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 Posted: Tue Oct 6th, 2020 07:31 pm
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David Laughery
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A nice truck is this 1927 Ford TT that was promoted by Bell Telephone in 1987 and offered by the Yorkshire Co..  It came as this flat bed version and as a lift version.  My first model arrived with a broken front wheel, so the wheel on this model is not what was on this truck.  It was the closest replacement  I could find. 
The cab on this represents an after-market cab (and bed) offered by the Field Manufacturing Co. in Michigan.  Ford was still selling bare chassis for the owner to add his choice of cab and bed.  Dave L. 



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 Posted: Tue Oct 6th, 2020 07:42 pm
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The point of this thread is that there is a tremendous source of vehicles for large scale layouts-diecast cars and trucks from all decades. My interest is the early years, until 1935. My layout will be set in 1935, so that is the reason for my concentrating on these years.
While a few models would be useable as is, most will require a little work painting and detailing to be realistic. Thanks for following along. Should anyone do a project with a diecast I hope you will share it in this thread. Regards, Dave L.

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Dave,

Thanks for all the information on the vehicles.  There are many similar models in both 1/32 scale (useful for those few of us that model in 1/35 scale), and in 1/48 or 1/45 scale.  many of your modifications can be used in any scale.

I'm wondering if that Bell System truck was really a promotional item put out by Ma Bell, or something Yorkshire did on their own.  The old Bell System was broken up on January 1, 1984.  I was there and is was an absolute mess.  In my building (El Monte, CA) there was tape running down the floor to indicate the AT&T side and Pacific Bell side, and you were not allowed to cross the line.  If you needed to talk with a Pac Bell person you had to go through channels instead of just walking across the room and talking to them in person.  Near impossible to get anything accomplished.  Pac Bell eventually moved out and AT&T (the Death Star...just look at their logo) had the building to themselves.  Ma Bell never understood what it was like to have to compete in the open market and nearly went under.  In spite of repeated assurances that our jobs were secure AT&T closed the site and layed off some 250 people.  Given the disaster going on at the time I question if anyone had the time to do a promotional item, though I suppose it is possible.



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Michael, every diecast I've done has been a promotional model.  I assumed that it was the same with the Bell truck.  The box shows the two styles and even a pen set for the desk.  I guess we'll never know the story.  Thanks for the info on Bell.  Regards, Dave L. 



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This nice 1922 Studebaker arrived today.  It is a Liberty Classics model.  Regards, Dave L. 



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I like that Studebaker.





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Great Thread guys.

Please review the process,
for removing and replacing the axles and painting wheels in detail.

I just found a couple of really good candidates for the period,
and don't want to mess up the axles to where they can't be reassembled.


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Wes, give us some details about your vehicles.  What are the scale and maker of your vehicles.  Are the whets pressed onto the axles or are the ends of the axels protruding through the wheels and peened over?  If they are Ertl pr Liberty Classics and have screws it will be easier.  Photos will help.  Regards, Dave L.

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The lettering and promotion came right off within seconds on my Liberty Classics 1922 Studie using the Testor's Cement trick.  There is a stiff breeze blowing through the window today here in PA so I did it here by the computer.  Always use good ventilation when using this stuff!  Regards, Dave L. 



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Wes, hopefully you'll not have to remove the wheels from the axels, but can get to them as a wheel and axel unit.  Spoked wheels are more delicate, as the result of the shipping of my Ford TT truck shows.  The wheel was beyond repair.  I had a few wheels in the parts box, but they are not a match.  Waiting to see what your vehicles are.  Regards, Dave L.   



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