www.timstrucks.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         08/29/2009 10:57

PETERBILT

MODELS 357 /378

Reference material for building the Italeri kit #746 Peterbilt 378

 

The Italeri kit can easily represent either a 357 or 378, depending on how you want to build  it.  

Combining  parts from other kits can create many variations.  

Adding in resin parts and components opens the door for even more configurations.  

Example: Swap the 63" stand up sleeper from the Italeri 377 onto the 378 kit and you have perfect highway tractor.

Example: Use a resin cast rear wall and create a daycab tractor.  Add some wide floats to the front and you have a heavier tractor.

Example: Use resin cast wide front tires, the mixer body from an AMT Paystar Rex Mixer and you've got  357 transit mixer.

Example: Lower the suspension slightly, scratchbuilt racks to match a Revell of Germany car carrier for a 378 car hauler.

The possibilities for the kit are as diverse as the many thousands of real trucks built by Peterbilt.

 

1991 Specifications

378 specs.jpg (203856 bytes) 378 spec 1.jpg (262261 bytes) 378 spec2.jpg (206504 bytes) 378 option.jpg (172398 bytes)

 

357 standard specs.jpg (239776 bytes) 357standard1.jpg (241737 bytes) 357standard.jpg (220298 bytes) 357option.jpg (166085 bytes)

357standard spec.jpg (215792 bytes) 357specengine.jpg (264715 bytes) 357sides.jpg (179485 bytes) 357bumpguard.jpg (244268 bytes)

357119side.jpg (75009 bytes) 357111side.jpg (81497 bytes) 357119sbfaside.jpg (75903 bytes) 357123sbfaside.jpg (87683 bytes)

357123sffaside.jpg (69371 bytes) 3571196x6side.jpg (88536 bytes) 357123dumpss.jpg (103446 bytes) 3576x6axle.jpg (79312 bytes)

1987 357

1987  357 111 pg1.jpg (379648 bytes) 1987 357111pg2.jpg (245933 bytes)

The 1st 357 was the short hood 111" BBC as shown in the Successors brochure.

 The 357  debuted in late 1986 as a 1987 model.  The 378 wasn't released until mid 1987.

The 378 shares the 357 cosmetics and was developed for cost-conscious fleets who wanted the looks of a 379 at a cheaper price.

Detroit Diesel engines were available until 2002.

 1988 Brochure

378 broch 488.jpg (314586 bytes) 378 broch 488 pg2.jpg (302141 bytes) 378 broch 488 pg3.jpg (355759 bytes) 

If you look at the photo of the front springs, you will note that it is much thinner than the kit springs.  Italeri blessed the 378 and 377 kits with a larger spring pack.  Ideal for a heavy spec 357.

1996 Brochure

378 from 396.jpg (335290 bytes) 357 from 396.jpg (281734 bytes)

2003 Specifications

378 specs 2003.jpg (227487 bytes) 357 spec  2003.jpg (236443 bytes) 357 111 2003 spec.jpg (205319 bytes) 357 378 engdatdwg.jpg (116705 bytes)

357 and 378 continued until the end of the 379-family in very early 2007.  For most of the 2005 models, new door windows, door release handles and mirrors were installed.  The door windows lost the vent window and post, and mirrors moved to the side of the cab.   For the 2006-2007 model year the doors and windows changed  with a slanted lower ledge.   In the 2002-2003 time frame the SBFA hood was reworked with larger fenders and a more graceful slope to the hood.  The 111" hood was also freshened in the late 90s sharing the grille with the 385.    The 357-123 ended production in 2004.  The last 357 built was in April of 2007.

Material copyright Peterbilt Motors Company

Reference photos of 378 and 357 trucks - 2005-06 models -copyright Tim Ahlborn

red white 379 119 cat.jpg (133601 bytes) tridrive suspen.jpg (266826 bytes) Tridrive and flap hangers.jpg (137133 bytes) Unibilt daycab detail.jpg (145161 bytes) Three back of cabs.jpg (72843 bytes) Straight bumper with tow pin.jpg (15430 bytes) Schl bumper yellow tow pin.jpg (24738 bytes)

small cummins in 357.jpg (56732 bytes) rear axle plumbing large.jpg (198985 bytes) PTO and pogo detail large.jpg (129705 bytes) no step batt box.jpg (24185 bytes) large tank step space svr bttrybox.jpg (31831 bytes) Fueltanks aeroshields.jpg (60262 bytes) fwdfuelnostepbox.jpg (143946 bytes)

Cummins in 378.jpg (56814 bytes) daycabs hoods up.jpg (59632 bytes) Forward fuel step on 378.jpg (32055 bytes) cab rear corner windows.jpg (32013 bytes) blue 37911936 rear.jpg (120257 bytes) BOC exhst and corner windows.jpg (15529 bytes) brown 379 with forward fuel.jpg (77373 bytes)

BJ 378 tanks windows.jpg (82328 bytes) batterybox white flap.jpg (135211 bytes) back of cab extra lighting.jpg (57772 bytes) 2005 on up door.jpg (31457 bytes) 378 short stack small tanks.jpg (51540 bytes) 378 forward fuel air intake.jpg (95816 bytes) 378 daycab single decked.jpg (145321 bytes)

378 BJ.jpg (104876 bytes) 378 387 357.jpg (98299 bytes) 357 Voc Hood cream rear.jpg (127194 bytes) 357 singles chassis.jpg (22655 bytes) 357 SBFA redwhte decked.jpg (113339 bytes) 357 6x6 rear detail.jpg (296357 bytes) 357 6x6 front axle.jpg (248584 bytes)

357 6x6 batt box and fuel tank.jpg (27328 bytes) 357-119 small fuel tank.jpg (62740 bytes) 357 6x6 driveline detail.jpg (237553 bytes) 36 bunk window lights tanks.jpg (22875 bytes) space save batt box.jpg (101914 bytes) 378 blue easytobuildfromkits.jpg (114307 bytes) 357 111 white lh.jpg (67757 bytes)

357 357 decked.jpg (57368 bytes) 357 red white frame rear.jpg (159523 bytes) 357SBFAtridriverear.jpg (159380 bytes) 378 canadian spread.jpg (78595 bytes) all grey tractor rear.jpg (254959 bytes) back of 378 378 320.jpg (193955 bytes) tri drive SBFA and blue 379.jpg (239332 bytes)

blacksilverwhite378.jpg (59499 bytes) brown with 36 bunk.jpg (79662 bytes) singledrive white 378.jpg (87242 bytes) 4940183-R1-018-7A.jpg (103244 bytes) 4940193-R1-042-19A.jpg (110848 bytes) 4940203-R1-042-19A.jpg (70271 bytes) 4940213-R1-017-7.jpg (74950 bytes)

Pre-04 357 and 378

357 4 axle dumper.jpg (120753 bytes) 357 6axle dump.jpg (61763 bytes) 357 flatbed.jpg (75242 bytes) 357 mixer.jpg (123692 bytes)

More photos HERE

I will add more photos and brochure scans as time allows.

 

~ Tim

tim@timstrucks.com