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went to Avon...then to Sharon,Pa. Brought 2 coils back to Lynchburg. Talked to Frankie at Handy-he got out of a Western Star with a 550 cat into one of the new 386 Petes they just got,and he was not impressed. He didn't like the slower speed,lower h.p.(485 cummins isx),and mainly the way it rides. They look good though! He said it bounced like a cabover with the set-back front axle. I'd just be whining and crying about the lower horsepower if it was me,and Jeff already has one ordered. It's supposed to be in in October. I'm happy as a monkey on a 'nana boat with my 550 now that it's running right. Just running south or the rathole of the northeast,like a lot of the guys do, it wouldn't make much difference,but running Ohio and western Pa. like I do most of the time that extra power is really nice to have.Especially loaded heavy both ways,usually 45,000+.

Then I was off to Zelienople,Pa. with a load of kyanite and went over to Malta,Oh. and picked up a load of small cement mixers and miscelaneous equipment that went with them to deliver in Vinton,Va. Monday. This was a pretty light load,but there's no good way to get to Malta,Oh. from anywhere,and it was very tight getting to the place where I loaded.Still haven't gotten the dump valve replaced on the trailer.

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Those 386's are nice trucks, I see alot of them running on the road now. I would tell them to turn the fuel to it, if it wouldn't void the warranty. The set back axle would come in handy for tight situations, but I could see losing your ride quality. Glad to see you made it back alright "being spring break weekend" Talk to you later.

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Glad to see that you made your round alright. For the uninformed or uninitiated, the greatest difference in a Shetland pony and a horse, is the time it takes to do the same amount of work. When applied to a class 8 truck, it is the difference in having time to rest, and not having time. You still have to do the same amount of work, but having a horse sure makes it a lot easier.

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Those 386's are nice trucks, I see alot of them running on the road now. I would tell them to turn the fuel to it, if it wouldn't void the warranty. The set back axle would come in handy for tight situations, but I could see losing your ride quality. Glad to see you made it back alright "being spring break weekend" Talk to you later.
Yeah,they can be turned up to 565 hp I think just by resetting the computer. My truck doesn't use any more fuel since it was turned up to 550 hp from 475. I drove several t-800 KWs and a couple of 9400 Internationals with sloped noses and set-back front axles for H.H.Moore and liked them all right. They turn shorter and you can see really well out of them.
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Glad to see that you made your round alright. For the uninformed or uninitiated, the greatest difference in a Shetland pony and a horse, is the time it takes to do the same amount of work. When applied to a class 8 truck, it is the difference in having time to rest, and not having time. You still have to do the same amount of work, but having a horse sure makes it a lot easier.
Absolutely!
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We could always call Jeff & Teresa to see if they would get you a new freightliner cabover. Bad thing about those you can get the really underpowered mercedes benz motor. I've heard from a guy that hauled raw bark from the chipmill say they would just fall on their face when you would see ahill ahead. Just joking about the cabover deal. Back on track though, I didn't know you could turn that cummins up that high. I would have them turn it up and all should go well though. What trans. is coming in your soon to be new truck? Funny thing about the peterbilts though is the sleepers have remained unchanged through the years. The insides have changed in ways, but they are all pretty much interchangable.

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I'm starting over- I typed a long reply-yes,with one finger-and lost my satellite signal :angry: .

Now,where was I ? Oh,i'd drive a cabover,but I might clean the ditches out 'til I got used to it again.Probably couldn't keep it in the road for a while. :blink:

The new trucks have 18 speeds in them,like we run now.I think they can be turned up to 565 hp,but i'm not sure about that. Todd bought Redneck a new 389 last year and it had a 550hp isx. That's what I thought they were getting in these 386s. Redneck could outpull my 550 cat like I was tied to a stump,but that was before Jeff had mine fixed...might be a different story now! :lol: Don't get me wrong,I don't drive fast at all-like I did in my younger day-but that's another advantage of a little more horsepower,you don't have to "sweep the bottom" of a hill to get up the other side. I can go up I-77 in Ohio from Marietta to Strasburg and never do more than "flip the button" with 46,000 lbs. on. Saves fuel too,very important nowadays. Like I said,my truck doesn't burn any more fuel now than it did before,but it's much more pleasant to drive.Used to be almost embarassing,great big 'ol Peterbilt in the right lane getting passed by every Swift and J.B.Hunt truck on the highway! :(

I looked in Frankie's truck last week and the cab and sleeper is just like mine,just the front-end and hood is different.

As far as turning them up goes,you can get a caterpillar turned up real cheap when it's been in service for 2 years,but it costs about $1,000 to do it before then. Not sure why,maybe warranty issues.That's why Jeff waited to get mine turned up.Billy-Bob drives his other truck and that came off the lot already a 550.I don't know what kind of policy Cummins has,but it's probably something similar,or maybe they go by milage. Just gotta "run what you got" 'til you can get it "biggerized" i guess.

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