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'85 Dodge L700 AWD Service Truck, Lost Pictures Have Been RESTORED.

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'85 Dodge L700 AWD Service Truck, Lost Pictures Have Been RESTORED.
Posted by Southgate on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 5:28 AM

Still not sure of what to call this thing but it's gonna be a "Southgate Towing" rig. It's the first WIP I've ever posted here.

It's cab is made from joining the back of a Dodge van to just behind the doors. The frame is taken from an Ertl Transtar, turned upside down

The front axle is scratchbuilt from brass tubing, etc. I wanted to post pix before anything was painted to better show what things are made of.


The suspension and steering "work" Working leaf in the back, coil up front. I must have 40 hours into that front end alone!


All the pieces so far.

 


The service box and Autocrane are scratch built too. The autocrane (not finished) tips up and telescopes.The cab tips up in typical cabover fasion. The wheels will be nice chromed "Alcoas" from Transtar eagle kit, with the Paystar traction lugs all around. I'll add pix as it progresses. Dan

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Posted by bugsy_malonn on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 5:52 AM
This is one killer little tow rig I love it looks like something I would come up with great way to make something all your own You are off to a great start cant wait to see it done and with you building it I'm sure it will be one awsome finish as well Thumbs Up Great job thanks for sharing
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Posted by PlastikFREEK on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 7:11 AM
Ouch!! That's going to be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will definitely be watching this build.............
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 8:27 AM
Dan, that is awesome!!!! Keep us posted.

Dave
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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 10:17 AM
I've been wanting to see this thing ever since you first hinted at it. Very cool concept. Has sort of a Unimog look to it. Nice work on the scratchbuilding, too.

Looking good so far, Dan. I'll be watching.

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Posted by Southgate on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 1:07 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Bainford

I've been wanting to see this thing ever since you first hinted at it. Very cool concept. Has sort of a Unimog look to it. Nice work on the scratchbuilding, too.

Looking good so far, Dan. I'll be watching.


Funny you should say that. This truck was directly inspired by Unimog. It DOES NOT pretend to be equal to one, they are awesome. But I was looking at the proportions of a Mog's cab and got to thinking how they look kinda like a van a little bit. Then wondered if something could be done with a van like this. Any of the Big 3's Vans could have worked, I just happened to have an extra Dodge, and like it's proportions.

I cut the bottom off the van's "cab" at the floor, and made thos big ol' front fenders out of Model Master Paint can lids. I fit them to the body by carving it and filing it as close as possable, then wrapping sandpaper around a pipe and finishing the process with that to make the enlarged wells perfectly round. Then I superglued the fenders in from the inside, and used baking soda to add filler for strength. The engine cover inside the cab is from a Little Red Wagon. I'm sorry I cant remember who sent it to me now!Disapprove But I thank you!Cool

The little fender flares (2 black curved pieces) in the "pieces" picture are made from MM can lids too. They go on the service body.

I just need to build a bumper for the back and a tailgate, then I will be able to start painting most of the assemblies. The service body will have stabilizers for the Autocrane.

Thank You for the replies, they help keep a guy moving on a long drawn project!
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 1:55 PM
Looks neat! The rear end of the cab reminds me a lot of the old A-van based L700s.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 1:56 PM
sweet looking rig, i like the idea!
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Posted by cherokeedave on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 2:51 PM
Cool conversion, over here in Uk we had Dodge D50 (later Renault) built in late 70,s/80,s which had US pattern cab.
A 4x4 conversion was made available for civilian sector and military by Reynolds Boughton the RB44 and is due to be replaced in British Army service in next copule of years.
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Posted by Southgate on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 3:06 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by cherokeedave

Cool conversion, over here in Uk we had Dodge D50 (later Renault) built in late 70,s/80,s which had US pattern cab.
A 4x4 conversion was made available for civilian sector and military by Reynolds Boughton the RB44 and is due to be replaced in British Army service in next copule of years.


I did a Google search on Reynolds Broughton as cherokeedave speaks of, came up with this!!!! Go here and look at the 3rd picture down. Had I known these vehicles actually existed, this project would have taken on a whole different direction. But then, I still have another Dodge Van too...

http://www.army.mod.uk/equipment/muv/muv_tum.htm

Check it out, this is too cool! Thanks, Dave.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 5:31 PM
That is one cool looking build. I will definately be watching this one.
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Posted by truracer20 on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 6:35 PM
thats going to be great when finished! the service body is awsome. and the picture of the british military truck looks like it would be fun to build.Thumbs Up
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Posted by FreightTrain on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 8:53 PM
Thats going to one Stunning Truck! Reminds me of the old Dodge L700 trucks..and that IMC Dodge truck kit too. You are off to a Great start and I cant wait to see more pics of it. Please do keep us posted on your progress. Thanks for sharing it. Thumbs Up
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Posted by dodgeon24s on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 8:57 PM
duuuuuuude that is freakin sweet! i love it keep it up i wanna c it done!
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 9:03 PM
Awesome up and coming unit! But I have a question. Did the Dodge L700 actually use a Dodge Ram Van body in 1985? I have never seen anything like that before. This I will definetley be watching out for.
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Posted by Southgate on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 9:52 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by zoiks

Awesome up and coming unit! But I have a question. Did the Dodge L700 actually use a Dodge Ram Van body in 1985? I have never seen anything like that before. This I will definetley be watching out for.


