Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My Original AMT Peterbilt 359 and Fruhauf Trailer

I think I'm going to cry. I thought I had lost this picture, taken in 1969, of the original AMT issue of the PETERBILT 359 "California Hauler" and AMT FRUHAUF Trailer. This is the first truck I ever built!!!

That's right - the first of AMT's line of truck models. The truck that started my interest in model trucks. MY FAVORITE model of all times!! Note that it doesn't have the sleeper cab yet, the picture was taken shortly after I ordered it from AMT.

The picture was taken on the front porch of my childhood home. Both house and truck are long lost, but not the memory.

It's funny how things come back when you least expect them to.


  1. Hy,my name is Ernesto,and I live in Guadalajara,Mexico.
    Amazing!.this was also my very first model big rig,I still keep this model,actualy I try to rebuilding it,I hope to finish it in a cuple of months.
    This is the first time I try post in internet,I hope to make it well.
    Congrats for your site,its very interesting,hope to know about you soon,Ernesto I.

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  3. I happen to have an AMT california Hauler 359 for sale. Most pieces are still on the trees...the pieces not on trees are still in box. The original instructions are also in the box.

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  5. I took the trailer out for a highway test yesterday since it was warm and dry out. I got up to 70mph and there was no signs of swerving, fishtailing, or tracking problems. I was concerned the spare tire might add unbalanced load to the tail of the trailer. So far so good.


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