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DRIPTROIT 71

1969 White 7400 Hudson Transportation

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This is a model of the first truck that I ever rode in as a kid with my dad. This was the spare truck and my dad had recently painted it. My dad had driven it to Kentucky where another 7400 had a broken steering box. My dad decided that he could fix the driver's truck faster than the driver could swap trucks. On the way back to Lexington NC, my dad stopped and let me ride to the shop with him. That night for unknown reasons this truck burned to the ground. It was my first ride and the truck's last.

This began with a cab from Spaulding Trading and Shipping. I modified the grill to get it a little closer to the real thing. The chassis began with the AMT K123 kit. I shortened the wheelbase to 142" in scale. The Wheels and tires are from Scenes Unlimited. The engine and transmission is from the AMT 352 Peterbilt. Decals are from Diecast and Decals. Many other parts were taken from the parts box or scratch made. I may add some pictures with the trailer later, but I don't think that this truck ever pulled a trailer after it was painted.

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Nice build, i like the look you’ve got with this old rig, nice pics too !😀👍😉

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That really looks great.  Nice story to go along with the model, too.

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Another one out of the park! Well done , lots of little details going on here, love it!

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Another masterpiece Brian I like it great outside pics  too be proud of it 

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On 1/15/2020 at 1:55 PM, landman said:

👌

Thanks Pat!

On 1/15/2020 at 2:56 PM, grodudulle77 said:

Nice build, i like the look you’ve got with this old rig, nice pics too !😀👍😉

Thanks! It was built from memory and reference pictures of other 7400s.

On 1/15/2020 at 3:58 PM, Jim B said:

That really looks great.  Nice story to go along with the model, too.

Thanks Jim! They never figured out why the truck burned, but I really don't think that they tried very hard. They had a leased fleet of KWs, nobody wanted to drive the 7400s.

On 1/15/2020 at 4:05 PM, tbill said:

Another one out of the park! Well done , lots of little details going on here, love it!

Thanks Tom! One of my favorite and fun details is the mudflaps. Hudson had just bought out Lexington Specialty Foods, that is why my dad repainted the cab, bumper and wheels. He turned the mudflaps around backwards so the old name wouldn't show.

On 1/15/2020 at 4:41 PM, Warren D said:

Very well done!  That casting looks very crisp!

Thanks Warren! A few of the dimensions are a little off, but the casting is excellent.

On 1/15/2020 at 6:00 PM, Bronzekeg said:

great build and pictures, love it.

Thanks Ken! I hope to put together a shop like yours one day for pictures.

23 hours ago, SpreadAxle said:

Outstanding!

Thanks for the kind words!

16 hours ago, ChrisR said:

VERY NICE!!

Thanks so much Chris!

15 hours ago, k100 said:

Good looking truck .

Thanks Mark!

11 hours ago, Pete68 said:

Another masterpiece Brian I like it great outside pics  too be proud of it 

Thanks Lee! I've been wanting to build this one for years. I'm glad that I actually got around to it.

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Mark another one off the bucket list 

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A really impressive conversion/kit bash, and great pictures, too.  Congrats....TIM 

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Outstanding piece of trucking history brought back to life! I'm sure these rigs were popular with penny pinching fleets.

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Hi Brian,

as I said in your topic, i love this one.

A really flawless and beautiful model with a nice back story.

Did you get the tires from Scenes Unlimited, because the quality looks very good.

 

Hermann.

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You did an excellent job on this one Brian! When these trucks were everywhere, as a kid I wouldn't look twice at them, but if I could only see one now.....

 

 

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On 1/17/2020 at 5:39 PM, 1959scudetto said:

Great build of a rather ugly truck, Brian - very well done (and nice photos, too) !

Thanks! I always thought that they were ugly back in the day after I rode in a cabover KW.

On 1/18/2020 at 6:21 AM, PappyD340 said:

Very nice!

Thanks Neighbor!

On 1/18/2020 at 10:08 AM, tim boyd said:

A really impressive conversion/kit bash, and great pictures, too.  Congrats....TIM 

Thanks Tim! There are parts from at least six different AMT kits on this one.

On 1/18/2020 at 12:47 PM, leafsprings said:

Outstanding piece of trucking history brought back to life! I'm sure these rigs were popular with penny pinching fleets.

Thanks! I think the price tag was more attractive than the appearance.

On 1/18/2020 at 10:26 PM, redneckrigger said:

Beautiful work, full of details! NICE!!!

Thanks Tom!!

 

On 1/19/2020 at 4:56 AM, Hermann Kersten said:

Hi Brian,

as I said in your topic, i love this one.

A really flawless and beautiful model with a nice back story.

Did you get the tires from Scenes Unlimited, because the quality looks very good.

 

Hermann.

Thanks Hermann! Yes the wheels and tires are from Scenes Unlimited and the quality is great!

On 1/20/2020 at 6:12 PM, 72 Charger said:

Really nice work . I love the metal flake steering wheel

Thanks Dave! I always liked those green steering wheels and the metal flake shift knobs.

On 1/20/2020 at 7:18 PM, Vettegasser said:

Very good looking truck 

Thanks!!

On 1/21/2020 at 7:47 AM, slusher said:

Impressive build and subject!!   Love it!!

Thanks Carl!!

On 1/22/2020 at 7:54 AM, drinkone2 said:

You did an excellent job on this one Brian! When these trucks were everywhere, as a kid I wouldn't look twice at them, but if I could only see one now.....

 

 

Thanks Jim! I thought this truck was awesome until I was introduced to the Kenworth, then I thought, "have those Whites always been that ugly?"

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