Nope. No such thing as an '85 L700. That's why I called it a phantom. I've made every effort to build this model as if it were being done with real vehicles. I won't be able to work on this for a week or so. Thanks for looking! Dan
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Posted by lizardlust on Thursday, September 8, 2005 1:51 AM
Awesome work thus far, Dave - your scratchbuilt working assemblies never cease to amaze and inspire us!! One thing, though - I believe Elvis special ordered one for the recovery service that he and Bigfoot were running out of their bait shop in North Dakota!!!TongueTongue
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Posted by Southgate on Thursday, September 8, 2005 6:24 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by lizardlust

Awesome work thus far, Dave - your scratchbuilt working assemblies never cease to amaze and inspire us!! One thing, though - I believe Elvis special ordered one for the recovery service that he and Bigfoot were running out of their bait shop in North Dakota!!!TongueTongue


Yup, dat's right. I met DB Cooper dere. He wuz huntin' for da tirdy point buck. Thank You for the nice words.

And, um, it's Dan, not Dave!Big SmileCool
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Posted by AaronW on Thursday, September 8, 2005 11:00 AM
It does look a bit like a Unimog.

I cant decide if it is an updated L-700 as it could have been or a very handy wrecker owner who repaired a wrecked wrecker by making a new cab out of something laying around the yard. Either way I like it. Great job on the utility body.

BTW any of you out there thinking about getting into scratch building, a utility body is a great way to start, its not nearly as hard as you would think (all square angles) but it looks like you spent weeks customizing your build. Give it a try sometime, one sheet of .040" styrene sheet for the body and 1/2 sheet of .020" styrene sheet for the doors is all you need, Spalding Trading and Shipping or Don Mills sell the door latches.
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Posted by jakefogle on Thursday, September 8, 2005 11:34 AM
that looks awsome i like the van frontend with the workbed cant wait to see how this turns out
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Posted by notlezah on Thursday, September 8, 2005 11:46 AM
Thumbs UpBow Very nice work... uhhh...Dan!...Kidding, I know who you be...my grandfather used to build tow rigs out of Cadillac hearses and flower cars, love them funky phantoms...Smile,Wink, & Grin
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Posted by Southgate on Thursday, September 8, 2005 3:59 PM
Aaron is 'zactly right. The utility body is the easiest part you see in the pictures. I'm surprised that we don't see lots more of these 'round here. Don mills also has the best diamond plate you ever saw for 1/24-5, as I used on the tops of the cabinets and the floor.

Aaron, I'm kinda taking it from the approach that a wrecker company assembled this rig from a boneyard assortment. Basically what I did to the model. Still call it an L700 to cast a li'l curiosity on it. BTW I forgot to mention anywhere earlier, the engine is a 440/727 from a Lindberg Dodge 330, transfer case from a monster truck kit.

When everything is primered and engine is painted so that no plastic is showing,I want to set it up in my shop diorama with hoists and jacks and tools and guys and parts and a welder and about everything I can throw at it therein. Take a few pix for fun and post 'em. Next week has some time for this to move forward. Thanks for looking! Dan
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Posted by flahotrod on Thursday, September 8, 2005 7:07 PM
Man, you are off to one hell of a start on what promises to be a monster truck (pardon the pun) build.

Please keep us posted as you progress on this project.

BTW, I also liked the 3rd picture down on the site provided about the Reynolds Broughton. It is good to know that you have a spare van body ready to take on that project!!

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Posted by OffRoadRacer on Saturday, December 3, 2005 2:28 AM
Wicked Sweet Truck, Man....
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Posted by Southgate on Saturday, December 3, 2005 3:15 AM
This project has been snoozing for about 11 weeks now, a hiatus to work on the Paystar for the CBP, and to finish up another model not yet posted. It's funny you bring it back now, cuz while waiting for paint to dry, I fished it out and have gotton a little more done on it. When the Paystarand the other are done, (soon, deadline 12-10) this goes back to the front of the bench. Thanks for looking! Dan
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Posted by darkwanderer on Saturday, December 3, 2005 12:04 PM
Another masterpiece in the making. Looks great. I wish AMT would release this one, don't care what version. I'll be keeping an eye on this one. Thumbs Up
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Posted by burysem on Saturday, December 3, 2005 12:29 PM
My first look at this thread. Really cool looking truck. Can't wait to see this one in finished form.
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Posted by bugace on Sunday, December 11, 2005 7:53 AM
Love it man!
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Posted by 1320wayne on Sunday, December 11, 2005 10:05 AM
Another cool project. I would hope to see this completed, in person, at some early Spring shows around here.
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Posted by bsoder on Sunday, December 11, 2005 1:49 PM
Dan ya never cease to amaze me,Shockthats definitely designing outside the box,but thats nothin new for you! and the WIP pics. are always a fun way for me to follow along & I find it very motivational,Yeah!!now get back to workWhistling!....B
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