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77 Macho Power Wagon... Finally FINISHED!

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77 Macho Power Wagon... Finally FINISHED!
Posted by offroadrunner on Sunday, December 6, 2009 5:00 AM

I'll start this post by telling you I've owned more 72-80 Dodge trucks in the last 20 years than the total vehicles most people have owned in their lives. So expect to see a lot of replica builds from me in the future lol.

In my 78 Warlock build, Duster408 gave me an idea. I am going to build a replica of the 1:1 77 Dodge Macho Power Wagon I used to own, and may be buying back shortly. I have included a pic of the 1:1 this time, as well as the mock up of the build. And yes, this is a short bed FLEETSIDE (or, as Dodge calls it "Sweptline"). And please remember, constructive criticism is encouraged!

 

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Posted by offroadrunner on Sunday, December 6, 2009 6:38 AM

Here are a couple more mock up pics for your entertainment.

 

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Posted by MillerMeteor on Sunday, December 6, 2009 10:31 AM

THat`s a sick truck! Cant wait to see this one done! Must be cool to make something you actually used to own yourself though. I`ve only owned a 69 Valiant and a 77 Caprice, and they dont really come in models lol! Good luck with your 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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Posted by ajcar on Sunday, December 6, 2009 12:15 PM

kool build. bout time we see some power wagon builds. this looks like the monster dodge. i rebuilt the same truck, but long box. and it was painted flamin orange. with the same lift. this will look cool.

ive built three others that have the emblems on them. such as the power wagon 100, and adventurer.  still looking for the others. anyway thanks for the post. lookin forward to more.

 

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Posted by bogger44 on Sunday, December 6, 2009 7:30 PM

Great start, sounds like another interesting build. Seeing the pics of the 1:1 I can see why you might be buying it back, that thing is sweet! 360? 440?

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Posted by wraith on Sunday, December 6, 2009 8:54 PM

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

I love these late 70's DODGE trucks!

Did you shorten the bed or is that the resin short bed? From following your Warlock build, I know this one is going to be SWEET!

 

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Posted by duster408 on Monday, December 7, 2009 12:56 AM

Nice start offroadrunner ,Did some research and just my luck a resin company named Decon resin are about to offer the 8ft bed in Resin,they also currently offer 1973 grill and 1978 also they have 1979/80 conversion that includes cowl panel ,hood and of course front bumper.They also have 4x4 conversion as well.To see go to ProTech website and there is a link to Decon resin.Runner I'm gonna build a 1974 in the weeds with a built 440,probably weld draglites, 8ft sweptline resin bed and bee stripe. ,High Impact paint Scheme.Looking forward to seeing this one when you're done the last one was Raw!

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Posted by offroadrunner on Monday, December 7, 2009 3:40 PM

Thanks for the comments and compliments! I'll try to answer all of your questions:

ajcar, the cab and bed are from the MPC Dodge Monster truck, the chassis is from an AMT Lil Red Express, the suspension, tires, and wheels are from the Monogram "High Roller" Ramcharger, and the 440 will be from the Revell Mr. Norm's Dart GTS... so I really have a little bit of everything in it. I cut the Monster bed down to the short bed length with a razor saw. The suspension fits up nicely in the front as the springs locate perfectly in the exhaust pipe locating holes in the AMT frame, and the rear fits with only minor height modifications. I thought of using the High Roller chassis on this like I did on the Warlock, but opted not to because it would have made it a tad too high for the tires, I'm really trying to get the look of this exactly like the 1:1. The roll bar will be scratch built, along with the front bumper that is currently on the real one (not pictured). I plan to paint it Aero Color red/orange, with th Macho paint scheme like the 1:1.

The 1:1 has a 440 in so the build will too of course. As far as being able to build replicas of the real cars I owned ,millermeteor, it's good and bad. I build the replicas because I no longer have the real ones. Boohoo

I am a Dodge truck FANATIC, so for you guys (wraith and duster 408) that have metioned building them please post pics, I like to get ideas from other builds (kinda like the 84 GMC bogger44 is building). Please forgive me if I forgot to mention anyone, and feel free to ask questions!

