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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Greenlight 1972 Ford F-350 Ramp Truck and 1965 Shelby Cobra 427/SC




With the success of Hitch and Tow it was bound to happen that more and more trucks are starting to appear in the Greenlight line, now growing even more with the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty line joining the group.  It was only a matter of time before a dually pickup would arrive and while that is still in the wishing process theoretically it is already here in the form of this 1972 Ford F-350 chassis cab where the bed area is replaced with a flatbed ramp truck, and on it is a sharp Shelby Cobra 427.






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Heavy duty trucks have been a part of the Ford line since the Model T, special models that usually are chassis cab models with the back part empty for any service body to be placed on it.  in the 1950's and 1960's the heavy duty trucks also shared styling components with the light-duty pickup line, but by this fifth-generation F-series the difference was wearing thin as the heavy-duty models like the F-250 and F-350 have started to adopt the light-duty F-100 and F-150 look and it would continue more so into the next-generations with dual rear wheels on a pickup bed and diesel motors.  This 1972 F-350 has a 390 CID V8 mated to a three-speed automatic to dual rear wheels.  The ramp truck was the precursor to the flatbed trailer as it uses a flatbed design at an angle to support vehicles on a short-wheelbase truck chassis.  On  some models the flatbed would extend over the cab to support any vehicle while keeping the wheelbase short.  When hydraulics from dump trucks find their way into tow trucks the standard flatbed design with a parallel to the ground design would replace the ramp truck as the more common choice.






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This red truck is the longest truck in the Greenlight line that matches the heavy-duty trucks from International and the RV's in the Heavy Duty line.  Despite the size this truck is light due to the fact that the ramp truck accessory is made of plastic.  The ramps are similar to the ones used in the Hitch and Tow line and work great here.  The ramp is black plastic with rails on the edges, while behind the cab is a rollbar with spot lights and a winch.  Tabs at the top of the ramp are designed to block the wheels to prevent the car from driving off the ramp even though the ramp arms do most of the work as well.  On the outside are running lights and two toolbox areas.  Chrome wheels with recessed dual rear wheel design look great on this truck and those large tow mirrors work great for a truck this size.  The front of the cab is very similar to the F-100 casting with split-bar front grille, round headlights, signal lights below, and a nice Ford plate up front.  The sides have the F350 badges on the hood, door handles, and a black top to accent the ramp truck design.








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Inside the interior has the same dashboard, steering wheel, and bench seat layout as the F100 casting, while the hood opens to show off that 390 V8 in blue.  The base underneath is plastic and is light on details.  The other story to this set is the Shelby Cobra 427/SC casting, a Motor World casting so it has a plastic base and no opening parts, but the level of detail is incredible for such a low-end Greenlight casting.  Decked out in black with red stripe up front and white door circles this Cobra looks ready for racing.  The front has round headlights, signal lights, oval grille section, and chrome bumper tips.  The hood has a bulge and silver latches that adorn the rising front fenders.  The front fenders also get the sponsor decals alongside the gills and lower side exhaust.  The rear has a chrome rollbar for the driver, a windshield that has the proper dash-mounted rearview mirror, silver gas cap, round taillights, and a chrome rear bumper.






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The interior has seating for two with detailed shifter, parking brake, 3-spoke steering wheel, and flat dashboard with plenty of gauges.  Those gray multi-spoke wheels with spinner center caps and Goodyear rubber tires are just so appropriate for this car.  Even the base despite being plastic has the proper Cobra drivetrain layout.  For such a small and lightweight car it is fast and handles well, and for those looking for a metal base Greenlight is tooling one for the upcoming Motor World replacement series for all Motor World castings.  This is a stellar set that includes a nice classic F-350 Ramp truck in red in its first debut carrying a classic Shelby Cobra 427/SC in black with racing graphics.  How good can life get?





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Greenlight 1972 Ford F-100 and Horse Trailer and Ram 2500 Tradesman and Heavy Duty Flatbed Trailer





Last month I reviewed the release 8 set of Hitch and Tow from Greenlight as all of them had new trailer toolings.  For release 9 most of them tools carry over with a few new truck models: a new classic Ford pickup and a toned down heavy duty Ram.








