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#1 REDNECK7109

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:11 PM

Hey everyone I'm about to purchase a diamond reo... it will be my first big rig build and I was wondering if anyone can give me some reviews on it.. I've had some trouble with amt models in the past (having trouble with one now) ... so I wax wondering how good they go together...

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:55 AM

I built two of the new Reo's and each went together very different.  Overall they are a nice truck but I ran into issues with the windshield glass fitting nicely in one and had to do some mods to get the cab to sit on the frame and lineup with the hood on both.  I would not glue the cab mount to the frame until the hood is in place and you are ready to mount the cab.  I needed to shim one cab and shave down the other but on both I ended up sanding off the circular mounts on the floor of the cab.  Just my opinion, but over all they turned out nice.  Rustoleum has a green nearly identical to the box art which is how I build my first one.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:18 AM

Awesome! Thanks for the information... being a first time right builder I didn't just want to jump into any rig with out looking stuff you first... let alone a skill 3 lol I know I probably should start with some a little more simple like a peterbuilt 359 but I fell in love with this truck so I'm going to have to learn quick... haven't quite picked out a color scheme yet. It will come to me when I open the box...

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 03:41 PM

also...if your going to use the sleeper either stretch the frame an inch or so ...or just take a mallet and give it a wack in the back...(Think about the trailer hitting the back of the sleeper wall :lol: )



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 03:06 AM

agreed, I luckily did not glue the sleepers on, but if you are going to use it / glue it on, dont use the crawl through piece on the sleeper, it looks funny and takes up valuable room.  I left it off the second build (made a log truck) and the spacing is much better but i think you might run into some minor exhaust stack clearance problems.  Nothing a little heat and twist wont solve



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:25 AM

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Was this "rising sun" sleeper unique to Diamond REO trucks, or does it replicate a specific type or brand of aftermarket(?) sleeper?:

 

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:49 AM

Yikes those tires,looks like they used a meat cleaver to chop them out.

I preferred back in the day when you cut your own "spider" out. Other then that it looks like a super kit. I might pick up a few for the spoked  wheels.



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 12:10 PM

Was this "rising sun" sleeper unique to Diamond REO trucks, or does it replicate a specific type or brand of aftermarket(?) sleeper?:

 

That would be a "Mercury Sleeper" which were used an many different truck makes back in the day.