Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

3D Thursday: Custom '83 Silverado

I love this casting, and I really like this paint job. But I wanted to make it less “show truck” and more “nice truck that can still haul stuff”. The first thing I did was lift it, by cutting slots into the base where the axle could drop into. I then used the Patented Tinfoil Hat Wheel Swap Method (patent pending) to give these MBX wheels a new home.

That method was slightly complicated by the fact that plumbing codes in my area do not allow the use of ABS pipe, so nobody carries ABS glue around here. I didn’t feel like paying to ship the cement, so I decided to try an all purpose glue I found, which works on both PVC and ABS. It’s a little thinner than the proper ABS glue, but it did the job. That said, I did not execute the swap perfectly. I didn’t get enough glue in underneath the rear axle, so that axle hole isn’t tight and doesn’t retain the wheels. I think a dab of super glue will fix that though. Also, the back axle is a little off level, so the truck is a bit tripod. Oh well, it’s my first shot at it, I’ll get better!

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That said, I’m quite pleased with the new look. I love these wheels, and the stance is perfect in my opinion. It’s a slight drop down to nearly level, with an ever so slight rake. It’s still a slick looking truck, but also ready to do some work.

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So, why am I posting this for 3D Thursday? Well in this casting’s stock extreme dropped form, the frame has a C-notch to make room for the axle. That’s a pretty common modification to trucks with extreme drops, but it also makes the bed pretty useless.

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Since I wanted this truck to look usable, that had to go. So I sanded that part off, and then the real work began. I drew the bed floor and wheel wells in 3D on AutoCAD (not the best program for 3D modeling, but it’s the one I know), and then printed it up on one of my class 3D printers. It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty dang pleased with the results.

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I still need to detail the lights, and I think I’ll add a trailer hitch, but I couldn’t wait to show to show it off :)

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If anybody else would like one of these bed filler pieces for this casting, I’d be happy to print you one. The hard work of designing and drawing it is already done, it’s only a five minute long print. Or if you have a 3D printer, I can send you the .stl file.

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