Got another week in the bag-went back to Neville Island, Pa. with a load of beams in the Conestoga, just 30 footers, after I got the truck out of the shop. Then I loaded at Butler of course and went to Chesapeake. Stayed at home Wednesday night, then went to Orlando Thursday. They had loads going to Pittsburgh and Butler loads back to Chesapeake, but I opted for the Orlando on my flatbed, even though it's a long ways on Thursday, rather than a Conestoga and another load out of Butler. Everybody
Moving right along, and spending right along too!!
Anyway - Got the 711 engine out of the old R-600,
and did the transfer of those "few" items that need changing
to fit in the short hood of the B-67. Basically, everything on
the outside of the engine except the exhaust manifold and
the rear section of the air intake has to change.
The engine was steam cleaned and degreased. It got two good
coats of hi-temp enamel tonite, and looks great! I took off all
of the aluminum water manifold and
Took the truck to Cat Monday, then they fixed the broken hood hinge at the shop. I left Tuesday and went to Baltimore again, loaded at Sparrows Point back to Lynchburg, then took a load of kyanite to Orchard Park in a Conestoga. That was bad-I knew a Conestoga meant i'd be loading at AK Steel in Butler.
Made a trip and a half before the engine light came back on, showing an intake valve actuator fault code...again. Back to the Cat place tomorrow.
got some pictures-
a clean truck with a Conest
Moving along on my B-67 project. Ready for new wheels and tires, and then it will roll again -
for the first time in about three years!
Nobody ever said I was fast.
Anyway, I'm real happy with the way the frame and running gear are coming together.
And I'm very appreciative of my uncle, Jimmy's, work to keep the project moving forward.
The cab also is coming along really well. Although I'm not doing that part of the work at all.
The body man is doing a great job and is priming this weeke
I'm done for the week, actually got in Thursday night. I went to Baltimore with 60' beams Wednesday night and loaded at Sparrows Point Thursday. Left at 2 o'clock and got to Lynchburg at 8:00. Usually takes a little over 4 hours, but the traffic was terrible. I even washed the truck when I got home. I sent Kelsey some pictures of it in case she wants to put them on the new FLM website, www.flmoore.com .
Got a few pictures, some from last week.
B-model Mack wrecker on rt. 422 in Pa.
Sorry for not blogging often - the Flinty's been put on the backburner for now!
I'm currently in negotiations with a friend of mine who knows a farmer who has a 1964 Magirus Deutz Jupiter 195/200 with a aircooled V8 engine in it - I'll get the later on but I want the Magirus first! It's been a long held dream to get a air-cooled Deutz truck - now the opportunity has arisen!
Then it's into the restoration! Cab, mudguards, fuel and air tanks and bonnet and grille off - sodablast them t
Made a couple of trips this week, to Chillicothe Oh. with lumber, reloaded coils in Franklin coming back to Suffolk, Va. then took a load of beams to Neville Island, Pa. in a Conestoga and reloaded coils at the dreaded AK Steel in Butler, Pa. to unload in Chesapeake Monday. Took a few pictures along the way of course. I went over to the produce stand this morning and bought some squash and green beans so I can tell Paul it came out of my garden. I planted green, purple, and yellow green beans.
I just "inherited" a truck that I know absolutely nothing about.
Somehow, I wish that was unusual, but it's not. I've never even seen it.
As a compensation for a Mack engine that I bought from a local company that had a cracked block
which was unknown to me or the former owner, I have been given a Mack DMM-800, less the rear ends.
The truck has a brand new Mack certified 350 hp engine and an Allison ---750 transmission and a retarder
(once again - I don't know anything about it).
Got back to work this week, after having no paycheck last week. Shoulda got AFLAC I guess. I went to Metals USA in Ambridge, Pa. Monday with a 60' load of beams then loaded almost 49,000 lbs. of angle and channel in North Jackson, Oh. going to Petersburg, Va. Reloaded another 60' load of beams going to Oneal Steel in Ambridge, Pa. to deliver Friday morning, then brought a load of firebrick back from Alliance, Ohio to deliver in Madison Heights tomorrow. Should all be pretty good paying loads.
Well, Huntsville is over, and I'm low on excuses for not working.
Jimmy has the B-67 frame coming along nicely, and the air suspension is fitted
and ready for me to pre-paint before final assembly. The clutch linkage is all rebuilt and
re-bushed and new bearings installed. (Like the rest of the truck - it's way overbuilt and
almost indestructable, if cared for properly. But, you do have to take care of it!)
