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#1 OFFLINE   Nocky

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Posted 30 November 2004 - 02:55 PM

Hi there all. I have some Ertl trucks with these wheels on (you can get them from Collectablediecast.com) and they are about 20 inches in 1/18th scale. They come with brake calipers and thin metal axles, so they could go on Dub style cars easily. I don't use the axles as I like my drive train to be as accurate to 1:1 as possible.

Here is a pict of the truck that I have modded to fit the new rims. I have also used the same technic on an Ertl Dodge Ram and it should also work well on most other models (Bburagos, Maistos etc). I do think that these wheels are a little too large for most 1/18th scale cars, but they suit trucks very well. You can get the wheels with spinner hubs on too.

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and here is a pict of the end reult

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The wheels come in this packet

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and this is what you get inside

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Here is a pict of the original suspension from the Dodge Warlock. Note the "spindles" sticking out from the axles that the Ertl wheels would be attached to.

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To get the axles ready I cut off the spindles and files down the surface so it was flat, in order to glue on the brake calipers.

Then I glued on the calipers to the axles like so:

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The wheels have a stub which needs to be cut down like so:

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See how the wheel fits in flat when the stub has been cut down?

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Now you can just slip the wheel into the round slot in the caliper which is glued to the axle. The wheels turn and spin (though they can fall off). I painted the calipers red and I think the result looks good. Note that the trucks has not been lowered (at this stage......).

Here is a comparison shot (not that good though, I WILL have to get on and make a photo studio)

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Hope that helps Lance! I forgot to get a shot of a caliper by itself, I will try to get tonight.

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 12:31 PM

good tutorial, nocky!!!  what i did was to use the axle myself, but this is how i did it:

1) i cut off the little OEM spindle that hold the wheels in, and drilled straight thru from one side to the next using the STOCK model axles aka suspension and slipped the aftermarket axles thru... its hard to see without pictures, but if you sit there and imagine it...you'll know what i mean. so basically, the stock suspension acts like a "glove" for the replacement axles...


john.

nice work tho!  that older truck looks good with newer rims!

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 01:06 PM

nice work  :nicejob

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 01:20 AM

HI John. Yes I know what you mean. What did you put the rims on (what kind of car/truck)?
Yeah, the ol' Dodge looks good witht he new rims. I have taken off all the decals and might go further with this one. Thinking of shaving the handles and things, detailed engine, lower it.......
I have two of these trucks and two of the Lil Red Express trucks. I will probably keep one of each as stock and I would like to "lift" one as mud truck.

thanks

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Posted 05 December 2004 - 10:56 AM

Very Very cool!! I have used wheels from that company on some of my mods and they worked out to be about 18 inches on 1/18 scale.  I just bought the pack you have displayed, on yesterday and they also have a @24 inch set designed for 1/18 scale. I personally think that 20 inch wheels look best on trucks (Dodge and Chevy now offer them on factory trucks), and is the largest wheel that looks good...any bigger that 20 inches looks goofy, thats just my opinion!  Keep up the good work!

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Posted 05 December 2004 - 05:32 PM

robluvcars, on Dec 6 2004, 04:56 AM, said:

Very Very cool!! I have used wheels from that company on some of my mods and they worked out to be about 18 inches on 1/18 scale.  I just bought the pack you have displayed, on yesterday and they also have a @24 inch set designed for 1/18 scale. I personally think that 20 inch wheels look best on trucks (Dodge and Chevy now offer them on factory trucks), and is the largest wheel that looks good...any bigger that 20 inches looks goofy, thats just my opinion!  Keep up the good work!

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Hi there. Do you mean you brought wheels from Collectable Diecast or form the company that made the wheels? I havn't seen the 24inch wheels, are they the spinner ones? @0 inches looks good, though I have seen 1:1 Dodge Rams on 22's and they look really cool. I wouldn't want anything bigger though, as the brakes can't handle the rotating mass!

Peter

PS any picts of your mods?

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