OK, today has been work on my headlights day on these cabs. AMT molded the headlights too high on the cab, so I lowered them. The daycab will retain its dual headlights, but I converted the other to singles. That's where I've had trouble is getting the headlight holes in the right spot on the sleeper cab. After many nights studying Robert Gabrick's book, Freightliner Trucks 1937-1981 Photo Archive, along woth some other pics, I was finally able to determine how to line them up. The headlights were taken from an AMT Ford Snowplow kit.
The lines represent where the outer and lower edges of the headlight bezel will line up.
A closer view. I started with a pilot hole made with a #56 drill, then I opened the hole a little with a knife. After that, a cone shaped attachment for my dremel was used to open the hole.
Using the bit shown, I then countersunk the headlight, so the bezel is basically flush with the cab face. I still have to putty and clean up the hole a little. The headlight is just sitting in place for now, not permanently attached.
Still working on the daycab's headlight buckets as well as another cab for a future project. I figured I would at least eliminate that step on this cab and get it out of the way. I'll post pix of the other cabs later tonight.
I was going to post these Sunday night, but I screwed up the opening on the passenger side. So, more putty, more sanding, more dremel work...you get the idea had to happen. They're still in need of some clean-up, but I wanted to post some progress. Here is the daycab, headlights lowered into their proper position.
Almost done with sanding on both cabs, maybe now I can throw some more primer down. I drilled out the vents, which went well until the bit wandered once or twice on me. I'll have to fix that, but I think when touched up, the open vent will be an improvement to the appearance of the cab.
Ok, I finally have the cabs ready for primer. I've been sanding and sanding and puttying and sanding this weekend. The vents on the lower right face of the cab have been repaired with .010" sheet plastic.
Here's the sleeper cab. Headlight holes are basically done. I'll know more after the primer is laid down.
Now here is my daycab. The photoetch grille is by Harald Weber. I'm not sure if he still makes these, but he's a member over @ MTDG on Yahoo. It's a nice set. The grille is just taped in so I could show it. What do you think of how it looks?
Thanks for looking. I'll be glad to get some color on these cabs finally. Then I can return to working the frames.
I've been home dealing with storm damage. Installing the new roof on my home hasn't stopped me from hitting the workbench. The Ryder daycab will be pulling this one. I've seen this a lot. Private fleets with the trailer marked in their name pulled by a tractor in full leasing company dress. Both of my local jobs running a reefer had me driving leased tractors, so it brings back memories 4 me.
The trailer is an ebay built-up that I've redone.So far, I just have the body most of the way done. I modified the right side wall by adding a curbside door after studying pix of old Fruehaufs very carefully. The paint is Krylon Hunter Green over DupliColor white enamel. When finished, the trailer will sport the decals from an old AMT Ford "Pop's Produce Short Hauler" kit.
Here's the nose. I still have the reefer battery cables to add.
The door was snatched from an Ertl Great Dane trailer. From a couple of pix I found, it matched nicely.
It required some "rivet counting", but was a fairly easy modification to do. I will get measurements and put together a "how-to" when the trailer is finished.
Are those 6-71 Detroit Deisel kits still available?
I got mine from SourKraut's and STS. The SourKraut kit is much better. I don't know if STS still has theirs. This is the one from STS, but with a lot of AMT Detroit Diesel and scratchbuilt parts added.