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A Peter Built Monster Truck - 1948 Ford Pickup

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Project by crowie posted 03-28-2016 03:49 AM 1850 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Peter Built Monster Truck – 1948 Ford Pickup…

This is my version of a 1948 Ford Monster Truck with 5-6 coats of clear gloss polyurethane…

A friend did me a swap deal for the Australia Red Gum wheels for some Zebra..

I used some of the insights of another friend to build extra strength into the project, to strengthen the truck enough to hopefully make it little boy proof!!

The cabin, engine, inside the tray plus the running boards are Blackheart Sassafras;
the mudguards [fenders] and rear bumper bar are Zebra;
the bullbar is American Walnut;
the axle mounts are Merbau;
the chassis is Aussie hardwood from an old electricity pole.

There are lots of little extra personal touches on this truck, apart from the extra special mix of timbers, with a good number of parts made & remade.
The things I’ve learnt from some of the long term mates, along with my own experimentation have given me the where-with-all to have a go and be a little more dearing, though IMHO I’ve still a lot to learn and long road ahead….

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





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bushmaster

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#1 posted 03-28-2016 04:26 AM

Very interesting tread on those wheels, must have done them with a router. looks good. Interesting all the different woods. I use to have a Mercury truck like that one in the book. It had a 390 ci engine and a care clip in the front. Drove it for awhile and then started a rebuild with a chev 350 but ended up selling it. I started out building toys from that book. Great build mate..

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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crowie

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 04:55 AM

Thank you Brian,
The gent who did the wheels for me uses a pen lathe with a small router mounted somehow on it for the treads as you suggested…

On the Ford pickup, it’d be nice to own a hot-rod version with a 500ci engine but I’d get myself into too much trouble….

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

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 06:08 AM

Great looking Monster Truck Crowie, like the use of different woods, give it a nice finish. That would have been time consuming, how many hours? Do you really think it will be boy proof?

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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crowie

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#4 posted 03-28-2016 06:44 AM

Thanks Bob,
About 45hrs in this truck including the remaking of a few of bits but PLUS the wheels at 30-40mins each by my friend.
The grandsons, 18mths, 5.5yrs & 9yrs have given it a good run and generally speaking as with all the wooden toys I make for them to play with, they are pretty good on them and are lasting…

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

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#5 posted 03-28-2016 06:47 AM

Great job Mate, I agree with Bob, I do’t think there is any such thing as a boy proof toy. Especially made from wood.
Great choice of wood.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Dutchy

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#6 posted 03-28-2016 06:58 AM

You and I make quite different cars, and yours are beautiful. They are sturdy and can be used, mine has to be stored in a cabin. Well done Crowie. I know how time consuming it is to make this work. Always that smurf. Love it.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#7 posted 03-28-2016 11:19 AM

Once again you killed it my friend.

What do you do with all of the vehicles you have made? Sell them, give them away? 45 hours is a lot of work!

It would be interesting to let us know how your buddy made the wheels.

Be well!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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crowie

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#8 posted 03-28-2016 11:28 AM


Great job Mate, I agree with Bob, I do t think there is any such thing as a boy proof toy. Especially made from wood.
Great choice of wood.

Bob

- BobWemm

Bob, THANK YOU SIR….As I mentioned the boys are pretty good on the trucks.
I’ve learnt to make them a little stronger in vulnerable areas over the years and besides they can be repaired.
Plus they’ve learnt to bring any mishaps to pa to have them repaired…honesty plus a lesson on repair not through away…

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

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crowie

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#9 posted 03-28-2016 11:30 AM


You and I make quite different cars, and yours are beautiful. They are sturdy and can be used, mine has to be stored in a cabin. Well done Crowie. I know how time consuming it is to make this work. Always that smurf. Love it.

- Dutchy

THANK YOU SIR…..Yes Jan, You and I are so very different but SIR from your excellent blobs I have learnt so much, THANK YOU, and used bits & pieces in making my wooden toys for play…
The smurf is my little helper when their’s no one home…or maybe just a little bit of fun!!

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

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crowie

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#10 posted 03-28-2016 11:34 AM



Once again you killed it my friend.

What do you do with all of the vehicles you have made? Sell them, give them away? 45 hours is a lot of work!

It would be interesting to let us know how your buddy made the wheels.

Be well!

- UncleStumpy

Thanks Uncle,
The wooden toys I put lots of hours into mostly are kept here at home for the grandsons to play with when do there weekly visits, though I’ve been in trouble for taking up all the available shelf space in the lounge room. Otherwise if I make a wooden toy, it’s a gift or a give away; my enjoyment is making them and seeing them played with or going to a good home.
I’ll ask my mate if he can do a set of photos on the process he does on making the wheels BUT please give me a few weeks to get it sorts..

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

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 03-28-2016 12:13 PM

Crowie, this is a beautiful miniature with a lot off fine details. Nice work on the tires and other nice details.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 03-28-2016 12:32 PM

Cool truck Peter.
I know your title says it’s a 1948 Ford Pickup, but from the first photo (head -on) I thought you had transformed a Peterbuilt Semi into a monster rock climber. Great job Buddy !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#13 posted 03-28-2016 01:13 PM

Good looking truck somebody is going to be very happy.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#14 posted 03-28-2016 01:56 PM

Crowie
Very good like has been said before I bet the boys will be very happy, or for that matter the Kids will be happy I have some granddaughters that like to play with trucks from time to time.
Well done
Dee1

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#15 posted 03-28-2016 03:19 PM

Great to see you are at the top of the list this morning, and reading all the comments. My grandson took the last two I hope kid proof toys home with him. Will post them soon. Son says he loves them, with all the other things going on here the few days he was here didn’t have time to play with them much.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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