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Stripping it years ago is all I ever did. That is standard practice for me, though. Built-ups that I buy  go into the "purple bath" upon arrival.Otherwise, it's untouched.

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I'm building it as a dressed down company truck. It will have spoke wheels, a wind fairing, narrowed bumper, and other things to give it that "company truck" look.

 

This is the likely trailer. I buy these transporters to build as moving vans. I do plan to one day build a shop diorama with the tools and other things that come with these trailers.

If I don't use this, it may be an exterior post van, but this is most likely what it will pull.

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I still have some decisions to make. The kit's long frame would be good for a drom box. I'm just not sure if I want to add that weight to this broken frame or not.

 

 

 

 

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I think these are my favorite COE, just great looking lines on such a big cab. Look forward to the rebirth of this rig.

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The 4070A and B kits are the best ever! Looking forward to more progress! Welcome to the Build Off!

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Thanks fellas. I will be starting soon. I'm still examining what I have so I can see what needs to be done.

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Love COEs and am looking forward to following this build.

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Here are my first progress pix.

 

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Let's start with the cab. There are 2 running lights molded onto the front of the kit's cab that were optional. I sanded those away.

 

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Basic trailer body assembly done. I am converting the tail light panel to be able to accept 2 round tail lights rather than the single rectangular lights as per the kit.

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The air ride suspension lends itself well to an easy conversion into a single drive tractor. These single axle cabovers with sleepers were once pretty popular with the household movers. Both fleets and owner operators bought this type pf tractor at that time.My mistake was not cutting it about 2 or 3 scale feet ahead of where I did. I do have plenty of frame rail to add to get the length right.

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As a side note, I've discovered I'm missing key chrome pieces. If any one has the handles that go below the windshield, or the handrails on the sides of the cab, or the door handle/steps for the cab doors please let me know. I only have one of the handrails(there should be 4), and neither of the 2 handles below the windshield.

 

Thanks

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These are a beautiful truck. I like where this is headed! 

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I've done a few things to it since my last post.

I've shortened the wheelbase to a single axle. Here is the basic frame.

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I swapped out the kit's 5th wheel for a slider from amt. I shortened the slide plate to fit the frame.

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I pirated the 8v92 engine from a GMC General kit and I chopped it down to a 6V92.

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The alternator is cut from the engine of an International cabover kit. The white valve cover is resin. I had to cast one because I lost the other original valve cover.  I'm happy to get some basics handled on this build.

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On 1/30/2019 at 1:31 PM, SpreadAxle said:

 

This is the likely trailer. I buy these transporters to build as moving vans.

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Can I  ask just what you do to make them into a moving van? I have a few of these myself and only plan on building one of them into a race hauler.

Thanks

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3 hours ago, Sam I Am said:

Can I  ask just what you do to make them into a moving van? I have a few of these myself and only plan on building one of them into a race hauler.

Thanks

That's easy. It already is a Trailmobile moving van.  Literally all you need is different decals.  These trailers are the same kit as the Allied, Mayflower, and north American trailers released during the 1970s. Set aside everything that is meant for the interior like the tools and any racing equipment, as well as the wheel covers that come with these trailers. Add some moving company decals and you have your moving van. My Allied van shown here is an ebay rebuild. It was the Bill Elliott/Coors transporter.The KW and Allied van have been stripped and are being rebuilt because the paint job and decals(1970s decals with another set applied on top of them)   were awful and it always bothered me. I have to get some more of these Allied decals.

 

I have some decals from modeltruckin.com for Neptune Van Lines that will be going on this unit. 

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1 hour ago, SpreadAxle said:

That's easy. It already is a Trailmobile moving van.  Literally all you need is different decals.  These trailers are the same kit as the Allied, Mayflower, and north American trailers released during the 1970s. Set aside everything that is meant for the interior like the tools and any racing equipment, as well as the wheel covers that come with these trailers. Add some moving company decals and you have your moving van. My Allied van shown here is an ebay rebuild. It was the Bill Elliott/Coors transporter.The KW and Allied van have been stripped and are being rebuilt because the paint job and decals(1970s decals with another set applied on top of them)   were awful and it always bothered me. I have to get some more of these Allied decals.

 

I have some decals from modeltruckin.com for Neptune Van Lines that will be going on this unit. 

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I did not know that about the hauler. Thanks for the info. I see a couple of mine being turned into moving vans.

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When I was a kid a family friend worked for Lyon Van lines, moving and storage company. He gave me a truck like the one in the picture. I wish I still had it. I would like to build one like it someday so this is good info.

Anyone happen to may these decals?

 

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Check with Jerry at modeltruckin.com. What he doesn't have he will often make.

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There's not much to report as progress has been slow. Searching for parts and having to cast my own parts has taken up some of the time. Thankfully, I have a complete Transtar 2 kit to copy some of the key parts. For example, the bracket just ahead of the stack on the passenger side, was missing, so I cast a copy of it. When the cab is down, it rests on this bracket. The battery box cover I scratch built using the one from the fresh kit as a guide.

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A little here, a little there, before you know it you’re done. Good looking progress.

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I was never crazy about the kit tail lights, so I went with round lights.

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I cut the tail light sections from an old amt Fruehauf flat bed and grafted them in. I just need to putty and sand them and they will be done. 

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Not much of an update since a recent wind storm has forced me to do some repairs at home, but at least I was at the bench for a little while today.

I cleaned up the tail light area a little with some putty work and sanding.

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I finally have a day off, so hopefully I can work uninterrupted.

  I'm creating more of my own parts on this one. I wanted to eliminate the clunky appearance of the kit stack, so I cut it apart. I am going use K and S aluminum tube for the air cleaner stack. If I can get the upper part of the air cleaner stack bent properly without denting, then I will do that. If not, I do have that upper portion saved and its seam basically eliminated to attach to the top of the air cleaner stack.  The muffler was cut away, puttied and sanded. It will be incorporated into the new part I'm making.

The cut down parts as compared to an assembled kit part.

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The lower braces were left on the frame.

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Another part I had to copy are the door handles. They just need to be trimmed and cleaned up.

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Here are the clamps I made after modifying and copying the kit part shown with the tubes intended for the intake and exhaust stacks.

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Awesome work  ! Separating the muffler is a great idea. If ya cant bend the pipe without kinking,  see if the kit sprue is Similar diameter , and use that for your exhaust stack..I've used it for several parts when running low on supplies.  Drill out the end when done no one will notice lol

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A wind fairing has been installed. I scratch built some new mounts for it.

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