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The Nifty Fifty, by Retro Motors
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A 1950's stile pickup truck concept. This is what a 50's pickup truck could have looked like, though even more awesome! It takes stiles from multiple years and models, plus some ideas of my own, and rolls them into one vehicle.
About this creation


The Building of a Truck:
This is one of the quickest builds ever! I put it together in less then 24 hours. I started work when I got home from school one day and finished it the morning of the next. It was about 8-10 hours of total building time. This is also my first build which is pretty much entirely Studless. I am not a Studless builder, nor do I want to be (LEGO has bumps, why should we hide them?) but it just sort of happened that way by accident. This is one of the MOCs that I had origonaly drawn on paper. Unlike the Retro Wagon, the brick-built version changed a lot from the drawing and ended up being much better for it.
The original Drawing:

The drawing was a lot more rustic like the trucks from the 30s and 40s. The drawing is still good, but I thought that it could be better. I wasn't sure how until I build the LEGO version which came out more like the trucks from the early 50s. It turned out that it needed less rounded parts and more hard lines, something that LEGO does very well.

Under the Bonnet (about the truck):
The Nifty Fifty, by Retro Motors is the perfect half ton for any job. It has the same carrying capacity but more power and towing then any other truck in it's class. It also gets better MPP (Miles Per Push) thanks to the revolutionary Fireball V8; it is available in both gas and diesel engines with hydrogen available soon! (We have the engines, there just aren't any stations for it!). The bed is a huge 9 by 4 studs that is 3 bricks deep!

"I'm Johny Thunder, and I approve the Nifty Fifty!"


Picture from: http://lego.wikia.com

The Nifty Fifty is the 3rd car to be manufactured by the Company "Retro Motors."

Uber long story start
The real story:
“Retro Motors” is a fictitious car company I made up, it is a company that really couldn’t exist in the real world because there isn’t enough of a market for classic stile cars in the modern world. But in LEGO I can do what I want, aerodynamics can be thrown out the window because they all get the same MPP (Miles Per Push), they are all imagination powered after all! The company is really just an excuse to relate all my custom cars together by creating a back story for them, it’s a good outlet for my imagination to.

The fictional story behind “RM”:
Retro Motors, or RM, was created by young inventor Scott Bertaut in Buildington, New Jersey. The first car it made was a custom “El Camino,” followed a year later by “the Retro Wagon.” These first prototypes were really just one of a kind cars thrown together out of old parts in Scott’s family’s garage but soon became mass produced as part of an actual company. “The Retro Wagon” was mass produced first to gain funds to purchase the “El Camino” name from GM, the name “Astro” was also part of the deal The company mainly makes new cars that looks similar to the classic cars of old but have all the features of a modern car from one of the “Big 3.” The company is really held up by its use of revolutionary engines and other technology that allows the cars to be fuel efficient and powerful at the same time. It’s these new technologies in its cars that allow them to have any shape but still be fuel efficient and handle well. As soon as the rest of the country is willing to cooperate, the companies CEO planes to introduce advanced hydrogen burning engines into all of its models. The company also has a small side branch that does restoration work on actual classic cars. Retro Motors is one of the only American car companies to enjoy growth in the current recession, and it plans to continue to look into the past to bring people the future cars.
Uber long story end

Pictures:




Note: The roof is now all black, at the time I did not have any black tiles but after retaking all the pictures 3 times do to other reasons, I decided not to retake them. The wheels are now also attached to 1 by 4 Technic bricks instead since the 1 by 2 ones kept falling off.

<>Everything open:<>


The Hood or Bonnet as Johnny would say open:


The Fireball V8 engine:


Front: the Nifty Fifty's Fireball V8
Back: the Retro Wagon's Imagination V8



The Tailgate:



Interior shots: I forgot the gear shift! "@#$&!"


"This truck is Johnny Thunder Approved!"


