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Pickup build questions for a making a close to 1:1 truck

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Pickup build questions for a making a close to 1:1 truck
Posted by denhoe on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 12:36 PM

I own a real 1950 GMC hot rod truck with a GM 350 V-8 and TH 350 trans.  I want to make close to a 1:1 Model.  Since there are no GMC models of that era, I have the AMT 1950 Chevy Texaco #679L/12 model that I will use.  My truck has had all the GMC badges removed, so the only visible difference left between a 1950 Chevy and GMC is the grill and separate parking lights.

Here are the things I need to figure out.  I am hoping for some good suggestions / recommendations.

1        For the grill, what is the best way to cut out the Chevy parking lights that are between the top two grill bars?

2        I have little amber lights to use for GMC parking lights, but I need a chrome base for them – what to use?

3        Which would be a better 350 V-8 – the one from the Revell 69 Nova 85-2098 (kit that I already have) or the one from the 1972 AMT Nova Round2 AMT1142, which is said to have a TH350 trans which would be more accurate for a 1:1 model?

4        I have the AMT 1937 Chevy kit that has Cragar mags.  I plan to use these mags, but I need to find tires for them that are two different sizes if possible.  Is there a way of finding these?   My real 15” tires are:  Front -  215-65               Rear – 255-60.

Since the difference is not extreme, I could just use the tires from the Nova kit, I guess.

5        I have a high gloss polished oak wooden bed with stainless steel stringers.  What would be the best way to duplicate this?  I have seen basswood and mahogany truck bed kits.  Are these good?  I know paint / decals / contact paper have also been used by others.  Which would be closer to light oak, the basswood or mahogany, if a bed kit is used?

6        Who has or how can you make a header collector to connect headers to tailpipes?

7        How can I duplicate a B & M T-bar shifter?

8        I have “Peep Mirrors” that hang from the upper edge of the door.  Is there a source for these, or something close?

 

  • Member since
    June 2013
  • From: Westland, Michigan, USA
Posted by hack-n-whack on Friday, May 8, 2020 4:54 PM

Denhoe, I can't answer all of your questions.Here are some suggestions to them.1)Drill out parking lights& file to edges. 2)Evergreen styrene, cut & filed to shape. 3)'72 Nova cuz of TH350. 4) ?? 5) wood-grain decals (Micro-Scale, made by Krassel Industries). Use Molotow over the ribs. Or bare-metal foil them. 6)Use plastic or brass tube. Squeeze the ends together & insert headers. 7)A piece of sprue, filed to shape. 8) I don't know of any.I make mine from evergreen rod & sheet stock.  Hope this helps. Best wishes.

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Friday, May 8, 2020 10:31 PM

1        For the grill, what is the best way to cut out the Chevy parking lights that are between the top two grill bars?

Hobby knife to cut them out

2        I have little amber lights to use for GMC parking lights, but I need a chrome base for them – what to use?

evergreen styrene, kit sprue (the runners that parts come on) or brass rod

3        Which would be a better 350 V-8 – the one from the Revell 69 Nova 85-2098 (kit that I already have) or the one from the 1972 AMT Nova Round2 AMT1142, which is said to have a TH350 trans which would be more accurate for a 1:1 model?

see hack-n-whack

4        I have the AMT 1937 Chevy kit that has Cragar mags.  I plan to use these mags, but I need to find tires for them that are two different sizes if possible.  Is there a way of finding these?   My real 15” tires are:  Front -  215-65               Rear – 255-60.

Since the difference is not extreme, I could just use the tires from the Nova kit, I guess.

5        I have a high gloss polished oak wooden bed with stainless steel stringers.  What would be the best way to duplicate this?  I have seen basswood and mahogany truck bed kits.  Are these good?  I know paint / decals / contact paper have also been used by others.  Which would be closer to light oak, the basswood or mahogany, if a bed kit is used?

basswood works but is a lot of work but will look real. i'd suggest decals if you're squeamish

https://youtu.be/Cv6VrTwIpx8?t=1368

6        Who has or how can you make a header collector to connect headers to tailpipes?

i've seen some use solder as it can be bent easily

7        How can I duplicate a B & M T-bar shifter?

search around for scale model shifter until you find one you like in resin

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/the-parts-box-2159-gear-shifter--954064

8        I have “Peep Mirrors” that hang from the upper edge of the door.  Is there a source for these, or something close?

get round kit mirrors and make your own bracket? or

 https://www.shapeways.com/product/BVVU2YGWW/hot-rod-peep-mirrors-vintage-wing-mirrors

 

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  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Saturday, May 9, 2020 7:15 AM

The AMT/Lindberg kit of the 34 Ford Pickup has a fairly nice set of peep mirrors that could be modified to meet your needs. 

Solder makes pretty good headers


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