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HCF
Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 7:59:47 PM
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I built a lot of the parts that went on this truck when I worked for ARI so once I heard there were black T880s coming out I knew I had to build one for the shelf.



The real truck is powered by a Cummins X15 so I had to repaint the engine.


I do enjoy how First Gear is mounting the drop axles now, a bit of styrene and a couple small hoes and the drop axle will drop and steer.






On the real truck we were out of space outside the frame rails to mount a hydraulic tank for the wet kit so I ended up building one to fit between the frame rails under the headache rack. I still need to build some of the plumbing for that on the model but thats whats going on under the cab guard.

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Thanks for looking, I hope everyone has a great week!

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Quinella
Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 11:31:46 PM

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Great job. I like the narrow hood versus the wider Sword version. I just don't like First Gear trucks though. Way too much plastic. Like you rack/cabinet. Glad you kept it a day cab version. And that steering lift axle is great. Just a great job. Thanks for sharing. CAW
modelmaniac
Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 11:14:32 AM

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Great looking truck(s)TeethKnowing you built parts for the real thing,drove an excellent conversion.Well done,love that axle!
rlmc
Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 12:24:01 PM
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That's a nice looking truck Jason. Robert
logmax7000
Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 3:17:53 PM

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That came out super clean Jason! How come the real truck has a different bumper than usual? Is it factory?

CAT- best in the woods


kcmtoys
Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 4:17:26 PM

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Very nice lowboy tractor. Thanks for posting. At Catom Trucking we did not have any room for a regular size hydraulic tank. So, we used to put one between the frame rails under the deck plate. After the trailer lines are full, you need less than 10 gallons of hydraulic oil to operate a lowboy trailer. Applause Ken





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BPMfore
Posted: Friday, March 09, 2018 7:28:52 PM
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Nice work! Where did you get the beacon lights?
HCF
Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:50:59 PM
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modelmaniac wrote:
Great looking truck(s)TeethKnowing you built parts for the real thing,drove an excellent conversion.Well done,love that axle!



Thanks! Yeah, the brackets to mount the fenders were $800 so we decided to give them a go and fab them in house, I had a couple warranty repairs to make but as far as I know they're still holding up fine.

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HCF
Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:52:58 PM
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logmax7000 wrote:
That came out super clean Jason! How come the real truck has a different bumper than usual? Is it factory?



As far as I know its their HD bumper for the T880. It's quite stout, about a month before I left there they broke the top ear off the drawbar pin snapping him up a slick hill with a track cone crusher on. I'm surprised thats all they broke that day.

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HCF
Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:55:08 PM
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kcmtoys wrote:
Very nice lowboy tractor. Thanks for posting. At Catom Trucking we did not have any room for a regular size hydraulic tank. So, we used to put one between the frame rails under the deck plate. After the trailer lines are full, you need less than 10 gallons of hydraulic oil to operate a lowboy trailer. Applause Ken





Thanks, Ken. I wish I would have known that when I built that one. d'oh! I think it ended up holding 34 gallons once the lines were full. I guess a little extra won't hurt though because I'm not sure how much the side dump takes to run.

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HCF
Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:56:31 PM
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BPMfore wrote:
Nice work! Where did you get the beacon lights?



Thanks! The lights on the wide hood came on a sword Peterbilt tractor and the one on the t880 is from the roof of that truck, just relocated it to the sign.

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