Autocar Holmes wrecker

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This is my second contribution for the "Tractor Trailer" Community build. Truck has been done, but due to Photo Bucket not playing nicely, pictures are just now getting posted.

Started with an AMT Autocar dumptruck and lengthened the chassis (should have reinforced it a little looking at the pictures...I think it adds character!!!!) This was originally going to be made using the Revell Kenworth/ Century wrecker body, but I stumbled on a "First Gear" diecast 1/25 Holmes/Napa wrecker for next to nothing....so....plans changed. Stripped the diecast down to the bare wrecker body and found out the wheel well openings didn't match the spread of the rear axle set up on the Autocar. I then cut the wrecker body between the wheel wells and added a quarter inch. Filled in with sheet styrene and covered with Plastruct diamond tread. Autocar cab was built per instructions with some cab details added...two way radio on dash, radiator cap added to grill, swapped motors with a Diamond Reo to give me the turbo charged version...then added plumbing and wiring based on an Autocar sales brochure that I found.Italeri super single tires fit perfectly on the Autocar rims, sleeper cam from the AMT Peterbilt 359 kit. Also added the drawbar from the Peterbilt wrecker as the diecast didn't have anything. Added the correct tail lights to wrecker body using Evergreen tubing and "jewels" from the jewelry section at Michaels.

All paint is Testors Model Masters laquers. White as a base...yellow and green stripes are painted...the red stripe is Detail masters tape.

Extra details include the air compressor and torch setup from WT Garage. Wrecker details in back include, scratchbuilt traffic cones, step blocks and lumber, and buckets of absorbent. Antennas are fine wire and solder wire. Scratchbuilt "rookie poles" on bumper....

Thanks for looking.....

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Nicely done! The NAPA Holmes wrecker body works much better on this era of truck than the newer design Century would have. A 1970s heavy weight!

Edited by chuckyr

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Now that Photo Bucket is cooperating....here are some more pictures...560A.jpg.564A.jpg568A.jpg29/Autocar%20Wrecker/567A.jpg570A.jpg

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I used to run wreckers a few years ago...would have been proud to run Yours in full size... SWEET!!!!

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Great model!

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Big Beast !

Tim

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Nice!

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it's awsome looking, i like it very much!

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Great looking Autocar.

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Nice job George

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Nice Job! Does look like all those heavy pulls bent the frame a little!

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Yup!!! I'm going with "well used....but never abused!!!"

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Great looking wrecker nice job

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thats cool

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Awesome work! That is one tough looking A-car!

Jim

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Very nice and great details.

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George, Nice looking Autocar "Drag'in Wagon". That is a really neat paint scheme and the added details really adds to the model thanks for sharing the photo's. Great Job.

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i remember judging this model at richmond this year, nice job.

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Oh yeah..This is nice...Love it..Looks great...

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Nice job

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awsome build just stunning :wub:

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Coooool wrecker. Those colors - like it!

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Wow

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Gorgeous. Makes me want to build a truck.

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NIcecly done.

Kostas.

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