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Project by hunter71 posted 10-04-2012 11:03 AM 3677 views 9 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After 2 months construction I can now haul my backhoe. This may be the prettiest truck I have built to date. Made from Myrtle wood ordered from Oregon and Black Walnut from our property. Finish is Min wax satin Poly, hand brushed.
I spent about 2 months working on and off [mostly off] I detailed it down to the last thing I could think of. The interior has air seat and a jump seat. Button on the shifter for the 2 speed. cup holder, CB radio hanging from the roof. Walking beam construction for the axles. Air brakes, drive line connects to the Cat engine, bogey gears on both axles. Steerable front wheels. The pindle hitch will pull the tri axle trailer I made for the 4×4 backhoe, The trailer was never posted but it was shown on my assembly project table Comments welcome.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 11:13 AM

Fantastic. Another great one to add to the collection. You do a good job contrasting the colors. Steerable front wheels, now that takes some imagination and dedication.

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 11:24 AM

well done. The backhoe will look great behind it.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 10-04-2012 11:24 AM

Amazing work !

-- Denny

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#4 posted 10-04-2012 11:34 AM

This is beautiful. The details are inspiring. And nice photos too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#5 posted 10-04-2012 11:43 AM

Very nice and also the detail.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#6 posted 10-04-2012 11:51 AM

Your efforts are amazing! Stunning detail perfectly displayed and I only have one problem with this, it’s not mine!!!!
I love your work Doug! Thanks for sharing!


-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Tom Godfrey

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#7 posted 10-04-2012 11:53 AM

Awesome. Would love to be able to make something like this.
A work of art.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#8 posted 10-04-2012 12:12 PM

So much detail. Very awesome all the way around.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 10-04-2012 12:18 PM

great looking truck with great attention to detail one to be proud of

-- robert dignam

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#10 posted 10-04-2012 12:36 PM

Gorgeous truck! From colors to detail, a magnificent creation :-)

-- Joe

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#11 posted 10-04-2012 12:45 PM

I don’t know any of those truck terms you’re using (‘cepting the cup holder) but I do know a labour of love when I see it. I think I need to make mudflaps like those for my pickup!
A knockout piece from a venerable master of this folk art niche. Thanks for the look.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#12 posted 10-04-2012 12:51 PM

Amazing work! Great job, keep up the good work!

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#13 posted 10-04-2012 12:54 PM

Doug you do some amazing things making theses scaled down models. Im impressed every time i see your projects. Youve got to have a full fleet at your house by now. I would love to see a family shot of all your “toys”.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#14 posted 10-04-2012 01:02 PM

wonderful, a work of art!!

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#15 posted 10-04-2012 01:16 PM

You have such Amazing talent… its very nice love the detail, Thanks for sharing.

-- Michael D.

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