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 tandem axle stainless round nose trailer to put behind the new B61, or my B67.
Things are looking up!
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,and the way it is now,just different-if that makes any sense! After I discovered his site several years ago I came to the conclusion that he's the greatest truck driver ever too.Plus he taught me more about this computer than I ever thought I could learn.The first time I sent him an E-mail,and he actually answered it I was awestruck-now we correspond regularly,and I must say,i'm very proud to know him.That's www.thedieselgypsy.com
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 the luxury of 2 engines(pumpers). She has been loaned out to other depts, who only have 1 unit when thiers have broken down,some did not want to return her,other could not wait to ,cause she is a 5 speed manual transmission. So she has served other depts proudly,and they all loved her,cause I know she has been on major incidents when out on loaned,and kept pace,and surpassed alot bigger,and newer units,at those scenes.
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 just recently passed away and the other man has colon cancer.The family of the one who recently passed will still get half of the money,which is also a good thing.I put the mixer in the car show too,as I do every year,because this is one thing I wouldn't want to miss,and haven't so far.
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 been tasked to do,and keeps on going strong. With her "retirement date coming soon(early 2009) Old,and especially the young members want to keep her some way some how,active in the dept,or active fire service. Makes me so proud to say that she is still our front line protector. A recent poll by a fire forum page for our county still has her as the best if the front line responders. she still wins for best appearing,and equipped alot of times. As one of the most respected members told me...."its great to have a dog in house".
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 3pm to get unloaded.By the time the service man got there and took the old dryer off,changed out the fittings,and got the new one on it was about 11:30am,but I made it in time.I'm off Sunday-going to the dentist Monday.
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 spilled on her seat,and consule. She denied it even after said had multiple witnesses,and the wifes cars paint was all down the side of her car. hope the "star" moves on soon
...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 diesel gypsy Monday morning,so check his site periodically.
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 company now based in Brandenton, Florida. Mostly time sensitive deliveries from York, Pa. to Dallas, Los Angeles or Tampa. The trucks were typically GMC Astros or IH Transtar II Eagle cabovers with high cube van trailers.
Also spent time driving cement mixers and dump trailers for a local concrete company. First in B model Macks and then in DM's on heavy camelbacks.
Today, almost thirty five years later, I have a small collection of old vehicles that includes two Mack single axle diesel tractors. Most people would refer to my collection as "junk" - what could they possibly know? Anyway, it is all stored inside a heated shop space or at a remote quarry yard close to home.
I have run my family's building business for the past twenty two years. We are primarily a management firm, and we do not own any equipment or large trucks.
We do, however, have a second family owned company run by one of my uncles that provides heavy and specialized hauling nationwide. So my connection to trucking is able to continue. Jimmy owns several heavy three and four axle tractors and numerous trailers of various specification. He also brokers quite a few heavy loads to some dependable Owner/Operators leased to his business.
All in all - I have really enjoyed my connection to BMT and my business with Watt's Mack. I'm looking forward to the day when my B67 parts all touch each other again, and I can drive it to the shows.
Looking forward to a free T-shirt and hat.
Paul Van Scott
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 you guess it,radio starts blaring,and gauges all work....We did find a burn mark on roof of my truck also.
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 just go sit on other side of daughter" I'm like damn you could not even save your husband his chair while he goes for food. She got all bent outa shape,and said i was making a scene.(I NEVER raised voice above normal tone). so made comment to guy,and he said should i get up,and I replied naw your to @$%^# ignorant to figure out the chair was taken(chair was tight against wifes),and she was to dumb to save it. She said that they cane up as a family,and well need the chair,and i could sit at other end,and besides he probaly would have took it....YAAAAA Right. Yet there were 3 EMPTY picnic tables behind her. so told her i know where i stand if ya cannot save your husband chair. Well off the deep that time of month end she went again. She does not understand why i got so made and insulted.... . needless to say kinda still not talking unless have to. Add insult to injury. I fish a great deal,been using same tackle bag for 15 years,only this weekend lost box outta bag that had all my hot lures in it,and did cost run,and had 78.75 worht of lures in it, Bad thing is box floats,so probally 15 miles down stream before noticed it was gone,as I was using different lures that day to try them out. I had slid into a deeeep hole and when got out of it box was there, so waded back across stream,and continued fishing,did not notice it gone till daughter came out,and wanted to fish using those lures,we searched for 2 hours. Even running down stream along path to look for it,no dice. WOW What a Weekend.
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.
