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

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Project by crowie posted 09-12-2014 06:24 AM 3718 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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NickyP

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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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Wood Studios

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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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steve_in_ohio

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

that is awesome, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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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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prez

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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.

prez

-- 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 in Ohio -- "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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crowie

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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
http://www.tastimber.tas.gov.au/SpeciesDetailsGeneral.aspx?SpeciesID=5

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.
Dee1

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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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crowie

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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…

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peterbilt-Merchandise/136810749727434

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

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