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IH Loadstar Brush Truck

Postby chariots of fire on Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:21 pm

I finished up an International Loadstar dump truck mainly as a trial run to see how the resin casting from AITM would look. I think it is pretty well done. So now I can look forward to some detailing of the next Loadstar for this rig. I've already begun to cut out the doors and have taken the hood apart so that it will open like the butterfly hood that it is. In progress photos will be posted along the way.
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Re: IH Loadstar Brush Truck

Postby Robbo on Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:55 pm

Hi Charlie. Looks like another good looking project is well on the way.

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Re: IH Loadstar Brush Truck

Postby chariots of fire on Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:10 am

I did a bit on the hood pieces making up some hinges with brass tubing and strip stock. Finicky sort of work but I got it done. Will post some pics. Cutting the doors out reveals some irregularities in thickness of the master that was used for the Loadstar. Once they are smoothed up work will begin on making hinges for them also.
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Re: IH Loadstar Brush Truck

Postby chariots of fire on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:33 pm

Here are some photos of the work to date. Hinges were made of slices of brass tubing that were soldered to flat stock. On the other end of the sliced tubing a piece of 0.018" diameter brass tubing was also soldered. Using sliced brass tubing as the curved section of each hinge assured that they would match during the building process.
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More detail can now be added to the underside of the hood pieces.
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This is how the hood looks with the center temporarily set in place with some guide pins. Eventually the hood will be made with working rods that keep the hood sides up for display.
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Re: IH Loadstar Brush Truck

Postby chariots of fire on Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:25 pm

Been doing some more work on the brush rig. Attention turned to the front axle and the construction of the steering knuckles. I soldered some brass tubing together to make the parts you see in the first photo. They form the knuckle that allows the wheel to spin as well as turn. The tie rod will connect both wheels together so that they turn as one. The part of the knuckle that fits into the bushing in the wheel is threaded for the screw and washer. This keeps the wheel on the hub. The silver disk goes on the outside of the wheel as a covering for the 4wd mechanism.
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The next photo shows the front of the wheel on the left and the inner portion of the wheel on the right. The front axle differential is offset so that it will clear the engine oil pan. This part came from the AMT ALF kit. It is drilled out with a piece of 1/8" diameter tubing inserted for strength and to give the brass parts a solid connection. The long shaft showing on the wheel at the right is the part that is inserted into the axle tubing.
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Re: IH Loadstar Brush Truck

Postby Aaronw on Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:29 pm

Wow, the Loadstar is amazing. So happy to hear it is going to be available from AITM, these cabs were hugely popular for Brush trucks with the USFS, California Dept of Forestry and others. So many ideas I don't even know where to start.
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Re: IH Loadstar Brush Truck

Postby chariots of fire on Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:35 pm

You are right. Used for just about everything. They are available now at AITM. Comes with separate hood, dash, floorboard, seat, steering wheel and column, running boards, bumper and some of Dave's mirrors. There is also a set of decals for the hood sides and the horn button and some gages for the dash.
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Re: IH Loadstar Brush Truck

Postby chariots of fire on Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:16 pm

Got more done on the frame and engine these last few days. With it being so cold it was good to hibernate in the work room and get some modeling done!
Here is the frame and engine done except for the driveshafts. U-joints from Shapeways have not arrived yet so I have to wait on them to finish the drivetrain.
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The cab now sits on the frame with the engine in place. A tight fit but it's all in there. The wires sticking up will eventually tie into the firewall.
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Re: IH Loadstar Brush Truck

Postby jimb on Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:18 pm

Nice progress.
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