'34 Ford semi

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since the site is new and improved, thought i would post something new.

this coming March will be the Lonestar Showdown. i promised myself to have three new models built for it. i have two that are real close to being done; however, i still needed one more. thanks to treehugger's posting of the classic auto transporters, i knew i needed to build one for my time attack '31. i already had the Lindberg '34 cab so, i decided that would be the start of my rig.

i wanted a hot rod look and feel with the functionality of a real semi. z'd the frame to get the cab down low and stretched it to get that rod look. for power, i decided i would need something with serious grunt. i am converting a 351W into a turbo'd powerstroke diesel. that should haul the load. :unsure: so far, everything except the axles, wheels, leaf springs, cab, block and heads, i have made from evergreen's wonderful assortment of styrene.

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still have not figured out a grill yet. leaning towards the front part of the '50 f-1 with custom lower. not quite sure, let me know what you think.

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think the fifth wheel turned out pretty cool.

the color will be tamiya green zinc chromate with black roof and red pin stripe. my trusty aztec airbrush went south so i ordered a new grex vt today. hope to have it next week. then i can finish painting the chassis.

let me know what you think.

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I'm watchin this one its going to be sick! I love it already.

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AWESOME IDEA LOOKS GREAT.

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NICE

that thing is calling for a 8v92 detroit hahahahahahahahaha

jk

looks great and can't wait to see more

travis l

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Wow Dale!blink.gif That there is beyond cool!

Looks like you've worked with the Evergreen before-- nice clean work!

Can't wait to see the haulerwink.gif

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thanks guys for the kind words. :angry: i will keep you guys posted.

yeah cb, i can't wait to see the hauler either. i want to build a rounded front short box modified with an open slant back drive up ramp. the front part of the trailer will be a small tool/work room. i will use corregated plastic for the sides. i will try to maintain that 30s look.

again thanks.

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well, i was able to get the basic Navistar done today.

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not a 100% accurate representation, i had to take a few liberties, but it looks close enough. what do you guys think?

i still need to build the turbo and manifolds, fuel pump, oil pump, pulleys and wiring harness. i decided to use a remanufactured motor, so i painted the whole thing semi gloss black with some markings.

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boy, digital close-ups really emphasize the imperfections. :lol:

let me know what you think.

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That is beyond sick. I love it. A couple of 9" straight stacks behind that cab would be perfect!

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COOLNESS!!!

I Love it!:lol:

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A great concept and it LOOKS good! coolness .. :lol:

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WOW! Beyond cool!

Question- what are the small "rivet" details on the engine? They really bring it to life!

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My name is Rob Mattis and I approve of this build.

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Nice, I'm digging that look! You'll love that Grex, I tried one at the I-Hobby Show and now want one bad even though I don't do much airbrushing!

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IMPRESSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WOW guys, cool words of encouragement! :D

jon - the bolt heads are from scale motorsports. p/n 8117; nuts, bolts, washers,dzus and phillipshead fasteners. awesome stuff. no frets. indivdually pop each one from the rubber sheet. super glue in place. could not get any easier.

i just got the exhaust housing of the turbo done. my camera battery just died so i cannot post a picture. think i should do a how-to thread for the turbo.

again, vielen dank.

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I can't really tell you how much I like this truck .I think it is unique and well thought out I look forward to seeing more :D

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chris - i will not be running dual stacks; however, i think i will run a single 6 inch. i also want to run the air filter canister on the driver side, front cowl. those should give it a good semi look.

joe - i can hardly wait for my new airbrush. i went ahead and got the complete grex kit, compressor and everything. looking forward to the pistol grip.

well the battery is charged so here are pics of the turbo.

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i need to powder coat it, to give it that rough cast look, then build the impeller housing.

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the housing starts with a slowly stretched piece of sprue, like in the background.

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see, the motor looks a lot better at this distance/scale.

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the fifth wheel is ready, just need to add grease.

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ahhhhh. really coming together.

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Slick stuff there Dale! What are the tires from, Sprint car?

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Nice job so far Dale !!! I can't wait to see some color thrown on this build B)

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CRAZY work on this. nice job of turning the motor over to a powerstroke and turbo.

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looks like you could squeeze another engine in there

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Hey Dale......thats really COOL! its going to be something else when done....

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man, i love this forum; it is like an interactive magazine!

thanks for the love guys.

looks like you could squeeze another engine in there

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yeah, it is a little long: a result of my imagineering. but if you look at the picture below, you can see that once the pulleys/accessories, fan, radiator and grill shell are in place, it should leave the shock mount crossmember just in front of the grill shell.

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my new grex airbrush has shipped but will not be here until monday. :P

then i will get the frame in one color.

wishing every modeller a very happy and prosperous new year! ;)

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That looks Really cool

Nice work.

I love it..

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Lookin' better and better every time I see it :P

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