AMT Diamond Reo as a plow truck?
Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:06 AM
1. Would using the parts from the LTN-8000 be consistent? I'm assuming the two kits date from roughly the same era.
2. All of the 1:1 DR plows I've seen had a set-back front axle. I've never seen an exception to this myself, either in person or in an online image search. Moving the front axle and fenders would not phase me, but I'd like to keep the front end of the truck the way it is represented in the AMT kit. Would doing so violate any serious "accuracy laws".
3. If I do set the front axle back, would the hood be the same length? Also, the set back axle trucks all seemed to have butterfly hoods. Was such an option available on the hood style depicted in the AMT kit?
4. Could I keep the turbocharged Cummins engine supplied in the DR kit? I've seen very few turbo plow trucks from this era, though I'm sure there were a probably quite a few around. Leaving the turbo off the NTC-350 would work if I needed to.
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5. I know some DR trucks and tractors had aluminum frames, but were they all aluminum, or was a steel frame also offered? I do plan to weather the truck a bit, and rust on an aluminum frame rail just wouldn't look right!
I guess the bottom line is- would the type of Diamond Reo the AMT kit represents even be a good choice to start a plow truck project? I understand I'd need to lose the sleeper, probably shorten the frame, etc.., but none of that should be a big deal. I'd appreciate any answers/tips/insights you guys could provide!
Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:36 AM
Try googling some western state plows because set backs aren't really for the west.
If you have an autocar kit swap frames,then you could build a forward axle autocar as well
Steel frames were probably standard.I cant see why the engine couldn't be kept turbocharged,swap autocar or freightliner parts if you don't want it.Ford and internationals have tilt hoods with small peek-a-boo butterfly openings on each side to check oil and such so a custom hood like that could be possible.
Here is a link to some brochures.The first 2 on the list will give you pics of set back dimensions, front of fender design,and butterfly hood options
Posted 22 August 2012 - 11:43 AM
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:30 AM
One last question... what materials are the cab and hood made of on the model AMT's kit represents? Fiberglass hood with an aluminum cab? Fiberglass/steel? Steel/steel? Or some other combination?
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