A Surprise Gift for my Fruit & Veggie man's offsider - Hot Rod Ford "C" Cab Flatbed

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Project by crowie posted 03-19-2020 10:09 AM 2085 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Surprise Gift for my Fruit & Veggie man’s off-sider – Hot Rod Ford “C” Cab Flatbed

The story goes that Sam has been working at the shop for past two years and every time I take a truck in, to show the owner [my friend Sam] the off-sider Sam starts asking about buying tickets for the community club or how much for this one!

Well with all the world in lockdown over this virus thing I spent the better part of 4 days over the weekend enjoying myself in the shed.

The result is a Hot Rod Ford “C” Cab Flatbed with a lot of peterbilt detailing…

The cabin is old Spotted Gum
The engine is Red Gum
The bed is pre-coated Merbau Flooring
The sides are Merbau
The radiator is sliced Merbau Decking
The front & rear bumper bars are Tassie Oak
The front mudguards are Red Gum
The wheels are shop bought [front 2” and rear 2.5”]
The axle blocks are Merbau
The fuel tanks Camphor Laurel & Australian Red Cedar
The headlights are Tassie Oak with furniture buttons
The seat is Australian Red Cedar
The steering wheel is a timber button on a bamboo skewer
The side steps are Red Gum and Australian Red Cedar
The FORD Logo is courtesy of Alex [Thank you again LBD]

The rear axle pivots to compensate for the front & rear wheel size difference

About a 25 hour build over the 4 days…

Dimensions are
18” [455mm] long
6.75” [170mm] wide
7” [180mm] high

The finish is my home made Wipe On Poly [3 coats]
30% Tung Oil, 40% Clear Satin Polyurethane, 30% Mineral Turps.

And here’s a few extra photos….

The gift will be given to Sam tomorrow when I buy my weekends Fruit & Veggies.
I’m sure he will be embarrassed but I know he has a couple of young boys who will love playing with it.

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

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#1 posted 03-19-2020 10:18 AM

Very nice, he will love it!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 03-19-2020 10:26 AM

Very nice, he will love it!

- hunter71

Thank you Doug, I forgot to give you a “Shout Out Thank You” for the “C Cab” pattern…..

It’s getting some good use and helping me gain confidence in “scratch builds”...

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

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#3 posted 03-19-2020 11:29 AM

You are busy lately. Well done Crowie.


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#4 posted 03-19-2020 11:34 AM

Certainly will be a great surprise for Sam. Nice work on the truck Crowie. Thanks for the recipe for your wipe on
poly, will give it a go. Hows all the panic buying up your way, supermarket with empty shelves here in Vic.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 03-19-2020 11:49 AM

very nice build – did I hear “scratch build” if so VERY nice bulid

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 03-19-2020 12:14 PM

Very nice build. I really like the design. I bet he will be thrilled to get it but I bet it’s going on a shelf rather then played with!.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 03-19-2020 02:02 PM

A truck of many woods, very well done. Glad you have clear air to breath now, guess it gave you the inspiration.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 03-19-2020 02:33 PM

Nice truck. The veggie guy will certainly love it.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#9 posted 03-19-2020 02:44 PM

Sam sounds like a lucky guy getting a beautiful truck like this one … you have been very busy in the shop Peter … GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#10 posted 03-19-2020 05:06 PM

Nice one Peter, a well made truck.

You certainly are getting plenty of workshop time my friend

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#11 posted 03-19-2020 05:07 PM

Very nicely made!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#12 posted 03-19-2020 07:12 PM

Very interesting and great work!!!

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#13 posted 03-19-2020 08:15 PM

Absolutely superb Crowie.
Great work mate, and once again a very generous gift give.
Nice one.

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#14 posted 03-20-2020 01:16 AM

You are the man Crowie

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

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#15 posted 03-20-2020 01:33 AM

Great looking truck Cowie! Would love to see the expression on his face when he sees this beautiful truck!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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