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1953 Ford Jubilee Tractors

A while back I stumbled on a 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee tractor for sale by the side of the road. You can guess what happened next .... Anyway - the tractor turns out to have a Sherman three speed auxiliary transmission, which was a dealer installed aftermarket option. Pretty handy. My brother has my grandfather's original Jubilee. It has been used and abused by all of us for most of our lives. As kids we all learned to drive on it. Some of us did our level headed best to make it go much faster than it was ever meant to go. Now it's getting tired. So, we have decided to bring the tractor into the shop over the winter for a major restoration. The plan is to split the tractor, rebuild the engine, put in a new clutch, pressure plate & throw-out bearing, radiator, belts and hoses. The tires are pretty new, but the brakes need help. And there is a lot of other work to do. When it's all ready, we will prep it and paint it in original colors. Using these two tractors, and an Oliver HG42 crawler that I have, in the woods for firewood has been a blast. These are a real tribute to American ingenuity and engineering. The amount of work these little tractors will do is fantastic. With the rebuild complete, the Jubilee should last for the rest of our lives. Pretty amazing in a throw away world.

vanscottbuilders

vanscottbuilders

 

Ramblings

We got a new forklift in the truck shop today - I think it's a sign of old age. It was a nice surprise, though. I share this shop space with my uncle, and it is strictly hobby space. So the lifting equipment is really a luxury. We had a large (24' x 40' x 20' high) bridge crane installed with a 6000# hoist a while ago so heavy parts could be moved about the shop easily. But it wasn't good enough. The forklift is to move those parts not located under the crane area. Like I said - I think it's old age. We don't lift anything ourselves anymore. Anyway - I am in the process of disassembling my original 5.46 single axle rear end to rebuild it with the new 4.28 gears and carrier I got a couple of weeks back. The springs needed to come off anyway, as ithe axle will be rehung on the truck with an air ride suspension. The suspension will require some serious thinking and some fabrication before its done. I've also decided to put the B67 back together with the original Dayton hub front axle. The axle has brakes and, although I will rebuild it, it seems to be in excellent condition. I like the look of the Daytons too. The B67 is really a test bed for my B61, which will follow later. I am keeping my best parts for that truck - like my Jake brake, the fresh 711, the Budd hub front axle and some other little treasures that I have saved. Getting to this point in the restoration has been a lot of fun. Now I'm ready to start seeing some of the pile of parts fit back together.

vanscottbuilders

vanscottbuilders

 

Started

Don't worry guys-I know everybody was loading their jumper cables to come over and get me started this morning,but it fired right up.Now I gotta go to Lynchburg and unload then to the shop for fuel and some new batteries,then to Dillwyn to load Kyanite going to Fremont,Oh. So I'm off like A herd of turtles as Bill would say.

other dog

other dog

 

Monday On Sunday

Paul's Monday sounds better than mine,but I had mine on Sunday this week.Started out looking like it was gonna be one of those days.I couldn't get the computer to come on because it wouldn't take the password.Not an AOL or website password,but the HP password to start it in the first place.I'd type it,but nothing would happen.Tried restarting 2 or 3 times,same thing.Finally I just shut it off completely and turned it back on and it worked.As I think I once heard somebody say here "stupid computers". Then I couldn't get on BMT,kept getting an error page,so I went to work and my truck wouldn't start.Batteries were dead.I'd even cleaned the refrigerator out Friday and turned it off,and it still wouldn't start.Usually I'll leave the refrigerator on all weekend and it starts right up.One of the batteries must have gone bad,they look like the original batteries,so they're 2 years old.Had to call Jeff (Moore) to bring some jumper cables,because mine were in the tool box on the back of the pickup,but the tool box was sitting in my back yard because I took it off for something and never got around to putting it back on. It started raining about the time he got there,and it still wouldn't start off his pickup.Another driver came in to leave about then,and he had cables too,so we pulled one of them Freightliners down by the truck and used both sets of cables and finally got it started.Then I was motoring along on I 64 near Covington,headed to Zelienople,Pa,when an SUV passed me and A rock or something flew up and broke my driver side windshield-not too bad,but worse than the usual little bubble A little rock makes.It hasn't started to spread yet,but it probably will when it gets cold because there's dozens of little cracks around the center of the point of impact. So,when I got up to I-79 and proceded North,I pulled into the first rest area I got to and made A ham and cheese sandwich,and after I ate I took A nap. After that,everything went very well-unloaded in Zelienople this morning,reloaded 5 coils in Sharon,Pa.going to Lynchburg,dropped the trailer there tonight and bobtailed home. I hope the truck starts in the morning.

