Pakistan Match Stick Truck

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Project by hunter71 posted 06-30-2013 02:33 AM 2449 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been 80+ days since I arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan and I have only one small project to show for my time here. Problem is I have no tools. I had hoped I could secure some here but to date that hasn’t happened. I did bring a bag of matchsticks, tube of white glue and a razor cutter with no idea what I would build. The base is just a block of plywood. The wheels are cut with an electricians hole saw from a pallet. The treads were turned with a battery drill and a hack saw blade. The wheel attachment is not wood, but 1/4” drive anchors. Multi angles accented the build I thought. My plan is to add mirrors but I have decided to wait till ti is home due to shipping it. For a finish I was stuck and almost did not apply any. Then I came across a spray can of clear industrial finish. Hay it worked good and made the whole thing shine slightly. The coin is a Pakistan aluminum coin with a 2013 date. Another coin will be the steering wheel when I can get some CA glue.
A tough build to say the least. I am heading home for R&R next week and will bring back some tools to make life better. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 02:46 AM

Hi Doug!
Good to hear from you! It’s nice that you found a way to keep busy. That little truck looks great too! Match sticks! LOL! Who needs tools when your this creative! Nice job, but I know your would rather have your tools and make your usual master pieces! Have a safe tripe back!

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

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 02:48 AM

gee doug, no steering wheel, no lights, where is the seat….i dont know if the pakistan model will be approved for lumberjocks… really loos good, you always find a way to make something, and its a mighty fine job…maybe one of these days you will be able to come home to stay…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 06-30-2013 03:19 AM

You’re a resourceful guy for sure but the matching diamonds are a real beauty.
When you gotta build you gotta build. This is a nice build. Cool bumper.

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#4 posted 06-30-2013 03:24 AM

Nice work with the matchsticks. The truck has that authentic look. Bumpers, grill, fenders, really great. Little more work and it would move by itself. LOL Take care.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 06-30-2013 03:56 AM

G’Day Doug,
What a great effort; imagination and what was available top marks.
Strange though that you weren’t able to get hand tools locally, I can remember a time when most “cheapie” tools came from Pakistan & India.
Have a safe trip home and enjoy the relax with family & friends.

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

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#6 posted 06-30-2013 06:21 AM

Again a ncie car Doug. even though you have little tool. I always think I need more tools. You show me that I.m wrong. How long do you have to stay in Pakistan?


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#7 posted 06-30-2013 11:43 AM

A nicely built truck. Keep on Truckin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 06-30-2013 11:49 AM

We improvise, we adapt, we overcome, we work wood. Nice job.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#9 posted 06-30-2013 01:06 PM

Great job Doug, Stay safe.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#10 posted 06-30-2013 01:09 PM

Now this is really nice. It’s a wonderful conversation piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 06-30-2013 08:21 PM

Nice job! Back in the mid 60s my mom used to make crosses from burnt matches.

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#12 posted 07-01-2013 09:44 AM

Very nice, considering the limited resources available in Pakistan.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#13 posted 07-01-2013 04:37 PM

Very Nea!

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

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#14 posted 07-07-2013 06:21 PM

Great job Doug. Even as small as it is that’s a lotta matches. Hope you didn’t have to carve the sticks. Haaa Haaa. What did you use for glue as you indicated you didn’t have any ca glue which I figured you would have used.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#15 posted 07-08-2013 12:21 AM

I bought the matchsticks from
I had bought a kit from them and built the London Bridge. I hated the build, just not my thing I guess. They use a white glue and I had also ordered another bottle of it. I prefer to make my own designs and this is one of them. Matchsticks are good to have around the shop for kids that come by and want to build something quick and easy. I have a friend who brings his daughter over and she makes all kind of hanging things for her room. Paints them up with those little water base tubes of $.99 paints from Wal-mart.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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