Customized AMT Turnpiker Pete

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Working on this kit since I got it, I've stretched the frame, added a larger supercharger to the the Detroit 8V-71, customized the kit rear fenders, and getting ready to stretch the cab...

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Here is the stretched frame

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I added a larger blower to the engine

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I thought this design was not well thought out. You couldn't add a trailer unless you removed the fenders. So I filled in the hole where the fifth wheel came through, then cut out the hump...

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I added sheet plastic around the hole, so the fifth wheel "cover" could sit on the fenders when there wasn't a trailer attached, and then it could be removed when I added a trailer...

Excuse the quality of the pics, I need to get another digital camera sometime. All I have is my phone to take photos with at this moment...

Thanks for looking!

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Cant wait to see this rare kit finished! Nice start

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Looking good.......Amazing job with the rear fenders & fifth wheel....

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what a good idea for the fith wheel cover and design!!

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Thanks guys! I've been to truck shows and seen trucks with covers on the fifth wheels. When I started this, my mind went back to the memory of the covers. I'm waiting on the mail person to deliver the AMT 352 Pacemaker kit so I can stretch the cab.

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Now that's going to look cool with the long frame .............. What color are you going with?

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Thanks Doug! I'm thinking of doing a blue and silver metallic paint scheme on it. I need to draw up a design for it though.

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looking good, 5th wheel cover looks much better!, I'm gonna use that idea when I build mine. I'll be watching this one for sure

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Thanks Randy! Anyone is welcome to use any idea I come up with that they like.

Here is a pic of the whole truck as it sits right now...

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I also made the steering poseable. I cut the cab, measured the length I plan to add, then taped it together to kinda get an idea of what it will look like.

Thanks for looking.

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I almost forgot to mention that if you do make it into a cover, you need to lower the the 5th wheel from 1/16th of an inch to 1/32nd of an inch. I lowered mine by sanding the 5th wheel mount on the top and bottom. The plate was not changed, nor was the 5th wheel itself.

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That's awesome. I'm guessing you're going to play around with the moebius prostar when it arrives.

Ben

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Nice custom of a custom! I like the frame stretch and the cab stretch!

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Thanks Ben! I won't be doing too much modifying of the Pro Star when it comes out. I'm planning to build a copy of the Last truck I drove. I might buy a second one and do some custom work on it... Maybe I'll make a copy of my avatar! LOL!!!

Thanks Robert! This has been a fun build so far!!! I'm just waiting on getting the Pacemaker Pete so I can finish the cab...

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Thanks Ben! I won't be doing too much modifying of the Pro Star when it comes out. I'm planning to build a copy of the Last truck I drove. I might buy a second one and do some custom work on it... Maybe I'll make a copy of my avatar! LOL!!!

Thanks Robert! This has been a fun build so far!!! I'm just waiting on getting the Pacemaker Pete so I can finish the cab...

That's what I was thinking. I've built one lonestar box stock, the second one I'm working on is being used as a base kit for an auslowe conversion Kenworth T904. I will have to do a full custom lonestar one day. Cheers

Ben

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Sounds absolutely cool Ben! I would love to see the Lonestars you're working on.

This is the truck I drove that I want to recreate...

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I got ahold of a decal company that said they plan to do the decals for this truck. I just hope it won't take too long.

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Nice custom work on this one.

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Sounds absolutely cool Ben! I would love to see the Lonestars you're working on.

This is the truck I drove that I want to recreate...

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I got ahold of a decal company that said they plan to do the decals for this truck. I just hope it won't take too long.

What I've completed.... http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=53160&hl=

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Thanks Earl! It's kinda at a standstill until I get the new cab I plan to chop up. Shouldn't be more than a day or two until I get it going again.

Those builds are excellent Ben! The KW is something I'll watch.

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Okay! Got the AMT Pacemaker Pete in today, and got the cab body chopped and glued to the Turnpiker cab so it is now stretched. I'll post pics here in a little while.

Meanwhile, I have the remains of the cabs, and a friend of mine told me to do what he does, and make a day cab out of the 2 pieces... So here is my idea. Make a day cab out of the new kit, but instead of using the kit engine, add the engine that I bought from P&P Resin Works... A V-12 Detroit... Too Much? :wacko::lol:

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Heavy haul daycab triaxle v12 detroit haha, sounds mean, droolin thinkin of it hahah

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Sounds awesome! May a day cab custom.

Ben

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That would be wild Chris! Be careful where ya drool though... I'd hate to feel responsible for you destroying your computer! :lol:

That's another good idea Ben! I would need to cut out the back of the cab to fit it on the frame... The engine is too big!!! :blink:

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Here's the pics I promised...

Here's the cab stretched. It looks a lot better than the mockup...

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I'm gonna work on it a little tonight, and hopefully have an up date tomorrow...

Thanks for looking!

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You work quickly. Looks great. Ben

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