other dog

other dog

 

Monday Morning

Another Monday morning. It's pretty nice in Upstate NY this time of year - if you only look at the weather and the scenery. When you live here - you become expert in shutting out the thoughts of state taxes, hidden taxes and fees and the extremely expensive and ineffective state government. The weather and the scenery have to keep you happy, and right now they can. Anyway - I am still contemplating the used truck business, and thinking of specializing in one or two manufacturers. The R model Mack is still at the top of the list for its durability, simplicity and usefulness. This is probably a pretty good business to investigate, as I do not believe there is anyone in this area selling these trucks in a reconditioned state with warranties. There is a local collector looking at my R-600 and trailer today. Guess we'll wait and see......

vanscottbuilders

vanscottbuilders

 

Guilty

I've sat around here all day and haven't done anything but pick the tomatoes and go to the mailbox.And wrote some checks to pay some bills-phone,electric,credit card,etc. I know I should relax and try to enjoy A day off,but I can't help feeling A little guilty for doing nothing.Tomorrow I'll probably feel like doing nothing,and I have to go back to work. A truck drivers life I guess.

other dog

other dog

 

R-600 Update

Just going over to the yard to give the old R-600 some exercise. I just cannot get over how well this old girl runs. And the more I use it, the better it goes. I've got two friends that would like to get their Commercial Driver's licenses, and I think this might be the perfect vehicle. It's a simple 711 diesel with a direct drive duplex transmission. Big windows and no bunk make for a great view, and the lowboy trailer is easy to see over during a road test. We are about to flip the trailer over, sandblast and paint the underside. Then we will do the topside and install new White Oak deck boards. I've already got the deck material. I guess I will replace the Bandag recaps with new radials. The recaps have never been on the road, but they appear to be dry rotted from sitting. I'd like to hear from anyone who knows where 17.5" tubeless radials and rims might be purchased reasonably. The brakes and drums are brand new, and the air lines have all been replaced with new plastic lines. The tractor will probably wait until mid-Fall before coming in the shop for a refurbishment. When my B67 is ready - I will probably sell the R model and keep the trailer. For now it is too much fun to have one of these old trucks that is actually usable.

vanscottbuilders

vanscottbuilders

 

Catch-up

Been a few days since I was here last - Funny how time goes by and so much happens that we take for granted. I'm another year older. My puppy became a national champion last week. And last, but not least, I got my new gearset from "Thermodyne diesel" in Minnesota. That's got me very interested. The rest of the stuff is just stuff - it happens all the time, then you die. It's a bit unknown to me how the engine/transmission combination will react to the new ratio. Going from a 5.46 gear to 4.28. Wondering what will happen to my pulling power with the 673P diesel. The direct drive duplex transmission has been replaced with a .86 overgear triplex, which should help with the bottom end, and help with road speed at normal cruise. Very few people understand - but this has been a very entertaining project.

vanscottbuilders

vanscottbuilders

 

Home Once Again

I made those two turns and I'm loaded for Sunday.Went to Zelienople,Pa. Monday then over to Macedonia,Oh. to reload coils for Roanoke,Va.Then I went to Orville,Oh. and over to Macedonia to load coils to Roanoke,Va,where they make truck frames out of them.Even Mack truck frame rails are made there.Usually I'll have three coils,and I put seven chains on them because they are so tall and narrow-about 6 feet high,and 14" wide.I always horse shoe 2 chains,then criss cross 2,plus throw a chain across the top of each one. Now I'm loaded with Kyanite going to Zelienople,Pa. again,and it starts all over Sunday. Stopped by the grocery store on the way home today,just to pick up A few things...how come I can't go in the grocery store,even to "pick up A few things",without spending at least $100?

other dog

other dog

 

