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The first time I ever saw one of these trucks, was a FedEx truck driving down main street in our town. I looked them up and it turns out they are called expedite trucks. They are usually driven by teams, and are used to haul freight that has to get somewhere quickly. I thought they were neat looking, and thought I would try to build one of my own.

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So I dug around in my stash of trucks and came up with this combination.

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With the Kenworth model fighting me every step of the way, I got this far. I wanted to paint the cab and sleeper as one unit, but I couldn't figure out how to put the top on the sleeper but still be able to paint the interior and put in the windows after the exterior was done. Then after staring at it for months the solution came to me. Leave the floor out of the sleeper, stupid.

 

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So here is where I am today. Time to do a cut and splice of the frame.  I will try to do regular updates on this as I get things done.

 

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After careful and repeated measuring, it looks like the frame will be this much longer.

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Hot shots as we call them on the road.

Drove a local one fun trucks. 

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Very interesting build , looks like you beat the KW into submission, nice job

I work in automotive supplier facility and we constantly have expedited trucks taking products to plants . There's a cool looking truck w a lion on the side 

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That should be interesting custom build. Looking at the 1:1 photos at the top, does anybody know what is installed inside  the rear wheel? Weird wheel cover?

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On the rear wheel is just a lightweight Aero cover.

Supposed to help with fuel efficiency but more for looks and to waste your money on. 

Edited by Vince66

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21 hours ago, Vince66 said:

On the rear wheel is just a lightweight Aero cover.

Supposed to help with fuel efficiency but more for looks and to waste your money on. 

Thanks.

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Great subject and the first steps looks good.

I saw a couple of them on pictures and saved them, these were mainly the Fed Ex trucks and looked very cool.

Here in Europe we don't have that type of truck, that's why it gets my attention, and if we need a quick delivery over here, the driver just put the pedal to the metal.😂

As far as i can see, your truck gets 2 rear axles what looks, in my opinion,  more cool then a single one.

Have fun with this build and i will follow your progress.

 

Hermann.

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This is a cool project and I look forward to your progress!

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Just a quick update. I cut and spliced the frame. I have some prettying up to do, but the joint is pretty strong.Measure 63 times, cut once.

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Next I built the box. At this stage, you get a good idea on how the project "should" look when finished. I was unsure about the dual rear wheels, but I have decided to keep them. As one comment stated, I think they look cool. My next update won't be very exciting, I plan on finishing up the motor and frame, or close to finished anyway.

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Awesome job  .!!!  You really have a good looking project going on . Those KW cabs really have potential if you get them straight,  which you certainly did 

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Nice progress!!

For the nice atmosphere, I hope you don't mind otherwise i will delete it,  a picture of a dual rear, from a sales site for expedite trucks,
Maybe a nice site for some info and some details.;)

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Source; Expeditors for sale

 

Hermann.

Edited by Hermann Kersten

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On 3/22/2020 at 3:10 PM, Jonj238 said:

Just a quick update. I cut and spliced the frame. I have some prettying up to do, but the joint is pretty strong.Measure 63 times, cut once.

 

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Looks great!! I might have to try your approach. I usually measure once and cut 63 times.😀

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Quick update. Engine and frame painted. Moving to painting ther outside of the truck soon.

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