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ronrdrcr

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  1. Show trucks...every year, the orders came through and we built whatever was called for. Back in 1986(?) they had a show truck that they gave away (called the Midnight Star?) through some promotion at the truck stops. I was told this thing was ALL black, except the tanks, mirrors, bumpers...whatever was usually chrome was powder coated gloss black. Interior was done up in some sort of tan leather from England(?), Brazil(?) and was the only one ever done. The guys who worked on this, said it was a very sweet looking truck...not sure what ever happened to it?

    Found this yesterday in Gary Mortons collection on Hankstruckpictures

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  2. Have you glued the wheels to the axles yet? Those old MPC kits had axles that were too wide. It really makes a difference if you shorten the axles to narrow the track width. Otherwise the tires stick out a bit too much.

    Don't know yet, I can send them to you if you need them for something. I was just going to throw them in the parts box.

    Ron


  3. Well, I'm about 2.5 hours into my build and she's coming along really nicely. I'm pretty proud so far.

    Here's a crappy cell phone pic

    I got the bed cut down so it fits nicely on the frame. I still need to cut up the bed liner, should have that done in the next hour or so. Then I'll pretty much be ready for paint. That won't come until tomorrow maybe.

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    Ron


  4. Did a buy it now on ebay for $25 and just came in today. Everything is still sealed up in the stock packaging except the box itself. I feel I got a pretty good deal considering the prices these things seem to go for. I'm going to start on it tomorrow night while I am at work as long as it is not busy. i plan to shorten the bed a couple scale feet and use only two of the axles to simulate the typical Florida rock bucket.

    This is what I'll be using to build it

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    I took this shot of a Fruehauf dump in Florida a couple years back. I intend for this one to come out the same with the exception of a black frame and no roll tarp.

    I'll post pics as I progress.

    Ron


  5. I built one of theses back when they first came out. I was a deputy sheriff in Polk County, Florida (Lakeland) and we had a division of Stepp's there. I was able to sit in the actual "Can Do," but the pictures I took did not come out very well. I did score a copy of their calendar that had a really nice shot of the truck. I'm in the middle of a move right now, but if I run across it, I'll be happy to send it to you.

    That's funny, I used to go to school at Pathway Christian right behind Stepps lot. At recess I would always go hang out by the fence to watch them move the trucks out or bring trucks in with can-do. That truck was really a beast when you're looking at it at 8 years old...lol

    Ron


  6. I guess I forgot to mention that I am going to recreate dads diamond reo and I am using this road boss as practice. I have the trans star sleeper and the astro bumper (Thanks again to R nagle). So all I need is a Diamond Reo hood (which is coming from a forum member on another forum). Once they reissue the Diamond Reo I'll probably end up buying about 10 kits to cut up and play around with to make different versions of my dad's truck.

    Ron


  7. I think the wheelbase is just about right for a daycab tractor. If your going to put a sleeper on it you might need to add a little more length.

    The hood came out really nice. Did you have any issues with the firewall?

    Dad's truck was originally a day cab single axle so I'm thinking after looking at it today that the wheelbase just might be right.

    Here's a shot of where I'm going with this.

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    DiamondReo-02.jpg

    Ron

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