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Let's continue:
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Sonoma's rear axle back part was horrible. New one was made of acril bead & styrol.
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I've casted Ford's rear axle, cut off the excess and added semi axles of profiles + steal spike.
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Let's glue it together...
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...add epoxy putty...
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... and get TopKick rear axle.
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It slightly longer, then must, but I will cut it after fit brakes and wheels.
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On 12/2/2019 at 1:13 PM, Sergey said:

Hello, my friends!

Frend of mine wants to model and 3D print wheel disks for IronHide. He allready printed tyres.

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Now I need movie disk measures. Does anyone knows where to find them?

The best info I could find said the wheels were 20".

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Let's renew this dusty topic.

I understood why I haven't pick up the Truck for a long time. It was time to make fasteners for axles to springs, and this is a tedious job.

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I worked on the front of the frame. It tapers to the bumper

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Cut off the excess plastic, made the front crossbar and added styrene on top

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The gearbox of the front axle was not quite correct, if you look at the photo from updates abowe. I cut it up and reversed the parts

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however the front and rear of the gearbox did not quite match.

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Made a spacer

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I couldn't resist trying it all on

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Now it's ready to attach the wheels and I can make up the cab. But while we're quarantined, I'll get another Pickup.

 

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Hello, Gents!

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Building Silverado, I found rear mirrors, wich I can copy for Iron Hide Topkick. Unfortunatelly they 1/25 (white one). I also have Asto van, which is 1/24, bud they are different (black one).

I also wiĺl copy Astro steering wheel (grey one).
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The question is which steering wheel column to copy for TopKick? Asrto's (grey) or Silverado's (white)?
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What do you think?

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Thank you, Nicholas! I thought the same way!

Now I have copied the steering wheel, wheel column, side mirrors and passenger handle from Silverado kit
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The first casting brings me some air bubbles So I will try again. I copied Silverado's tail lights too, with little change.
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That's all for now. Thank you for attention!

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Hello, Gents!

I have come to body work start. And here I stumble. I've got drawing, but can't believe it. It seems body hight is about 65 inches. Overall Savanna's height is 82 inches.

Can it be: clearence between body and ground - 17 inches?

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Does anyone have GMC Savanna, TopKick- Pickup/Chevrolet Express, Kodiak-Pickup  near  to measure? I need body bottom edge to ground measure. Having overall height  I can calculate body height and compare it to drawing.

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On 8/7/2020 at 10:03 AM, Mattilacken said:

Great progress! Keep going at it!

Thank you, Anton!

Hi Gents!

I have a holiday today. PETERSON have made wheels for this project!

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Many thanks to Michael Petrenko! Enjoy the pictures!

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Now it's time to start a cab.

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Thank you, Francis!

Hello, colleagues!
It's time to start a cab. As I came to assemble a 1999 Silverado on a nearby topic, and Silverado & TopKick have the same bed, it is better to take measurements from Silverado bed, when it not glued to frame. And before that it's better to make cab.
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Cab have rounded sides...
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...so I desided to cut them from vent tube
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Printed drawings and glued on
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Back wall has difficult  shape. It has a step outwards to increase cab space 2,5 inch more. So I divided this element to 3 pieces. The first one, which is reflecting the back contour of a cab I cut from styrene. It was mistake.
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It don't keep flat shape.  Next I tried transparent plastic  from candy box.
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Here is how  looks pattern.
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Cutouts are not ready jet
Sandwiched back wall.
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By the way, does anyone have a picture of 2000 TopKick's firewall? The only photo I could find was this
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...but I'm afraid it's 1990 TopKick.

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Thank you, Francis!

I guess the material is - polyvinyl chloride. Haven't glued them jet. Perhaps I will use super glue - gel or epoxy.

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Try super glue gel 80 to 90% and testors liquid cement, for the rest.  I find this combo really keeps things together.  The bond isn't "brittle" like super glue alone, and you have a little time to move parts around because the liquid cement seems to slow the super glue curing time by several seconds.

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"Hi, Gents!" (c)
Have found some time to scratch more plastic.
Here is roof sandwich 

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.. and back wall
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And moving forward I've found difficulties: the roof  bends forward just behind the stamping and because it curves in two planes, I had to make a cutout
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But this solve the probleme partly. 
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Roof bending should be smooth and have bigger angle. So I inserted 1mm square rod between layers. 
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different view
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Also right  stand was accidently cut in process (marked by arrow) and glued back/ :sorry: 
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Final stage so far, but  stands should be bended more.
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I pulled myself together and made a slipway
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Further upgrade
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Well, fitting
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Thank you  for viewing!

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Great work as always! Incredible skills! Btw, you could not use any parts of the cab from the Silverado you will be needing as a donor for the bed? 

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Thank you, Anton!

I will use copys of steering column and side mirrirs for sure. Door cards, and dash board, and seats are different from silverado and Astro van.

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