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Hard Hat Hauler
The Ultimate Political Machine

  • Original year: 1971
  • Company: MPC
  • Scale: 1/20
  • Designer: Harry Bradley

The hot rod enthusiast's version of a vehicle for the famous Hard Hat workers of America, created by Model Products Corporation in hobby kit form.

This unique hot rod concept was immediately brought to life size by Mr. Bob Larivee of Promotions Incorporated and Hollywood auto stylist Mr. George Barris of Barris Kustom Industries.

Designed by Harry Bradly, this 1/20 scale model kit was first engineered and then duplicated in replica to a full size operable car.

The image of the American Hard Hat worker was incorporated in its concept.

The front forklift, a 23-T Roadster body with turtle deck, a 500 horsepower Chrysler Hemi engine, three G.M.C. 671 blowers with Cragar drives are stacked on the engine with an Enderly Fuel injection air scoop.

Why should I not like it all?

Its a Showrod!

Only the lustrous exterior finish, done in red, white and blue with stars and stripes and the political theme with hub caps with Agnew, Reagan, Muskie and Kennedy decals, was not my thing.

So, this is my version of the Hard Hat Hauler and I decided for another exterior color, which is a tricky self-mixture of yellow and orange-- it changes the shine to the light direction.

The interior being very simple, includes the traditional bench mounted on diamond embossed designed aluminum flooring.

The front tires are from a LEGO kit, the back ones from a Li'l Bigfoot- Pickup from Tamya.

The rims bed is made of red plastic shot and with the rims of the kit combined.

Hope, you like it.

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Whatever the kit-makers were smoking back then, I want some!

Nice work Boban.

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Sweet! I remember seeing the real deal in old magazines my dad had. And I do remember the Patriotic color scheme too!

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Thank`s!

Sweet! I remember seeing the real deal in old magazines my dad had. And I do remember the Patriotic color scheme too!

This unique hot rod concept was immediately brought to life size by Mr. Bob Larivee of Promotions Incorporated and Hollywood auto stylist Mr. George Barris of Barris Kustom Industries...

Well, here's the original, as I said, the political art is not my taste...

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PS: Here one can clearly see that this thing in the original, is never run.

Notice once the belt...

... he is well on the drive wheels of the blowers, but it is not connected to the crankshaft of the engine... :blink:

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Those front lego tires really work on this. I have a set of those and have yet to find something they work with, but this really works.

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Man, this thing looks good....Those are Lego tires....Those things look pretty good....Great work done, here....

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