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THESE ARE CUSTOM-BUILT TRUCKS by Dave Bontrager

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FJLC-1225

FIRST GEAR 1:34 Scale

I put a lot of work into this model.  First, I stretched the frame to a medium long wheelbase and built a new driveline with the auxiliary transmission mounted mid-frame.  I also painted the frame on this truck.  I added a second air horn, license plates on a bracket, and scratchbuilt the driving lights.  The external air cleaner bonnet was also scratchbuilt.  The straight stack is aluminum tubing polished to a high luster finish.  I put a third fuel tank on top of the frame behind the cab, which was common practice during the 50s and 60s era.  I made a full length deck plate with handmade pogo stick and service lines.  The frame step was also scratchbuilt.  The quarter fenders are modified AMT parts.  The rear mud flap bracket was handmade and the chrome tail lights came from an AMT kit.

The AMT trailer was cut down to 35’.  The Thermo-King unit was painted red to match the trim color of the truck.  The suspension, wheels, and tires are First Gear parts.  I also added marker lights on the trailer.  The rear of the trailer has only two upper marker lights, which was common in the 1950s.  The rear end plate and mud flaps were scratchbuilt.

Tractor details

I made these laughing jackass signs.  This laughing jackass is my icon and most of the trucks in my personal collection have it.

The kingpin plate was lowered and 2 kingpins installed, one set at 24” and the rear pin set back just far enough to clear the fifthwheel when turning.  This was fairly common in the 1950s and 1960s.

 
 

FJLC-1212 - 34th Scale 2009 Show Truck

FIRST GEAR 1:34 Scale

This is the second 1:34 scale Bullnose Kenworth that I modified.  I stretched the frame out long enough that it scales out to 60’ long with a 35’ trailer, which meets Western bridge laws of the 1950s-1970s.  The tractor has a box sleeper added behind the cab, which is a modified AMT sleeper.  The tractor is modeled after two real Bullnose KWs.  It’s not a replication of either, but rather a composite of the two.

I scratchbuilt the roof-mount air conditioner.  Also added license plates with bracket.  The deck plate, pogo stick with service lines that plug into the trailer are all scratchbuilt.  The toolbox is a Fatjack’s part that I added steps to.  The quarter fenders are modified AMT parts.  The auxiliary transmission is mounted mid-frame with scratchbuilt driveshafts.  The external air cleaner bonnet is turned aluminum.  The straight stack is aluminum tubing buffed to a high luster finish.

The trailer is a heavily modified AMT trailer.  It was shortened to 35’ length and the kingpin plate lowered.  The reefer unit is painted Thermo-King light blue.  The suspension, wheels, and tires are First Gear parts.  I also added marker lights to the trailer.  The spare tire and rack are First Gear parts.  The rear of the trailer features BTS lettering and the BTS laughing jackass icon.  The rear end plate and mud flaps were scratchbuilt.  I added quite a number of marker and tail lights to this trailer.