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DRIPTROIT 71

1983 IH F-2674 Tri-axle Dump

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This one began with the Ertl kit. The engine is a 6v-92T Detroit diesel. The dump bed was modified. It is meant to look like a refurbished truck that has found new life from someone wanting to start out in the dump trucking business.

48840094652_5ead50848c_k.jpgIMG_4675 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

 

48840109507_b7708be376_k.jpgIMG_4646 by Brian Smith, on Flickr

 

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Ya know, I think this may be one of your best builds. You seem to have nailed the look in every aspect of the build. I absolutely love this thing !

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2 hours ago, Tbill said:

Ya know, I think this may be one of your best builds. You seem to have nailed the look in every aspect of the build. I absolutely love this thing !

Thanks Tom! It was a learning experience.

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Brian, before I saw what you did with this box, I just wanted to throw them away they looked so ugly. Now I want to know exactly how you modified it so I can copy it. 🙂

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On 10/11/2019 at 11:27 PM, Casey said:

Fantastic build.  The bed even has a few dents/creases in it...very nice!

 

Thanks Casey!

On 10/13/2019 at 7:23 PM, Plybeep68 said:

Awesome truck, it's gorgeous 

Thanks!

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On 10/12/2019 at 3:20 PM, Sam I am said:

Brian, before I saw what you did with this box, I just wanted to throw them away they looked so ugly. Now I want to know exactly how you modified it so I can copy it. 🙂

Sorry to take so long getting back to you. I've been out of town for a week for my wife and I's 20th anniversary.

The first thing that I did was widen the bed close to 4 scale inches. This was to make it look right to me with the larger tires. I then lowered the sides. These beds always looked like coal beds to me and way too tall. I then took the backside of a hobby knife and cut a groove in the lower outside brace. This is for my aluminum sheeting to slide into. I sheeted both sides with thin dented aluminum. i sheet all of the inside with aluminum too. I cut the upper board off of the kit side boards. I shortened the rear tailgate frame. I made new outside posts from stryrene. I made a new cab guard with a scratch built roll tarp. The tailgate is framed in styrene and sheeted with aluminum. I made a new cylinder from the kit base and aluminum tubing. The mudflaps are rubber, made from an inner tube so that they will flex when the bed is up.

 

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Thank you Brian.  Just the widening and lowering of the box makes a huge improvement over the kit version. Your dented treatment is just icing on the cake.

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On 10/24/2019 at 12:04 PM, Darrell J said:

Nice build.

What is the length of the box that you built.

Thanks!! I didn't change the length of the kit bed. It is real close to 15' in 1/25 scale or 180mm.

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