Model: 58372: Ford F350 High Lift
Status: Runner
Date: 4-Nov-2006
Comments: 26
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Finally finished, for now. The body is painted with automotive touch-up lacquer, in authentic Ford 'colors'. My first time using automotive paint, so it was really quite a learning experience. I think from now on I'll stick with Tamiya colors.. :) For the bull bars, grill, and running boards I used some satin black, and did the same for the rollbar after de-chroming it.

The chassis is built using a MonoTuning aluminum frame kit that I had hard anodized black. (The billet shock towers are also from MonoTuning.) I also had the bull bar braces and skid plate done in black at the same time.

Mods that you can't see include MonoTuning hard anodized pinion and transfer gears, Tamiya Teflon Super Seal bearings for all of the internal bearing points, and some standard rubber seals for all the 'external' bearing points. Hopefully the added precision will prevent me from having to do a tear-down any time soon! I also used copious amount of threadlock for the same reason. Don't get me wrong, I rreally like the design of this truck, but compared to the old three speed there's about eleventeen more steps to get the tranny in your hands...

For the wheels I went with these aluminum pieces I found at the morfars.dk website, (thanks to focus1!) and they are a perfect fit in my opinion. They actually came with some center caps that look very similar to the Tamiya 1/14 aluminum front wheel caps, but I opted to leave them off since I think it looks nicer without them. (Also makes it a lot easier to get to the wheel nut!!)


On the electronics end, I used what I had around: LRP F1 reverse and a Tamiya/Futaba 3010 high torque BB servo. Shift servo is a standard Futaba 3003. For the radio I used my trusty Futaba Challenger 4 channel.


This was an absolute pleasure to build and very satisfying to drive, although it is nothing like the original three speed 4X4s. Aside from the familiar shifting pattern, the F-350 really 'feels' like a a whole new truck, even if it does share a number of parts with the big rigs. The gear ratios are spot on, and the overall dimensions are a perfect blend of scale form and function.



UPDATE!: This truck won 'most realistic' in the Tamiya America 'F350 Ultimate Build Contest'!!
Not sure how long this link will last, but check it out here:


http://tamiyausa.com/articles/feature.php?article-id=282


Thanks Tamiya!!!




























Custom billet frame and shock towers:

If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
WW2 Winch for the F350

Comments

rizzo rat

4-Nov-2006

Great pictures. I like what you have done with the grill and bull bar, I haven’t seen many in white but I must say it's looking awesome indeed. What are and were did you get wheels from please?

OCD

4-Nov-2006

Thanks rizzo - The wheels came from morfars.dk (website) and I can't remember who made them. They look very similar to GPM.

chef_bikes

4-Nov-2006

Very nice looking truck - you did a good job!

dunebuggy71

4-Nov-2006

What a beauty ! Cool paintscheme. Very clean looking truck. Black bull bar and rollbar are a great touch. Wonderful pictures too. One of the best F-350 here on TC. You are a master modeller.

4-Nov-2006

Looks very nice and elegant!

Cinnamon

4-Nov-2006

A note about the rims: I found and mounted them first.
The brand is Roadtech AW1010F+R . They are sold at a danish website called morfars.dk under the name Convoy. Price is 60 EURO. They accept VISA.
Take a look at their website cause they got moore nice stuff,most for touring cars.
Your truck really looks Ace ocd !!

Sheng

4-Nov-2006

HELLO, NICE FINISHING!

OCD

4-Nov-2006

Thanks for all of the nice comments folks! Thank you Cinnamon for the important details on these wheels. I bought them about two months ago and completely forgot about the 'Roadtech' name. They are indeed from Morfars, and I got a very good deal on them. -Steve

Brat Attacks

4-Nov-2006

Excellent photos. Truck looks good and l have to say for once Tamiya's box art is wrong. These look great in white and it's no wonder people are doing them like this.

cardesigner

28-Nov-2006

I can't believe I missed this in your showroom! Awesome truck, I love the details and personal touches. Wheels are sweet too

OCD

28-Nov-2006

Thanks Jun! Glad to hear such nice comments from the likes of you! Stay tuned as I'm giving Mr. Lift a complete overhaul as we speak. (Check out the forum for details ) -Steve

focus1

8-Dec-2006

Verry nice colour there Steve! Looks like it is a troughout bonefied build!

OCD

9-Dec-2006

Thanks Anders Stay tuned as I have some 'new' pictures coming soon... -Steve

Maxxed Ross

24-Dec-2006

lucky bugger! lol, have fun with it

OCD

24-Dec-2006

Lucky?

mymonsterbeetleisbroken

31-Dec-2006

Congrats on the Ultimate Build win! It really does look real, excellent detail on the bodyshell and great backdrops for your pictures. Who said tamiya made a mistake with the F-350 - I think it looks Spot On! and yours proves it!

OCD

31-Dec-2006

Thanks so much! Not trying to be modest, but I was really surprised I placed with my last-minute entry. There were a lot of really nice rigs posted there!

rhenbelz

31-Dec-2006

Congratulations! Nicest looking F350 I have seen yet!

technical.burP

31-Dec-2006

I like the first picture very much! Whuh! Looks like Ansel Adams Yosemity park pictures. Great wheels you got there. It looks so real - only the red dampers irritate a bit.

Maxxed Ross

21-Feb-2007

saw it on the site and didn't realise it was a club member... well done! the great pictures really do it justice!

tamkyo

17-Apr-2007

Great looking truck and awesome photos as well!

bluehenry1992

28-Jul-2007

hi, what is that jack under the liftie? i'm looking for a scale jack or scissor lift for mine!

OCD

2-Aug-2007

The scissor lift is a Snap-On premium that I picked up on Ebay a few years ago - Not sure if there's many around now...

technical.burP

14-Jul-2008

Very nice car and great build.

mongoose1983

12-Mar-2010

Great F-350 and location!

OCD

12-Mar-2010

Thanks Mr. Mongoose Ah, memories... These pictures remind me of the days when I had so much more time for this hobby! Hopefully this year will be different


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