Got the new brake chamber installed,it was much easier than getting the old one off,except for the $78 price tag.That's about twice what I expected to pay.I had to order the 24/24 chamber,and it's more expensive than a 30/30 chamber,which we had plenty of at the shop but I couldn't use because of tire clearance issues.Now i've got a leaking power steering hose to replace for my next project,then i'll be caught up until...next time.
...and the heat was everything I expected it to be.The worst was when I reloaded a load of steel going to Petersburg,Va. in Savannah,Ga. Wednesday,and the temperature in the parking lot where I loaded was 114 degrees.That's the hottest I can ever remember being out in.I'm loaded now for Midland City,Al. for Monday delivery.Got in today and took a leaking brake chamber off the mixer,it was a struggle with layers of dust,dirt,concrete,and paint-plus the 100+ temperatures,but i got it off and shoul
Looks like I am going to be able to acquire a B61 diesel tractor to add to the fleet soon.
This truck is interesting to me in that, like my R600, I know the entire history of the truck from new.
The unit belonged to Louis Johnson Trucking based nearby in East Palmyra, NY. It spent its life in service to New York City
and Milton, Pa. I'm kind of excited about this one as the Louis Johnson B-Macks were my 1st exposure to big trucks as a kid.
I've also found a fifties vintage Fruehauf tand
I just found out my next mission is taking a load of steel to Orlando,Fl. I'm already dreading the heat and humidity,it's bad enough here! Oh well,it'll be a nice change to run South I guess,as long as the AC's working.Might see some nice scenery down there too.
Been talking to Bill,the diesel gypsy,this morning on Skype.He should get the truck show pictures Wednesday,and have them up shortly there after.If you've never checked out his site,you should.As Teresa said,"it's the greatest trucking web site ever".His stories are excellent.I told him he should write a book,and he said he had indeed looked into doing just that,but reading the stories-all true,no fiction-will let anyone know what it's really like to drive a truck.That's the way it used to be,an
Seems rumor mill at our station has the 79 CF may be bought local,and used as a reserve piece for our end of the county. Meaning she will be a "show" piece,but when needed by a local dept. she will be "front line" again. Boy I hope that rumor comes true. Some also want to keep here,and do minor "refurb" work and keep her in house for special use or for fire prevention duties,along with back up duties. I for one wanna keep her,and use her for parades,and reserve duties. In the past,with us have
Just got back from Toga,Va.where they had the 5th. annual benefit,for some needy person or persons that they pick from the community.Usually it's someone who's ill or has cancer,and all the money donated and raised from the car show,pig roast,horse shoe tournament,silent auction,games,bands,and so on goes to the people the benefit is held for.It's really a great thing for people to do this.They had one for my wife,who died of cancer in June,2005.They picked two local people this year,and one jus
As you can tell I am a "fire nut" so to speak. One thing makes me feel so proud is that in our station we have and still is THEE primary protector of my community,and me is our 79 CF. She only goes to fires in our town,and township,but she is taken care of by all like she is fresh from the assembly line floor. Today again she was being wash,some more waxing,armor alled,and tire dressing put on. She sits as thee symbol of our dept. and is loved by all the members. She has taken all that she has b
Well,I just got home again,and I should've been here early this morning.Picked up a load of steel in Twinsburg,Oh. yesterday going to Buena Vista,Va,and was coming down the W.V.Turnpike last night minding my own business when my air dryer failed.Called road service,but he couldn't bypass it,all the parts stores were closed,so the guy told me he'd get one in the morning and be back to put it on .I was just south of the first tollbooth at the Sharon-Cabin Creek exit and had to be in Buena Vista by
A few months ago, a Pa. State Trooper was on patrol on I-76 outside of Philly. At about 5:30am, a USF Holland rig blows by doing 65 in a 55. The Trooper pulls said violater over, and when asked why he was going so fast, the driver replied " Because it won't go any faster". That was the best line the Trooper heard all night. The Holland driver got a warning.
