Needed a Wrecker for my fleet

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Project by hunter71 posted 12-30-2012 12:10 PM 4888 views 14 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What a fun build. no plans to follow, just my measurements from a local wrecker, past experience, and the internet. I went after a 30-50 ton design for my truck. The cab has similarities form a K/W but I did not copy any particular brand. The front wheels steer, of course the booms all work. I used many different cherry woods, local Walnut. Some I am not even sure of as they came from pallets from S America with hardwood flooring. The cab is very detailed, but when I added the roof I decided on a low, mean look and now the walnut burl dash is hard to see. Purple heart and Yellow heart show off the lights and accessories well. Full undercarriage down to the air brakes and drive line. Hooked it up to one of my dump trucks, well… it took a good picture.
Thanks for looking, Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 12-30-2012 12:30 PM

very nice my friend. A “Tip of the Hat” to you sir.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#2 posted 12-30-2012 12:38 PM

A real nice piece of work. How long did this build take?

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 12-30-2012 12:53 PM

Great job on the wrecker great detail and wood choice

-- robert dignam

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#5 posted 12-30-2012 01:02 PM

When I saw the picture, I thought of you right away….know you can do that good a job! Awesome and envious


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

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#6 posted 12-30-2012 01:03 PM

That looks great! A job well done.

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#7 posted 12-30-2012 01:06 PM

Very nice

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#8 posted 12-30-2012 01:23 PM

Wow, Doug. Your constrution equipment, and your builds have such gr8 detail in them. This wrecker has it all. Super nice

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

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#9 posted 12-30-2012 01:25 PM

this is great, and the rest of your projects are upper level

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#10 posted 12-30-2012 01:32 PM

Is there a direct correlation to level of detail growing with a level of insanity? I keep flipping through these projects and talking to myself out loud as I spot and describe little details.

Great job as usual!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#11 posted 12-30-2012 01:50 PM

I can see you enjoyed this build by all the little details you incorporated and hate to guess at the amount of hours you spent on this .
Just a fantastic looking rig .

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 12-30-2012 01:54 PM

Beautifully done Doug. Great level of detail too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 12-30-2012 02:34 PM

WOW! What a great looking Wrecker! Your amazing Hunter! Your pieces have so much to say! It’s not like you just click an look and go on to the next project, it’s more like click and stare for a while at your “Great “Fun” and very interesting pieces!
Well done! :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 12-30-2012 02:45 PM

Good work, pleasing to view.

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#15 posted 12-30-2012 02:46 PM

Great looking wrecker You have quite a fleet of very nice wooden toys!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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