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The Duel Truck - 1955 Peterbilt 351/281 Finished/Fruehauf Tanker WIP

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  • From: Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom
Posted by Cycolac Fan on Monday, January 18, 2010 1:53 PM

Wow, great detail work to include correct licence plates!

Does anyone know where I can get a hold of stearable front axles? Bugs the heck outta me that they are fixed....

I find the easiest way is to drill a hole through the axle ends then cut away the axle part that attaches to the wheel on each side (the rear of the spindle) smooth it slightly then drop a pin or piece of wire through allowing the axle on each side to steer.

I'll try to take a picture of a truck I've done that on and post it here later as that will make a lot more sense...

Keep up the great work

Mike "Good hands, bad taste in cars." Yes I'm a grown up 'playing' with toys but a lot of adults my age drink beer or play computer games - and I've got something to show for the time and money I've spent...
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  • From: Sandefjord, NORWAY
Posted by MillerMeteor on Friday, January 22, 2010 6:31 PM

I know what you mean Mike, I once bought a built up Pete (in fact, the one I used to build this Duel truck) that had that done to the front axle, unfortunately it was so damaged I couldnt fix it. Just seems like you need a heck of a small drillbit and a heck of a steady hand! Might try it out some time though!

On the bench (cos I see people put that in here!):

* Scratchbuilt Peterbilt 351 (finished)/Fruehauf tanker - The Duel Truck

* 1977 Pontiac Ventura 'Cannonball Run 2011' CBP Entry

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  • From: Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom
Posted by Cycolac Fan on Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:17 AM

 It's actually pretty easy once you try it Stian, try using a piece from a paper clip if you don't have any thin wire.

Mike "Good hands, bad taste in cars." Yes I'm a grown up 'playing' with toys but a lot of adults my age drink beer or play computer games - and I've got something to show for the time and money I've spent...
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  • From: Sandefjord, NORWAY
Posted by MillerMeteor on Saturday, September 11, 2010 6:49 PM

Hi guys!

Sorry I havent been updating you for the last year, but I`ve been on a 'modeling break' to try to keep up with 'real life' lol! But fall is getting closer, so thinking of getting out my modeling tools and start the finishing touches on the truck! Not a lot has happened since the last time I posted anything on here though. I got some of the FLAMMABLE decals on the trailer, and also detailed up the rear end of the trailer with licence plates and lights. Hope you guys will still be following the build!

On the bench (cos I see people put that in here!):

* Scratchbuilt Peterbilt 351 (finished)/Fruehauf tanker - The Duel Truck

* 1977 Pontiac Ventura 'Cannonball Run 2011' CBP Entry

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  • From: Indiana
Posted by wabatuckeun on Sunday, September 12, 2010 8:47 AM

Of course I will, I was hoping nothing was wrong and it seems I was right!! Taking a break myself so I understand,. I'll be here when you start strutting your stuff again

Stace

On the 8th day God created the HEMI and all the Bosses and Rats ran away!!!!
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Posted by ericmac on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:59 AM

I am very glad to hear you are getting back at it with this one. Believe me, I understand having a mental block part of the way through a project! Good luck and may the Force be with you!

Why can't I stand to slap these things together like I did as a teenager? On the bench 1930 Packard 734 Speedster Victoria, 1932 Duesenberg J Judkins Coupe, 1934 Ford Cabriolet, 1926 Ford Model Ts-the complete set of all six bodystyles.

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  • From: Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom
Posted by Cycolac Fan on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 4:11 PM

 I'm still here!

Welcome back, let's get 'er done Smile

Mike "Good hands, bad taste in cars." Yes I'm a grown up 'playing' with toys but a lot of adults my age drink beer or play computer games - and I've got something to show for the time and money I've spent...
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Posted by voyager on Friday, September 17, 2010 3:36 AM

I'm with it too! Wanting to start my own so looking forward to seeing how yours ends up! I'm pretty new here so just noticed the comments about steerable axles. KFS in the UK sells white metal axles in 1/25th and 1/24th http://www.kitformservices.com/metal/steeraxle.jpg

 

 

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  • From: Melbourne, Fl.
Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:25 AM

One of the best builds I've ever seen of one of the scariest vehicles ever!

