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    Mack vs Autocar



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    #1 OFFLINE   james j neiweem

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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

    Who do you guys think made the best construction truck Mack or Autocar back in the day. Consider components, rugedness,frames,axels etc. Hendricksons and Brockways are also welcome. Sorry Paccar you don't count.



    #2 OFFLINE   paul roncetti

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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

    MACK
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    #3 OFFLINE   David

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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

    Mack. But there's really no comparison. Mack was all Mack. Autocar was a collection of other manufacturer's parts.

    #4 OFFLINE   84superdog

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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:34 AM

    Autocar was a name on someone elses sheet metal and frame, there were very few actual Autocar cabs out here fora short time, Autocars, were normally built for heavy work and could be built well for the job but Mack was all Mack from the front to the back, one place to go for service, one place to go for parts, one name on all the boxes, and its hard to beat an older all Mack chassis in heavy work.


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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:36 AM

    I LOVE Macks,but you can't deny Autocar's as being one badass heavy duty truck,esp. here in the North East.Big rubber,big rears,frames ect....Mack "and" A-Car were the KINGS in their day of these types of trucks.... :twothumbsup:MACK FTW,they are the only "real" truck making their whole driveline.


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    #6 OFFLINE   philatruck

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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

    Macks, some of the older Autocars are Junk, cab would rot near the top of the windshield, and they fell apart too easily compared to a Mack. The ACL's where not that bad though


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    #7 OFFLINE   Superdog

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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:35 PM

    no comparison,Mack



    #8 OFFLINE   bulldog man

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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:35 PM

    There  was  2  other truck brands  we ran  other than :mack1:  &   & that  was GMC  & Autocar  DC & DK Series (ours were Made by  W.M.C  & Not V&LV#)  .   reason why we ran GMC Brigadier,General  & 9500's   was cause they was a poor man's truck  & could buy them  fairly cheap they just would go where the bulldog & Acar  would go though. .  far as  A-Car  goes  it was the  truck that would hang w/ a Bulldog  (@ least here in my neck of the woods )  Most of  the Redi mix companies  here round Memphis back in the day ran Mack's & Autocars  & that was it .  The Autocars we had (& a few bulldogs) came from a redi mix company out of Memphis  & pop was friends w/ some of the drivers @ the time so they let him know when the old trucks were about to go up for sale .  

     

     

    my  1st choice was & always will be what im named after ;)  but my 2nd choice was always  the DC & DK Series  Acar .  

     

     

     

    Just my 2 cents & yall have a  great one .

     

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    #9 OFFLINE   felicello122

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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:00 PM

    I  think a BIG BAD BROCKWAY was KING back in the early 70'S



    #10 OFFLINE   mike69mackman

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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

    Mack of course! Anything else is not a truck

    #11 OFFLINE   bullhusk

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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:06 PM

    When I worked at Colonial years back, I drove a new 1978 A-Car with a 290 Cummins and that 955LL trans with 65 top loader rears. I just loved that truck, it had power and top speed of about 70 mph! But then 85 they bought DM 600's with the 285 Maxi with the two stick 6 speed 55 rears ,I did not want to give up the A-Car but I did.The Mack rode better pulled better and had the same top speed!! But the think about the Mack was it did what ever you needed it to do!! The all Mack drive train was great! It shifted better that 285 tip turben engine was a torque monster and would pull 11 yd's with no prob. The only thing was you had to go E/Z around corners or you would roll the Mack (the A-Car had the Hendrickson 65 rubber block) I thought the Mack back then had the edge

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    #12 OFFLINE   Bigdogtrucker

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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:07 PM

    I  think a BIG BAD BROCKWAY was KING back in the early 70'S

    I'd love to agree as a huge Brockway fan that grew up in them,but they just didn't build anywhere near as many "heavy" spec trucks as Mack/A-Car.



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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:07 PM

    I  think a BIG BAD BROCKWAY was KING back in the early 70'S

    Yes!!



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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:08 PM

    When I worked at Colonial years back, I drove a new 1978 A-Car with a 290 Cummins and that 955LL trans with 65 top loader rears. I just loved that truck, it had power and top speed of about 70 mph! But then 85 they bought DM 600's with the 285 Maxi with the two stick 6 speed 55 rears ,I did not want to give up the A-Car but I did.The Mack rode better pulled better and had the same top speed!! But the think about the Mack was it did what ever you needed it to do!! The all Mack drive train was great! It shifted better that 285 tip turben engine was a torque monster and would pull 11 yd's with no prob. The only thing was you had to go E/Z around corners or you would roll the Mack (the A-Car had the Hendrickson 65 rubber block) I thought the Mack back then had the edge

    BULLHUSK

    Did u ever drive one of their 360V-12 Brocks?



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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:44 PM

    I am very fond of A-cars and have had some exceptional examples but that said there is only one truck that the whole country( held) as an example of toughness and durability.

    The phrase" BUILT LIKE A MACK TRUCK" is part of the language not built like an A'Car or B'Way



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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

    Did u ever drive one of their 360V-12 Brocks?

    Yes when they were brand new back in 73/74 we took them up to Montone to pick up the tri axel trailers in Hazleton Pa. Then they went to Astoria NY and I didn't see them for a long while

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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

    Yes when they were brand new back in 73/74 we took them up to Montone to pick up the tri axel trailers in Hazleton Pa. Then they went to Astoria NY and I didn't see them for a long while
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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:45 PM

    i love the macks but i have to say Autocar.Autocars have been in my family for three generations. its something that I grew up around.



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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

    Your mentioning a 12V71 Detroit in a 360 Brockway reminded me that I've got a 12V71TT Detroit that I removed from a gen set with 400 hours on it still sitting and awaiting the right truck to put it in.

    I would love to put it in an extremely nice MH9500 GMC but with only a 114BBC there wouldn't be room for the engine much less twin turbo's.

    I don't want to put it in a Pete or KW extended hood.

     

    I have built several of Bruce Mallinson's Hi Horsepower Cummins engines ranging in HP from 700 single turbo to 1000 twin turbo. I had one in a 69 A-car that was somewhere between 800 and 850 HP and was strictly awesome.Currently I've got one ( single turbo version  ) sitting in the shop awaiting the right B-73.

    If you've never heard of Bruce Mallinson google his name, and prepare to be amazed .



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    Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

    "Built like a mack truck" all the way MACK hands down!!






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