Today the "unlucky" star found the wife. This morning she went out to her car to go make final payment on it,and go to doctors. Well when she got to it discovered someone in probaly and 18 wheeler side swiped her car. bought 1675.00 in repairs needed. This is the 2nd time it was sideswiped while parked. The first time it did 1200.00 in damages but we had witnesses,and tracked the car down,and pressed charges,cause she was still drunk when the cops went to the home,plus beer was in car with some
...but it's hard to find time! I usually run three trips from Va. to Ohio one week and two trips the following week.Then you catch up on other things on the weekend,and it's off to work again.I got home about 1am Saturday,got to bed around 2am,back up at 6:30,and went to Troutman,N.C. to the ATHS show.So the only way I'll get a tee shirt is if I buy another one,unless all you other guys don't-no,I'm joking of course,that just wouldn't be right!By the way,I mailed the truck show pictures to the d
This is really an experiment for me. I know absolutely nothing about blogging or the theory behind it - but that devious Barry put up some pretty desirable merchandise as prizes for the top Blog.
I like that idea. So I am hoping this is a successful experiment.
By way of intro - I am in Upstate New York - the Finger Lakes area.
I've been interested in all things mechanical for most of my life. I spent a couple of years right out of college driving cross-country tractor trailers for a comp
Okay, i know you have them, so let's hear them. Cop and Trucker stories. Been stopped by smokey? Ever helped smokey? Did smokey ever help you? Got a funny story? There has to be a million stories out there. Let's hear 'em! But, no cop bashing, Dunkin' Donuts stories and the like. Smokey might be watchin'.
I do not know whop I pissed off in another life time,but things just keep getting better,and better....ROTFLOL. We have severe T-Storms roll through the area overnight. Well get into truck to go to work,and all I got is headlights,and taillights,no other electrical power. I get to work,and pull fuse block out,and all but 2 fuses,and 1 breaker is burned up so to speak. Replaced them all but still had no radio,and gauges. So I go get the electrical guru at work,he opens door,turns on key,and yep y
What a sucky weekend....Found out my standing with spouse.....we go camping every weekend,we have a seasonal site. There was a cruise night on saturday,and we were sitting in front of bandstand,till they started to play. Then my wife,daughter,and I moved up to the stores patio to listen to the music,well we were sitting close together,me rubbing her back. Well I got hunger,so went into store to get food,and when came out,there was a guy sitting in my chair!! So told wife "whats this? she said ju
The contest is on! Create your blog and get posting! The idea here is to post interesting stuff like personal stories or fictional pieces to get people to read your blog and come back in the future! It doesn't have to be truck related! Anything goes (within reason...this is a family website!) So happy blogging! Lets see if there are any budding authors out there!
Ok Here goes this is a few pages from a book that I am writing, it is fictional only in the respect of the Earth that we live on on the Earth that the truck is from I asure you it is completly true and not only real but will explain how some things here might transpire in our near future if we could only get rid of a few million uuseless government officials around the plantet
Now please allow me to introduce MACK.
I'll not bugger ya earlobes with a lot of nokia.
It's Wednesday, June 13th and we are starting to load the truck with our antique parts and other novelties for the Macungie Truck Show! I am really sorry that the chrome shells didn't make it in time to bring to the show, but we will have them soon! We are bringing a ton of other stuff to the show so be sure to stop by and purchase something so our boss keeps sending us every year! As I mentioned before, all of you guys that bought our new black t-shirts already and wearing them to the sho
my name is neal and im here on behalf of a friend of mine who just recently bought back one of his old dump trucks. first a little background on the situation. in 1988 johnson sand and gravel sold some 1967 mack dm607's with the butterfly hood (or military hood). one of the trucks has been restored and is still working here in southeastern wisconsin. my friend has just bought back one of their old trucks that was sold to a local company and had been sitting for 10 years (they pull