The Future:
Drive into the sunset... Wait, what?!
Need More Chrome! That is my main plan, I want to make all the bumpers and pretty much any gray part of the truck chrome. I found a store that chromes LEGO parts, it isn't even that expensive, but the store is in Germany so shipping would be a $$$$ of money! I did get 3 more chrome dishes so now all the wheels are chrome. I also modified the suspension, it looks the same, but it rolls much better now. Updated pictures to come soon!
Another plan I have, though not quite for this truck, is to make a modified version. The Nifty Fifty is a one ton truck, I plan on making another version called the Nifty Five Fifty that would be a two ton truck. The front would be about the same, but the back would be bigger with duel wheels.



Comments

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  May 6, 2014
nice job!:D
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  May 6, 2014
This is a nice truck! love to see the classics or even stuff based on classics.
  March 10, 2014
Wow! Beautyful car! Great details!
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  January 15, 2014
Oh yeah wow! I really like the 50's heavy duty trucks. Nice touch with your own ideas, good presentation and execution! :)
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  October 18, 2013
You make awesome 8- wides! This pickup is beautiful! Love the engine and the front grill. I also love how you made the taillights and the tailgate! Absolutely beautiful
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  September 21, 2013
not only the truck looks good, the functions are impressive! it only lacks a shark on the roof, lol!
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  September 19, 2013
Very nice!
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  September 19, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . I really like this. Looks great and has good playability too.
The playability of this one is pretty good, the only real problem is that the design I used for the wheels is pretty weak. If you push down too hard or try and make it slide sideways the wheels often fall apart. Thanks for the comment!
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  September 19, 2013
I really like this. Looks great and has good playability too.
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  November 5, 2012
Wow, a cool Pick-Up! You really got the 50s style, great job! :-))
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  November 2, 2012
Really nice pick-up. Al the technic's you've used and all the details. Really awesome!
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  October 24, 2012
Quoting Nick white this is amazing! and its Johnny Thunder Approved!
Yup, after he retired as an archeologist/movie star, he went on vacation and ended up getting a job at Retro Motors as a car salesman! I really wish I had the funds to build a dealership right now, though so far my brand has only three models so I could probably use a few more anyway.
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  October 24, 2012
Quoting Loek Marcus Lol Nifty fifty ;-) But it's great that you don't call this a 1953 Ford F-1 because it always isn't a perfect replica. Just letting you knw ;-) But it looks cool and the details are very great!
Actually I based it on the 1953 Chevy more then anything else. Much of it is my own ideas though, after all it is going to be "sold" (in my imaginary world anyway) by my company Retro Motors. After a few more cars I hope to try and build a dealership for them!
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  October 24, 2012
Quoting Aaden Hughes Great looking truck! Love the detail you've put into this! Now you should build a modified version! LOL! Excellent work!
Personally I think 50's vehicles, both cars and truck, look best stock. If I build a 60's or 70's car it will probably get a tricked out version, those look great with big super chargers!
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  October 24, 2012
Excellent work ! Very nice shape.
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  October 22, 2012
very nice pick up. great detail
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  October 20, 2012
Nice job, Dude!
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  October 19, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  October 19, 2012
Gorgeus...I always loved 50s style trucks and yours falls into that category! GOOD JOB! :D
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  October 19, 2012
Extremely nifty - nostalgic perfection!
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  October 19, 2012
Great truck, cool story!
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  October 19, 2012
Very Cool! I love that front! Wow, This is Awesome!
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  October 19, 2012
This is great! Like the details!
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  October 19, 2012
A great looking truck, perfect for mini-figs who need a bit of carrying capacity. 4 stars
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  October 19, 2012
Lol Nifty fifty ;-) But it's great that you don't call this a 1953 Ford F-1 because it always isn't a perfect replica. Just letting you knw ;-) But it looks cool and the details are very great!
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  October 18, 2012
Fantastic design features and details, great job!
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  October 18, 2012
great! the detail is impressive.
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  October 18, 2012
Great looking truck! Love the detail you've put into this! Now you should build a modified version! LOL! Excellent work!
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  October 18, 2012
this is amazing! and its Johnny Thunder Approved!
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  October 18, 2012
Awesome! I really like it :)
 
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