Ya may not find all ma translations inta earth sector twenty two English are tik-tik. So bend the air a while
Me name is, MACK AUTOPETERWORTH ASTRONAVILINER:
I am a prototype transport unit of such a vintage design as never to have been possible on many sectors.
About two (earth 7) centuries ago, this crazy bugger decides that he needs
a large transport vehicle to haul his product.
From one earth to another earth often times the supplies would need transported to another time.
Pinsocka, (no tik-tik) I'll be buggered if I haven't gotten ahead of myself. Perhaps it is time I explain a tad of what I am talking about.
Well mate, as far as I have been able to determine there are at least thirty-eight different earths each sorta occupying more or less the same space.
Call em parallel worlds if ya want, we call em sectors (i.e. sectori sector two, three, twenty-two, and so on).
Each sector has their own differences , on many sectors ya might not notice hardly any change other than say what ya on (twenty-two) might know as the rocky mountains , may be located in a place ya think of as Florida,
Other sectors may more radical differences like people having more than 2 arms, one sector the continents are mixed up and not where they should
Be. Some of the sectors what ya know as North America is 12, OOOmi. East to west.
Oh Bugger it all mate I never intended to waste perfectly good quark juice on such mitasu (tik-- information).
Let’s try this again, most people call me Mack.
As near as I can recall, it all started like this.
Bill, at least which is what I call him.
Made a very bad business deal, at least everyone thought it was.
Any way he wound up with 202 million acres of land and needed a suitable means of transport. To relocate some of the items that was abandoned.
Now ya must realize 1 acre on sector 1 is about the size 10 square miles, on 22 which is where I believe that ya are.
Now at the same time well let’s say on sector 35 1 acre is only about 2100 square feet. This is to say earth 35 has a small acre even when compared to ya, on 22
Where was I? Oh yes now I remember my name is Mack Autopet:
We already covered that did we not?
Here we are Bill had some leftover parts for various vehicles and
Equipment on this piece of property that he bought. Did I tell ya how He came to buy this land? I guess not, well if we ever get the time perhaps I will. IN fact I think me”LL let him tell it if the old bugger
Will take the time
So anyway Bill started assembling me from these parts.
Bear with me now, as the technical lad-lad really has a tendency to wind the old circuits into a pile of neutron proto plasma.
Especially when talking about my own sub assemblies.
I have what ya would call a quite unique frame structure, as just to haul it to Bill's shop It took 75 tractor trailer rigs each having 10 axles all working in unison to move the frame. It then required 46 18 wheeler flatbed trucks just to transport the Drive axles. This took months to haul all the loads. My power cells were procured out of 5 navel aircraft carriers.
And then there is the reason that I’m able to talk to ya my main CPU. Is made up from 1000 individual ICM.6869s" Each having 45 trillion billobites of memory. Or about the equivalent of the entire memory of every computer on earth 22.
My traction membranes (rollers, tires, paws, shoes etc.), any way I have 1122 of them in contact with the surface or what ya might call the road
I do not believe this was a predetermined design but over the years have developed the capacity for auto regeneration. I am sure this is due at least in part, to the fact that the places I travel have no repair stations. Other than those staffed with mates having only the most rudimentary of skills.
What I am saying is that it is hardly possible for me to just haul myself into the nearest Texxon or Chevoble or even the famous Cltrock.
Mobile service centers
Once while on 22 we pulled along side dinky little place called Now what was it called? Any way ya might know it, it was located near a town by the name of Grant in your western state of Numesco
There were at least 750 18 wheeler rigs there, but had I attempted to park I would have crushed half the rigs there.
Now listen to me. Where was I?
Oh well I never said that I am the most centered thought minded being in the universe.
I sorta have a complex when it comes to gnibrcsed, oop’s I mean describing, myself.
I must be having an electro-neutron proto-plasma overload again. There that's better. I just slip phased my reactors from .133334 Degree per phase, or better known as 2700ph. down to .40 degree per phase or 9OOph.
Ya see mates your electricity comes to ya either single phase (1ph.) or three phases (3ph.) current. Mine through the use of 5 reactors comes through me as multi-phase ie.2700-900-45-3-1 and any where in between I also have random cycle (Hz.) . This allows me to process the energy coming out of the reactors in a more efficient manner.
I will let Bill or F.S. explain the reactors, as they can answer tik-tik
The extreme degree of difficulty that I have (Pinsocka, Pinsocka!!!!) describing things about myself.
