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  1. Chariots of Fire

    1968 Dodge D800 Dump

    Hey Brian. I love the pix above. The hood came out great. Thanks for sharing!
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    Hi from Vt.!

    One 'o them Green Mtn boys, eh? Welcome to the forum! Flatlander, myself.😊
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    Fancy Paintwork...

    Some of it is decals that are in the kits. Other times it is a matter of masking to separate different colors. There are some specialty decal producers out there that can make up individual decal sets but they can be costly. Other options include colored tapes that can be used for straight line color separations. Very narrow tapes (1/64" width) can be used for pin striping. Depends on what you are looking for. IF you are thinking of getting into painting big rigs start off with simple one color paint jobs and get the hang of it. Focus on getting the paint right so that there is no running, crazing or orange peeling. Use a good primer and lay on the color in thin coats to build it up. There are plenty of builders out there who can coach you on doing the fancy paint jobs.
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    1953 Reo Rescue is done

    I may just do that, Vince! Outside photos can be really nice.
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    1953 Reo Rescue is done

    With the installation of some equipment and tools this build is now complete. On to the next one!
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    Reo Gold Comet

    The cab, body and flood lights are now permanently mounted. Work continues on the compartment spaces and adding tools and equipment. Two sets of jaws, hydraulic motor and hydraulic hose reel in the right front. K-12 saw and gas can in the right rear. Tool box and ropes in the left rear. Floodlight controls and connections for other lighting, tools and traffic cones in the left front compartment. Period radio and speaker in the cab on the dash. Hood is raised with hinges at the firewall and is propped open with a sliding rod that connects hood to a rod between firewall and radiator.
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    Reo Gold Comet

    A lot finished since the last post. Not much more to do before it can go into "service". A fair amount of work to fill the compartments with equipment.
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    Dodge D800 Dump

    I'll be checking out your progress!😉
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    Reo Gold Comet

    Got the door project finished. Now it's on to making some gaskets for the body windows. That little odd shaped piece in the front is actually a stack of tiny magnets. Going to find a way to use them in keeping the doors closed!
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    Reo Gold Comet

    Here's what the body looks like now that some work has been done on it. In the process of cutting open the compartment door locations and hinging the doors so that they can open.
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    Reo Gold Comet

    That must have been quite a rig if it was 6x6!
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    Reo Gold Comet

    Here's an update on progress. Using some "H" hinges from Micro-Mark the doors have been mounted but instead of using the small brass pins that come with the hinges I have used a piece of stainless steel wire. That way I can keep the hinges in alignment and at the correct location so that the doors will open without tilting up or down. The doors themselves have been shimmed also with strips of plastic that bring the openings back even after the scribing process. The doors as well as the door jamb is notched to accept the hinge halves. CA is used to set them in place and then small nails complete the process. Holes in the hinges are drilled into the resin and the nails set in CA. Then the nail heads are ground down so that the hinge can close without binding. It's a pretty secure process that has been used on multiple models with this type of door hinge assembly and it has worked well. The biggest challenge is to be sure that the CA does not get into the joint of the hinge when it's applied. Small doses are the best anecdote.
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    Reo Gold Comet

    Hi, Vince. Lansing is a ways away although I did go to U-M in Ann Arbor back in the day. It's about a 15 hour ride from where I am. Another day and a bit younger I might be convinced to make the trip!🤓
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    Reo Gold Comet

    Unfortunately, no. It would have taken some effort trying to do it in a 2 piece mold. Things like fan belt pulleys, the generator, distributor, manifolds would probably still have to be made separate.
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    Reo Gold Comet

    Here are a few updates on the build. The engine is complete and is now mounted on the frame. The floorboard position is set. The hood has some brass hinges and a rod that holds it open when raised. I painted the two front wheels with some blue spray paint I found in a Michaels craft store. The edges are silver and eventually the center hub will be painted Molotow chrome. I'll wait on that so it doesn't get messed up during the building process. In addition the front bumper was set aside and a new one was made of brass strip stock. Once it was cleaned up it was nickel plated. The piece holding it to the fenders is plastic sheet stock that was epoxied to the back of the bumper.
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