An Aussie Style Tough Tipper – Dump Truck.

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Project by crowie posted 01-29-2014 10:44 AM 3206 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An Aussie Style Tough Tipper – Dump Truck.
I’ve seen a few of these as finished builds and as I really hadn’t been in the shed a lot decided to have a go BUT wanted to personalize it.
I found the plans somewhat difficult especially as they don’t have a set of patterns, just exploded drawings; so made quite a few mistakes along the way.
I firstly glued the windscreen and surrounds together before running it through the saw to clean it up.
Then I glued the Huon Pine body to the Camphor bonnet [hood] and the mudguards [fenders] to the body. I glued the chassis to the body after gluing the location spacer in place [according to the plan I also need to secure it with 3 screws].

I’ve remade the radiator from merbau decking as shown in the photo and modified the front bumper using some Aussie Red Cedar.

I have also decided the truck would look better [tougher] with a set of exhaust stacks. [the design is modeled on a mate on LumberJocks Logging Truck].

Firstly I had to fix a huge mistake on the cabin were the tipper chassis is fitted; took an hour & a half, but okay now.
The cutting list says one thing and the written ’’how to’’ says another; I hadn’t put the one & one together…. [I wish there where patterns with the plans].
I also have remade the side-step as I misread the cutting list, but then added the detail of a front mudflap.

The front axle assembly is ready for gluing in place and the rear is almost there.
I’ve been working on the ’’tipper back’’ and again repairing some mistakes, but I think it’s coming along okay now.

In the plans it says to used 3/16’’ Axle Pegs for the lights but my cupboard was bare.
I remembered that a bloke in Brisbane had started selling wooden wheels & parts so after a search I found him. The price & availability were okay so made the purchase.
I’m continuing to personalize the build and that’s what I’ve done with the radiate pine ’’tipper back’’ with the ribbing using the merbau strips.
There’s a bit of a mock-up too in the photos.

I think I’m starting to get toward the home stretch with the making of the parts & modifications before assembly, glue and 4 coats of polyurethane clear gloss.
The rear axle assembly plus the rear Tassie Oak bumper & lights are the main ones.
Here is another mockup with the exhaust stacks on the side.

I sent an email to Peterbilt in the USA asking about ’’tie pins’’ from there Peterbilt Shop.

Health issues slowed me down with another round of cortisone injections but it went well, just had to wait for it to work.
I’ve managed to enjoy some shed time in little doses which is good for where the build is at.
Lots of prep, gluing, drying and waiting….starting with the cabin, the sidesteps, the exhaust stacks, the front bumper.
Made and glued the rear bumper with lights & mudflaps, not on the plans.

I fitted the tipper tray adding a set of guides .
I went mad and ordered some of the ’’Peterbilt’’ Tie Pins from the Peterbilt Store in USA to add to my trucks as number plates.
Forgot to mention I made the ’’air-horns’’ for on the cabin roof plus a ’’toolbox’’ for behind the cabin.
Added the filler caps to the fuel tanks ready to glue them in place under the chassis.
Assembled the front and rear axles assembles for gluing to the truck chassis.
All the assembly is complete.

I just need to do some sanding, then a three or four coats of clear gloss polyurethane pressure pack….
A couple of notations:
I wasn’t happy with the front mudflaps being as thin as they were, so I replaced them with slightly thicker timber plus a set of air tanks for extra support…
The two [2] grandsons being 3 & 6 years old will give the tipper a good test to see if it’s really a TOUGH TRUCK…
If I do another one I’d change a few things like bigger fuel tanks, keep the front mudguard wheel arch closer to the top of the front wheels, make the tipper tray/body a little longer…would of been good to know how to make a easy hoist for the tipper!!
BUT generally I’m pleased with the end result ever if I had difficulties with the plans; all the personal modifications/details have turned out okay.
Four coats of clear gloss polyurethane. ALMOST FINISHED .

The timber colours and grain have come up a treat. I love the camphor laurel bonnet.

The mix of timbers seems to worked out okay too.
You’ll find Huon Pine, Cyprus Pine, Merbau, Radiata Pine, Tassie Oak, Red Cedar, some old el-cheapo pallet hardwood; but I’m unsure of the timber in the front mudguards or the tipper tray chassis.
The wheels are shop bought, as are the various sizes of axle pegs.
FINALLY the ’’Peterbilt’’ Lapel Pin has arrived and has been glued in place.
I reckon I got pretty good service for Fedex Economy International from the Peterbilt Shop; US$10 and only 10 days to Australia. LOOKS PRETTY DAMN GOOD TO ME, really finishes the truck..

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL FOR SHARING MY JOURNEY. A special thanks to my little helper ’’handy’’ for keeping me on track, most of the time..Cheers, Peter…

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

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 11:50 AM

Hay Peter that’s cool. The little blue helper too. Good looking STACKS, Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 01:45 PM

What a beautiful truck and I am sure it will see a lot of “work” through the years to come. Great job, Peter.

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 01:52 PM

That is really cool, looks awesome, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 02:05 PM

Sorry my shop is closed today due to SNOW for 1st time in three seasons !

Again you have done well, I love your work. I really like the HOOD (bonnet). The grain rolls over to the side above the fender. Great work. GaryW Edgefield, SC USA

-- GaryW, Edgefield SC, Too old to start over, can't remember why...

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#5 posted 01-29-2014 02:09 PM

It’s a real nice miniature and well done too.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-29-2014 02:24 PM

That’s one solid looking truck.
Very nice work, ........ but where are the roo bars?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 01-29-2014 05:14 PM

Nice truck! Smurf is a verry funny accessorie.Nice photos.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 01-29-2014 06:10 PM

Love the wood on the bonnet. Almost looks like it blew a gasket and you have smoke coming out of the engine.


-- What's a vibrant young guy like me doing in a broken down old body like this?

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#9 posted 01-29-2014 06:17 PM

Hi Guy, Nice truck, where did you get the peterbuilt emblems.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#10 posted 01-29-2014 08:33 PM

Thank you Doug,
Yes, the exhaust stacks do look very good, maybe not as good as what I saw originally but worked out well.

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

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#11 posted 01-29-2014 08:39 PM

Thank you Gary for the excitement in your office from all the little blokes.
I’m sorry for your cold as I know a lot of fellow North Americans in both Canada & the USA have had a very difficult winter while we have a long hot & dry summer; lots of drought areas & temperatures near 100 daily.
A good mate in Texas gave me the blue helper smurf ’’Handy’’ and he reminds me of the friendship we have across the Pacific….. plus adds a little diversion to the build.

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

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#12 posted 01-29-2014 08:41 PM

Thank you Chuck,
I bought the Peterbilt Lapel Pin from the Peterbilt Shop….

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

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#13 posted 01-29-2014 08:42 PM


He said (twice) that he ordered them (tietacs) from the Peterbuilt store/shop…


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#14 posted 01-29-2014 08:43 PM

Sorry Paul [Shipwright], No ’’Roo Bar’’ on this build as it’s a town truck, plus I didn’t think of it….lol…

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

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#15 posted 01-29-2014 08:52 PM

Thank you one and all for the kind words.
The grandsons have already giving the tipper a good work out as it’s the current favourite.

The ’’camphor laurel’’ timber is often sort after by many Aussie woodworkers, mainly for turning as with my small piece in the bonnet, it has beautiful figure & grain..
The sad part of this tree is it’s a weed in some areas over here.

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

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