Tell ya what lets do.
I'll just start and try to stay on the atom.
Here goes, ya realize that earth sector 22 dimensions will be the only ones that I will be using, as ya would not be able to comprehend sector l's dimensions.
Bye the way am I pronouncing ya correctly? (YA: y6u, you) I picked it up on sector 35. Pinsocka here I go again.
My size shape and speed are as follows.
Size: 4334.2'feet front to rear. 173.89 feet from side to side.
95.15 feet in height.
Now this not so say that's as big as I get
Far from it as I am able to increase my size by a factor of 1.6871for length or to about 7,312.23 ft. long
With an increase factor of 1.792 for width (311.61) ft. wide and height by a factor of 2.9763 to 283.19 ft. tall.
All This with out having to increase my roller (tire) size. By no more than 1.203.factor.
You see at the mere instance of thought, I can increase my roller surface contact area to a factor of 9.316.
Roller size 3600x60 no ply. This means the rollers are about l1feet tall and 3 feet wide when they are at their smallest,; And around 15.37ft. Wide by 2Oft. Tall also they can be 1O.25ft. Wide by 3Oft. Tall.
This one single option allows me to travel over terrain that would encumber a cockroach. And those buggers can travel over just about anything
My top speed would rival that of an earth 31 starship. This is the speed of light to the 3rd power. That is not 3 times the speed of light but the speed of light multiplied by its self 3 times, all this with out ever actually leaving the ground. It would be like making a trip from earth to the sun and back 34 million times in 1 second. I hold the fastest land speed record ever, as you might have guessed. Now the first thing you are going to say is super luminary let alone hyper luminary travel is an impossibility of physics. What you need to realize is on my planet or at least the planet that Bill lives on things such as this are not only possible but has been around for a hundred years. Oh for the love of Miehong what am I rambling about, enough of this nokia. I want ta yak-yak a little bout me mate Bill as that is how I think of him even though he built me. Ya see Bill is an inventor of several machines. One of these machines was for th gubbermant and it made him trillions of stones 1 stone exchanges on the planetary parallax money exchange system to 100 Dollars of earth 22 US dollars. It was a strange little contraption that converted ordinary grain into almost any culinary delight not only in taste, texture and looks but in nutritional value as well, and as th boys in a place called Astrailera would say its fair dinkem tucker mate. Ya also have such a place there on 22 spelled Australia.
I guess Bill’s biggest discovery would have been the existence of many co-existing planets occupying th same space on parallel planes of the universe, and probably more important a means of communicating across not only the parallaxes but across time as well.
His device was as send only system until the peoples of the respective planets could construct their own sending and receiving stations. Pinsocka I’m getting ahead of me self again. It all started one day while Bill was fooling around with a particle accelerator that he was designing to aim at the sun to destroy particles of ultra violet light before they reached the earth’s atmosphere. Earth had lost much of its upper ionosphere and what is called on earth 22 the ozone layer, from a cosmic meteor shower that lasted for over 100 years, these tiny meteors burned up in the atmosphere producing many noxious gases that almost completely destroyed th entire ionosphere and all of its protective layers of gas, allowing many tons of harmful particles of radiation through out the spectrum.
Do ya use the or th or te di in your language on earth 22? I have fried my neurons trying to figure out which englise language you are accustomed with Oh buggers mate my talk doesn’t’ make a bleeding stones worth of nokia if I get a few things said differently than you say them who th bloody ell gives a rats arse about it. After all I ain’t exactly trying to get into Pinkston or Hayward schools now am I?
Now where were we? My name is --- Pinsocka here me goes again. Bill now there is man who can spraken mitt sie oops! Oh yes, now when he was first testing the, I will call it a laser for lack of a better translation, any way he aimed it directly into the sub and fired it off in pulses for about 3 minutes now it takes a beam of light about 8 minutes to reach the sun so at first it seamed as if nothing was going to happen then about 13 or 14 minutes later the earth started to change almost as though it was a different planet, mountains disappeared rivers turned red the sky changed to a deep purple color people seamed to fade in and out trees appeared in the middle of deserts oceans grew and shrank at the same time. The scene was utterly chaotic At one time there appeared to be dozens of the same places occupying the same time and space at once. Fortunately most of the peoples of all the phasing planets went on with their little lives completely unaware of what was transpiring all around them.