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Posted by hillbillybaer67 on Monday, December 7, 2009 5:03 PM

 looks great..can't wait to see it done..it puts me in mind of simon&simon..i liked that truck that rick drove.Thumbs Up

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Posted by wraith on Monday, December 7, 2009 7:49 PM

offroadrunner

Thanks for the comments and compliments! I'll try to answer all of your questions:

ajcar, the cab and bed are from the MPC Dodge Monster truck, the chassis is from an AMT Lil Red Express, the suspension, tires, and wheels are from the Monogram "High Roller" Ramcharger, and the 440 will be from the Revell Mr. Norm's Dart GTS... so I really have a little bit of everything in it. I cut the Monster bed down to the short bed length with a razor saw. The suspension fits up nicely in the front as the springs locate perfectly in the exhaust pipe locating holes in the AMT frame, and the rear fits with only minor height modifications. I thought of using the High Roller chassis on this like I did on the Warlock, but opted not to because it would have made it a tad too high for the tires, I'm really trying to get the look of this exactly like the 1:1. The roll bar will be scratch built, along with the front bumper that is currently on the real one (not pictured). I plan to paint it Aero Color red/orange, with th Macho paint scheme like the 1:1.

The 1:1 has a 440 in so the build will too of course. As far as being able to build replicas of the real cars I owned ,millermeteor, it's good and bad. I build the replicas because I no longer have the real ones. Boohoo

I am a Dodge truck FANATIC, so for you guys (wraith and duster 408) that have metioned building them please post pics, I like to get ideas from other builds (kinda like the 84 GMC bogger44 is building). Please forgive me if I forgot to mention anyone, and feel free to ask questions!

Here is one that I have been working on:

Here's my WIP log: /forums/p/80731/821694.aspx#821694

More pics here: http://s172.photobucket.com/albums/w1/darricka13x/model/

I haven't worked on it for a couple months. Needed a break from it, like most builds and then I  Keep getting ideas and then start new projects. Tend to work on one for awhile, put it aside and start working on another, and then come back to it and the circle continues.

 

PROJECTS: 78 Dodge Pickup-"HEMI EXPRESS", 69 SINISTER BEE, RAM VTS Pickup, Chrysler 300C HEMI, 70 "SHAKER" 340 Challenger

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Posted by offroadrunner on Saturday, December 12, 2009 3:27 AM

I haven't done much on this other than finish the bed and pu tit in primer.

wraith, that truck looks SWEET! Are you going for a lil red express drag type truck, or do you have other evil plans for it?

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Posted by wraith on Saturday, December 12, 2009 11:22 PM

offroadrunner

I haven't done much on this other than finish the bed and pu tit in primer.

wraith, that truck looks SWEET! Are you going for a lil red express drag type truck, or do you have other evil plans for it?

Thanks offroadrunner! Plans are for it to be a bruiser of a Street Machine! A Pro Touring Pick Up!Cool

Color choice is a GM color, Ultra Marine Blue, but I have been rethinking my color choice ans i am kinda leaning towards a Actual Chrysler color. Maybe Patriot Blue, or B5 Blue, or Hemi Orange from the Challenger's!?! Leaning towards a blue, but that Hemi Orange would be sweet, especially with the Elephant under the hood!

Keep posting updates! Makes me want to get mine back underway!

PROJECTS: 78 Dodge Pickup-"HEMI EXPRESS", 69 SINISTER BEE, RAM VTS Pickup, Chrysler 300C HEMI, 70 "SHAKER" 340 Challenger

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Posted by offroadrunner on Sunday, December 13, 2009 3:55 AM

Sounds like a winner! I would suggest B5 blue, or if you dare, "Intense Blue". That was a color Dodge offered btween 98 and 2000 on their trucks if I remember correctly.

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Posted by wraith on Sunday, December 13, 2009 9:43 AM

Thanks again!

Never thought of using "Intense Blue". And thats weird to me because that is one of my favorite Chrysler colors, because that is one of the best colors on the NEON! YES, I SAID NEON! I am a BIG 95-99 Neon fan. I have 5 right now! And when I'm not modeling, I'm wrenching away on them. My buddy has a SRT-4 2.4 turbo swapped into his 98 "Intense Blue" Neon coupe that runs high 12's!

Anyway back to our Dodge truck models.....hope to see some pics soon!

PROJECTS: 78 Dodge Pickup-"HEMI EXPRESS", 69 SINISTER BEE, RAM VTS Pickup, Chrysler 300C HEMI, 70 "SHAKER" 340 Challenger

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Posted by offroadrunner on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 3:10 AM

I have the black and orange painted so far. Here are some pics prior to detailing the cab and bed. I hope to get more done on it this coming weekend.

 

 

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Posted by spkgibson on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 7:27 AM

offroadrunner

I have the black and orange painted so far. Here are some pics prior to detailing the cab and bed. I hope to get more done on it this coming weekend.

  

  

Ok you can send it off to me now,the work on the bed is perfect!can you post how much you had to cut off the bed,I have a Junker 74 dodge bed,that I would like to do the same to!
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Posted by CARMAN1 on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 11:39 AM

This is another awsome build.  I will be watching, great work.