The body work is progressing nicely. A lot more welding and straightening than I th
might as well talk about the garden...ain't been doing any truckin'. It's really growing and looking good. Even the upside down tomater in the bucket looks pretty good...bucket's kinda ugly though. Got some herbs in the round things. Waitin' on Paul to tell me what to do with 'em. And squirrels are already eating the peaches, and they're not even close to being ripe. Why don't these squirrels eat all these acorns and hickory nuts around here, like real squirrels?
Crap!..This week STILL ain't going too good so far- I went to the doctor today and he told me to come back tomorrow (again!) so he could look at it and change the bandage (again!). Only tomorrow i've got to see him in Lynchburg. The doctor couldn't believe the amount of stuff that was still in there. He said "I think we've about got it!.. no, wait- spoke too soon." He said maybe tomorrow I would be good to go with just a band-aid. Same thing he said yesterday. And the day before...and the day
Crap!..This week ain't going too good so far- I was supposed to deliver that load of beams in Birmingham tomorrow, but I went to the doctor today and he told me to come back tomorrow (again!) so he could look at it and change the bandage (again!). So, I finally had to give the load up. The doctor couldn't believe the amount of stuff he got out of it today-it had filled up again. He said it had to be a golfball sized amount of nasty stuff that was still in there. He said maybe tomorrow I would be
I was supposed to deliver that load of beams in Birmingham today, but I went to the doctor yesterday and he bladed that cyst and stuck some kind of drain in it, then told me to come back today so he could look at it and change the bandage. So, I tried to get the delivery put off 'til today so I wouldn't have to give the load up, but they said to bring it Thursday. Worked out real well because the doctor told me to come back again tomorrow. I think he's gonna pull the drain thing out and I should
I'm trying to remember where I went the first of the week...oh that's right, took a load of beams to Syracuse, N.Y. -Beautiful country up in that area. Then I went down rt. 15 from Corning, N.Y. to Trout Run, Pa. (near Steam Valley) to pick up a load going back to Lynchburg. That's another of my favorite rides, from Corning down to Williamsport, Pa. All routine, except the load tore my tarp all to pieces.
But the next trip, a load of pipes to Paintsville, Ky. was a horse of a different hue. The
I haven't been on to much lately ...and why is that? Well I have a new girlfiend and she keeps me hopping. Well maybe not hopping but that's close enough. She is sort of camera shy..she actually threatens my life when I try to take a pcture of her but..yeah there is always a but..her son got married this weekend and to be polite she stood still long enough to have a few pics taken.
My Hat is off to her son though he is currently in the National Guard and has a very lovely new wife who.. I can a
Not too bad a week this week, better'n last week anyhow! I left Sunday going to Orchard Park, then went to Cleveland and picked up a load of coiled wire ( or "welfare wire" as Big Jim calls it ) going to Summerville, S.C. That's just outside of Charleston. Todd took the loads because he had loads going to N.B.Handy in Lynchburg at Nucor Steel in Huger, which is just outside of Charleston.
After I unloaded at Handy I could have reloaded a Charlotte load, but I declined because it's race weekend
B-67 Periodic Update:
This week I got the rear end disassembled (for the 2nd time) to fix
a nagging little leak between the carrier and the axle housing.
Next time I'll know better than to try and skip this step. There was no other
need to take the carrier out, so I didn't the first time around.
And I didn't know it leaked. Oh well.
And at the same time, I got to do a super cleaning out of the axle housing.
I'm really happy with the apparent condition of the rear end in general.
Not much good to report. Been at home since Tuesday, but just got a load going to Orchard Park, N.Y.
And how about the ticks this year? More around here than i've ever seen. Can't get Diazanon any more, but I tried some other kind of poison and it doesn't seem to have any affect.
But everything i've planted so far came up, and the garden is growing like crazy. I put a second picture of the garden, taken from the back porch, because it's raining again-first was taken Friday,second Sunday mornin
I unloaded a load of lumber at Byesville, Ohio Monday morning and deadheaded home-after sitting all day Monday and most of the day yesterday. First time ever there wasn't a load to be found. Another truck was in Hubbard, Oh. and one was sitting at Dallas Pike,W.V. and everybody came back empty. Todd said "if you're gonna sit, you might as well sit at home". I said "yeah, at least I can watch tv until they cut the lights off".
I took a few pictures while I was parked at the Go-Mart truckstop- ni