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Won this yesterday in a raffle at NNL Mid-Atlantic.  The plan is a JDM Legend shop truck inspired build.

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The head end of the truck bed is cast integral with the truck cab.  I cut it loose and attached to bed as the 1:1 would be.

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The sit/stance of the real one you posted is very similar to what I hope to achieve with mine. Giving serious thought to putting a SBC in it. I was just gonna graft in a whole Camaro subframe but discovered that the truck is SO much narrower than a Camaro that THAT wasn't at all practicable. 

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Bought one new in 77. Nice little truck. Seemed at the time everybody had  a mini truck with a ATC in the bed.

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Great build idea for this kit. I have seen this little truck on the weekly program and really like the look. If this has been built like their customer's car it should be a fun little hauler. I would double check what all they had done to the engine since I think it has been changed from stock. Try and replicate that engine and the wheels are a big part of its appearance also.

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19 minutes ago, espo said:

Try and replicate that engine and the wheels are a big part of its appearance also.

He said he was gonna build it "inspired by" the shop truck, so I'm not sure he's concerned about 100% replication accuracy of every detail. B)

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The plan, right now anyway is to use the go fast parts from the kit on the engine.  A nice set of wheels/tires will be the big challenge to get the right look.

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This is the only steel wheel I found.  Anyone have a picture of the actual wheel?  Can't tell if the tires have the stretched side walls which I don't want.

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Except for the Lug Nut count those look about as close as you could get for wheels.

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Yeah the 6 lug thing is kinda a bummer (even on the 1:1)....    although in this other photo I found, the wheels look like 6 lug smoothies painted white.   You can probably source centers and make a lip?    

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That is if you want to make more of a replica...  either way consider me subscribed to this one, I love these trucks!   

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This is the engine and most of these parts are in the kit. :D

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You can just re-barrel one of the kits wheels and I used the Air Horns from a Tamiya kit on a Revell Datsun 510 L-16 that look just like those. 

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How about the wheels from the AMT '72 Blazer. It has 2 deep six lug wheels. [the other 2 are 5 lug??] 

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This is cool. I have a soft spot for Datsun products. 

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3 hours ago, Daddyfink said:

You can just re-barrel one of the kits wheels and I used the Air Horns from a Tamiya kit on a Revell Datsun 510 L-16 that look just like those. 

"Air Horns" is that what the fender mounted mirrors are called Jesse?

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The interior tub attachment to the frame determines the cab position.  I replaced the feeble kit locating pins at the front and added (2) more at the rear.  Also added a cleat to the back of the interior and a corresponding one on the cab.  This firmly defines the vertical position of the cab.

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Now even dry fit (no glue) the interior is locked securely into place.

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Sanded off the molded on wiring detail at the inner fender/firewall and filled some ugly ejector pin marks.

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Lowered the front suspension several scale inches.  This is a little risky without having the final wheel/tire combination determined but I'll make it work.

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Jesse was right the kit does have the same wheel center as the JDM truck but unfortunately the kit only gives you (1).   I managed to graft the center into another deep offset rim. Now I just have to find (3) more or hope I can convince someone to cast a set for me.

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20 hours ago, afx said:

"Air Horns" is that what the fender mounted mirrors are called Jesse?

LOL! No, I meant for the carbs! Mirrors I would grab from a Fairlady kit 

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Check with PPP resin products for a set of early NASCAR rims.  They have a six bolt somewhat wide rim.

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1 hour ago, Daddyfink said:

LOL! No, I meant for the carbs! Mirrors I would grab from a Fairlady kit 

Air Horns - had never heard that term before. :)  Think I'm skipping the mirrors. I know they are ubiquitous for the JDM look but I'm not crazy about them.

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1 hour ago, TarheelRick said:

Check with PPP resin products for a set of early NASCAR rims.  They have a six bolt somewhat wide rim.

This kit has some deep steelies but don't really want to rob them.  I'll look at PPP - thanks.

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As for the "Six Lug" issue. There has to be a ton of Black Widow 6 lug wheels sitting in parts boxes all over the Forum. With the deep set outers it should be fairly easy to create the wheels if they are a must have. I like how you setup the cab mounts.    

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I was not interested to buy this kit until i did see your project.. :D

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I'll look at the Black Widow wheels David-thanks.

Janne, the kit is an old tool and requires a lot of cleanup and fitting but I have seen some very nice builds of this kit. 

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