Unsecure cargos have caused many fatal accidents and this is a shame really because such accidents can easily be avoided by securing the cargo. All one needs to do, is use Truck Tarps to secure a truck's cargo to ensure it doesn't fall off in transit. Tarps not only keep the cargo secure but also keep it safe from inclement weather. This infographic takes a look at the use of Truck Tarps and the role played by them in reducing fatal truck accidents.
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I have a 1954 Model B 42 that I have been working on over the past 10 years (way more off than on). I am at the point where I want to mount the Radiator onto the radiator support along with the grill and rubber seal. It has been so long ago since I took it apart I forgot where the rubber seal goes. It doesn't seem right that the rubber goes onto the support first, and then the radiator on top of the rubber, then the grill against the radiator brackets, then the special mounting bolts with the large shoulder pinching everything together. To have the grill and radiator be supported by the compression of the rubber seal seems to me to not be enough pressure to hold them from sliding some. Can anyone tell me if I am figuring it out correctly and if there is really enough pressure with the compressed rubber to hold everything in place???
Another productive day....
Once we got the engine a bit cleaner it was time to see what I have gotten myself into. Trying to turn the engine over by hand sucked so the starter came out without much problems (it is bloody heavy tho) as I had popped my 12v booster pack on it in the hope that it would turn over but no luck. Once on the deck and cleaned, Alex loves to pick and scrape off old paint and rust to find whats underneath we discovered that the starter was 24v so I doubled up my jumper packs and it fired into life with a little spark. I took an old tooth brush and some WD40 and got the cog looking good and returning freely. As I was fitting it back in Alex was happy going through all the parts that had fallen off and giving them a quick clean.
With the starter back in and the engine turning by hand I popped the Frankenstein jumpers back on and nothing much happened but a small fire and a bit of clunking so out it came again. I retested it but I had a look at the wiring diagrams and found it was a + earth. The things we are learning is amazing. So tomorrow I think we will pop the starter again and give it a try. I have been lucky enough to get a few 12v batteries so I will Macguyver them into the hole where the battery box was and try again.
Alex was in the cab between checking all the parts for details so she cleaned, lubricated and freed off the gear levers. We were not sure what they all did but with help from Lucas and Vlad and the reconditioned glove box lid we figured the function of them and we are now getting our head round all the bits in the cab. If anyone had the picture of what the dash on a 1949 LFSW looked like that would be great.
The big red box was next on the hit list. It seems to be a massive battery pack but it is not connected to anything so it was removed from my chassis. Think I will be making a few trips to the dump.
Got lots to do over the next few days so stay tuned .....
coming up next time.... will the starter turn the motor? will the batteries fit? will the wiring burst into flames? .......
Day five............and six!
It's been an eventful couple of days. Day five started with a phone call to say the crane was coming off the back of the truck, with the help of a Manitou. It started with burning off the bolts that held the crane onto the chassis and giving the crane a wee tug but the tow hitch was fouling it. A 70mm socket and a sledgehammer for a bit of gentle persuasion soon took care of that!
The crane was removed and placed out of the way of estate traffic. The next job was to figure out how we were going to get it home. We managed to get help from a friend with a tractor, and burnt a hole through the front cross member of the winch to take a bolt for the towbar.
Day six started at early o'clock, down to the estate to hook up with the tractor and start our epic journey home! It was a rather bumpy ride with no seat, floor or driver's door. Making it out over the first cattle grid was trouble free even though the tyres were all flat-spotted, this caused the roof to separate from the A pillars and showering me with rust from ad-hoc sunroof! Half a mile further on the vibrations were shaking my fillings loose and also ejecting the passenger door almost hitting the escort vehicle. From there it was plain sailing until a tight right turn into a small village took us wide and scared the life out of a old woman standing at a bus stop, who couldn't quite work out why I was on the wrong side of the vehicle and saying good morning through the door that wasn't there. Turning heads all the way home and narrowly missing a passing bus we managed to get it to the house where we backed it into the drive and straight through the neighbour's hedge! The typical Scottish weather meant the first job was to throw a tarpaulin over all the holes in the cab and cover over the missing bonnet. We didn't do much else other than try to figure out what all the levers did and evicting a mummified rat from the bunk! No rent paid, no digs!
