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Warren D

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Starting my next build.  Using 2 MPC Gravel trailer kits, an A-car A64B and AITM A-Car DK conversion.  The idea is to bob one dump kit to a dump body, put that and the DK on the A64B chassis and then add the full trailer behind.  The Gravel trailer kit has parts and instructions to build a 2 axle dolly in addition to the truck mounted dump body.  I'm planning some extras for the truck and some mods to the trailer.  Cab and chassis color hasn't been finalized yet but will likely be one of the Aztek line Pearls, maybe a custom blend.  Additional aftermarket parts might be from George Wallace, Moluninum and czech truck.  Had another color idea this morning so things might change, they usually do until I start shooting color. 

Why the A64B over the Dump kit?  I prefer the A64B chassis, the rear axles on the dump have a wider gap that looks a bit odd to me.  The A64B rear axle spacing seems to suit this build better, you'll see why as it goes along.

 

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😎😎😎

Will be following this one too!!!!   Are you using the kit engine/trans?

DJ

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6 hours ago, TECHMAN said:

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Will be following this one too!!!!   Are you using the kit engine/trans?

DJ

Probably, but I have a few engines in stock, so I'm not sure.

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One of the gravel trailers is now cut down to a dump body.  I think I'll skin the inside of the tailgate, don't care for the recesses.  I'm holding off on the supports underneath until I have a rolling chassis to be sure the spacing is right.  The dolly is coming along and I'm working on my paint mix for the chassis, dolly and cab.  Truck chassis is next, started the engine and am finding that the part numbers in the instructions aren't close to the corresponding numbers on the trees.

 

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Nice work on the dump body!

"started the engine and am finding that the part numbers in the instructions aren't close to the corresponding numbers on the trees"  Typical AMT

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I started the A64B frame tonight, currently weighted down to take the slight warp out of it.  I thought I'd share a tip or two for the first time conversion builder.  The AITM cab/hood conversions are very nice but in general aren't just a drop on; you need to make some adjustments.  So, when building the frame, for now I leave off the rear cab support and the front fender supports as they may need to be moved from their stock locations.  I'll know what the placement is when I get the cab going.  Steering gear will likewise be located once the cab is in progress.  One other point, look ahead....far ahead.  This build is going to have a dolly and trailer behind the dump truck, so I needed to incorporate the hitch assembly that comes in the dump trailer kit with the A-car chassis.  This means I had to move the A-car rear crossmember forward to allow the gravel trailer hitch crossmember room to fit and be flush with the frame rail ends.  I'll post pics of this later once the glue sets.  I also haven't determined if I'll have to make any length changes to the frame, that will be coming soon.

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