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First step, opening the hood. Xacto knife and razor saw got it done. Thinking of a twin screw straight truck flatbed.......so far!

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Beautiful cab Tom ! Cant wait to see the direction this truck goes in  ! 

Thanks again for joining us 

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I have one of these to build some day too. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this one!

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Looking good so far clean cuts 

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Nice choice Tom...I always liked the looks of this cab!

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Guess maybe it was a bit optimistic to try a BRBO build while I'm working on another large build, the paver. Can't find enough time or energy to work on the paver build let alone this one, so maybe next year!

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   Tom,

          That is a really cool cab . I like the idea of a dualdrive with a flatbed on it !

 

   Be Well

    Gator

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Well, while waiting for parts to arrive for the crane, figured I’d give this some time. So, I thinned out the hood, and cut the gasket outline around the windshield and rear window openings. I also cut the doghouse out of the interior tub, and will cut the floor and hollow it out to give clearance to the rear of the Cummins engine. As the engine is tilted to the right in this model in order to get room to tuck it under the dash, I modified the oil pan and the rocker covers, and rhe transmission and engine mounts to reflect the tilt. I have decided to build this as a single axle dump truck, as the paver crew put in a request for a smaller truck for those tight areas.  

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Building this as a single axle dump is a great choice! 

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Love the little details,  step dad scrapped a truck yrs ago w tilted engine first time ever seeing that

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I've only actually seen a couple of tilted ones in person myself and they didn't even have modified oil pans on them, or they didn't look to be modified. As many short hood trucks as there used to be on the road they were most likely pretty common at one time. I like where this build is headed! Great work as always Tom! Looking forward to seeing more.

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Yeah, the one I am modeling this after was a tanker in our fire department many years ago. We killed the engine and put a better one in it.  It required changing the pan, rocker boxes, motor mounts and oil pickup along with other differences in the intake and exhaust. Other than those few things, if memory serves me right, there was little else that was different. But it sure was a challenge changing it!

So while awaiting parts for the crane, I got a few things done on this. (It’s also nice to do something a bit more simple than the paver to recharge the creative batteries!) Shortened the wheelbase, made an interior tub, and firewall, and made a new cab protector for the dump body. I also cut a door in the gate for small paving jobs.  

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Great work as always!! We always called those small doors; rain gates. Great added detail!!

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Made a new cab protector for the dump box, got the interior tub finished, assembled the dump body, made a pintle mounting plate, modified the sides of the box with angled fillers, and made up a doghouse for the interior. 

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Coming right along, Tom!  I'm glad to see so much going on these days to modify kit pieces and cobble things together to make unique models.  Looks like scratch building is beginning to take hold pretty well!

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Well, it's that or boredom building something from the box! LOL! And it lets me use up at least some of the literally thousands of parts and rebuilders I have here, have lots of stuff new in the box, but just can't seem to build one!

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I added the apron on the back of the dump and the gate linkage for the gate door.  Little steps..... 

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Got the engine all dressed up, brake cans and front shocks added, body hinges installed, and a good mockup for this point. Finally got the look I was shooting for. Best thing about this whole build is it’s completely from the parts boxes with the exception of the very old Jim Etter resin cab from years ago.  Recycling is good!!!

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That’s looking really good! Great progress so far.

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Mocked up the radiator, inner fenders, radiator overflow, windshield washer tank, and air cleaner to check fit.  Added the fuel tanks, air tanks, battery box. Time now for wiring and hoses, making the hydraulic cylinder and cab details. Now it’s easy to see just how tight these old girls were under the hood. Yikes! Brings back lots of bloody skinned knuckle memories!

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