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Oh no!, I did it again I'm making a 48', 6 axle flatbed trailer


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  Well I did it, I started another project. I purchased some air suspensions from Shapways for the lowboy, but they were to tall, they were meant for a standard height trailer...sooo, I decided to start a new project so I could use them. I'm making a 6 axle heavy haul/steel hauler 48' flatbed trailer based off of info form the internet and kind like the AMT flatbed trailer, but different.

20210303_165104.jpghere is my drawing that I built it from.

20210303_170023.jpgside view of 6 axle flatbed trailer.

20210303_170209.jpgthis view shows the air suspensions that I'm using, they still need a lot of work. I now need 6 complete air brake setups.

20210303_182001.jpgthis view shows the Italeri Peterbilt 378 tractor that will be pulling it. I'm going to replace the Detroit diesel that comes with it with a Cummins from the Australian Western Star from Italeri. I have 4 extra rear duals from an old old kit that I did eons ago that I might use to add a pusher axle to it, don't know for sure, will see. Well that's it for now be back soon with more.

Ron G 

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Hey all 

 I did a little more work on the Peterbilt 378 Tri-drive. I'm still waiting on parts for the 6 axle trailer.

20210318_170303.jpgthis view shows the Pete with the correct cab on it. It has 385/65R22.5 tires from the Italeri trailer tyre kit on the front for floats. I put my driver figure in there for perspective.

20210318_170422.jpgthis view shows the front floats turned to the right.

20210318_170554.jpgthis view shows the Tri-drive set up. And the stretched fifth wheel plate.

20210318_170531.jpgthis view shows the valve stems I added to the inner and outer rims, I still need to do the rest of the rears and the fronts too.

20210318_171422.jpgthis view shows the front floats a little better, also the Cummins NTC-400 I'm using instead of the kit supplied Detroit series 60.

20210318_171355.jpganother view of the Cummins NTC-400.

20210318_171445.jpgthis view shows the intake air cleaner pipe in place.

20210318_171513.jpgthis view shows the modified (from the Detroit series 60) intercooler pipes. The radiator is the Cummins NTC-400 radiator from the Western Star kit. Well that's it for now be back with more soon 

Ron G 

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Hey all 

 It's been a while on this build. I did some more work on the Tri-drive Pete. I made new longer tanks out of some 3/4" (1.05" O.D.) pvc pipe and ends from some 0.08" plastic sheet. I also made a rear step to get up on the frame to hook up the air/elec. Lines. I did some more work on the engine intercooler pipes and air intake pipes. So, here are some pictures for you to look at.

20210416_175607.jpgthis view shows the intercooler and air intake pipes. I have to fix the radiator, it's crooked!!!... BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH! Oh well no big deal.

20210416_175500.jpgview from the front of the truck showing the exhaust pipes and the fuel tank.

20210416_175423.jpgthis view shows the custom fuel tank. I put the left one on the right and the right one on the left.. duhh! Oh well it's put together just for pictures. You can see the step in this view.

20210415_213501.pngthis view shows the paint scheme I'm going for. Dark orange frame, orange hood, cab and sleeper with black top and lower front area. Well that's it for now be back with more soon.

Ron G 

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  Ron ,

        I like the wholke project. The trailer is big heavyduty and just plain cool. Your Tri-drive Pete,

Well I love Tri-Drives. Your paint scheme and colors are cool . I would use that combination myself.

 

  Be Well

   Gator

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Hey all 

 Did some work on the 6 axle flatbed trailer. The wheels that I ordered from Italeri finally got here, along with some more Italeri 1/24 truck tires, so I made up some axles and temporarily installed the wheels/tires to the trailer.

20210429_164319.jpgthis view shows the whole setup and its 35 1/2" long!

20210429_165058.jpgthis view shows just the trailer and its a scale 48' long.

Ron G 

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Hey all 

  Some more progress on the 6 axle flatbed trailer.

20210501_172231.jpgthis view shows the whole thing.

