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New update 04/15/14 new pics. V8 Cabover #1, 352H 110

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Hey Guys, I thought i would post some of my ongoing projects. First, the 352H is one of my all time favorite truck. I had the privilege of driving one many, many years ago. When i found this picture on the web, I was hooked.

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The first order of business was fixing the ROG 3408. I removed the molded in filters, filled the block, added a proper oil pan rail, corrected the water pump, timing cover, balancer and pulleys. Scratch built cylinder heads were easier than fixing the blobs in the kit.

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Two cabs were mated into one. With photo etched door hinges in hand, all the doors, driver access and storage, were removed. Thats when I discovered a oversight in the cab as it is from AMT. The storage doors are molded to low. The bottoms of the main doors and the storage doors should be at different heights. I cut them out, flipped them over, that way the floor of the cab can stay the same front to back. The extra ROG 359 frame from the Can-Do wrecker was smoothed and fitted for the cab. Hydraulic rams and brackets made fro the underside of the cab. It is hard to see in the oridginal picture, but the H had a different shift tower.

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A set of Jamie's Peterbilt resin wheels, and 150 gallon tanks, and some CMT Photo etch will follow.

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Thanks for checking out my post, comments and criticisms welcome.

Mark.

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I see a lot of incredible scratchbuilding going on here. The engine's going to be fantastic and the cab hydraulic cylinders will be a major improvement over the kit pieces. Can't wait to see this finished.

When are you going to show these guys the scratchbuilt 1/16 Detroit engine you built?

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Incredible job! Reminds me of their old ads in the late 70's/early 80's for those of my vintage and older....

Anyone remember "the wave" paint scheme? Nice trip down memory lane.

Very nice job. Look forward to seeing progress and paint.

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yes I do remember, that's when they put stripes on with......huh whats it called?......oh yeah paint, not stickers like its done now.

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Funny and off topic but I worked briefly at Lonestar Peterbilt in Dallas and remember they had in their spec books for paint, a line drawing of the rig with measured "dots" and you could do anything and pricing was just based on color breaks. Just mail it in with the rest of the specs. Back when salepeople and customers had to really think things through.

And John, you are so right. Paint. Good quality REAL paint that had depth and brilliance without clearcoat. .

Ah, the days when you could get a truck truly custom built..if you had the $. That was the one thing that slapped me hardest in the face in the move over to GMC's. Despite years of us dealers and sales guys begging/screaming with the then GM Truck and Bus general manager, we never got a regular production double bunk Astro or General to sell. (Smokey and the Bandit 2/the Generals Quarters was a "teaser" and little more.)

Man, I am feeling old.....Time to go watch Lawrence Welk and take some Geritol. :o

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Fascinating....This is one heck of a project you've got yourself here, Man.....Beautiful rework of the engine....Amazing work....

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WOW It's cold in PA! can I have my socks back! You blew them off!!!

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my sergeon is not going to be very happy when he finds out I've been twisting my neck back and fouth between this pete and marks freightliner! one more trip down the street of yesteryear, how many remember when freightliner had the sparkly steering wheel and shift knob that matched the color of the truck and interior?

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Thanks guys for all the kind words. I am pretty sure I will throw this paint job on it when it gets that far.

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John, Sparkle wheels were so cool.

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Mark.

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Wow Mark this is fantastic I love the undercab work you did and the engine just great . Did the 352 have the same structure under the floor and are the cab hinges and rams on the 352?

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David, from the reference pics I have been able to find, they are very similar. The differences, around the cab hinges and rear mounts, come from the cab being 4 inches taller than standard 352.

Tim Ahlborn is THE Peterbilt expert, and could give a much better account. I am working from pictures found on the internet, and 30 year old memories of 1 I drove, and details get fuzzy after that long.

Mark.

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Nice work Mark , do you have a side shot of your truck I would like to see how you did the lower part of the cab,and did you move the headlights?

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Thank you all for the kind words. I got in a little bench time lately, so update photos are in order.I started to add some of the details back onto the cab, and not one to keep to the K.I.S.S. methodology, I figured it would be a good idea to make the service access doors on the front work. I used The Model Car Garage small photo etched piano hinges, some extra photo etched sheet to give them strength and an .005 sheet of styrene to make them easier to shape. I constructed the headlight buckets and fitted then to the cab. Just for fun. I threw some junk box bezels and a 1/16th scale enblem, which I will strip clean and reuse, to make the larger emblem.

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It's too bad AMT couldn't have gotten all of the details right, but your corrections will really make this truck stand out. Getting it accurate looks like it would've been enough of a task, but your hinged access doors are above and beyond.

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LOVE this build ..........................................Mark you are the MAN!

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