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Autocar A64F

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Started this a few weeks ago. Wanted to build something without being restricted by reference photos.
Snapped a couple of iPad pics tonight. I'll get more when the chassis is painted.
You obviously can't see it all in the pictures, but I've done a bit.
Extended the frame by two scale feet.
Scratch built fifth wheel ramps.
Articulated and detailed the fifth wheel.
Fully articulated Hendrickson rear suspension.
Scratch built seventy-two inch walking beams.
Scratch built, articulated drive shafts, traction bars, etc.
Modified Revell wheels to fit AMT Uniroyals for the rears.
Added Revell Michelins and slightly modified Revell Kenworth wheels to steers.
Added articulated steering to the front axle and gave it a wider stance.
Moved front suspension/axle/wheels forward.
Added battery box step from AMT Road Boss kit.
Added and modified fuel tanks from Revell Kenworth kit.
Added sixty-four inch sleeper from Revell Peterbilt kit after cutting it down to thirty-two inches.
Added cab skirting from AMT Road Boss kit.
Made step toolbox by combining two AMT Autocar battery boxes. (Not pictured).
Added front and rear air brake chambers from Revell Peterbilt kit.
Added rear mudguard from AMT Peerless logging trailer.
Detailed the Cummins 350 (Not finished).
Added air and fuel lines.
I want to add a lightbar to the roof, but not sure if I'm going to go for a full bar or keep the aircon unit and have lights either side.
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Looks pretty cool I get worn out building to rules

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Looking good so far.

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This is looking very good! I like your customizing work. There have been more and more Autocars coming out of the woodwork in the last months. Interesting.

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looking good,once in awhile I like to build box stock just to change buildding than doing mods and scratch building.

Terry

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thats going to be one nice looking A car,i remember one thing autocar owners would do when they would customize their trucks was to swap out the single round headlights for the 359 peterbilt headlights.

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looking good,once in awhile I like to build box stock just to change buildding than doing mods and scratch building.

Terry

Even when I set out to build a model straight from the box I always end up adding one or two little details. Than I think, "I'll just do this one other little thing too." Then I end up doing a ton of mods and end up so far from the box it's ridiculous. But in the end I think all of the little mods are what makes building enjoyable to me.

thats going to be one nice looking A car,i remember one thing autocar owners would do when they would customize their trucks was to swap out the single round headlights for the 359 peterbilt headlights.

I've seen a few Autocars with that mod. Can't say I like it a lot, but then I don't really care for it a whole lot on Petes either. I'm more a fan of single rounds. Although I do like the double rounds more than the squares.

Well, I finished the building portion of the chassis. Had a few minor setbacks. The first being I royally screwed up some measurements. I measured where to mount the steps and fuel tanks so the stacks would come out between the steps and tanks right in front of the sleeper. Had everything glued down when I had the feeling something was off. Sat the cab and sleeper in their spot, and noticed I'd made my measurements for both too far back. The stacks would have come up right under the sleeper. Fixed the situation by moving the steps forward a bit. Filled the bigger gap between the tanks with a rack for a jerry can on the driver side and will hang a hook on the underside of the sleeper on the passenger side for a chain.

Second mistake was due to a mind lapse. I modified the steering assembly to link up with the forward axle, but the fact that the steering assembly mounting position would interfere with the forward fenders didn't cross my mind until the glue had set. Since I had already modified it to fit the axle position properly I remedied the problem by simply giving the fenders an ever so slightly higher mounting position.

Aside from those problems, I went ahead and added the shutters to my grill. Decided against the articulated shutters simply because I would probably never use them.

After all of that I finally did get to slapping some paint on the frame. Got the base laid down, and started to add some detail tonight, but my heart just wasn't into it. Instead of pushing forward and being unhappy with the result I decided to just stop for tonight. Here's a tease of where I'm at. Again, sorry for the low quality iPad pic.

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Finally worked a bit more on this. Got the frame painted up. Still needs a bit of weathering. Raised the fenders. Built new mounting brackets for them. Cut the doors and hood. Both will be articulated.
Trimmed down the sleeper about two scale inches. Makes for a much more uniform look. The sleeper was for a Pete cab which is way taller than the Autocar's Driver Cab. I doubt I'll be hinging the sleeper door, because there's gonna be nothing in there. Not real big on doing interiors. I'll probably cut a full size opening in the back of the cab to make the sleeper a walk in, and just hide the inside with a curtain.
It'll have straight pipes. Not sure if I'm gonna go straight with a mitre or curved.
Here's a pic with everything just sitting in place. You can see a bit of the rear suspension in action rolling over the pair of pliers. When it's all finished I'll take pictures where you can actually see details, but at this point it's just too easy and convenient to snap a quick pic with the iPad.
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looking good so far..

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Very cool!

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Lesson learned. Undercoated with a sealed metalizer so I could show a bit of paint wear. The white paint sticks fine, but if you're gonna mask it be VERY careful when removing the mask, because the top layer of paint can hold stronger to the tape than to the sealed metalizer. It's okay though, because a few paint chips were on the agenda.
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superrrrrrrrrr

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Coming along nicely !

Tim

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Put in a little work on the cab tonight. Decided if I was gonna have opening doors I better do something with the inside even though I hate doing interiors. Cut out the entry for the sleeper. In doing so I decided to abandon the kit windows completely. Also, decided to get rid of the interior "bucket" from the kit. Hacked off everything except the floor and firewall. Extended the floor so it's an actual full floor. Stuck some seats in there to get a feel of where everything's gonna go. The driver seat will have a couple of rips with the fluffy bits sticking out, and some duct tape to hold it in. I'll probably redo it, because I'm not happy with how it is right now.
On the outside I sanded off the molded wipers and blu-tacked on some overhead wipers that I'll get around to fixing up. Also started the process of rounding the bottom corners of the windshield.
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And here's a decent pic of the rear suspension in action.
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Shes gonna be a beauty... Keep it coming.

Kostas.

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Adding a bit of detail to the doors. Not entirely accurate, but I'm working with what I have on hand given that my deadline is September 8.
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Also, redid the seat. The seat back is now articulated.
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Nice interior work !

Tim

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This is promising! Nice work!

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That's some great work on the rear suspension. Awesome work so far.

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