I remember seeing the TV Movie when it first ran on ABC in '71 or '72, really suspenseful and tense, and a great success for a young first-time Director named Steven Spielberg.

I always thought Dennis Weaver's character was kinda whiney and overly afraid, to his detriment. Turns out he was a huge environmentalist and a serious 'greenie', and always 'really concerned', just like his character in Duel. Think of it this way, if ol' Dave had rented a Road Runner instead of that stupid red Valiant the movie woulda been over in ten minutes!

As a longtime SoCal resident I have also driven some of the roads at the locations that were used in the filming, they're not nearly as scary without the screechy music...

 Again, seriously, one of the best!

www.fueledbythefallen.com

'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by crashalot2 on Friday, October 01, 2010 8:27 PM

You did good. 10-4 magazine did a story on the truck , they say the truck that is still here is the #2 truck that was put together when the first truck was braking down and was used in the filming of the tv movie.

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Posted by Lance C. on Saturday, October 02, 2010 11:43 PM

 

Just Remember that Truck #2 isn't the one that was used in the extended scene's "Bus Push, Rail Road and part of Gas Attendant Scene's" that truck was a 1962 Peterbilt 351 that is long gone and has already been scrapped, some of us don't think the surviving truck actually appeared in the Duel Movie it's self, and the 4th truck if you count it a 4th truck was a 1964 Peterbilt 351 used in the Incrieable Hulk episode "Never give an trucker an even break" which is still here in Califronia
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Posted by crashalot2 on Sunday, October 03, 2010 7:02 PM

The #2 truck was used when the #1 truck was having engine problems . I do not know any thing about the truck from the hulk program
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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, October 04, 2010 11:51 PM

Robert Hall

Very cool... I always wondered watching the movie why it had so many plates..would that be legal in 1:1? 

 

Wasn't it due to varying regulations between states, making Federal Interstate necessary?

 

sweet duel truck. need to see some Finished shots (beauty shots)

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Posted by Lance C. on Friday, October 08, 2010 12:27 PM

Correct, but all I was getting at is there was 3 trucks Built up for Duel

 http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://webzapper.tripod.com/truckdusty.jpg&imgrefurl=http://webzapper.tripod.com/dueltruck.html&usg=__66QT8QViF6pBAKoHxTnZzSeKiYE=&h=236&w=320&sz=12&hl=en&start=15&zoom=1&tbnid=fsUaLE4hmFqzkM:&tbnh=108&tbnw=145&prev=/images%3Fq%3DThe%2BDuel%2BTruck%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26rlz%3D1R2ADFA_enUS347%26biw%3D1020%26bih%3D516%26tbs%3Disch:10%2C496&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=721&vpy=127&dur=735&hovh=188&hovw=256&tx=214&ty=92&ei=lFSvTOK2G4OBlAemlOjoDw&oei=SlSvTOmUHsH7lweRraGGDw&esq=18&page=2&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:15&biw=1020&bih=516

Notice the 3rd truck has "KW" Mud flaps and has a longer wheel base? on it the movie was to short for it to relase in the USA, so in 1973 Steven Speilberg extended the movie from 74 minutes to 91 minutes and which they bought a new truck for the movie, for some reason????? those scene's where All of Bus Push & Rail Road Scene's and part of Gas Attendant Scene, this 3rd truck was distoryed in another movie & Scrapped back in 1973

