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1/18 scale Penske Hilton

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  • Member since
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  • From: Hillsboro, TX
1/18 scale Penske Hilton
Posted by ibj40 on Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:24 AM

Couple of articles for reference:  Penske Team Restores Hauler for Captain's Birthday / Team Penske 1972 International Hauler

I think, by now, you are familiar with my variety of projects to create custom haulers out of different donor sources.  The recent plethora of ACME Ramp Back Haulers has provided an excellent platform, and I have used the bed of the hauler for a number of customs.  I have also had limited access to the Premium Classixx Mercedes Benz Porsche Box truck, and have used it to make a couple of others.

This will be the first time I put the Premium Classixx box behind the ACME hauler cab.

This project is to blend the two into a semi-iconic hauler, created using the source donors I have access to, and requesting a little bit of license from the viewer.

Here are a couple of reference pictures from the articles referenced above.


And here are our victims, er donors.


And yes, this represents, at retail, close to $400 worth of models.

At issue will be where to make the sacrifices, in terms of what primary chassis to use, which wheels to use, etc.  Plus, whenever I have used the Premium Classixx box chassis, I have had to create a custom driveshaft to complete the drive train.

Here are some pictures of the visualization of the project.

And a couple, post dissection, for closer scrutiny of where to make the major cuts.

I will rely on my good buddy, Lea Rilea to match the paint on the box to the cab, and already got some decals on order which hopefully will give me some good graphics.

Stay Tuned!

  • Member since
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  • From: Hillsboro, TX
Posted by ibj40 on Saturday, December 28, 2019 5:40 PM

Dry fit complete, lots of grinding and cutting (and planning).  Spent several hours this afternoon, and calling it a day.

Here's some detailed pictures of where the cuts of the respective chassis' occurred.

This is the back of the ACME chassis, have to cut an extension off the casting for the cab, as well as the molding for the interior.  Unfortunately, messes up the paint on the back of the cab, but that will be hidden with the close fit of the box.

The next step is to cut channels in the ACME plastic floor pan, and then JB Weld the resin chassis of the box in.

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, December 28, 2019 11:26 PM
interesting idea. hope it comes out nicely

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  • From: Hillsboro, TX
Posted by ibj40 on Sunday, December 29, 2019 10:18 AM

And then one of the problems I usually have is, what do you do with the pieces you didn't use?

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Posted by ibj40 on Friday, January 24, 2020 10:05 AM

Cut the reliefs in the plastic chassis of the cab, and test fit the two chassis pieces together.

Then, I place the cab and box back on their respective chassis' and check for alignment, and then correct that with some shims.

As carefully as possible, I then hold the two chassis' together with masking tape.

Next, I apply a liberal coat of JB Weld, making sure that it penetrates as deeply and thoroughly as possible.

Once it sets up, but while the JB Weld is still a little pliable, I fit the cab and box back to make sure I didn't lose anything in the taping process.

The JB Weld will have over 18 hours to cure (since I had to go to work today), but once I get home, I will remove the cab and box, flip the chassis over, and apply another coat of JB Weld in the inside.

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  • From: Hillsboro, TX
Posted by ibj40 on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:43 AM

Got it back from my painter yesterday, put it together, and posted it up with the donor ramp truck.

If I may say so, not bad!

 IMG_0717 by Jim Forte, on Flickr

 IMG_0715 by Jim Forte, on Flickr

 IMG_0718 by Jim Forte, on Flickr

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:08 PM

Nice looking team. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


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  • From: Hillsboro, TX
Posted by ibj40 on Sunday, May 3, 2020 9:20 AM

Cleaning up some details.

Built a custom driveshaft.  Used the couplings from the box donor, and connected them with some brass tubing.

The ramp truck chassis has dual exhausts, the box truck chassis had a single, so needed to join them together.

Drilled a couple of pilot holes into the ends of the duals, and added a couple of steel pins.

Got some bendable aluminum tubing and connected the dots.

Got a couple more details to add before I create a diorama.


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