Reviewing the Pemco shell, one would note it as a close relative to the Life-Like F40PH tooling. The design of the front
and rear pilots, the strobe lights and details above the cab on the engine's roofline, the two tab slots cut into the side
of the unit to attach the underframe, as well as the underframe carrying the fuel tanks all mimick Life-Like's tool and die
work. You could assume Life-Like's F40PH was the "inspiration" for Pemco's shell.
As with other Pemco clones, the F40PH is not an exact clone of Life-Like's unit. Pemco's model
features an odd pair of the running lights located on the lower portion of the units nose, seen in the above head on shot
of the F40PH. These running lights are not found on Life-Like's shell. Another interesting addition found only on Pemco's
shell is treadwalk on the rear platform. Generally, a single piece shell does not include treadwalk due to the difficultly
in casting such on a one piece shell.
The drive unit is typical of those found on Pemco offerings. One truck is powered by a sidewinder
pancake motor located above the wheels. The bottom of the fuel tank reads "F40 DIESEL LOCO NO.3301 PEMCO MADE IN HONG
KONG." Both trucks feature talgo couplers.
Pemco's instruction sheet refers to this unit as an "FP-40." The sticker on the box of my BN F40 also claims the unit is
an "FP-40." Pemco's catalog does correctly refer to the unit as an "F40 PH."
Undecorated examples were produced by Pemco for its Alco 430 and SD-35 models and could possibly
exist too for the F40PH, but have not been found to date.