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Prostar to Cat conversion

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In Australia, we have the Prostar, but under the name or Banner if you like of the Cat Group, so I decided to have a go at building an Aussie version, here is the grill, badge and front bar so far, on the Aussie version they have a square tank and no side flaring,also have to scratch the hood 1/4 guards

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I figured somewhere in the world the 2 companies would do this, since theyre partners. This is gonna be cool. Nice work so far.

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Well now this is neat! I also find the CT610 interesting as it uses the IH extended cab; wonder if there is a small bed back there or more seating?

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Better looking bumper than the US version. Seem to have a variety of sleeper options according to their websites.

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Tony...if anyone call pull this off..its you

will be checking back in for progress....

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Interesting, in the US we have some CAT trucks built on the IH chassis, but they have a completely different hood. I haven't seen one that is basically just a rebadged Prostar.

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Nice work so far, the grill looks great.

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Interesting, what is under the hood of the Cat versions?

They are fitted with a C15, I'll chop the max force and scratch the head of a C15 to make it look close

Well now this is neat! I also find the CT610 interesting as it uses the IH extended cab; wonder if there is a small bed back there or more seating?

In Australia we don't lounge around, the sleeper is just that a sleeper, it has a bunk in it

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Interesting, in the US we have some CAT trucks built on the IH chassis, but they have a completely different hood. I haven't seen one that is basically just a rebadged Prostar.

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Nice work so far, the grill looks great.

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As you can see Aaron it is very prostar, but the subtle differences are no side skirt, square tanks, no international badging, different front bar, etc,

The US version is ugly, but easy to build if someone wanted to have a go, mod the prostar cab and scratch the hood

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Tony, that is one cool looking truck....I really like the way they do the tanks on it......I busted up laughing :D about what you said about the US Cat branded truck being ugly......Because I was thinking the SAME thing......It's definitely ugly, but it looks the part.....It has the look of just plain good old brute force....And for that reason, it will sell.....That and it's a CAT.....But that Aussie version looks AWESOME.....I can't wait to see how this build goes.....I'll be watching this one for sure....

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Very cool! See quite a few North American CAT trucks here and never really grew to liking them at all, one came into work for fuel filters once and there was like a four filter system and very complicated looking wiring/pollution gear. And resembled nothing of the older c15's

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From what I've read, for EPA regulations the US market Cat trucks use the International MaxxForce engines painted Cat yellow. With Caterpillar leaving the highway engine market a few years back, they don't have an engine that is emissions compliant for highway use. By partnering with Navistar, they saved a lot of R&D on their end to get back in the highway market. I can't speak for what powers the ones down under, but they're much better looking for sure. I like the rebadge approach better than the tacking an ugly hood onto a Paystar approach.

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From what I've read, for EPA regulations the US market Cat trucks use the International MaxxForce engines painted Cat yellow. With Caterpillar leaving the highway engine market a few years back, they don't have an engine that is emissions compliant for highway use. By partnering with Navistar, they saved a lot of R&D on their end to get back in the highway market. I can't speak for what powers the ones down under, but they're much better looking for sure. I like the rebadge approach better than the tacking an ugly hood onto a Paystar approach.

Funny, modelers have been painting non-Cat engines yellow for years. Now Cat is doing it too. :lol:

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Dash and firewall converted to RHD, this was done by a good friend of mine, I just cast it for him

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Done a little more to the CAT,all badge work is finished

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and the front bar is also finished

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All that is left to do is the 1/4 guards and share tanks, my add an ice pack also

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Tony is a very interesting model I like. I am anxious to see the result. I love your work.

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