Whats In A Name

Have you ever wonder how the name MACK came about? Well let me tell you You see it was a dark lonely strech of highway and the guy who invented what we call Mack trucks today was hauling some equipment with his own invention of a truck that he had put together himself. He had been out on the road for some time when he came to a scale house, yep those guys were around way back when..... He pulled across the scales when he was hit with the red single, the red single was a overly ripe tomato throungh at your windshield to make you pull over they didn't have fancy lights then. Being a law abibing citizen he pulled over and the fact the cop was standing there with a shotgun had a little to do with it. Well he got out and walked up to the Officer and asked what was wrong because he knew that everything on his truck was operational because he had invented the perfect truck. The Officer said that he had broken his scales because he was so over weight and that he wanted to know what type of truck he had because no truck had ever pulled that much weight before. Again the owner of the invented truck said he couldn't be over weight because he had loaded his truck him self and that the scales must be wrong. Well that was getting the Cop mad and then a strange noise came from the front of the truck the Cop pulled his gun out and motioned for him and the driver to walk around to the front and there was the noise his Bulldog sitting on the hood barking at the moon. The Cop just shook his head and said now tell me what kind of truck is this so I can give you a ticket so I can get my scales fixed. This made the driver so mad he was kicking the ground and spiting and being all upset. Now no more fooling around I have to put the name of the truck down. The inventor had came to a point he just wanted to get back on the road so he looked around and saw his Bulldog on the front hood of his truck so he said Bulldog. The Cop laught and said that aint a name of a truck, I got we will name after you. What the driver said who ever herd of a truck named Pete? No not that name but MACK. That's not my name. Your right but it is the way you look. Mean And Cranky Kuss , MACK and it fits this truck because no truck ever worked so hard hauling such a load sign here. Well thats how the name came about and to this day it is found on hard working trucks all over the world. Oh Peter's brother Kurkey Wilber KW for short also invented a truck but he named it after his brother to be nice, he called the truck that Peterbuilt Be Safe and keep on trucking And that's the truth! Really it is if not you tell me how it came about.....

chiefbuzzb

chiefbuzzb

 

Monday Morning

Well,as happens every week it's Monday morning again and back to the old grind.Got to go to the bank,drug store,and post office,then to Lynchburg to unload the load of coils I dropped Saturday morning.Then it's off to parts unknown.I'll make two turns this week,and next weekend I'll have to leave on Sunday. I hate it but my out-go has been exceding my income lately,so I must be off!

other dog

other dog

 

2 Weeks To Go!

Wooo Hooo...2 weeks to go in the "BMT Blog OFF" contest! So far, it looks like Other Dog is in the lead followed closely by Paul Van Scott! It ould still be anyone's race! So get blogging! It ain't over til it's over!

Barry

Barry

 

Day Off

Got home yesterday after our safety meeting and went to the garden and pulled up what was left of my cabbage,(saved what I could),squash,watermelons,and A row of snaps.Then I ran the tiller over it and sowed turnips,mustard,and spinach mustard,and sprinkled it with the hose.It's so dry everything I pulled up had done all it's gonna do,so maybe I'll have a turnip and some greens if it ever rains. Then I went to the store and bought A case-the Ice Road Truckers marathon comes on at 1:00,and the Michigan race too,so I might just sit on my a...uh,tail I mean,and take the day off today.

other dog

other dog

 

A 550?

Just as suspected,I see little or no difference in the way the truck pulls. Jeff said "I told ya so,it's the torque-the torque is still 1850 foot pounds,there ain't gonna be any difference".But still,75HP is quite a step,you'd think it would pull a little better anyway. I think maybe the guy that did it has computer skills like me-when he got done instead of clicking "save" he clicked "delete" by accident.

other dog

other dog

 

Yellow Freight

I have just contracted with Yellow Freight to bring a 450# pallet from Minnesota to Upstate New York. The overall cost is $237.00. I can't drive to Minnesota one way for $237.00! As hobbists, I guess my point is that we should not overlook the obvious way to get our parts around the country. Common carriers are everywhere. Faced with driving out to Minnesota, I probably could not have justified the purchase, even though I really need the parts.

vanscottbuilders

vanscottbuilders

 

Collectibility And The R Mack

So it has occurred to me that the R-Mack has not been as collectible as some others. It seems, I believe because it looked essentially the same from the mid-60's up into the 80's, the truck lacks a desireability that might exist with a B model or an L model Mack. Perhaps in the next generation, when these trucks actually are considered "old", they will become more attractive to the collectors. I wonder which of the power trains will be most sought after? The R Mack as a work truck, however, is a very different story. The truck has a lot of good features, and a simplicity that lends itself to being a really dependable, tough work vehicle. The cab has great visibility out of the windows, plenty of room for us "size challenged" operators and good heat and venting. The engines were all rock solid - especially the early Maxidyne series (237, 285 etc). The Maxidyne lent a new dimension to operating a Mack, with the extremely wide torque band. I'm wondering about a new business that specializes in reconditioned and guaranteed R model Macks for sale as reliable work trucks. Seems like it might work. Especially if I can guarantee the performance. I am looking for info on persistant problems, if any. And what to look for in the cabs as far as rust damage goes.

