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I got the chance to learn how to overtake road trains out in the Pilberra Western Australia. A CB is essential, you call quoting the Road train ID plate# as you approach from behind. it's not the lice

A bunch of years ago, a buddy of mine and I saw another buddy of ours sleeping over the steering wheel of his cabover.  He, not me, got the bright idea go play a trick on him and jack his cab.  S

Danny, NOT trying to Hi-jack your thread, but as we are talking trucks trailers and loads............... this is what happens when one has a very heavy load, going too fast, and ( speculative) possibl

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On 6/3/2020 at 12:38 PM, Jeff said:

You made a Crummy ( Crew Cab ) R series Mack?? cool .... I hope you will do a WIP on this , it is interesting.....

jeff

HAHA, yeah, another of my brilliant ideas. The plan is to do a giant wrecker with three maybe four drive axle wrecker using 3D printed parts. Maybe even twin steer.

It's kinda stalled out like most of my other projects.

 

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On 5/25/2020 at 9:57 AM, Jeff said:

Now, THAT is cool..... I could even get my fat ass up there with that set up......  Wumm, cabovers ares till a big deal in Oz, I see, and I have never really heard why they went out of style here in Canada, and I have been around a LOT of trucks and drivers over the years and no on can answer that for us here in North America....  that door step is a slick idea, very cool !

A bunch of years ago, a buddy of mine and I saw another buddy of ours sleeping over the steering wheel of his cabover. 

He, not me, got the bright idea go play a trick on him and jack his cab.  So he did whatever he did and over went the cab, with him in it.

He started cussing a blue streak and we were laughing like drunk fools.  Until his TV came crashing through the right side windshield.  It actually popped the glass right out.   His cussing got even louder, we got caught red handed.

Yep, we paid for the TV AND the new windshield.  Almost got our heads beat in, too.....  :)

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58 minutes ago, Jeff said:

ooooooooooooooo  you do 3D parts??????  hhhhhmmmmmm............. do you get the tv show Highway Thru Hell???

Yes and yes. Just got a LD-002R to do the stuff my modded CR-10S cant handle. 

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11 hours ago, HubertB said:

So the lesson seems that, when the plating is well done (i.e. a primer varnish and a -rather thick- homogeneous metallized plating) like in these old 70’s truck kits, the traditional cleaning methods will struggle ... You need to break through the surface tension on the metal plating, and for this you need micro-asperities, that will give a « bite » to the paint stripper. Just like champagne : you need micro defects in the cristal, or dust particles, for the bubbles to form ;) ...

Lesson stored for future use :thumbsup2:

Hubert

It seems to be Hubert. I'm learning allot over here now, thank's to you guy's. I took my experiment a little further yesterday. Some wheel flanges i forgot to strip, so i used the same method. Lightly sanded the chrome part's but dipped them in bleach now and see what happens. And yes the chrome disappeared slowly except for some area's that where probably not sanded well enough.That takes time, where the caustic soda just need a grip into the chrome and the process start's, within minutes all chrome was gone. Regarding the bleach, the chrome that was badly sanded or not sanded at all just stayed onto the plastic part.

10 hours ago, Jeff said:

Danny, the wheels look like these... on the Kenworth, those are 5 hole aluminum, from the late 50's to early '60's, the second pic of Doman's Freightliner, has a Dayton style wheel, all steel, very utilitarian, the Hayes Gravel truck has a standard 2 hole Budd rim, all steel, and the last pic of the Loiusville has the standard steel 5 hole Budd rims..... these are all the styles I mentioned to you earlier today..... the 5 hole and 2 hole Budd rims are available after market, and if you want a set of the Dayton style rims, they also are available aftermarket, and on those sites I passed on to you at the beginning of the thread....  I hope this is of some help...

Jeff

Superb info my friend, thank's allot i will go and take a look for sure.:thumbsup2:

 

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3 hours ago, Clunkmeister said:

A bunch of years ago, a buddy of mine and I saw another buddy of ours sleeping over the steering wheel of his cabover. 

