Norm Marshall Truck & Lowboy Trailer - modified

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Project by crowie posted 03-13-2013 01:22 AM 2426 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Norm Marshall Truck & Lowboy Trailer – modified

I had started this Norm Marshall Truck & Lowboy Trailer back a bit before a fall and it’s been good to get back into it.
Being back at the woodworking bench fixing things and making toys is just the “bees’ knees” after the enforced break of a broken hip.
I had to take it very slowly as the standing, twisting & bending all aggravate the new hip and I pay heaps for it later..
Made a few mistakes but just re-cut extra material or made an “on the fly” modification.
It all takes time doing the cutting and preparation then some gluing plus waiting for it to dry.
Modified the axles, increasing them to 8mm dia [5/16”] with 8.5mm bore in the axle supports [grandson strong].
I’ve made up a couple of fuel tanks out of some 35mm [1.5”] dowel to fit behind the steps.
I’ve added some personal touches which I think work [after some overseas friends inspiration].
I put 2 fuel tanks on the body of the truck behind the steps, but the biggest modification is the second boggy making it a 10 wheeler.
I made the Drop Deck Trailer about 50mm [2”] longer, with a longer trailer connection to accommodate the boggy drive on the “Head”.
I’ve also lengthened the “fifth wheel”.
The 3 sets of wheels have an added nylon washer between the body & the wheel.
I cut off the exhaust systems and redid them the correct way around.
I fitted the 2 headlights, shop bought from Woodworks Ltd in the USA, same place I got the steering wheel.
[Wooden Toy Wheels & Other Unfinished Wood Wheels]
The bonnet is an offcut of a laminated Meranti post; a hardwood used for decorative decking & the like.
The radiator is Tassie Oak, an Australia Gum Tree
I like putting the different timbers together to add extra character to the toys.

The truck part looks with the extra boggy plus the rear bumper bar.
I’ve personalised both the Truck & the Trailer and it’s been a fun project.
I think they’ve come up okay and the grandsons is very impressed.
Best part is that this is always played with and nothing has been broken..
Cheers from On Top DownUnder, crowie

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

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 02:06 AM

very sharp

-- greg indiana

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#2 posted 03-13-2013 11:29 AM

Nice looking rig. If your GSs are like mine when you make for them it better be tough. Haaa Haaa.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 11:30 AM

Yet another great job. Keep them coming

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 06:35 PM

Another great looking toy. Kids gotta love them. They’ll be enjoyed and treasured for many years.

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#6 posted 12-08-2015 12:20 AM

I know this is an old post but just love to build toys and had built this one back in 198?
when Norm Marshall book came out.
All these years and I don’t remember noticing that it didn’t have dual wheels in the back.
Really nice work!!!

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