379 Peterbilt Truck and Pull Trailer
Featuring "Precision Series" 1:53rd Scale Diecast by Tonkin Replicas
A custom-built truck by Fatjack's LargeCars
- A modified 379 Peterbilt in Metallic Orchid
- A 28’ freight pup, modified into a pull trailer
- The truck, body, and trailer feature all of the normal Precision Series details
In the western states a truck and pull trailer date back as far as the 1930s, and became very popular during the fifties through the seventies. A pull trailer, sometimes referred to as a “full pull”, i.e. “truck and full pull” is a trailer with a permanently attached front axle that swivels, thus, it is not a dolly (technical name “converter gear”). Thus, there is no landing gear. Also very common on a pull trailer was a spare tire rack. Very common on the truck body and the trailer were swing doors, although rollup doors could be found.
The main purpose was more loading capacity than a straight van trailer, which during the eras of the most popularity of this combination, semi-trailers were 32’ – 40’ long. With a truck and pull trailer, very common was a 22’ – 24’ body on the truck and a 24’ – 27’ trailer.
During the seventies 45’ and 48’ trailers became popular and the need of a truck and pull trailer was not as great and the numbers of these types of combinations began to decrease. After deregulation in 1980 the 53’ semi-trailer came into existence and the truck and pull trailer has all but disappeared. In the western U.S. today hay haulers and lumber haulers still use flatbed truck and pull trailer combinations.
THE MODEL REPRESENTS A MIX OF THE OLD AND THE NEW
The model is not an exact replication, but a very good representation, capturing the essence of the prototype very well. Available diecast models had to be used to make the combination, so a few acceptable compromises had to be made.
The truck body is 22’ long by 12’-6” and the trailer is 28’ long by 13’-6” high. The leg mechanism has been removed from the dolly, but it still can be detached from the trailer (like a dolly) to facilitate easier handling of the model. The entire landing gear assembly has been removed and a spare tire rack and spare tire has been installed. Both bodies feature an operating rollup door.
Overall, this is an exceptional model representing a truck from a bygone era of trucking.