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MPC "Deserter" Pickup Kit

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Has anybody built this truck:  401596270269?hash=item5d8100c6bd:g:kg8AADeserter ?

I'm thinking of grabbing one to pirate the 4 wheel drive parts from - differentials, transfer case, drive shafts and suspension bits.  Hoping to use them on the 50 Chevy project.

Don't mind modifying things to fit as long as they are reasonably close.

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Any 1950 Chevy pickup with four wheel drive from the '50s would be an upfitter like NAPCO or Marmon-Herrington. Those components might look different than what you'd find in any kit. Swapping the body onto a newer 4x4 chassis is fairly common and the Deserter chassis is the easiest one available.

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1 hour ago, Fabrux said:

Any 1950 Chevy pickup with four wheel drive from the '50s would be an upfitter like NAPCO or Marmon-Herrington. Those components might look different than what you'd find in any kit. Swapping the body onto a newer 4x4 chassis is fairly common and the Deserter chassis is the easiest one available.

Yup, that's what I'm modeling.  I guess I'll grab the kit and see if it's easier to swap chassis or suspension.  I want to stay with the stovebolt 6 and relatively narrow tires that would be reasonably correct for the early 50's.

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You might be better off getting another rear axle and converting it to an offset front axle.

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The 4x4 parts from the Desrter kit are only passable at best and there is no option for stockish tires. 

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3 hours ago, Fat Brian said:

The 4x4 parts from the Desrter kit are only passable at best and there is no option for stockish tires. 

I ordered tires and wheels from Scenes Unlimited.  I can probably scratch build or kitbash the diffs.

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I would not buy the kit based on the 4x4 parts. They are not that good. Several resin suppliers offer much better stuff and good prices. 

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I'd already ordered the kit, figuring there'd be plenty of generally useful stuff anyway.

You were right about the 4wd parts, they aren't much but I can work with them.  Transfer case isn't bad, front diff is crude but some fiddling will make it acceptable.  The springs are a flat-out joke but I can use the ones from the 50 Chevy kit as it has the straight front axle.  

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