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Truck from the Spielberg movie Duel.

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Truck from the Spielberg movie Duel.
Posted by mini man on Thursday, May 03, 2018 5:34 PM

So what was the truck? thinking a 55 ish lorry,so is it available as a kit or could it be 'bashed'




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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, May 03, 2018 7:20 PM

It's out of stock at the moment, but this is what you'll want (along with an AMT Pete):

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, May 04, 2018 7:53 AM

Here's a thread by a guy who built one

Unfortunately the photos are gone, but there may be some info there of use to you.

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Posted by Gluecipher on Friday, May 04, 2018 2:16 PM

mini man

So what was the truck? thinking a 55 ish lorry,so is it available as a kit or could it be 'bashed'



1955 Peterbilt 351 with Cat engine ,and the other truck in some shots was 1960 . 


Some article suggests AMT T500 for starting point.


Its nice car, maybe meanest of all movie trucksYes

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, May 05, 2018 3:10 AM

this guide is what you need; a youtube series by Trekworks where he builds up the duel truck.

there are three parts. let me know if you can't find the rest

My Flickr:

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Posted by Force on Sunday, May 06, 2018 1:51 AM

It depends on how accurate you want your Duel truck to be, because the truck in the youtube link is not the most accurate I have seen.

You can base your build on the old original T500 500 or the slightly later T500 California Hauler kits or the recent reissue kit number 866.
The movie truck is a 281 with an older cab than the 359 Unilite small window cab but you can use the California Hauler kit cab with some slight modifications to get the right look.
The chassis in the California Hauler is not right if you want to do a correct movie truck, it is a dual drive on Western Unit Stabilaire air ride rear suspension and ten hole Alcoas, the movie truck as it's a 281 is a single drive on a Page&Page 60/40 suspension with a tag axle and five hole Budd Wheels, the engine was not a Detroit 8V-71 as in the kit, it was an old Cat 1674 or Cummins 262 straight six, the transmissions was a 10-speed Fuller or 5X3 Spicer/Brownie (they used two trucks for the movie, one '56 wich was the main truck and one '60 for a backup and they were slightly different).

If we go to the surviving Duel truck wich is the 1960, it's changed some since the movie was made, the old outdated Page&Page 60/40 suspension was changed out to a Reyco four spring for easier maintenance and parts, and it's changed to dual drive so it's now a 351 (281 is single drive), the Cummins 262 engine is changed to a NTC 350, the transmissions are still the same 5X3 Spicer/Brownie.
They also changed the air cleaner to one like the Cat powered main truck had.

So wich one you decide to do the kit needs some modifications to be accurate...but it's for sure possible to do.

I know Strato Models Resin has both the correct Page&Page suspension and a 281/351 but they are a bit hard to come by, they don't have a website but I have seen their resin kits on different forums and they looks to be great, but I don't know where to get them.
AITM has the hood conversion for a needle nose Pete (out of stock right now) and it's quite nice.


Håkan Persson Sweden

John Force 16X NHRA Funny Car Champion


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