He, not me, got the bright idea go play a trick on him and jack his cab.  So he did whatever he did and over went the cab, with him in it.

He started cussing a blue streak and we were laughing like drunk fools.  Until his TV came crashing through the right side windshield.  It actually popped the glass right out.   His cussing got even louder, we got caught red handed.

Yep, we paid for the TV AND the new windshield.  Almost got our heads beat in, too.....

Bad boy's bad boy's....what you gonna do....what you gonna do when they...............:sofa::lol::lol::lol::lol:

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10 hours ago, Clunkmeister said:

A bunch of years ago, a buddy of mine and I saw another buddy of ours sleeping over the steering wheel of his cabover. 

He, not me, got the bright idea go play a trick on him and jack his cab.  So he did whatever he did and over went the cab, with him in it.

He started cussing a blue streak and we were laughing like drunk fools.  Until his TV came crashing through the right side windshield.  It actually popped the glass right out.   His cussing got even louder, we got caught red handed.

Yep, we paid for the TV AND the new windshield.  Almost got our heads beat in, too.....  :)

I have one almost as good...... a fellow I know and is a good guy....... was driving a Ford C series single axle cab over, on a P&D delivery for Public Freightways here in B.C.  He did his pre-trip, which included lifting the cab, when completed, he dropped the cab, got in and went on his way....... he had to drive from the freight depot to another small town of Trail B.C., about 25 miles or so, but when coming into Trail in those days we all had to go down a VERY steep grade past the Cominco smelter ( now Teck Cominco) , with a stop sign at the bottom. Well, you can guess what happened, Jerry hadn't 'locked' the cab and as he made the stop, the cab came forward, and he was jammed into the windshield at the stop sign at a VERY busy intersection at 'rush' hour.......................  needless to say he needed a little assistance to get things sorted.....:rofl:

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10 hours ago, sluggo said:

Yes and yes. Just got a LD-002R to do the stuff my modded CR-10S cant handle. 

That highway is not far from where I live, so it is a VERY interesting show for me and Jamie's trucks are just as gorgeous in real life as they are on the tv....

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Cool story's guy's:thumbsup2:

At the moment i made a decision about the color scheme i'm gonna use. 

Consolidated freightways seemed like a major player between 1929 and 2002 on the North American and Canadian soil, so i decided to do one of their trucks.

I'm gonna tackle the DD cab but i have a little question for the specialists among us.

The kit provides the DD cab with a double axle suspension at the rear. But when i did some research on the www. i saw some DD cabs with single axle rear suspensions.

I suppose the left CF truck on the photo is a DD cab over?

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So my question to you guy's is, can i simply place a DD cab on a single axle suspension frame without any modifications needed outside the kit's box??

For the moment, progress is going slowly. All the rims are cleaned and ready for painting except for one who need some TLC.

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Danny, the basic "DD" thing, is what some call "Dual Drive " or "Double Drive", that may just be the model guys , in the real world, those of us would call it a "Tandem" meaning two rear drive axles or 'Drivers', and the other is a "Single Drive" or , "S/A" or again we who drive these things would call it a 'Single Axle' so if I were to get one of my guys to drive one of our bigger plows , I would tell him to " Grab a tandem and go to..." or I would ...." take a single axle to..", the cab part is a bit different, as the 'DD" cab is it is put, is actually a "Sleeper Cab", and the other is what is known as a "Day" cab, and yes I have seen a sleeper on a single axle line truck, but not very often these days, as most or all now are sitting on tandems, due to the heavy loads and highway passes we have to hump over. I have seen LOTS of day cabs on tandems over the years, but usually the configuration is sleeper cab on tandems, and day cabs on singles, but they can be built any way the customer wants and specifications....

 And Lee is absolutely correct in what to do to get the single axle config............. this is going to be a very cool build... nice job on the rims !  I am looking forward to the next update....

