My "Peterbilt" with sleeper and a drop deck trailer...

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Project by crowie posted 09-12-2014 06:24 AM 4117 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Peter built “Peterbilt” with sleeper and a drop deck trailer modeled on a 1988 379 Peterbilt I got in a photo from a friend.

The whole truck & trailer is nearly 44” long [1110mm] and 6.5” wide [165mm].

I used the basic pattern of the primemover in the Wood Magazine Construction Series along with a few photos & drawing off the internet to scale the truck.

The whole project took some 60 hours and it’s got some 4-5 coats of clear gloss polyurethane.

I’ve used a mixture timbers as follows:

Engine is Huon Pine..
Cabin is Merbau..
Sleeper is Blackheart Sassafras [laminated offcuts]...
The trailer sides, front & rear are also Blackheart Sassafras [biscuited & laminated offcuts]...
Chassis on both the truck & trailer are both Eucalyptus [recycles telegraph pole]...
Grill is Merbau [cut down decking]...
Bumper Bar is New Guinea Rosewood…
The exhaust stacks are also New Guinea Rosewood…
Mudguards are American Walnut [from a 120yr old Boston Pump Organ]....
Sidesteps, Tool Boxes, Windscreen & Visor are Tassie Oak as is the front on the trailer….
The wheels & axle pegs are shop bought as are the fuel tanks [doubled up], headlights & taillights [small axle pegs]; with golf tees for the air horns & roof lights….
I got the Peterbilt Lapel Pins, Key Tags & Dog Tags from the Peterbilt Merchandising Shop…

The grandsons have already given the truck a good work out / play, having heaps of fun….
I now need to make something like a loader or bulldozer..

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

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#1 posted 09-12-2014 10:31 AM

Superb job Crowie! You must of had allot of fun creating this project. Well done!

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#2 posted 09-12-2014 12:02 PM

Crowie that looks like the real thing, great job with lots of real life details.

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

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#3 posted 09-12-2014 12:54 PM

that is awesome, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 09-12-2014 02:19 PM

Excellent job on the build. The coloring of the wood really makes the project. Well done.

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

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#5 posted 09-12-2014 04:25 PM

Awsome truck! Wooden vehicles always amaize me.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 09-12-2014 05:14 PM

Not only is this cool, it is really outstanding! Great job and thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 09-12-2014 10:38 PM

Awesome work Crowie, but how could one expect less from you. You just keep amazing me!

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

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#8 posted 09-12-2014 11:17 PM

Awesome job! I thought I recognized some of the pieces from wood magazine design but overall….outstanding! I really like how you used different types of wood. I’m going to go that route next one I build. It’s fall/winter, so I expect to post a few more projects along those lines….in the near future.


-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#9 posted 09-12-2014 11:23 PM

Awesome job. Lots of intricate details. That must have taken some serious man hours.

Thanks for sharing – Drew

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#10 posted 09-12-2014 11:41 PM

very nice,excellent work!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 09-14-2014 02:32 AM

Great job Crowie. Love the different woods.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 09-14-2014 03:15 AM

Thank you one and all…..

The Blackheart Sassafras offcuts were destined for firewood

My mate asked, do you think you could use it and as many have mentioned, it’s turned out pretty good….

It was a very enjoyable build with all the adapting and modifying….

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

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#13 posted 09-14-2014 04:22 PM

Great Job Crowie
I really like your low boy I am just finishing up the Toys and Joys Bulldozer hopefully be done in a week or so will post a few pic’s when done.

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#14 posted 09-16-2014 02:03 PM

I’ve got that same “Handy Smurf”. Great scale reference.

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#15 posted 09-19-2014 09:29 AM

Thank you one and all….

Got a great surprize today…

The Peterbilt Shop were I bought the Peterbilt accessories have added my Peter Built “Peterbilt” truck & trailer to there facebook page….

I’m very honoured and humbled as there are some really nice trucks in there gallery…

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

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