 

even 10-4 Magazine mentions it, look under the third photo and at the first line sentence

http://www.tenfourmagazine.com/feature/2004/5.html

but for some reason they say the movie was extended in 1974, when it was truely 1973, I've talken to George Sack, Neil "the first owner of the truck" and Dan Bruno "the guy who bought the truck off of Neil and just recently sold it to Brad Wike" and they all say it was actually extended in 1973

 so there's your info on the third truck, as for the fourth truck "if you count it as a fourth truck" it was built up in 1976 for the hulk program and filmed in 1976 with the new actors, that truck was also used in other movie's as the duel truck, just like Truck #2, that truck is now at Universal Studio's in a ware house courrently in poor condition,but fixable, and the true fact about Truck #2 "the Surviving truck" is no one actually knows if it was used in the Duel Movie it's self all we know is the surviving was built up for the duel movie it's self, but no one knows if it was in the Duel it's self, cause including George Sack the guy who bought the trucks and built them up for the movie says the truck was just built up for the movie, BUT, was never used in the Duel Movie it's self,but was infact used in other movie's, there is a good possiblity that there was only 2 trucks used in the movie,but if that is true then both of those trucks used in the movie are both gone today  

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  • From: Sandefjord, NORWAY
Posted by MillerMeteor on Monday, February 07, 2011 7:42 AM

Here's a small update! Things I`ve done the last 5 months, which aint much lol! I`m now at a standstill until I can get some decals. On that note, does any of you make your own decals? If so we need to have a talk hehehehe.

 

 

It's not supposed to be glossy, but had to clearcoat it to get the decals to stick.

On the bench (cos I see people put that in here!):

* Scratchbuilt Peterbilt 351 (finished)/Fruehauf tanker - The Duel Truck

* 1977 Pontiac Ventura 'Cannonball Run 2011' CBP Entry

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    March, 2010
Posted by voyager on Monday, February 07, 2011 8:37 AM

Nice to seeyou are still working on this - you have got a lot further than me! However, as per the photo at the beginning of your thread, the lettering should be red?

 

 

I make my own decals but don't have an Alps printer so can't print white or light colours over dark paint. In the UK I use Roger at dodgersdecals@yahoo.co.uk who can do just about any custom decals.

Andrew

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  • From: Sandefjord, NORWAY
Posted by MillerMeteor on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 8:33 AM

You might be right about the decal colors. I`m colorblind, so I relie on others to help me out with colors at times, and was told that under the grime and dirt it would probably be black. Do you mean that the smaller FLAMMABLE letters are also red? Thinking of having all the FLAMMABLE decals custom made so they'll look right anyway. Will definately check out Roger though!

On the bench (cos I see people put that in here!):

* Scratchbuilt Peterbilt 351 (finished)/Fruehauf tanker - The Duel Truck

* 1977 Pontiac Ventura 'Cannonball Run 2011' CBP Entry

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    March, 2010
Posted by voyager on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 8:38 AM

That explains itLaugh  yes the Flammable is red on both those signs on the rear, the bigger one with a white outline and the lower red on a white ground. I'm sure if you email Roger and let him see the pictures and give him sizes, he will be able to help.

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Posted by Lance C. on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 6:52 PM

http://www.jbot.ca/welcome.shtml

 

this guy makes awesome decals, I know he doesn't Duel Decals, but if you were to e-mail pic's to him and tell him what you want, I am sure he'd make them for you, cause If I were to do a Steel Cowboy truck, he was going to make them separate for me at a reasonable price, so all you'd have to do is e-mail picture's and ask him if he'll make you a set

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Posted by Lance C. on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 6:55 PM

just go to F.A.Q. and his e-mail should be there

 

 

Lance C.

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  • From: Sandefjord, NORWAY
Posted by MillerMeteor on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 6:14 AM

THanks Lance!

On the bench (cos I see people put that in here!):

* Scratchbuilt Peterbilt 351 (finished)/Fruehauf tanker - The Duel Truck

* 1977 Pontiac Ventura 'Cannonball Run 2011' CBP Entry

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    January, 2019
Posted by Plutonian on Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:41 PM

Where did you find dimensions for the tanker or did you wing it? Great job.

 

David

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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Friday, March 15, 2019 11:28 AM
Lance mentioned that Truck No 2 was in storage at Universal Studios. I can remember a long time ago taking my kids on holiday to Disney Florida and going on a ride named 'Catastrophe Canyon'. I can distinctly remember seeing an all black painted tanker rig that I think could well have been this truck being used for part of the special effects used on this attraction.

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