20210501_172209.jpgthis view shows the deck boards in place on the trailer.

20210501_172342.jpgtop view of the trailer deck boards.

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View looking rearward of the Pete 379 and 6 axle flatbed trailer. That's it for now be back soon.

Ron G 

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  Ron,

        Nice work on the trailer fabrication . I like your wood deck as well . Extreme;yt curious as to what you might use for a load ?

 

 

   Be Well

    Gator

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1 hour ago, gatorincebu said:

 

  Ron,

        Nice work on the trailer fabrication . I like your wood deck as well . Extreme;yt curious as to what you might use for a load ?

 

 

   Be Well

    Gator

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 It will be 4 large rolls of sheet steel, I  have to figure out how to make them. I  my try to 3D print them.

Ron G 

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Hey guys 

  I've been working on the Tri-drive Pete. I recently bought another Pete, the 1/24 AMT Long hauler (repop of the Italeri kit), got it for a great price $50.00 bucks. So anyway, I started cutting it up and I now have a high roof, large opening cab to sleeper 378, I think? I also made one of the hoods into a extended hood 379. Here's some pics for you to look at.

20210507_172204.jpgthis view shows the stock 378 hood, modified cab with raised roof and modified 63" Unibilt sleeper with enlarged cab to sleeper opening.

20210507_172320.jpgfront view of the cab, you can see the interior and seats that will know be able to recline into the opening, more room for tall drivers.

20210507_172653.jpgrear view of the cab opening and back of seats.

20210507_172627.jpgthis view shows the cab roof and the modifications I made to increase the opening to the sleeper.

20210507_172602.jpgthis view shows the modifications I made to the cab roof and opening.

20210507_172543.jpgthis view shows the raised roof of the cab.

20210507_172816.jpgthis view shows the modifications I made to the opening in the sleeper.

20210507_172943.jpgview of the sleeper from the drivers side.

20210507_172922.jpgview of the sleeper from the passenger side.

20210507_173631.jpgthis view shows the sleeper attached to the cab.

20210507_173610.jpgview from the front.

20210507_173539.jpgview from the drivers side.

20210507_173520.jpgview from the top.

20210507_173501.jpgview from the passenger side with the hood.

20210507_174209.jpgthis view shows the setup on the tractor frame.

  My dilemma is, I'm thinking I might want to use this cab and sleeper along with the 379 exhd to make more of a tandom show truck, and use the stock cab with either a 36" bunk or a flat top 63" sleeper I made form the othe sleeper that I had (it didn't quite come out the way I planed, the corners aren't round enough, my opion) on the Tri-drive. I will post pictures of the 379exhd and flatop sleeper tomorrow.

This is the motor I'm going to use for the Tri-drive, instead of the Cummins NTC-400 thats in it now. It's a Cat C15 twin turbo from Moluminum.

20210507_174904.jpgturbo side view.

20210507_174824.jpgother side view.

This are pictures of the  engine that I got from Jamie at Moluminum of it finished.

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20210318_094631.jpgwell that's it for now be back with more updates soon.

Ron G 

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Hey guys 

As I said yesterday I would post pictures of the 379exhd and 63" flat top sleeper, so here are some pictures.

20210508_134925.jpgthis view shows the final setup for the 1/24 Italeri Peterbilt 378 Tri-drive.

20210508_135105.jpgrear view of the rig.

20210508_135210.jpgfront view of the rig, these are just sitting together for pictures.

20210508_141003.jpgthis view shows the Unibilt 63" large opening sleeper, 379 raised roof cab with custom made lower extensions and the 379exhd hood. 

20210508_140853.jpgview from the front.

20210508_140823.jpgdownward view.

20210508_141100.jpgpassenger side view of the 379 setup. This will be going on a stock length kit frame (maybe) with 4 single Auslowe aluminum fenders, custom made Texas drop bumper and a s$%t load of chicken lights.