vanscottbuilders

vanscottbuilders

 

Cats

At least besides the aching tooth and a heat wave that leaves me drenched in sweat every time I chain down A load or tarp A load,and the fact that it's so dry here -my garden just withered away,and I've only cut the grass A couple of times,last time a couple of months ago-I have A little good news.I left the truck at the Cat shop in Lynchburg last night so they can turn the horsepower up from 475 to 550.You would think it'd make A world of difference,but it's hard to say.The last Cat I drove was A 435 and when it was turned up to A 475 you couldn't tell A lot of difference.I know that's not near as big A jump,but I've taken A truck in to be worked on before,they'll put it on the dyno and check it, get you 20 more horsepower and it was like driving A different truck. I hope that's the case this time-it's A big ol' pretty truck,but it lays down like A big ol' dog when it sees A hill.

other dog

other dog

 

Heat,cold,toothache!

Just got in ,i've been to Midland City,Al. with A load of beams,reloaded shingles at Peachtree City,Ga. to Oxford,N.C, then loaded Kyanite at Dillwyn,Va. to Negley,Oh,then had a two pick up reload at Ambridge and Leetsdale,Pa coming back to Lynchburg,Va.I was going to drop the trailer in Lynchburg,but I got there at 5:00 o'clock and they went ahead and unloaded me. 'Course I only had 2 beams on. It was still 100+ in Alabama and Georgia Monday,but it was 56 degrees this morning (Wednesday) when I got up in Pa.about 4am and continued on to Negley. I actually turned the heat on for A little while. Had A toothache all day yesterday,but after taking alternating handfulls of aspirin,tylenol,and motrin it wasn't too bad today.Got A dentist's appointment in the morning-actually looking forward to it!

other dog

other dog

 

New Gear Set

Well I have just had another good experience with a BMT member - I purchased a used gearset from out of state. This is a really nice forum for the sharing of information and the exchange of parts and vehicles.

vanscottbuilders

vanscottbuilders

 

R600 And Lowboy

I would have thought that there may have been more interest in the R600 and lowboy trailer that I listed for sale in BMT. Seems there were a couple of people looking for "cosmetic restoration projects" on the forums within the past few months. My new plan is to keep the trailer, and put the rocker panels in the tractor, paint them both and use them myself. The trailer will make a real nice recovery trailer for picking up old stuff. I will put a heavy electric winch on the tongue deck and add some "D" rings for additional tie-down spots. And I think I will cover the rear tires with a structural deck plate, to keep the road spray down. I'll keep the tractor for sale, albeit at a higher price after the painting is done. The B67 will work well at the front of this trailer also. The announcement will be official this week - and I will remove the truck from the "for sale" forum. This will be a fun truck to use in the Northeast moving old stuff around. And I can use it to move an occasional load of lumber for the business.

vanscottbuilders

vanscottbuilders

 

Stories

Barry,this is great! I really like Ray's blog-if I could type with more than one finger (I actually have many more) I could tell many more stories.Somebody will come up with something and it just triggers memories I'd long forgotten,but you never know,somebody out there might find it interesting.

other dog

other dog

 

Christmas Gift From Smokey

About a dozen years or so ago ,,just in from a South Carolina run the wife had a bunch of Christmas presents that needed delivering. She and I loaded her Nissan Access and wandered down the road at a high rate of fuel consumption. While watching my rear view I noticed a 4 wheeler make a quick right from a side road about 1/2 mile behind me and right away I thought ...sh*t... As I'm pulling off to the side of the road with a plain wrapper nudging up to my rear bumper,,,,I'm fishing through the glove box for all the right stuff. After surrendering all my documents to the officer he looks at my drivers license and comments that being a truck driver I , must have a good reason for exceeding the speed limit to the tune of 30 mph over. So , I promply explained that I'd been on the road for over 5 days , I'm tired and the wife has all this Christmas crap that she could not hand out while I was on the road loaded in the back of the wagon that I'm supposed to be happy delivering... The cop gave me all my documents back , said his wife was the same way and left me standing on the side of the road while he drove away laughing...

rbellinger

rbellinger

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