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Richard Bartrop

Road King

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That sure is something.  What is it, and what was it used for?

When you said "Road King", I thought you meant this:

2017-harley-davidson-road-king-buyers-guide-6.jpg

 

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I think you have just inspired a future build. I am thinking this concept, but with a little more art-deco feel. Like it was for a "Trucks of the Future" show back in 1952. A cross between this and the GM Futureliner.

 

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3 hours ago, Jim B said:

That sure is something.  What is it, and what was it used for?

When you said "Road King", I thought you meant this:

2017-harley-davidson-road-king-buyers-guide-6.jpg

 

It is called the Road King, and the idea was to make a self contained cargo hauler that didn't need a separate tractor.  THe link in the first post has more info, and here's an earlier six wheel version.

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A little more background info http://theoldmotor.com/?p=138179

Scott, I love retrofuture design, so I'm hoping you'll go ahead with your idea.

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I have decided to go ahead with this, however I think I am going to make it Vintage/Retro Mercedes. I want to make a truck like the one in the picture you posted, with a nose that has the feel of the pictures below. It will still have 2 drive axles out back, 2 steer axles in the front and the engine will either be tucked under the middle, in the back like a GM bus, or laid flat if I can find the right Mercedes 6 Cyl. If I use a V6/V8 it will stay upright. 

Because I am making a Fantom truck to begin with, I could take any 6 cal (Scania, Mann, etc) and use the valve covers off the Mercedes engine and make a Fantom 6 cyl Mercedes. 

I want the cab to be large, to be able to have a sleeper as part of it. With as tall as it may end up being, the sleeper may go under the main cab and have a really high driving position. Or, go the other way and have the drive low, with the sleeper on top. But thinking driver high, sleeper low for now. 

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17 hours ago, Oldmopars said:

I have decided to go ahead with this, however I think I am going to make it Vintage/Retro Mercedes. I want to make a truck like the one in the picture you posted, with a nose that has the feel of the pictures below. It will still have 2 drive axles out back, 2 steer axles in the front and the engine will either be tucked under the middle, in the back like a GM bus, or laid flat if I can find the right Mercedes 6 Cyl. If I use a V6/V8 it will stay upright. 

Because I am making a Fantom truck to begin with, I could take any 6 cal (Scania, Mann, etc) and use the valve covers off the Mercedes engine and make a Fantom 6 cyl Mercedes. 

I want the cab to be large, to be able to have a sleeper as part of it. With as tall as it may end up being, the sleeper may go under the main cab and have a really high driving position. Or, go the other way and have the drive low, with the sleeper on top. But thinking driver high, sleeper low for now. 

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mercedes-benz-o-321-classic-old-bus-CXN0FN.jpg

28317048fc.jpg

17687214603_7a07f29a28_b.jpg

Your concept sounds really interesting. I would love to see it happen. 

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The nice thing about this is that it is a phantom truck, none exist and so I can build it how I want and nobody can say its wrong.

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11 hours ago, Oldmopars said:

The nice thing about this is that it is a phantom truck, none exist and so I can build it how I want and nobody can say its wrong.

That is one of the best kinds of builds. It's fun to see what the imagination can do.

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