An older model made at about the same time as my red lorry (circa 2007), just a simple conversion of the compressor truck 8868 to an American style lorry with one or two other minor modifications.
About this creation
V6 engine now driven by a chain rather than the original rubber band; provides more positive transmission.
Crane boom, cab and turntable, as well as all pneumatic tubes and valves, all removed to change style of vehicle. Compressor, electric motor and battery box all removed as well. Rear wheels now double rather than the original single configuration.
View of underside showing modification to gearing of steering gear; small beveled point wheels now replaced by a small gear to turn a crown wheel. Steering transmission far smoother than original. Stub axles for front wheels now longer, including brake disc for each wheel; as front wheel track now slightly wider to account for wider rear wheel track resulting from double rear wheels, this enabled removal of steering lock restrictors from chassis to allow marginally more steering lock without tyres getting snagged.
Seats moved backward slightly from original position to allow Technic man to sit in the space available with the addition of a steering wheel.
8868 was a great set, but I always thought it needed a working steering wheel in the cabin and a few cosmetic changes here and there (such as dual rear wheels). This looks pretty spiffy with your modifications! Great Work :-)
I like it
February 11, 2012
nice mods, have just bought myself the new version of this, set No 9397.