A Peter built "1929 Ford Farm Truck" for a very special little boys first birthday

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A Peter built “1929 Ford Farm Truck” for a very special little boys first birthday.

On the 3rd January our fourth grandson Asher turns one, he’s such a blessing.

He had a very rough start with only half his heart developing but thanks to prayers and medical science he’s doing well, Praise God! He’ll have more operations as he grows.

This extra special truck is for this extra special boy first birthday though our daughter has suggested he’ll not play with it yet.

The truck is 19.5” [500mm] long x 7.5” [190mm] wide x 6.75” [170mm] high.

Thank you to a mate Ross [aka Aussie] who helped me with the scaling off an old set of plan which were very loosely followed, but in the main the truck has been scratch built.

The bonnet, radiator, hood, tray sides, petrol tank, tool box, front & rear bumper bars, rear mudflaps, exhaust mufflers are all Gidgee.

Thank you to Greg Clarkson from P.R. Firewood for Gidgee offcuts.

The tray is Blackheart Sassafras book ended.

Thank you James from Tassie Timber for the blocks of Blackheart Sassafras.

The cabin is American Walnut.

Thank you to a mate Ian for allowing me to save this beautiful timber from a 100yrs old Boston Pump Organ.

The engine is Huon Pine.

Thank you to Rob [LJ Member] for the Huon Pine offcuts.

The front mudguards [fenders] & running boards are Camphor Laurel.

Thank you a woodturning mate, Dave for this offcut.

Thank you to a mate Scott for the lazer cut stainless steel radiator front.

Thank you to Jan [aka Dutchy] for the Wood Buttons, one of which has been used for the steering wheel.

Thank you to Harry from Cruising Mall, Daytona for the Ford & V8 Ford lapel pins.

The headlights, taillights and wheels all came from Woodworks Ltd in Texas.

And of course the beautiful Peterbilt lapel pin used as my number plates.

The finish is homemade Wipe-On-Poly; 30% Tung Oil, 40% Clear Satin Polyurethane, 30% Turps by 3 coats which took 2-3 days between coats to dry as the Gidgee is so hard it doesn’t take the finish easily.

Talking about the hardness of the Gidgee; I’ve blunted 2 HSS bandsaw blades, blunted a 6” T/C circular saw blade plus taken the edge of a T/C Router Bit.

There is some 50-60 hours of work in the project which was done over a 6 months period.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#1 posted 12-21-2018 06:14 AM

That is absolutely super Crowie. I am sure he will just love it.

All the best to you and you’re family mate, a very special Christmas indeed for you.

Kind thoughts Dave

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#2 posted 12-21-2018 06:32 AM

Geez Mate, That is FABULOUS. Sure is a lucky little boy.
Well done and I love the detail.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 12-21-2018 07:52 AM

Great looking truck, as wellas wood you coose and all magnificant details. He will know true value of tjat wjen he grow little older.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-21-2018 08:02 AM

For as far as I can remember this is one of your nicest build, and that in 20 minutes a day and from fire wood. Good to hear the young fellow is doing a little better!!! And yes he is to young to play with, but I’m sure the used wood will stay in good condition for a while.


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#5 posted 12-21-2018 10:16 AM

A very nice build for a very worthy little boy to play with. Glad he is well and going from strength to strength. I am sure there will be more from your workshop for him in the future.
Keep building Peter and enjoy every moment

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#6 posted 12-21-2018 10:44 AM

Crowie, that is a very cool truck. I really love the grain in the timber you used. Awesome job!

-- Jason, Camden, NC -- I didn't do it, Stupid Did!

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#7 posted 12-21-2018 11:09 AM

Really nive work, you should be very proud.

-- Chris K

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#8 posted 12-21-2018 12:45 PM

Crowie, what a special gift – great work on this truck, the woods are beautiful. I love the idea of the wood button, metal grill and lapel pins for added touches. This truck will be treasured. Looks definitely strong enough to withstand years, hopefuly generations to play with! Asher is a lucky boy in more ways than one.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#9 posted 12-21-2018 12:52 PM

Crowie very nice your work just keeps getting better and better, He will love it

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 12-21-2018 01:09 PM

That’s a beautiful truck, Peter! Wonderful combination of woods, and with gidgee bumpers, it should be quite able to stand up to a young boy’s imagination.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 12-21-2018 01:15 PM

Nice one buddy, love the bed wood.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 12-21-2018 01:16 PM

Peter….THAT IS SUPERB!!!!!!


I take my hat off to you,,,,,That is a really top project.

Regards, Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#13 posted 12-21-2018 01:32 PM

I’m so glad Asher is better prayers for his long road ahead for good health … love the truck Peter really like all woods used and that bed WOW bookmatched very cleaver GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#14 posted 12-21-2018 02:08 PM

That is a beautiful build. somebody is going to have a lot of fun with it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#15 posted 12-21-2018 02:49 PM

Super nice job. Nothing better than a hand made toy.

-- Julian

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