20210508_141631.jpgthis view shows the modified 63" Unibilt sleeper that I tried to make into a flat top.

20210508_141610.jpgview from the rear of the flat top sleeper. I think the rounded corners on the top are not round enough. What do you guys think?

Ron G 

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Hey guys 

 I've been working on the Peterbilt 379 exhd custom. I decided to leave it stock at 246.0" W/B. I have the frame assembled and I started in on plumbing the air suspension system. The air brakes and fuel lines will come next.

20210515_181817.jpgthis view shows the scratch built rear air bag height control valve and the air lines to the rear airbags.  

20210515_181756.jpgthis view shows the scratch built front airbag height control valve and air lines to the airbags.

20210515_181731.jpgthis view shows the whole rear section.

20210515_182050.jpgthis view shows the three air tanks.

20210515_182028.jpgthis view shows the main supply air tank on the bottom and the 2nd service air tank on the top. The purple line goes to the airbags (this will all be painted in the frame color).

20210515_181948.jpgthis view shows the 1st service air tank.

20210515_182146.jpgthis view shows the 2nd service air tank and the inline air filter to the airbags.

 The next 4 pictures show the hollowed out universal joints that I did to add some more realism to the build.

20210515_182457.jpg

20210515_182438.jpg

20210515_182423.jpg

20210515_182407.jpgI took out about a scale 1.5" - 1.75" out of the ride height, so the truck sits a little lower to look cool!. Well that's it for now be back with more updates soon.

Ron G 

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Thanks guys 

  I have the brake lines almost done, I ran out of the purple wire I was using for the air lines, so now I have to switch to green, but it's all going to be painted the frame color so it doesn't matter.

20210519_150500.jpgthis view shows the rear area if the truck.

20210519_150609.jpgthis view shows the rear brake modulator and the height control valve.

20210519_150548.jpgthis view shows the front brake modulator valve on the left and the rear brake anti-lockup modulator on the right.

20210519_150427.jpgthis view shows the Cummins NTC-400 and the front brake line, I used braided line for these.

20210519_150249.jpgthis view shows what this truck is going to look like when it's done.

20210519_150229.jpgview from the rear showing the polished aluminum rear fenders and the rear light bracket, I have red, amber and clear lights for this.

20210519_150157.jpgview from the front showing the custom made "Texas" bumber and the 10" stacks, I still have to figure out how to make the lower curved part of these, I think I'm going to try Plastruct elbows and paint them chrome.

20210519_150446.jpgview showing the hood open. Well that's it for now be back soon with more updates.

Ron G 

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This looks awesome!!! Excellent work on the whole thing... The trailer looks great, and the truck is even more amazing with all the plumbing and extra detail... Awesome....

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Thanks guys 

  I did some work on the interior. I added some very thin grey velour with adhesive backing to make the carpet.  I got these off of Amazon, I got 2 sheets 8 1/2 x 11 of light grey, dark charcoal, dark brown, medium brown, light brown, beige and dark wine red. It works great for carpeting on 1/25-1/24 models, and it sticks pretty good.

20210524_171224.jpgthis view shows the arm rests I added to the inner sides of the seats, also the seat backs that I added. The velour carpeting looks kinda beige, but it is light grey.

20210524_171205.jpgthis view shows the clutch, brake and gas/fuel pedels that I added.

20210524_171148.jpgthis view shows the small blue wire that I added to the shifter column and the retainer I made for it from some 1/64" tape.

20210524_171128.jpgI plan on carving some seat cushion detail into both seats. You can just barely see the pencil lines I added to the seats for this purpose.

  I have both photo etch sets for the 1/24 Italeri Peterbilt 379/377 from Czech model trucks, so the instrument panel will be photo etch along with the steering wheel center, shift and air knobs, plus all of the exterior photo etch, alot of bending :wacko: but it will be worth it in the end.

Ron G 

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  Ron,

         You are really moving along on this project . I like what you are doing here .  Looks good from where I sit !

 

 

     Be Well

      Gator

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