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Truck Of The Day: July 16, 2017; Top Shelf Replica '90 Ford L9000
Topic Started: Jul 16 2017, 10:19 AM (157 Views)
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Top Shelf Replica's 1990 Ford L9000 is the truck for today and comes from craftymore's collection.

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The Ford L-Series (also named Ford Louisville or Ford Aeromax) is a range of heavy-duty trucks that were assembled and marketed by Ford between 1970 and 1998. The first dedicated Class 8 truck produced by the company, the L-Series range replaced the N-Series short conventional (derived from the F-Series). Produced as both straight trucks and semitractors, the Ford L-Series encompassed a wide range of models through the Class 7-8 GVWR ratings in medium-duty, severe-service, and vocational applications. The line would become one of the most popular series of trucks Ford ever produced.


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Top Shelf Replicas is based out of nearby Ridge Farm, Illinois. They have ag and trucks as their primary focus. This Ford was released in 2016 as both a long haul tractor as shown as well in a flat bed configuration.

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The L-Series was produced in the Kentucky Truck Plant near Louisville, Kentucky, which gave rise to the nickname "Louisville Line" trucks[1]; as part of a 1996 redesign, part of the model line officially took on the Louisville nameplate.

Following the sale of the Ford heavy-truck line to Freightliner in 1996, the L-Series was discontinued by Ford at the end of 1998. Freightliner would concurrently take over production of the Ford L-Series, opening its Sterling Trucks subsidiary; the L-Series became the Sterling A-Line, Acterra, and L-Line, remaining in production until 2009 when Sterling Trucks closed operations.


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Although the L-Series would see few revisions throughout its production, elements of its design would see use in other Ford vehicles. In 1974, the W-Series cabover received a larger grille similar to the chrome version on the L-Series. For 1978, the F-Series/Bronco grille was given a similar eggcrate grille pattern. In the 1980 redesign of the medium-duty F-Series, the hexagonal shape of the grille was carried over; it is a theme used in all Super Duty trucks since their 1999 introduction.

In 1984, the rest of the L-Series became one of the last North American Fords to adopt the Ford Blue Oval; as with the LTL-9000, it was placed above the grille. In 1988, the L-Series changed its grille design from an eggcrate design to that of horizontal chrome bars; the Ford Blue Oval became centered. In addition, rectangular headlights became standard in 1991.

1992 saw the introduction of the set-back front axle version of the LL/LTL-9000, designated the LLS and LTLS-9000, along with the corresponding Aeromax versions that had more aerodynamic bumpers and optional chassis skirting.


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very well done..it's painted like you could hook it up to a UPS trailer and have a matched set.
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pjedsel
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:thumbup: Not a brand I am familiar with - thinking they started up after I pretty much left the farm toy part of collecting. It is a super looking truck - and I peeked at their website. Nice! Very nice! Does he make the products in IL?
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pjedsel
Jul 16 2017, 07:45 PM
:thumbup: Not a brand I am familiar with - thinking they started up after I pretty much left the farm toy part of collecting. It is a super looking truck - and I peeked at their website. Nice! Very nice! Does he make the products in IL?
The very earliest releases might have been though I have no proof of that. All current products from TSR are made in China.
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I would enjoy seeing a picture of this alongside a 1/64 scale car or two, since these aren't available around here for me to see in-hand.
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Dean-o-mite
Jul 17 2017, 03:38 AM
I would enjoy seeing a picture of this alongside a 1/64 scale car or two, since these aren't available around here for me to see in-hand.
Sure thing Dean!

The Ford and the '64 Ford Country Squire from AW.
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Just for kicks here's the Ford with Greenlight's '86 Fleetwood Bounder
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I didn't measure the Ford L9000 but would pretty confidentially assume it's true 1/64. They are available to purchase through various sources online. Diecast Promotions also has a Ford 9000 model in 1/64.

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I am guessing that these would be similar in quality to the trucks from Diecast Promotions and Spec Cast?
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pjedsel
Jul 17 2017, 09:46 PM
I am guessing that these would be similar in quality to the trucks from Diecast Promotions and Spec Cast?
That's a fair statement to make. Prices for these models range from $25-$40 at the toys shows I've seen. Diecast Promotions likely has the best quality big rigs in 1/64 with Top Shelf to me ranking in the middle.
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Thank you very much for the bonus pictures! It is definitely impressive in size and would look good in a scaled diorama.
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