Between the beautiful Scottish rain showers we swept up some of the broken glass and rust to protect our dog Morgan. I went underneath to see if I could tell if the engine was seized or not but after removing the inspection covers on the bell housing, getting a face full of water and rust, I found no way of turning the flywheel. Moving to the propshaft, which was spinning freely, my girlfriend was inside wiggling the levers to try and engage the gearbox to the flywheel. As the rain came down yet again, we managed to figure out that one lever engaged the box and using a crowbar in the universal joint we managed to turn the motor quarter of an inch, moving the crankshaft pulley and dislodging yet more rust!
Tune in for the next gripping installment of man vs truck where at this point the truck is well in the lead!
Day four has been great.
It started with the two front tires being inflated and holding air which after 30+ years being flat was a surprise.
We had a huge list of jobs to do and we got them all done in great time.
The prop shaft came off with no problem. All the nuts and bolts were nice and free. May have something to do with the hydraulic crane leaking oil all over them. As I have never worked on anything this size or age before I was not sure if I was going to need big tools but so far I have managed with 1/2 inch and 3/8 inch sockets and a rather large hammer.
With the air in the front tires the ground clearance was greatly improved. My 3 ton jack slid in no problem and raised the nearside front (drivers side but here in the UK that is the nearside) and without even adjusting the brakes the wheel spun free. So that's all the wheels turning freely.
The tree stump was next on the list so it was out with the chainsaw. We cut it flush with the ground so the truck will roll over the top of it. And we dug out some more roots to clear the front axle.
Almost ready to bring home with all the small jobs done and the loose panels removed. The bonnet came off in a few pieces and has been kept so we can fabricate a copy. While we had the bonnet off we took the chance to get the engine cleared of leaves and years of rust, moss and birds nests. The motor looks quite daunting but I am sure it will spring into life with a little TLC.
Tune in next time for the gripping installment of the return of the Mack.
Same Mack time, Same Mack channel.
Day three of the recovery:
It was a fairly early start for day three. The mission for this visit was to remove tree and clear underneath.
The tree put up a brave fight and was much taller than we thought but armed with only a bushman saw and a length of rope (needed to make sure the tree didn't fall through a building) we set about it. I decided to take the top off first so started just above the radiator cap and took out the thinner of the two trunks first. With this coming down with no deaths or damage to property the second and much thicker trunk was exposed. All went well with this apart from blocking an access road with the fallen tree so we cut it into smaller lengths and cleared the road. Once the top was removed (all those hours watching the discovery channel paid off) I went to the trunk that was below and growing through the bumper. Cutting through was a bit tough but the use of a ten ton jack helped with the last bit.
Next on the to-do list was trying to get the rear axles in the air and clear under the wheels. The first wheel in the air was the passenger rear most wheel. I decided to give the brake actuators a bit of a bang with my little hammer on the off chance that it may budge. To my surprise it looked like it moved a little. Then came the larger hammer and a bit of brute force. After a lot of sweating and a few choice words I thought I would stand on top of the wheels so I could get a bloody good swing and to our surprise the wheels budged. I felt like I was on the log roll and we got it going a little bit, then a lot and finally doing a full 360 with movement in the prop shaft.
With this we were spurred on to try and see if it was a fluke or if the other rear wheels could be freed. Considering this truck was last moved in the early 80's I was not holding my breath. But the luck of the gods was with us and we managed to get two more sets of wheels moving with the exception of the drivers rear most wheels not budging. I think this may have been caused by a newer looking brake actuator and a lack of access to swing my hammer. But we decided to call it a day and head home.
Knowing that the back end is pretty much rolling and we could recover it with a spec lift truck or a home made A frame we are quite happy. Looking forward to day four...... will keep you posted.
P.S thanks to Vlad and Lucas for all their information.
I have a 1994 mack triaxle dump truck,350 engine,8LL transmission,been sitting a little while, tryed to move but not getting air to brake valve on dash any ideas what I might check would be thankful,looks like a few air lines have been messed with under dash, when I do supply air to air valve from another souce, transmission only goes into high, before it was stuck in netual.I could use some kind of air diagram,any help I would certainly be thankful;
Truck was fine when parked. Thanks Rick
Day two and it's time to dig !
After being parked up for more than 30 years (estimated by staff on the estate) we knew it was going to be a challenge to free the truck from it's resting place. With a car full of picks, shovels, hammers, saws and other assorted bits of kit we headed down for day two and starting to remove some of the things that had been placed on, under and inside the truck. There was a 1 foot mound of dirt that had built up along the length of it and we got the use of a mini digger to start us off.
