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PostSubject: Kenworth W900   Sun 31 May 2015, 4:09 pm

Here we go, mailman just delivered, yes today SUNDAY morning! Big shout out
to Amazon! Anyways here is my next adventure in automotive modelling, 1/25
Revell Kenworth W900 tractor. Only let down, and not a big one, is the same
CAT 6 cylinder engine that was in the Peterbuilt I did a few years back. I was
kind of hoping for a Cummins diesel but "it is what it is". ---John

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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sun 31 May 2015, 6:05 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Mon 01 Jun 2015, 6:30 pm

I am on board also.
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Wed 03 Jun 2015, 1:55 am

Hello---just took half hour to get here, ever since I moved from Ma. to Fl.
my internet has been horrid. Can we say "dial up", almost that bad. I wrote
this post, went to Photobucket, lost this site and am now rewriting the post.
There is no fiber optics here so I have what I have, that and this site and
Photobucket don't like my server or my server don't like them. All my other modelling
sites are better, not much but easier to get at. Here's my up date, If you don't hear from me have a Happy Holiday season...I have the engine assembled and somewhat painted, not sure about
any detailing or wiring. Still debating color, I am leaning towards a nice gloss red. Anyways that's
where I stand, probably do mass quantities of semi gloss frame and suspension painting
tomorrow. If I can I will try to post again this week.---John

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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Wed 03 Jun 2015, 1:45 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Wed 03 Jun 2015, 4:13 pm

Looks like CAT yellow! And it looks way too clean for a truck engine. I don't think they were even that clean when they left the Freightliner factory where I used to work.

CAT always made a good engine and it was liked by many truckers. Up until the newer emissions laws went into effect, and their ACERT engine just didn't have the reliability. They saw the handwriting on the wall, and got out of the highway truck engine business.
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Wed 03 Jun 2015, 4:19 pm

By the way, the tranny should be either black or silver. They were made by another manufacturer other than CAT. Minor detail!
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Wed 03 Jun 2015, 4:29 pm

Nice start, look forward to more.
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Wed 03 Jun 2015, 6:55 pm

pete s wrote:
By the way, the tranny should be either black or silver. They were made by another manufacturer other than CAT. Minor detail!
OK---John

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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Wed 03 Jun 2015, 8:18 pm

OK, I stand corrected, they did make trannies. But it is not an over-the-road highway transmission, especially in a truck like a W900.

Mostly used for off-highway mining use. The only one I ever saw in our plant was for a 100% off highway mining application in a 6900 Western Star. As I remember, these mining trucks hauled zinc concentrate in side tipper trailers, to the tune of 430,000 lb gross combination weight!! And by then, the CAT engines were gone, so it was behind a Detriot Diesel DD16, probably about 600 hp!
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Thu 04 Jun 2015, 1:22 am

I am missing my bench big time. I have one of these in the stash as well.

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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Thu 04 Jun 2015, 11:53 am

Cool.
Those big trucks always look impressive!
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sat 06 Jun 2015, 2:14 am

Thanks Pete,and I do understand those aren't "over the road" vehicles but I am
going with all yellow, mine is a custom "rebuild", had shop paint to my specs, sounds
good to me. I have the interior done, liked the slate gray idea, looks sharp with light
gray center section of seats.Probably can't see but the lower firewall below the interior
is the body color, I am going with Italian Red, Tamiya rattle can, then using the kits white
stripes for the hood, door, body and sleeper roof.---John


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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sat 06 Jun 2015, 5:49 am

John, nice interior. Looks perfect, and that dash is great! Perfect with the wood grain, black gauge faces and chrome trim rings. Even the correct yellow and red park brake knobs. Great job!
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sat 06 Jun 2015, 1:18 pm

Pete thanks, I couldn't find a picture of the third knob so I painted it black,
what is it suppose to be?---thanks John
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sat 06 Jun 2015, 3:16 pm

John, the third knob should be blue.

The three valve system is still available, but most manufacturers went to the two valve system a while ago that retained the red (trailer parking) and yellow (tractor) knobs. When you pull on the yellow knob to lock the spring brakes, it automatically pops the red one, so all the parking brakes are applied. I can't recall what the blue knob does, as it has been quite a while since I saw one in a truck.

The red one is mostly used after hooking up a trailer. After backing up and having the kingpin set (and before you crank up the trailer landing gear), you pull the red knob, and give it a little forward pull to be sure the kingpin latch is locked. You definitely don't want the trailer to come off the fifth wheel (turntable for you Brits/Aussies).
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sat 06 Jun 2015, 6:00 pm

Could the blue be air? I worked in a weld shop for 42 years, red was flammable
gas, green oxygen and blues was water or later on air. ---John
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sat 06 Jun 2015, 6:57 pm

That dash is splendid. Nice detail.
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sat 06 Jun 2015, 7:19 pm

yep... nicely done John
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sat 06 Jun 2015, 7:45 pm

So I did a little internet searching, and the blue knob says "trailer release", but I am not sure what this does. Like I said, most braking systems went to the two knob system some time ago, so I have never used one. Truck air brake systems are pretty complex, as compared to pass car hydraulics.
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sat 06 Jun 2015, 8:41 pm

Interior looks fantastic so far, great work.
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sat 06 Jun 2015, 9:37 pm

It looks a really nicely detailed truck, the dash looks great and perhaps in a few weeks time I may add one to my stash.

Anyway John, great job so far
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sun 07 Jun 2015, 2:35 am

Thanks. The radiator, saddle tanks and fifth wheel are installed. I also painted
the cab interior neutral gray, a bit darker than the interior and quite a bit darker
than the seat cushions. It should stand out nice against the Italian red cab.---John
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PostSubject: Re: Kenworth W900   Sun 07 Jun 2015, 8:20 am

Very clean John
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