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Cat345bl
Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:59:47 PM
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Just curious if anybody has a Athearn Ford C-Series stake body? I was considering getting one as a traffic control truck for cones, road signs, etc, but how do they pair up in 1/50 scale. If any body has one, can they post some pics of one compared to other 1/50 vehicles. Can the whole stakebed be removed from the chassis? Thanks, I just considering getting one, and was wondering if anyone on here has one.

-Mike, Collecting 1/50th Construction Diecast Since 2003.
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terex90c
Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013 11:52:52 PM
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They are very very nice and seem to be well suited to 1/48 or 1/50 displays. I have several of them but thought they were not available any longer.
Eric Pioszak
Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 12:15:19 AM

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Yes, the stake bed does come off the frame very easily with a few screws. I used the athearn stake bed for this custom:



I sold this years ago, but as I recall the stake sides do not separate from the bed like they would on the 1:1 version.



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Cat345bl
Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 9:02:20 AM
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Thanks guys for the input, Eric that custom looks good. The reason I was wondering if the body come off because if I cannot the find the color I am looking for, I was planning on finding a white C-Series box truck, and swapping the cab or bed.

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kokosing Const Co
Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:29:28 PM

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Hey Mike, I had considered the same thing a few years ago when DHS had them in stock, haven't looked anywhere else online that may still have them. I also considered using the Pete 335 Jerr-Dan rollback truck too, but would have to build some sort of stake bed for it, a few years ago Precision Scale Models had some at the IMCATS show that looked really sharp as a modern vehicle.
ulf
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:00:19 PM

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Great looking model...
Cat345bl
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:38:30 PM
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Thanks ULF, I thought I remember seeing 1 or two from ULF construction.

Tom these older trucks make good traffic control trucks because they are cheap, and can get the job done, especially when one is converted into a Attenuator Truck since it might get damaged anyways if something hit it. I guess I should of got one when they came out, but I have one of my Diecast buddies, who goes to almost every train and toy show in the area looking for me so I will find one eventually.

-Mike, Collecting 1/50th Construction Diecast Since 2003.
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peoria
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:06:42 PM
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if you are near easton pa there is a train shop there called trains n lanes.they had a whole pile of them there only a few weeks ago.had the tractor units and boxvans as well
kokosing Const Co
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 7:59:42 PM

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Good idea on the train show, there's one this weekend here so I will have to keep my eyes open for one. Check your PM, Mike.
Cat345bl
Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2018 9:01:14 PM
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Nearly 5 years later I was finally able to add a Ford C-Series Box truck in white to my collection. This is actually a very nice model that has some good weight to it. It is sad that Athearn did not take the opportunity to make more Ford trucks in 1/50th scale. Would have been awesome to see them do a F-250, or F-350 from the 80's and the 90's. My next plan is to purchase a C-Series stake body truck, and to either swap the cabs or beds to create a white C-Series stake body truck (Athearn never did one in undercoated colors). This is going to be difficult to swap either one as to remove the cab requires removing the bumper, and removing the box requires removing the driveshaft to access the screws. I plan on use the stake body as a general flatbed truck, and maybe even as a traffic control truck.








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Exkvate3140
Posted: Monday, October 29, 2018 4:36:44 PM
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Cat345bl I have 3 of the stake bodies and one tractor. They are very nice models and the cabs have great detail for the price. I made 2 form trucks and one hydroseeder out of my three, never repainted any but they are very easy to take apart and rework. For the hydroseeder I just used nail polish to take the company name off the cab doors and for the form trucks on the ones that we would see a lot of around here they would leave the original name sand a little bit of it off and just leave the rest on or they would just tape cardboard over the door and use a magic marker to put their name on the cardboard. The tractor is still a tractor and looks good with trailers on it. Ebay has Athearn and they have both Ford tractors and box trucks for sale along with AA Hobbies in Warwick RI. Good idea with the attenuater truck like you said most are made from much older trucks so when the women run into them on road work sites and destroy them they are not expensive to replace. Good luck with it.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 8:00:30 AM
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I find them at train shows. Sometimes got to look in junk boxes. New in box about 20.00,I've also got them in those junk boxes for 5 bucks maybe something broken. I'm going to.make a tandem in the future out of 2.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 9:03:41 AM

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SDBOB if you see an F850 fire truck and can spare it, reach out to me. I have been looking for one in 1:50 for ages, coulda shoulda bought them when they were new...and on a shelf somewhere.

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SDBOB
Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 9:38:21 AM
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We have a Greenberg show coming up in 2 weeks. I'm not familiar with the 850.Is that same chassis but fire truck? If it is my buddy in club got one last year at Greenberg. Guy wanted to sell stake body and fire truck for one price. He offered me the stake. How much are they worth?
Gd10r
Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2018 9:17:53 AM

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It is the same, probably worth $50.00 or so.

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SDBOB
Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2018 10:23:59 AM
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Ok will keep on the look out.
Gd10r
Posted: Friday, November 02, 2018 8:42:50 AM

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Thanks, SD.

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firemadz
Posted: Friday, November 02, 2018 9:51:40 AM
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SDBOB wrote:
We have a Greenberg show coming up in 2 weeks. I'm not familiar with the 850.Is that same chassis but fire truck? If it is my buddy in club got one last year at Greenberg. Guy wanted to sell stake body and fire truck for one price. He offered me the stake. How much are they worth?


The 850 is not the same as the C series cabover. Athearn made fire trucks on both chassis. The 850 was a front mounted pump. The C series has I think 3 versions: regular cab, cab with open jump seats, and a Telesquirt.
Exkvate3140
Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2018 2:24:11 AM
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I have looked everywhere for a C850 Super Duty fire truck for a while now and have yet to find one. I have one that was light green in color and I customized it into a red single axle tractor. I had built 2 1960s Tec single axle dump trailers and back in the day a lot of them were pulled with the C850s. That is why I was looking for a second C850 but I could not find one. They are great looking trucks and are easy to customize, good luck with the hunt.
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Make a nice authentic old school roadway project
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