Post by heavyweights on Jan 4, 2014 22:13:11 GMT -5
Hello fellow model builders, new to the forum and thought I would show off work in progress.
This model is based on a real IH 2575 rig I happen to become acquainted with back around 1991, I have duplicated as many details as I can remember from the real truck. I know the whole history of the truck as I ended up getting the details while helping the owner fix a couple of sticking brake valves when I was working up in Northern Ontario Canada.
I am a big fan of heavy hauling rigs, and have a sweet spot for Cornbinders and Peterbilts, unfortunately IH models like this F Series don't come easy or cheap anymore and I ended up picking this rig and a F-2674 model as egay glue bombs for 15 bucks a piece a few years back. I will be building the 2674 in the next year.
2575 Hauler history: The real truck started life as an extended double framed "roll off truck" to haul scrap metal somewhere around the Sudbury Ontario area, I believe it was ordered new in Toronto. It was special ordered with 20k front and 44k or 46k rears and a "unavailable" 425hp 3406 Cat engine with 13 speed road ranger transmission. The rear suspension spread was a full 72 inches as this allowed for extra gross weight allowances in Ontario at the time.
Second life: The late 80's saw the old 2575 get tired and in need of a complete overhaul, a gentlemen with a private wood lot bought the truck to serve as short haul delivery truck for selling cord wood off his lot but it didn't get used. Fast forward a few years and the truck finally got some attention, the owners son took over the wood lot in the late 80's and looked to start selling pole logs and needed a rig for moving the wood.
Rebuild: The truck was mechanically rebuilt, but not restored. The pictures of the model 3406 engine gives details that indicate a "replace only what's necessary" attitude as the engine originally came red (as per IH OEM order) and had new yellow CAT parts added on the the long block after an in-frame rebuild was completed. A 60 ton fifth wheel was added along with a custom constructed headache rack as well.
Now I just have to finish some minor details and get some mud on this rig. Enjoy, JIMMY