This was not however the case with all pf the people, because trillions did experience the strange occurrence. On one planet I believe it is earth 27 over a billion died of fright, on all of the earths many simply ceased to exist as though they never were. Millions lost cohesion to their home planet and when the phasing ended found themselves transported to other planets. I actually believe this is what led Bill to discover a means of going from one earth to an alternate earth .Me thinks I need to back up a bit, throw the old truck in reverse and head down a different road for a mile or 3 to explain more about the atmosphere recovery laser if I can as you know I said that Bill is better than I at explaining things, I find myself trying to spin my wheels in a hundred directions at once and don’t explain any thing well. Bill was born on earth 22 in the year 1911 and he was working on a top secret US Gubbermant project that had to do with some extremely strong electro magnetic field generators. Gubbermant is that how you say it or does it have a “V” in it somewhere moch-nicht I guess. Any way something went wrong or possibly right depending on how you look at it and Bill was I guess it is called teleported here to earth 1 ,this ultimately may have been what caused the 100 year meteor shower I don’t know for sure, however now that I think about it, Hum yep I bet that’s what caused it I better get hold of Bill and tell him that I MACK AUTOPETERWORTH ASTRONAVILINER have solved the 200 year old mystery as why the sky started falling. Maybe I could write a report on my theory and get it published in the planetary historical society journal. Never mind what good would it do for me to spend my time writing a 100 page report on a subject that has already been hashed over a million times?
Pinsocka-Pinsocka there I go again, I was trying to explain about the laser wasn’t I? The laser, well this laser was so big and so powerful that it required over half of the electrical output of this planet for 3 hours just to charge it up for four 3 minute discharges had one of those discharges hit the planets Venus or Mercury a 1 mile diameter hole would have been burned through either of them. Actually a hole through Venus would have been smaller since Venus is much closer to earth than mercury, either way had this happened the result would have been very bad. After they fired off the laser they thought nothing had happened and started to question Bill as to what went wrong. Bill simply said you wanted me to try and build a laser that could trigger an electromagnetic pulse on the surface of the sun; well it takes time for the results to reach us if it worked. I doubt if the pulse will be enough to clean very much of the radiation particles out of our atmosphere, in my opinion it will have the reverse effect and just add billions of tons more harmful particles to our already severely depleted upper layers of the atmosphere. I only prey that for once I am proved wrong, for all our sakes. The natural regeneration ability of the earth is not something I feel we should be mucking around with, but what’s done is done and we will all suffer the consequences for our actions.
About 15 minutes later the sky turned a frightening deep red color so red in fact that it appeared to be on fire, in fact it was on fire at about 50 miles up. Every one ran as fast as they could for fallout shelters, this is when they noticed that something was really wrong not only was the sky red but it had taken on the appearance of being more than one sky at the same time about 2 minutes after that mountains disappeared people vanished others inexplicably seamed to be more than one person at the same time still others found they had extra limbs that were not of their control many around the would died from heart attacks, this however was not known nor was it realized that these people had died as direct result of the firing of the laser for years. 5 years to be exact when the global census was conducted and compiled. Only then was it realized that 500 million people world wide had died at the same instant of the resulting electromagnetic pulse struck the stratosphere, there was no proof that their deaths were directly connected to the firing of the laser but this was highly suspected.
Many other things had happened during the 1 and ½ minutes of electromagnetic activity, like I said about the sky changing color and things disappearing and appearing out of nowhere, but other things that are hard to describe
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 show...stop by our booth and we'll give you a little something for sporting the new shirts!!
Well, we still have a lot to pack...so I gotta get back to work! Hope to see you all there this Saturday!!
This is our 18 foot UD that we are currently loading for the show...
This is Shawn marking table displays for the show and you can see Tracy in the Background.
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 pulled it 20 feet and it fired right up....a testament to how tough a mack is) and is planning to restore it. my friend is looking to find out what happened to the 20 trucks they had gotten rid of that we guess would be somewhere in the wisconsin area and can be identified by the ....custom built for johnson sand and gravel.....under the horn button on the steering wheel, also any information on parts for the butterfly hood would be greatly appreicated. thanks for taking the time to read this and feel free to e-mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out in locating any of the old trucks or in finding restration parts.
Well, Memorial Day is over and the official start to summer is here! That means the swimming pools are open, school is almost over and the trucks show season will be in full swing! We are starting to get ready for Macungie on June 16th! Should be a good time, we are looking forward to it! After Macungie, the only other show we will be doing is 'Mack Days' in Lititz, Pa. That is usually the first Saturday in October. Well, time to get to work...hope to see everyone at the shows!