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Link-Belt Truck Crane - By Thomas Kelly

Thomas Kelly built this truck mounted crane using a Classic Construction Models Link-Belt 248H-II crawler crane minus the track unit mounted on modified crane truck built from a Kibri Demag AC 665 hydraulic truck crane chassis. This was done by removing the forward drivers cab from the front of the Kibri kit, then cutting the cab down to a one man unit and reinstalling it on top of the crane carrier deck next to a modified engine housing. All this was mounted over new nonskid decking installed across the front of the crane carrier to match the rest of the decking. Next, the middle 2 axle/wheel units were removed and a new third rear "floater" axle placed in front of the two rear drive axles installed as per an option available from Link-Belt. New drive train system finished out the bottom of crane carrier and new ladders on both sides were also installed. Painted in Link-Belt scheme with custom blended colors (red, white, aluminum & black). Finished with boom cradle made from Herpa 3 axle boogie and Evergreen styrene painted to match crane scheme. Displayed at the 2003 National Convention.

Posted June 24, 2003