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GW Trucks White Road Boss Hoods - In-Box Review

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#1 Jim B

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:05 PM

Recently I was asked by a fellow modeler to post some pics of the GW Trucks White Road Boss hoods that I have, so I decided to do a little "in box" review.

 

In the 1970s, the White Corporation offered the Road Boss conventional.  This truck came with three BBC options: 122", 108", & 92".  AMT offers the White Road Boss in the 122" BBC, and until recently if you wanted either the 108" or 92" BBC your only option was to modify the AMT hood.  Enter GW Trucks.  Gary Wallace, owner of GW Trucks, offers both the 108" & 92" BBC hoods which are cast in clean, white resin.  Below is a comparison of the three hoods:

 

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Shown in front of the 92" hood are the fenders which will have to be attached to the cab & the air intake bracket.

 

This is a side view on the AMT hood (which I think we are all familiar with):

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Here is a side view of the GW Trucks 108" hood:

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And here is the 92" BBC hood (popular with New England fleets):

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Both of Gary's hoods have very crisp detail, and use the AMT grill & headlight buckets without modification.  I will state that my copy of the 108" hood does have a crack on the curb-side fender, but that should be an easy repair.  Also, as you can see above, the GW Truck hoods do have a thin membrane where the grill will go.  This will have top be removed by the modeler prior to installation so the AMT hood tilt hardware can be used.  Gary tried to make the hoods so they would be able to make use of as much of the AMT hardware as possible for an easier conversion. 

 

108" Hood with Grill:

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And a couple of views of the 92" hood:

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For pricing & information on these hoods, please contact Gary Wallace of GW Trucks at gwtrucks@yahoo.com.



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 03:55 PM

Jim, thanks for posting this. Very informative and I already have these hoods. Can't wait to put them to use.



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 02:52 AM

Thanks, Jerry.  I have plans for the 108" hood already, but not the 92" hood.  I think I need another Road Boss!



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 03:34 AM

Thanks for the post :)



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 04:56 AM

You're welcome.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 04:26 AM

The 108" hood looks great- a little less cumbersome than the 122" BBC setup the kit has. Some semis look great with long hoods, I guess for me the Road Boss just isn't one of 'em. I wasn't in any big hurry to build another Road Boss, but now I'm thinking I need to give that 108" hood a try on one. B)



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Posted 27 July 2014 - 10:25 AM

Thanks for the pics.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 11:44 AM

Chuck, I agree with you. The Road Boss looks better with the shorter hood.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 01:10 PM

That's what I always thought!  

Chuck, I agree with you. The Road Boss looks better with the shorter hood.


Gary's hoods will sure save having to rework the kit hood.   

Nicely done!

 

Tim



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 03:32 PM

Very true, Tim.  It also gives the Road Boss a nice "fleet look".