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Here is a Revell Peterbilt 359, I built as a 1982 Peterbilt 359-119 Farm Truck, still hard at work today.

Backstory: The Ol’ Pete spent the first 10 years of its career as a long-haul owner-operator truck, but took up its second life as the primary truck on Hartic Farms’ roster in the early 90’s. Today, she’s been long relegated to secondary duties. However, she is mostly original, very reliable, and still the favorite of the original farmer’s son, who has dreams of resorting her to her former glory. She was the first truck he learned to drive as a kid, and that’s probably the reason she’s still around, now that he has taken over the family business. 

The engine is a Cat 3406A, non-Aftercooled, 350hp. - originally factory painted white, but re-painted Cat Yellow when it was rebuilt 25 years ago. You can see a bit of the original paint showing as the yellow has chipped and worn off. A remanufactured compressor was put on it a few years ago. The tires are a variety of Moebius, Moluminum, and Double Take Replicas Bridgestone and Michelin steer and drive tires – replaced only as needed to save some cash. They ride on Moebius steer rims, and Double Take Replicas 5- hole Drives & Hubs.

When she needed her exhaust replaced, the son put on a set of straight pipes, hoping to boost the power a little, but it also looks and sounds cool. The truck recently got new Earl Miller air and electrical line susie coils, though she still needs a pogo stick or something better to hold them. The back wall of the sleeper was repaired, after a farm mishap many years ago, with steel diamond plate. 

The original grille was also fixed after a run-in with a piece of farm equipment using Plano Model Products oval photo etch sheet, after the original Revell grille was cut-out and removed. The headlights are from AMT. It sports a Double Take Replicas visor, and ModelTruckin’ stripes, along with miscellaneous kit and homemade decals. It’s still quite dirty from the fall harvest, where she pulled extra-duty subbing for the farms’ much newer primary truck that was in the shop - yet again.  

I hope you enjoy. Questions, comments, and critiques are welcome.

 

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I really like what you've come up with!! This is one of the best snap builds that I've seen! The back of your sleeper reminds me of the old Joe Mustang H Model Mack. He diamond plated the back of his cab in place of a headache rack from what I understand. Great work!!

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19 hours ago, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

I really like what you've come up with!! This is one of the best snap builds that I've seen! The back of your sleeper reminds me of the old Joe Mustang H Model Mack. He diamond plated the back of his cab in place of a headache rack from what I understand. Great work!!

Yeah, it’s kind of a headache rack, figured that’s something someone would do. I wanted to cover up those tab slots in the sleeper wall. Thanks!

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2 hours ago, mailman said:

top shelf all the way...the mismatched tires are just outrageous .....the deck plate detail is sick...where did you get the milk crate ?  great job  all around

Thanks! The milk crate is a 3D printed item from eBay, a guy sells them along with other diorama items. Search for 1/24 milk crate. 

I made the bungee straps using Ben Wicker’s tip of using bicycle inner tube, cut into tiny strips and s-hooks from wire. They actually function by holding the milk crate and Susie coils down on the photo etched deck plate from Czech Truck Models.

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14 hours ago, 1930fordpickup said:

This looks great cary, the only thing missing is the Monroe County Fair stickers. Yes the tires on the farms trucks are always miss matched around us. 

True, a Monroe County Fair sticker would be awesome. Good idea!

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