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Posted by offroadrunner on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 2:13 PM

Thanks for the comments fellas!

I cut 14mm from the front of the bed, then cut the bulkhead out and glued it in the opening in the front. You could probably cut about 16 mm out to get the axle to line up perfectly for a stock 2wd build. I had to move my springs back just a hair on the frame to get the wheel well to line up, however I did use Monogram High Roller springs which are a bit longer.

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Posted by wraith on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 6:05 PM

It's looking real GOOD and MACHO!

 

PROJECTS: 78 Dodge Pickup-"HEMI EXPRESS", 69 SINISTER BEE, RAM VTS Pickup, Chrysler 300C HEMI, 70 "SHAKER" 340 Challenger

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Posted by bogger44 on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 6:38 PM

The paint looks great! This will be one sharp looking truck when you finish. Looking forward to more updates, and keep up the great work!

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Posted by Jet Mech on Sunday, January 10, 2010 11:42 AM
I remember seeing a Macho Power Wagon on eBay not too long ago. If I remember right, it was only a 318, but it was a lifelong California truck with a 4-speed. Would have bought it if the funds were there.

Your build looks great so far. Now I'm thinking of finding a Li'l Red Express kit and giving it some dog-dish hubcaps and a slant-six with a three-on-the-tree!
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Posted by burlllee on Sunday, January 10, 2010 2:47 PM

  A really nice project Steve.

  I like how it's coming along.

  Good luck, Earl Thumbs Up

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Posted by offroadrunner on Monday, January 11, 2010 6:25 AM

Thanks for the compliments fellas!

 I got frustrated with this build when trying to put the tiny yellow pinstripes on, and ended up putting it in the box up on the shelf. I think the latest posts here have given me enough motivation to get it back out! Thumbs Up

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Posted by spkgibson on Monday, January 11, 2010 9:53 AM

offroadrunner

Thanks for the compliments fellas!

 I got frustrated with this build when trying to put the tiny yellow pinstripes on, and ended up putting it in the box up on the shelf. I think the latest posts here have given me enough motivation to get it back out! Thumbs Up

Get that Dodge back out and finish it,I want to see it done,the warlock you did was beautiful!,as for your problem with the yellow stripes,go find some yellow striping tape in the R/C department at your local hobby store,and just look for the right size!I use it when I put the seams down for a vinyl top,and just paint over it,no gluing strips on the roof for me,or you could carefully tape it off,measure twice,and paint once!
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Posted by bogger44 on Monday, January 11, 2010 10:10 PM

Glad to hear your getting the wheels rollin' again on this build! But hey, theres no harm, no foul by putting it away for awile when problems arise. I do the same thing, if there is something in a project that starts getting under my skin and irritating me I'll shelf it for a couple days or however long is needed till I feel relaxed and ready enough to start again. It sure beats building in frustration and increasing the chance of fouling it up.

I'm keeping my eye on this build, eagerly and patiently waiting for the next update!Make a Toast

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Posted by offroadrunner on Sunday, February 14, 2010 4:06 PM

I finally got it back out! Thanks for the tip with the tape stripes spkgibson! I only have a few photos because I'm in git 'er done mode with this one now. I put 5 coats of clear over a combination of testor's flat red/flat yellow/gloss orange to get the right red/orange color, and krylon black. I used pactra tape stripes for the yellow stripes. All of the chrome trim is silver sharpie. Here is the body and interior.

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Posted by offroadrunner on Sunday, February 14, 2010 4:11 PM

Another interior pic and a couple of the tires and wheels. Hope to have more done later this week.

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Posted by kolbenschmidt on Sunday, February 14, 2010 6:40 PM

Looks great!

It hurts to get your doors blown off by a volkswagen doesnt it!

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Posted by wraith on Sunday, February 14, 2010 9:11 PM

Looks awesome!

sometime soon I am going to have to get back to working on my old Dodge pickup model. I have to quit starting and restarting on kits and concentrate on finishing one.

PROJECTS: 78 Dodge Pickup-"HEMI EXPRESS", 69 SINISTER BEE, RAM VTS Pickup, Chrysler 300C HEMI, 70 "SHAKER" 340 Challenger

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Posted by highway76 on Sunday, February 14, 2010 11:18 PM

I like it so far, offroadrunner, and that's coming from a Ford man!Laugh It just stinks Monogram never put the "Ground Hawg" lettering on both sides of the tires so they could all be mounted the RIGHT direction. I hate the fact the passenger side tires are always backwards!

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