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3 hours ago, Lee Drennen said:

Build the DD frame shorten it to the length you want use the rear cross members and the single axle springs and rear end that comes with the kit I’ve done build a couple of these

Thank's for your reply Lee. There are two frame's inside the box. One for the double axle suspension and one for the single axle. So if i understand correct i can not use the provided single axle frame for the DD cab??

I'm not going to cut and glue pieces together because i don't have much knowledge about the actual know how needed for such a transformation. i wanna keep it simple for now. I hope you understand.

3 hours ago, Jeff said:

Danny, the basic "DD" thing, is what some call "Dual Drive " or "Double Drive", that may just be the model guys , in the real world, those of us would call it a "Tandem" meaning two rear drive axles or 'Drivers', and the other is a "Single Drive" or , "S/A" or again we who drive these things would call it a 'Single Axle' so if I were to get one of my guys to drive one of our bigger plows , I would tell him to " Grab a tandem and go to..." or I would ...." take a single axle to..", the cab part is a bit different, as the 'DD" cab is it is put, is actually a "Sleeper Cab", and the other is what is known as a "Day" cab, and yes I have seen a sleeper on a single axle line truck, but not very often these days, as most or all now are sitting on tandems, due to the heavy loads and highway passes we have to hump over. I have seen LOTS of day cabs on tandems over the years, but usually the configuration is sleeper cab on tandems, and day cabs on singles, but they can be built any way the customer wants and specifications....

 And Lee is absolutely correct in what to do to get the single axle config............. this is going to be a very cool build... nice job on the rims !  I am looking forward to the next update....

Thank's allot my friend for this explanation. Again i'm learning allot.

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Did some work today regarding the Cummings 250 engine. oob it's a great engine for it's time. Still i like some extra's, so i decided to give the engine some extra details.

I'm sure the extra's are not very accurate, but i'm sure they will give the engine the extra dept and details.

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Only one side done, tomorrow i will tackle the other side.

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Danny. Great job on the plumbing I ran these old 250, 290, and 350s a lot the fuel lines are very accurate how do I know I’ve changed a couple in my day I used to own a 1976 autocar it had a 290 in it and the fuel  line was leaking right behind the engine block I never could find it till one day I gave it some throttle from outside The cab and it squirted out right behind the block so I had to change it you’re doing a great job on this truck. 

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41 minutes ago, Lee Drennen said:

Danny. Great job on the plumbing I ran these old 250, 290, and 350s a lot the fuel lines are very accurate how do I know I’ve changed a couple in my day I used to own a 1976 autocar it had a 290 in it and the fuel  line was leaking right behind the engine block I never could find it till one day I gave it some throttle from outside The cab and it squirted out right behind the block so I had to change it you’re doing a great job on this truck. 

Which meant pulling the dog house in the cab and trying to work between the seats, like our Stars, some awkward places to twist a wrench !

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17 minutes ago, harv said:

Cool !......harv :popcorn:

:rofl:............ I said that once and got an ass chewing, from a very frustrated mechanic, who was not having a good time doing that .................:rolleyes: I was soon back on the road though....

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2 hours ago, Lee Drennen said:

Danny. Great job on the plumbing I ran these old 250, 290, and 350s a lot the fuel lines are very accurate how do I know I’ve changed a couple in my day I used to own a 1976 autocar it had a 290 in it and the fuel  line was leaking right behind the engine block I never could find it till one day I gave it some throttle from outside The cab and it squirted out right behind the block so I had to change it you’re doing a great job on this truck. 

A 64??

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39 minutes ago, Lee Drennen said:

Here’s a pic of my old Autocar for you guys 

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Oh Y E S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  That makes me ........ oh damn this is a family channel................  G O R G E O U S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  details... 250 Cimmins?? 4 & 3  ? , 4 & 4? , 5 & 4? 13 spd??  Bostrom seat?  Front brake limiting valve?? Wig Wag??

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