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Quarter Gauger 48 posted:
Roo posted:

I modified a container forklift to handle Steel Coils I also added a driver now some weathering one day. Roo.

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I like your cement work'.. Spackle?  Looks very good'.. Roo'..

Thank you. It's just plain ole plaster of paris painted. The "Cement" colour came from a big hardware chain like you have Home Depot? I went  one morning to the paint dept when they were not busy and asked the girl for a can of white water based paint to make it grey she understood and persisted with me as we had to mix it thoroughly each time to work out the shade after the third and final try was the perfect colour I wanted a warning don't try this when they are busy and make sure the person is willing to help you! That area is not finished yet. Roo. 

PAUL ROMANO posted:

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                                         Some suds at NJ Hirailers.

Wow Paul, you Jersey High Railers sure have lots of breweries.  Another coincidence'.  Ballantine, was my Grandfather's favorite.  Not the beer, but the ALe.  Must have taken a little time painting and detailing all those Macks and trailers'...Nice display'.. and work'..  

PAUL ROMANO posted:

Lee, I had a 1965 Mack B81 SX tandem tractor with a 673P engine and a 20 spd. quad trans. back in the 70s. Your picture brings back memories.  Thanks for posting. 

That’s is awesome Paul! I’m planning on building a tandem next. I drove a Mack b61 with a triplex for a friend of mine pulling trailers cross town it was a lot of fun. The night before my dad showed me how to shift it and said if you get both sticks out of gear you might as well pull over and stop and start over he drove a lot of them

Menards posted:
Vincent Massi posted:
Mixed Freight posted:

Just picked up some Denver Die Cast 1953 Ford F1's at Menard's for $2.99 each.  able.  . 

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You got these for 3 bucks apiece?!?!

Mixed Freight, PLEASE take me with you the next time you go to Menard's!

Thanks for posting, @Mixed Freight!

Vincent, these are also available on our website with a mixed variety of lighted and non-lit paint schemes. Here's a direct link.

Thank you,
Mark the Menards Train Guy

Mark

Thanks for offering these trucks. They built a Menards in Farmington Missouri about 7 miles from where I live. I plan to check them out 

John

I just dug out a couple of those International L 190 tootsie toy trucks (the Yellow one) out tonight going to try to restore them. I’ll post some pics tomorrow. Thanks for posting and I like that Diamond T .  LEE

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Lee,

Dinky tractors with wood trailers.  Dowel rods for wheels and tires.

John

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rattler21 posted:
John

I just dug out a couple of those International L 190 tootsie toy trucks (the Yellow one) out tonight going to try to restore them. I’ll post some pics tomorrow. Thanks for posting and I like that Diamond T .  LEE

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Lee,

Dinky tractors with wood trailers.  Dowel rods for wheels and tires.

John

Thanks John I like those trailers very innovated specially Santa Fe with the tarp on it What’s the dimensions of the trailers I might try to get block of wood and build some for my trucks  and I’m thinking of making some piggyback trailers for some vintage Lionel Flat  cars

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Lee,  I had a lumber yard rip a 4 x 4 to two inches (96 scale inches) by 2 1/4(9 feet tall) and I cut that piece to length.  Obviously 10 inches will create a 40' trailer.  Until the late 1980s, highway trailers in the United States were eight feet wide and still are restricted to 13' 6" tall without permits.  Canadian trailers were 102" wide before the US changed and trailers involved in the petroleum industry in Texas operate under a different set of rules.  If a modern trailer is desired, have the stock cut to 2 1/8 wide.  The tires/wheels are from a 1 1/8 (54 inches) dowel rod.  Held vertical and drilled to indent the center then cut to about 3/4 inch.  The indented part is painted to resemble a wheel and the balance is black to resemble a tire.  A 'touch' against a belt or disc sander will 'flatten' the wheel enough to provide a surface for the glue to hold the 'tires' to the bottom of the cargo body.  Good enough for background items.  HO scale decals for rolling stock are about the right size for O scale highway trucks. Paper towels and napkins of various colors may be used for tarpaulins on 'soft top' trailers or to protect a load on a flat bed semi or flatcar. Men and women with greater skills than I possess run tie down straps(ropes) between the edges of the tarps and the trailer.  John

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lee drennen posted:
Joe Hohmann posted:

Bought this '59 Cadillac 1:43 at York today for only $30.. I remember, 15 years ago, a ambulance this detailed from Motor City would go for $250.. Later, one from American Excellence was close to $100.s-l1600

Thanks for posting Joe that was a steal 

Actually, that was the going price. They had at least 4 left. The booth was at the far left rear corner of the Orange Hall (NOT diecastdirect).

Joe Hohmann posted:
lee drennen posted:
Joe Hohmann posted:

Bought this '59 Cadillac 1:43 at York today for only $30.. I remember, 15 years ago, a ambulance this detailed from Motor City would go for $250.. Later, one from American Excellence was close to $100.s-l1600

Thanks for posting Joe that was a steal 

Actually, that was the going price. They had at least 4 left. The booth was at the far left rear corner of the Orange Hall (NOT diecastdirect).

That’s still a bargain I think 

rattler21 posted:

Lee,  I had a lumber yard rip a 4 x 4 to two inches (96 scale inches) by 2 1/4(9 feet tall) and I cut that piece to length.  Obviously 10 inches will create a 40' trailer.  Until the late 1980s, highway trailers in the United States were eight feet wide and still are restricted to 13' 6" tall without permits.  Canadian trailers were 102" wide before the US changed and trailers involved in the petroleum industry in Texas operate under a different set of rules.  If a modern trailer is desired, have the stock cut to 2 1/8 wide.  The tires/wheels are from a 1 1/8 (54 inches) dowel rod.  Held vertical and drilled to indent the center then cut to about 3/4 inch.  The indented part is painted to resemble a wheel and the balance is black to resemble a tire.  A 'touch' against a belt or disc sander will 'flatten' the wheel enough to provide a surface for the glue to hold the 'tires' to the bottom of the cargo body.  Good enough for background items.  HO scale decals for rolling stock are about the right size for O scale highway trucks. Paper towels and napkins of various colors may be used for tarpaulins on 'soft top' trailers or to protect a load on a flat bed semi or flatcar. Men and women with greater skills than I possess run tie down straps(ropes) between the edges of the tarps and the trailer.  John

Thanks John

years ago a elderly friend of mine use to make the same trailers out of wood but it was “S” scale he had lumber yard specially cut it  so he could glue styrene on the sides to make it look like a rib side or a exterior post that’s what I plan to do but have to make the sides a little narrower. Thanks for your help. Keep posting your pics 

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Last edited by lee drennen

Lee,

When I saw your first post, the blue dump truck caught my eye immediately.  It's got great lines. So, thanks for featuring it in a post of its own and for the comparison to a B37.

I wonder whether this model ever had a tailgate?  I see some "eyeholes" in the rear.  A scale rope or chain across the back might work in a pinch.

It's great to see so many of these Tootsie trucks posted here and the possibilities for upgrading them.

TRRR

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