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Blog entry by LarryN posted 03-02-2011 12:09 AM 5339 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Either the plans were not very clear or i just didnt get it but either way i had to remove the front axle and position it further back from where it is in this photo

Time to attach rails on bed, marked them with tape in case i didn’t drill the holes in the bed exactly the same distance apart. Was a good thing i did because some were off just a bit.

most of the rails removed so progress can continue, i had to take the gas tank (cedar) off and move it forward about 1/16 to get it closer to the battery box I installed later. The tape near the door is so i can mark the location for the grab bar.

Bent up a few coat hangers for the ribs to hold up the cloth cover thats going on later. ( have to pay a visit to my sister in-law and ask her to make that part)

Made some hub caps for the front wheels that i forgot to put on before I glued on the wheels.. duh!!!

grab bar installed, front axle moved back and gas tank moved forward, also put on steps and front fender lights.

Drivers side, spare tire is removable from where its hanging, also fixed the metal bars so they are a bit more uniform all the way back.

I think i need to put some sort of tail lights on here, I’ll probably do that tomorrow. Hopefully I still have some pink ivory wood left over I can use for those.

Took the rails off just to see how it looks without them, mud flaps on, truck is almost done! need to work on those tail lights and visit sister in-law this weekend. hopefully she can make the canvas cover for the back. Migh try making one of those fancy cutting boards I see you guys posting for a bribe for her :)

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 12:34 AM

  • in awe *

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 02:32 AM

start to looking real goooood :-)
thankĀ“s for sharing the process


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#3 posted 03-02-2011 02:40 AM

All you need now is a “tin pot” helmet and a Springfield rifle and you’re ready for anything!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 03-02-2011 02:55 AM

I have made and sold six of theis and I didnt have to move any thing every thing fit you must be real careful on some of their patterns as some things are realy close they could leave a little more room I made my hoops out of 1/8” dowels. soaked in boiling hot water and made a gig with the right curve clamped and then miked it took a long time to do all of them . that is a nice job you did on the truck did you make the jeep and trailer yet.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#5 posted 03-02-2011 03:05 AM

my darned eyesight must be going Chuck i didnt see any measurements on the plans for the distance from the rear axle to the front or from the frame front to the front axle. made some notes so i dont make the same mistakes on the next ones. I thought of trying to use dowels but never had good luck with trying to bend wood.
the hangers were the quick way out on that one. Made 2 of the jeeps and trailers, gave one to my brother and i’m keeping the other. wheels were a real pain in the butt on that one!!!!

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#6 posted 03-02-2011 03:07 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone and I’ll start working on that tin pot & springfield Big Tiny. :)

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#7 posted 03-02-2011 04:10 AM

Very, very cool! There is some really good detail in there.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#8 posted 03-02-2011 06:06 AM

Very, Very, VERY good.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#9 posted 03-02-2011 06:57 AM

Yea, the old DEUCE and a half. Don’t forget the star. I would have no patience for this kind of work. Nice job my friend…..

-- mike...............

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#10 posted 03-02-2011 11:24 AM

Why not go whole hog and add a mortar, a tripod machine gun, a tommy gun and a .45 automatic? (grin)

I want to try one of these some time. How difficult would it be to do your own small parts rather than buying the kit?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#11 posted 03-02-2011 12:04 PM

Big Tiny, I like your thinking hehehehe. This wasn’t made from a kit, I did make all the parts, with the exception of the wheels, a few dowels for front grill, and to hold the wheels on, and the coat hangers i bent for the back.

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#12 posted 03-02-2011 05:11 PM

Nice project! This looks like something that my Dad would like to make. Where did you get the plans?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 03-02-2011 05:29 PM

thanks Sras, you can get the plans from you can get a parts kit from them also which includes the wheels, wheel pegs, steering wheel and a few dowels. the rest he will have to make.

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#14 posted 03-03-2011 02:16 AM

The “kit” I mentioned is the one from toys and joys of small parts like lights and wheels. I was wondering how much harder it would be to make those yourself?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#15 posted 03-03-2011 03:22 AM

oh, sorry Big Tiny, i misunderstood… I dont think it would be at all difficult to make the wheels, I have made the wheels for other projects using a drill press and a circle cutter. the axle rods wouldn’t be all that difficult either, I made those for the jeep, just glued part of a larger dowel to one that fit the wheel then glued small ones on as lug nuts. as for the other dowels needed they could be turned on a lathe till you get to the very small ones needed. I have a tool to make the very small dowels by drawing them thru smaller and smaller holes in a metal jig. Have made a few of those but have been unable to get long dowels from it, usually once they get around 6 – 7 inches long i seem to break them.

-- Larry, North Carolina

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