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Old 02-28-2017, 10:00 AM   #81
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Better fitting wheel plus they look like the factory option peterbilt aluminum wheels Alcoa offered. They were the peterbilt oval emblem design in the wheels so they look more correct than the European style wheels you had.
Keep up the good work.
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:51 PM   #82
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That's much better... like no question
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I concur with that guy. ^^^
And I concur with these guys who concur with the original guy!

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Better fitting wheel plus they look like the factory option peterbilt aluminum wheels Alcoa offered. They were the peterbilt oval emblem design in the wheels so they look more correct than the European style wheels you had.
Keep up the good work.
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Ah, good stuff, Ben! Thanks for the info! Yes, I'm definitely pleased with these wheels and their fitment. They're staying.
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Old 02-28-2017, 02:15 PM   #83
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Truck is looking great so far! If you want the real deal for the front rims, check these out

Super Single Round Hole Rim (2 pieces) - IHB Scale Models, LLC.
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Old 02-28-2017, 02:23 PM   #84
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Truck is looking great so far! If you want the real deal for the front rims, check these out

Super Single Round Hole Rim (2 pieces) - IHB Scale Models, LLC.
Thanks! Those look great, but seem pretty pricey, especially considering it doesn't come with center hubs (best I can tell).
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Old 02-28-2017, 02:29 PM   #85
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Smugmug is having issues right now so I can't link, but hopefully attaching the photo will work instead....

I couldn't use standard ol' socket head cap screws on these wheels in such a prominent location! Locked Up RC scale hardware to the rescue!
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Old 02-28-2017, 07:22 PM   #86
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Luv the look and stance of those HH wheels. Just an opinion on the steering angle- a few years ago when I built a 6x6, I was trying to get tight front steering until I realized that the overall wheel base, plus 4 more high traction driven wheels, was just going to make the front end "push" if the steering got too sharp.

I adopted your attitude- it was easier, and a bit more "scale", if I had to take a few backups to swing it around a corner.
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:14 AM   #87
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Thanks! And yeah, better steering would be nice, but I really just don't know it's worth the investment since it'll never turn "well". I'll save that effort for rigs that might see competition. LOL! But hopefully this rig will do okay since the axles are fully locked.

It looks like the color scheme (and maybe colors) have been decided upon. And since the sanding and bodywork are pretty much done, it'll soon be time to prime and paint the body. I'll be painting the entire chassis, too, but that'll have to wait a bit longer as I still have to mount the t-case and determine what I want to do about the driveshafts.
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Old 03-02-2017, 07:03 AM   #88
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And in case anyone is interested in how to access the wheel nut with these Hercules Hobby wheels, this is how it's done. The center cover simply unscrews. What's odd is that it's completely smooth and has no way to grab it with a tool to screw/unscrew. With the heads of the hardware in close proximity, it makes it difficult to get a good grip on it with your fingers! I will likely plasti-dip the ends of a small pair of pliers so I can grab it reasonably well without marring it. Not a fan of this design, though. I may pop a hole through it so I can insert a small allen key into it to tighten/loosen it. I'm curious what others may have done?
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Old 03-02-2017, 09:25 AM   #89
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love the new wheels. I prefer the looks of them too with the slots.

also a trick I did back when I was comping supers, I took the clod dog bone cup and removed 1-1.5mm off the end and then rebeveled the inside with a drill bit/and or counter sink bit

made a pretty significant difference.
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Old 03-02-2017, 02:16 PM   #90
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Thanks, Cory! I was thinking of modifying the drive cup a little bit (as you described). Great minds think alike......and so do ours!!
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Tommy, here's a pic of a small electric bulb remover, you can find them at electronic stores, or if you have a science and surplus store nearby. It's made out of rubber, with cups at both ends.

I work at a water plant, and we have little bulbs in recessed panels that make it hard for removal and replacement with just fingers, so these come in handy, and they're under a buck a piece.
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Old 03-12-2017, 03:48 PM   #92
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Thanks, Mike! I like that idea and will try to find one locally.

Got some more work done to the Peterbilt recently. First was to glue up the tires. The glue doesn't seem to bond very well between the aluminum wheel and the hard rubber of the tires. Hopefully they'll hold. Time will tell...


Hard to tell with my crappy pic, but I replaced the 2mm nylocks with Locked Up RC acorn nuts. Much better!


And paint has started! I'm waiting for a warmer day to apply the clearcoat, but so far I'm loving it.


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Paint looks great!
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Paint looks awesome!!
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Thanks, y'all!
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3 coats of clear applied. Will likely give it at least 2 more.
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Is that gold leaf, or pinstripe tape?, Looks great!
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Is that gold leaf, or pinstripe tape?, Looks great!
Thanks! It's gold leaf vinyl. Didn't even know such a thing existed until recently. Ha! And I added a thin black vinyl pinstripe underneath it to give it a nice contrast against the white. I cleared over all of it in hopes of protecting the vinyl from peeling off over time.

All the clearcoating is done. Just waiting on it to fully cure and I can get it all together. Next up is to get the t-case mount fabbed up and being prepping to paint the chassis.
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Love it man, more clear coat!

I showed this to one of my friends and he wants one now. Lol
Might have to build another Mean green 6x6.
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Old 03-14-2017, 01:48 PM   #100
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Thanks, Dean! I'll try to get some pics later today...
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