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White Road Boss - More pics 3/26/13

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Hey all, after a long slump (well over 2 years since I finished anything) I'm back for a while I hope. Anyway, I picked this up when it first got reissued, and after finishing and painting the fram and driveline, it came to a screeching halt. About 3 weeks ago, I tore into it full force, working on it as much as I could and here we are. Basically out of the box, but I changed a few things. I cut down the sleeper crawl through to close the gap a bit, made a new stack using the kit muffler wrapped in chrome tape and aluminum tubing, made new mudflaps from the covering of an old 3 ring binder, and brewed up some of the decals (door signs, unit number, Cummins "C", mudflaps, PA license plate). Hood stripes, ICC numbers, other license plates, fuel tax and DOT stickers are from the kit. Colors are Duplicolor Santa Fe Tan, Chevy Engine Orange, and Cummins beige, interior is Krylon brown. Testors for all the little bits and pieces that aren't those colors. BMF on air cleaner face, battery box lid, and tank straps. West-Penn was never a real company to my knowledge, but it seems to fit. I was shooting for a typical '70s small fleet/owner op look. The bunk isn't permanently attached and probably never will be. I honestly think the Mercury sleepers are pretty ugly, but that's just me. I was going for cleanliness, and I'm pretty pleased. I'm still getting back into it, so once I shake some more rust off I think I'll be alright. Enjoy.

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:o Thats a beauty you've not lost the knack super clean build welcome back . Your pritty good at photography to!

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That is really nice...two thumbs up. I've got a thing for those older trucks. Outstanding work.

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I like it.. looks cool.

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nice! very clean.thats an old pa license plate on the bumper.that probably would be correct for that year truck.i picked up one of these kits too.was thinking about building the short nose version.

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Great looking Road Boss.

Anthony, so you know GW Trucks offers the 92" & 108" Road Boss hoods in resin. I have them both, and I'm hoping to do an "in box review" of them soon.

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Nice looking rig..........there is also a company called West End Snacks out of pittsburgh.....They distribute Wise potato chips & other snacks...Small world



I meant to say West Penn Snacks....Oops :wub:

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Looks good. It doesnt look like you rusted up much at all.

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Thanks for the kind words, fellas! Here's a couple more, in daycab mode with my dad's old Great Dane extendable from back in the day.

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And with its distant cousin, dad's Diamond Reo, also a survivor from back in the day.

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It got a semi-restoration in the early '90s, mostly just glued back together and a few things touched up or repainted. Looks like old Testors metallic green. It's suffering from some serious shelf wear at the moment, but despite dad's youth, years in my grandma's attic, mine and my brother's childhoods, and two moves, it's holding up well. It's been glued back together a few times, but I can't bring myself to give it a full on restoration. It just has too much character.

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Thanks again for looking!

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casey you made the right choice not to do a full restore on the diamond reo.she looks just fine! i wish i still had some of the models my dad and i built when i was younger.

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Nice, clean build...Very nice work...Looks great...

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terriffic build. like it better as a daycab.

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looks like it's ready for it's road trip. very nice btw.

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Where did you find the yellow pennsylvania licence plates? I'd like to get a few sets. Thanks

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Casey, I agree with Cappy... I think your decision to leave the ol' DR as she sits was 100%.

Perhaps You could put her on dad's flatbed and have her on her way to Carlisle for the Aug show! :)

brinx

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Great work

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The day cab version fits much better. Nice trucks. :):)

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WOW, thats a great looking Road boss. Best one l have seen built. Excellent build..

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Both trucks are very nice looking. I would kept dad's truck the way it is.

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Thanks everyone! I agree that leaving the ol' Reo alone is best, but I at least need to reattach the stack haha. I definitley like the Rdon't oad Boss as a daycab more, I think it'll stay that way. I can always just set the sleeper on if I get bored.

Alex, I made the PA plate with something like this http://www.licenseplates.tv/1977_pennsylvania_license_plate_7599.html. I thought I used the Acme Platemaker, but they don't seem to have the right blank. Insert the desired numbers (this might actually be a passenger car arrangement, but it fits). I saved the image, inserted it into a Microsoft word document, sized it (just measure a decal plate and match it), then printed on photo paper and attached with a dab of epoxy. I printed almost a full 4x6 sheet of them, plenty for other projects.

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Both trucks look real good.

As for yours it looks better as a day cab or another style of sleeper would look better.

I agree with you on those Mecury sleepers I never have seen one I like.

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Thank you very much. im building a replica of my grandfathers old Peterbilt and Kenworth

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