meant me, not that we're both in the same league, LOL!

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Hey, Bob: You need some license plates for that rig.  HCT-728 would be good, eh?

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Looking real good. Whit some extra time I could probably draw it and CNC mill the parts, but.... so many other things to do ;-)

 

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Finally figured how to attach the rear sliding door. Just mocked up here, the rear wall won't be glued in until I finish the interior, which is on a platform that just slides in from the back. The camera reveals all, doesn't it, LOL

 

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 Nothing wrong with that sliding door ! Looks good from here .

 

 

  Be Well

  Gator

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Very nice work 

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Glad to see this one moving forward. Looking Great!!!

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Getting back to work now that winter is coming and the yard work has tapered off.

Took the plunge and glued the suspension to the frame to get it up on its wheels. Found an engine in the parts box that may work but I'd like to identify the source and maybe find a shorter tranny if i could. Any ideas what engine this is?

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Tie rod is temporary, as my plastic one didn't work out, too flimsy. To be honest, the plastic frame and suspension parts are pretty fragile. Now I see why Charlie likes brass!

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Mocked up. Need to raise the cab and put some louvres on the hood (I'm thinking 0.030 quarter round strips, though lots of little pieces involved) and then if it looks okay sand to its final shape

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Bonus tip - found you can melt styrene into a silicone mold, though under the fume hood or die. First attempts, original part on the left.

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To me the enigne looks like it is the Cummins that is in the autocar a64b kit just beacuse of the exhaustmanifold without turbo.

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The engine is definitely a Cummins. For a transmission you may consider the automatic out of the Louisville kit. I've only been around an old Ottawa yard truck and it was an automatic. I don't know what year model you are trying to make, but some of the older Ottawas ran 3208 Cats similar to the engine in the Lousville as well.

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Another option for an engine is a 6bt Cummins. Trailer Trash Customs offers one for $18. It appears that most of the yard trucks used smaller engines.

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On ‎11‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 9:31 AM, hct728(Bob) said:

Bonus tip - found you can melt styrene into a silicone mold, though under the fume hood or die. First attempts, original part on the left

what type silicon did you use?   did u use lighter to melt styrene rod into mold?

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Tough, original build that is really looking good.  Thanks for sharing your tricks and discoveries as well.

Peace

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