Once the digger had ran the length of the truck (almost tipping over a few times) and moved most of the muffin top that had built up we were able to get in with the shovels. We were digging for quite some time when we found what must have been the original road that the truck was parked on. As I cleared the sides my partner was on the inside throwing out all sorts of rubbish including a BMX. She was clearing under the bunk and came across some documents including the operators report of motor vehicle accident and the operating instructions from the Detroit Diesel Engine Division which had to be tied to the motor.
With the inside starting to look like a truck even if you could see daylight through almost every panel and floor. We discovered the 3 pedals, two sticks and many other bits and bobs of which I have no clue what they are but I'm sure in time all will become clear.
The underside was quite a task but hitting concrete spurred me on to get as much cleared as I could before my back gave out. I started at the left front tire and worked my way back. Putting a 3 ton jack under the bottom arm I tried to lift it but the tree growing through the front bumper had other ideas. Next time I must remember to take my chainsaw. Giving up on that we worked along the side and exposed the tires (front two are flat) and the bed it sits on. On the rear is a small crane which over the years has dumped lots of fluid down through the truck and working from the front there was lots of oily sticky mud to clear. The blacksmith on site said he will take the crane off if he gets a chance before we next go down.
Looking at the drive train it all seems to be there even tho it is rather rusty and by the looks of things seized. I may have had a moan about the oil but it has kept the chassis in good condition.
My next trip down will hopefully be in my restored ex MOD land rover with my nice new 10 ton bottle jack, a couple of axle stands and a big hammer to see if we can get the rear wheels rolling.
Wish us luck. Will keep you up to date on our progress.
Stephen Ellis, Scotland.
1994 mack dump truck 350 , triaxle,all mack drive terrain ,gear goes into high gear only, already replaced valve on dash, could use air line diagram,I think its a air problem. trucks been sitting around 2 years before parking everything was find, thanks in advance for any help. forgot to mention RB model.
I have a 2000 Mack with an E7 engine. I have a new three piece exhaust manifold to put on truck. Does anyone know if there is an assembly joint compound or some kind of sealant that should be used between the pieces or should I put them together dry and let them rust together ?
I drive a mack rd 800, 400 half mechanical half electrical fuel pump and when in a pull going up hill with a load the fuel pump shuts off when the computer is trying to feel fuel. could anyone please help
Day one of my newest project and possibly the least eco friendly one of them all! To get this truck out and back to my house I'm going to have to cut down a couple of trees, remove the garden from the chassis and generally clear out 35 years of undergrowth and assorted rubbish!
After clearing a tree, a welder, an enormous battery charger and the controls for the crane from the back the chassis is in remarkably decent condition. Maybe the flora and fauna over it protected it slightly! We managed to clear off most of it, dig out the back wheels and start digging out the front. The rear wheels are surprisingly whole, considering it hasn't moved for ever. I think we even dug out wood from the Ark! The front wheels haven't fared quite so well, Scottish weather doesn't do much for preserving rubber. All in all our archaeological expedition to remove some of the earth from round the wheels was a success.
Looking forward to day 2 and shovelling more earth!!
I am selling my 1975 Mack RS700L V8 end dump. Truck is in great mechanical condition. I'm unsure of the actual mileage being I just fixed my speedometer. I am the third owner of this vehicle. Both owners had their own work done to the truck for road legal repairs. Rear ends rebuilt in 2009 that I have documents for. A little about the truck. It's again a 1975 Mack. It has a 49,006LBS rear ends and 20,000lbs fronts. Brand new tires on the steers and first drive axle, and %75 and rear axle. The vehicle has no oil leaks or AIR leaks. It is %100 road ready and legal. DOT inspection is current as with the registration. It has a 13 speed road ranger transmission, shifts smooth with no grind or slippage. Clutch is in fine condition with no slippage or clutch break problems. Well that's pretty much it... and it does have a 1 stage dyna-tard brake that works great and is very loud and beyond effective. Any questions or comments, please feel free to let me know.
I am in the aluminum scrap metal business. I have the option of purchasing over 200k lbs. of 1980 Mack Transmissions & motors.
I need to know approximate percentage of Aluminum per trans & motor.
If anyone can offer there expertise I'd greatly appreciate it.