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I found a cool page that had tons of photos from the truck races. It inspired me to start converting a few old built ups, into some race trucks.I eventually want to build a section of track and have about 20 or 30 trucks in racing position. Ive always loved the beginning of Smokey and the Bandit 2 with the race sequence. I have 3 trucks Im working on now. I started the 359 first.

I moved the tank behind the cab, built a cage around it, chopped the bumper, shortened the fenders, moved the luberfiner behind the cab, cut out the grill screen, mounted the 5th wheel rigid to the frame.

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My next one will be a Kenworth W925 tortion bar truck. Im moving the cab back and making it a long hood.Pretty much same mods as the 359.

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Up next is a K123 daycab. I thought to myself, If I was going to race a Cabover at over 100mph what mods would I make? I decided that I would move the engine as far back as I could for better weight distribution (this is actually what led to me rebuilding my Ertl drag truck and then the Peter Plane)

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There will be more to come!!

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Too bad that division folded here GATR.

The Do still race Semis in Europe & Aussie, But Not here anymore!!!!

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Awesome! Thanks for sharing those pics. Ive seen that truck before. I actually have a few pics of it. I plan on building that one. I would lovd to hear some stories from your boss! Too cool man!

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Looking good, Man.....Great work converting these things, and I really like the old pics.....

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I did some decal work on #33. I have a lttle paint touch up to do. I removed the V8 from the truck to replace it with either a Cat V8 or a cummins. So theres no powerplant at the moment, but Im calling it 85% done.The door numbers are a little crude on purpose. I wanted them to look handpainted.

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I wish i couldve seen these live back in the day, long before my time. I love watchin old footage of the races, or beginning of Smokey and the bandit 2. Very awesome terry.

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The coolest thing was that crash in 1979 by Kenny Farmer from Alabama who rode out that KW crash. Thats a man right there! I plan on reproducing that in scale. It just might take a few KW's. I plan on building a track with about 20 of these trucks on it eventually.

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Now that would be a sight to see. A scale version of the old truck races. If you build it, we will drool

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nice models mate here's a picture of the aussie race trucks

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I got a little further along with the KW. I added some superboss exhaust, and shortened the rollbar. I cut a hole in the hood and moved the air intake to the firewall. I added the rear wheels from the paystar kit, and fronts from the Autocar A64B kit. On the front wheels I ground the rim back where the ring mounts about .050" because the rim doesnt stick out past the ring enough. I have corrected a set of these to cast.This truck is going to be #60 and will be orange and white.I think thats it for now.

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Wow, these are so cool. I would pay admission to see a scale track and 20 or so of these trucks !

Could you imagine how sweet a Detroit V series would sound with a set of pipes like hat ?

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Id be right in line behind sean, payin to see it. I can only dream of how the v8 and v12 detroits sound with straight short exhaust. I heard an old euclid quarry truck with no muffler, it had a v12 in it. It wad just music to my ears, a screamin buzzin dozen at the top of its lungs.

Great progress terry

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My next two planned will be a Diamond Reo and a GMC 9500 longhood. Then plenty more Petes and KW's.

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this is awesome. they look so cool! would it be alright if I made a truck like yours. It might be a while until I do, but just wanted to make sure if you wouldn't mind.

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Man I welcome everyone to add to this build and post pics. If anyone is inspired by this, by all means please add to it. This is as much a part of truck history as anything else. And these trucks are too cool not to build!

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