THE GREEN MACHINE
MONOGRAM GARBAGE TRUCK KIT
BUILT BY IRA DAHM (1968)
EIGHTH PLACE WINNER IN THE
1968 MONOGRAM / CAR MODEL MAGAZINE GARBAGE TRUCK CONTEST!
MORE COLOR PHOTOS BELOW!
The 1968 Monogram/Car Model Magazine Contest
was the motivation for this custom pick up truck. These are new photos of
the original model. This was the first model magazine contest that I had
entered. Results were in the Feb. 1969 issue of "Car Model". The
"The Big Green Flower Machine" graphics were inspired by an old
Simon and Garfield song from the sixties.This project included parts from
the Monogram Garbage Truck, AMT's '53 Ford Pickup, Cobra, Cyclone, Silhouette,
Ala Kart and IMC's Volkswagen and Little Red Wagon Kits.
Here's some of the details. The top was raised
about an inch with sheet plastic. The front end from the Cobra kit was grafted
onto the front of the Garbage Truck. The pick up bed is a modified piece
from the '53 Ford truck. The rear fenders were cut off the Ala Kart unit
and modified to fit. The frame uses parts from the Little Red Wagon and
the engine is from the IMC Volkswagen kit. The Volkswagen engine was hooked
up to a drive shaft for rear wheel drive. The side pipes are from the Silhouette
The pick up bed, floor board and running
boards are covered with self adhesive green flannel. This flannel product
is now available from the Contact Corp in at least a couple of other colors.
The frame and engine were painted with metalic model railroad paints. Most
of the chrome parts were sprayed with a clear pearl which gave them a nice
satin finish. The finish is Metal flake Candy Green fogged with Aztec Gold
and Yellow Pearl.