1970 Peterbilt 352 Pacemaker

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Its been a while since I posted anything so decided that it was time to do so. I have been working on a couple of builds (matching Pair) of Peterbilt trucks one a 352 Coe and the other a 359 conventional. Progress on the 359 is slow with not much done but I have been making progress with the 352.

The truck will feature a Clatterpillar 1693TA engine. This is a big engine and took a lot of carefull "adjustments" to get it to sit in the frame and not clash with the dog house. With the big engine (Probably the biggest horsepower engine (425HP) available in a pacemaker in 1970) I needed a larger air breather unit and bigger exhaust stacks. It will also need a bigger radiator. You will note from the photo's that the exhausts are not fitted to the cab rear. Instead they are fitted to the "Eiffel tower" frame. This looks quite pleasing and in keeping with the rest of the build. This frame did not appear until 1973 (I think) so mine being a 1970 model has had the exhausts removed from the cab and the Eiffel Tower retro fitted at a later date. The frame and the bottom half of the cab will be dark blue, middle of the cab white and the top of the cab light blue.

Thanks for Looking!

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Thats some serious horsepower , hope the cab can hang on at full throttle ! LOL :D

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Looking good !!

Tim

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Wow, Nice truck. Is it all scratchbuild?

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Looks great. I'm hoping to do this with a 352 as well.

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Where did you get the 1693? I'd like to have one.

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OHhhh Buddy!!!,I am excited about this one,love what you have got so far and with the work you produce,this truck is gonna be hot!!!

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Try KFS for the 1693. That's where I got mine.

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i guess with this kit being reissued you can feel better about building the kit....eh? :lol: ....im watching....

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Very nice work.

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I like it .................. Cool!

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Thanks for all the comments!

The 1693 TA was a unique engine, if I remember rightly it was billed as the first 1,000,000 mile engine (Provided you maintained it correctly). 40 years ago 425 HP was a lot even by todays standards and no hocus pocus electronic wizardry to go wrong.

The truck uses the AMT T502 kit as the basis with some aftermarket and scratch built parts.

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Looking good so far. I will be checking it out as you go along.

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Dave,

Good to see you back at the bench....this will be a real "stunner" like all of your builds...can't wait to see more

Take care, Kurt

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Impressive power plant!

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Very nice work !!!!! :rolleyes:

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Very nice dave !! Any updaes on this build??

I just bought me a 74' 352 1:1 and it has the cat 1693 turbo aftercooled motor in it. The guy I got it from has a 70' with a baby 270 cuma'long in it. Let me know if you need any referance pics.

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Thanks to everyone for all the kind words.

Dennis appologies for the delay in responding. Any photographs that you have will be helpfull. Particular with the cab tilted to show the exhaust, air intake, tilt cylinders etc.

I have made progress and will put some photo's upsoon.

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This is very nice...Very nice...

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COOL..

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AHHHHH so you do have a little "yellow" monster on the go, can't wait to see this come together....

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Like your moniker, your builds are always unique and always very interesting to me. You can even take a fairly mundane kit like the 352, add your own special touches and viola!, you produce something unique and different! I love watching your builds come together.

As for this one; Being a former over the road driver and having driven some real doozies (Read: underpowered boat anchors) in my day, I was pondering the ramifications of a 425hp beast in an era of 250 and 318 hp machines. Having driven a few older trucks, this Pacemaker would have been a real Contender... A real Money Maker! It's what a truck should be; modest, unassuming, but with a heart the size of a mountain. Something an Owner-Operator would have been proud to own and drive.

I look forward to seeing you finish this one.

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All the old truckers I know that have been at it for a thousand years have always loved the 1693TAs, I know a guy from Albin, WY with a 71 Pacemaker and a 75 (or so) Chevy Titan and they both have 1693s stuffed in them. It's darn funny sight to see that old Titan out pull a chrome plated Kenworth with a Signature 600. I love the idea behind yours though, when I get my 352 I'm either going to put a 12V71 or a 1693 in it.

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i like it a lot. short wheelbase , db stack. big engine.

do you plan some spoke wheels or budds??

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Many thanks for all the kind words. I really like the older vehicles particurly from the 1950s through to the 1980s. There is a lot less chrome on these vehicles and they seem to me to be more purposefull than some more modern variants. With regrads to engines I like the idea of a wolf in sheeps clothing and got the idea of building this vehicle from a video I found on Youtube of a 359 with a 1693TA. I am also building the 359 (my version) in the video. The 352 and 359 will be a matching pair. See below:

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