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1972 Ford F100 and Horse Trailer

The newest truck casting for 2017 is the 1968 to 1972 Ford F100 pickup, a field that is already crowded with examples from M2 Machines to Hot Wheels.  Greenlight this time went for the regular cab, short bed in two-wheel drive and in the upcoming All-Terrain release in 4x4 as well.  This example starts out in a nice blue and white two-tone that nicely matches the Horse Trailer in the back.  The Horse Trailer returns in blue and white matching the truck with detailed diamond plate steel and a prancing horse along the sides.  Open the rear doors and you can find stalls for two horses with a metal pole in the middle and up front are access doors to storage areas.  I still wish the doors on this horse trailer would close flush and stay close as they tend to come back out.






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The F100 has a chrome front grille with split grille and unlike M2 Machines the headlight frames are chrome and not blacked out.  Turn signal indicators are located between the grille and front bumper and also on the sides of the hood next to the F100 badge.  On the sides you get detailed chrome trim, nice big chrome towing mirrors, and silver 5-spoke wheel covers with whitewall rubber tires.  At the rear are detailed taillights, FORD on the tailgate, a trailer hitch, and Sport Custom along the sides of the bed.  The bed area is spacious and capable, and also note the holes in the bed for the upcoming roof rack accessory even though they ruin the look of the bed.  The interior is a nice dark cream color with 3-spoke steering wheel and nicely detailed controls on the dashboard, door panels, and bench seat.  The hood opens up to reveal the detailed 350 CID V8 in blue connected to a three-speed automatic transmission.  The details are not as crisp as the M2 casting and like the M2 casting the hood does not close flush; my tester required a little bit of force to get the hood to open up for the first time.  Also the base is rather light on details and will look odd when it has the lifted 4x4 axles with no transfer case.  While not the most exciting truck casting it is fitting into the Greenlight lineup quite nicely as a dedicated workhorse even if its towing horses.






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Ram 2500 Tradesman and Heavy Duty flatbed trailer

In the last release the Ram 2500 heavy duty finally made its debut in a stock format outside of the Power Wagon editions in its first release.  Also debuting is the new flatbed trailer that is longer, built to handle larger and heavier vehicles, comes with a toolbox, lights, and a winch to pull out those stubborn barn finds.  Problem is that release also coincided with the Gas Monkey Garage license so we had to deal with gaudy graphics that for those who don't like the show never appreciated.  Fortunately in the next release this Ram and trailer are back to stock in matching red colors.  The trailer is still big and long requiring reflector tape along the sides .  The faux chrome hooks remain, as are the working ramps that don't like to rotate on thick red paint.  The accessories are nicely detailed and that weak spare tire mount still remains (after taking pictures of the set the flatbed's spare tire started to come apart just like the G.M.G trailer did).






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The truck, while the same, is now a new trim level the lower-end Tradesman trim level.  This comes with lesser features, black bumpers, and 5-spoke steel wheels where on some of them they press too hard on the wheels causing them to flare out.  White letter Goodyear on the tires are a nice touch as well.  The front has a large black grille and the bumper still has the winch from the Power Wagon.  Foglights are gone and the headlights have a darker lens.  The hood still has the ribbed pattern as does the roof lights with antenna.  The sides show black door handles and a Cummins badge.  The rear has detailed taillights, black bumper, and dual exhausts from the Hemi models.  The RamBoxes are still there and join a bed area with a tonneau cover.  As mentioned the biggest news is the Cummins 6.7L turbodiesel I-6 motors that powers this Ram producing 385 hp and 900 Ib-ft of torque to a six-speed automatic transmission and two-speed transfer case.  With this power the truck can haul more with less strain than a gas engine would provide and works well with the heavy duty flatbed in the back.  The truck is also capable off-road and has great handling characteristics despite its size.  The interior still has seating for five and one of the best dash layouts of the business, though in this trim level expect low-end radio and simple HVAC controls.







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These two are another nice addition to the Hitch and Tow line and expect them to get more use in the upcoming releases.







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