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gonna be a winter project, it would appear to be a challenge to make look good. does anyone know who makes flotation front tires that aren't too big?

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Kj might not be set back up for casting yet after a recent move , drop him a PM though to be sure . He was posting again 

I recently bought a set from Gary from gw trucks and very pleased with them very similar to the type found in the bill signs/can do kits 

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Can’t wait to see you build it. Quick question what builds easier the DM800 or the Autocar A64B? Thanks.

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Jerry the Autocar I built went together fairly straightforward, by looking at the box art the 800 front axle needs slid forward a little.especially with larger tires, and shouldn't the engine be gold instead of red as shown on the box? Still in the planning stages but anxious to start. Looked at a bunch of 800 images on the internet for ideas. Thanx all for the input and interest.                                                                                    

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Ken you’re quite welcome. Thankd for the posts of all your great projects.

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If my information is correct, the kit has a ENDT865 Maxidyne engine in it, and it should be gold from the factory.

Mack DM 1977-11
 

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thanx James for the great image and info.

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Ken , Hessel Hemstra make special rims and tyre,s for the conforti mack and also a special frame

look at fotki and you wil see the hole bunch of stuff he made

drop him a email for the things you want , he make it

here a rim from him

IMG 9803

IMG 0237

IMG 0356

hope this helps

jacobus

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I decided to start with the engine, don't understand all the bling bling in this kit. this is why I don't care for show cars, all the chrome runs together into a mess. rather than strip all the chrome a light primer coat should work. the engine builds up nicely and looks the part. I want to thank everyone for their interest and input. the photos are great inspiration. colors for the chassis and cab remain undecided at this point. painting the starter, filters and alternator will be done after the gold paint dries thoroughly.

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don't like building this way but it was the only way to make sure the intake manifolds line up with the turbo intake piping, oh well.

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That sure is a lot of chrome!

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Wow nice start !!! Glad ya decided to cover all that chrome , it looks much better in gold 

 

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Agreed about killing the chrome.  I had a similar deal on an mpc motorcycle kit where it needed to go together first. I picked up some junk called LA's totally awesome liquid cleaner at dollar general for a buck.  Dunked the whole engine in and it came off clean in a few minutes, didn't affect the glue, leave a film, and no fumes.  

Bologna tires as we used to call them will really improve the looks of this beast.  Look forward to watching it evolve.

Peace.

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Looking good Ken I’m following you on this one as I’ve also have one that I’m going to build as a heavy haul truck to tow a oil refinery  tall column on 4 go-hopper trailers. 

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thanks guys, rears have been mounted. test fitting spring halves show an order that both sets line up better than vice versa. still undecided on paint colors for frame and cab.

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I keep admiring that build Jacobus, it's a work of art.

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the pins molded on the tie rod ends aren't long enuff to go thru the spindles, so with a little filing on the spindles it allows material to be heated or gently squeezed with pliers which is what I did. now the steering works as it should.

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Cool project! Looks great so far!

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got chrome? you betcha.............what were they thinking. this is the wrong kit for this. almost everything will be painted so it will be a test of patience. did finish the front springs though.

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