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I’ve got yet another great product review for you, it’s the Peterbilt 352 for George Van Dyke Trucking. This is a DCP by First Gear diecast truck release. It’s the 352 cab over which George van Dyke loved the Pete 352 cab overs.
George van Dyke Trucking was founded in Tangent, Oregon back in 1969 by you guessed it, George van Dyke. He was an immigrant from Holland, and he grew up in Southern California on a family dairy farm, but in the late sixties with the urban sprawl of Los Angeles, they moved on up to Oregon and started up a new dairy.
In ‘69, he bought a 1957 GMC flatbed to haul hay for the family dairy. Soon after he was hauling hay for the neighbors and his customer base was growing. That’s how George van Dyke trucking was founded in 1969, hauling hay back in Tangent, Oregon.
In ‘71, he gave up the dairy farm completely and went full time trucking. Then throughout the seventies, his fleet continued to grow and today it is still in operation along the I-5 corridor on the West coast. He runs a fleet of 25 trucks with a very diversified operation. Most of his trailers though, are the curtain siders.
Now, let’s go on and talk about this beautiful Peterbilt 352 with 48′ Utility flatbed trailer models and shingle load.
This set comes with a Peterbilt 352 Single Bunk COE and Utility 48 foot flatbed trailer instead of the 53 foot flatbed as 48 foots are far more common in flatbeds.
Because George van Dyke hauled lots of building materials, First Gear put a shingle load on it.
Let’s go on and open this one up.
As usual, First Gear used a hardboard cardboard sleeve and a plastic two-piece blister set to hold the truck. They also put in that beautiful scenic mural in the back of the packaging. Then as always, they tape the blisters together.
This truck includes an extra set of mirrors and it has a package which has tie downs to put over the load and tie it down.
This truck and trailer were originally DCP toolings.
Let’s just start off with the load here. It has this beautiful resin shingle load. They are 13 skids of shingles from the Western Single Company. They’re sitting on pallets. The pallets are painted brown and they are actually a separate piece put inside the shingles to hold the shingles in place.
Pretty nice load for a trailer and way better than any resin load from earlier trucks released by Diecast Promotions.
Then we’ve got the utility 48 foot flatbed trailer.
It’s got a spread axle configuration. It has medium green frame rails and a white deck with medium green stripes. It’s got plain black mud flaps with weights on the bottom.
The trailer has Utility graphics, all the correct, marker, brake and taillights on it. The trailer has the standard King pin that’s used on all of First Gear and Diecast Promotions trucks.
Landing gear has the crank and the landing gear just screws down. Like all the DCP landing gears did.
Now let’s take a deep dive on the tractor.
Isn’t that pain scheme just beautiful?
Who wouldn’t want to drive that show truck?
Just look at that beautiful medium green and white paint job. Phenomenal job on the door graphics for the George van Dyke logo. This truck has the twin exhaust stacks. It’s got the 86 inch bumper to back of cab. So it’s got the small single bunk. They put chrome half fenders on this one. The cab has Peterbilt branded mudflaps mounted on chrome brackets with chrome weights on the bottom along with brake lights. The 5th wheel pivots a little. It does not have a Pogo stick or any airlines on it, but it does have a chrome deck plate.
This particular configuration has the air cleaner up through the cab, which is pretty common with these old 352s. However, the driver said all he did was hear that vacuum of the air being sucked into the engine. The cab has a wire step on the passenger side and a battery box step on the drivers side. It has a smaller grab rail for the hand rail instead of the hand rail step, which on the Diecast Promotions 352s had a bad tendency of breaking.
The Pete cab has chrome plated mirrors on it. On the driver’s side, there is a spotlight. It’s got a chrome plated visor. It’s got the rooftop air conditioner on it. On the front is a chrome bumper and chrome grill. The headlights are of the individual jewel type. Clear windows give a good view of the detailed interior. It’s got the little mirror down by the window on the passenger side door so the driver can see better. The windshield wipers are painted on the front. That fancy Peterbilt logo is brilliant right there front and center on the cab. This cab does tilt to show off the detailed engine.
Now, the exhaust stacks are attached to the cab, like the Pete 352s did so that they tilt with the cab. And then they just sit down in their pockets mating up with the engine exhaust system.
The engine is a white painted, six cylinder, turbocharged diesel motor under the hood, and then the hood just snaps and clips in place. That allows it to stay in place. If you pull it too far, it’ll pop right off the frame.
Underneath the cab is the air cleaner, twin fuel tanks, air tanks and under engine detail. It’s got the air brake chambers on the axles and detailed drive shafts.
The steering on this one is positional. Just like the others. it just clicks in place.
Let’s measure how long it is. It is 12 inches from the front bumper to the tailgate. So it’s not going to be too bad sitting on your shelf.
You could set it either with cab tilted showing off the engine or with the cab down in normal driving position. Just depends on how you want it.
First Gear just did an amazing job on this truck.
Oh, another little note, the center three marker lights up on the roof are green which is authentic to the real George Van Dyke Trucking #5. The outer two marker lights are amber.
Just a little extra detail that First Gear likes to do.
Let me know down in the comments, what you think of this beautiful truck.
Guys, I really recommend adding this piece to your collection. It was extremely limited and supplies are running out fast. This one is bound to go up in value very quickly!
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon.
I’m Logan “the 64th Gear Jammer” Skeele
P.S. If you would like to see the full product review video on this Peterbilt 352 COE with Flatbed for George Van Dyke Trucking, please go to my YouTube channel and see it there.
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P.P.S Here is a picture of the real George Van Dyke #5.
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