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R Model Cab Cure


vanscottbuilders

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Those of you who have seen the pictures of my 1966 R-600

know that the rocker panels and the rear cab corners are shot.

Not too unusual with this cab style. The rest of the truck is pretty nice.

I have brand new inner and outer rocker panels from Mack by way

of Kevin All for the truck. But the cab corners have eluded me. And

all of the parts trucks I have looked at have a little ridge in the cab corner that

is not in the early trucks.

So I needed a fix. And - low and behold, two fixes fell in my lap.

I found a parts man at our local dealer who was willing to actually spend

some time with the old books and microfiche, and found out that Mack still

shows new sheet metal parts, including cab corners, for the early R cabs in stock.

Then - to cap it all off - Kevin Heidrich found a parts R model in Texas that he

wants the engine and transmission out of. I agreed to buy the adjustable fifth wheel,

and he is going to cut the corners out of the cab and send them along on the pallet.

How nice is that?

Gotta love this truck stuff.

BTW: Freight from Dallas, Tx. area to Rochester, NY area from Yellow Freight

for one non-haz pallet of about 400# was just over $340.00. Not bad at all.

You can't ride your bicycle from Dallas to Rochester for 340 dollars.

Let's not forget about the common carriers for bringing home our parts.

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Glad too hear of your good fortune, and that your gonna go ahead and start fixin' my truck for me.....lol. Are you gonna leave it as a tractor, dump???

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Joe,

One of the things I haven't told anyone about is -

I am driving home a second R model tractor tomorrow.

A really nice 1969 single axle with a 237 Maxidyne and a direct

5 speed.

Not sure yet how healthy everything is, but I know it starts, runs and drives.

This has been a yard tractor for at least twenty years, and kept inside.

There is no rust in the cab at all, that I have seen.

And I'm driving it home. Very important detail.

So, to answer your question, I'm not sure what I will do with the R models.

I think I will probably sell them both to get a B73 with an L cab that I know of.

The truck is available, it's close by and it keeps calling me.

If I keep them, one of them might become a dump truck.

Look at picture #32 (I think) in the Macungie 2008 photos that Barry posted

in the Shows forum here, you will see an R cab done exactly the way I picture

these done.

I think a matched pair of trucks, one as a dump truck, would be pretty

good looking.

And the colors match the AC Mack being kept in our shop. The whole package

would look pretty good going down the road. (You know - with the dump truck in

the rear to pick up the parts that fall off the other two)

But - I can't get too distracted from the B-67 project. Need to finish that first,

before anything else gets started.

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...and a tractor with one of those street sweepers on it behind the dump truck maybe? naw, couldn't be that bad. just keep lots of bungie cords and duct tape with you ;)

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...and a tractor with one of those street sweepers on it behind the dump truck maybe? naw, couldn't be that bad. just keep lots of bungie cords and duct tape with you ;)

Duct tape is mandatory in a toolbox.

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Joe,

One of the things I haven't told anyone about is - I am driving home a second R model tractor tomorrow. A really nice 1969 single axle with a 237 Maxidyne and a direct 5 speed.

Not sure yet how healthy everything is, but I know it starts, runs and drives. This has been a yard tractor for at least twenty years, and kept inside. There is no rust in the cab at all, that I have seen.

And I'm driving it home. Very important detail. So, to answer your question, I'm not sure what I will do with the R models. I think I will probably sell them both to get a B73 with an L cab that I know of. The truck is available, it's close by and it keeps calling me. If I keep them, one of them might become a dump truck. Look at picture #32 (I think) in the Macungie 2008 photos that Barry posted

in the Shows forum here, you will see an R cab done exactly the way I picture these done. I think a matched pair of trucks, one as a dump truck, would be pretty good looking. And the colors match the AC Mack being kept in our shop. The whole package would look pretty good going down the road. (You know - with the dump truck in the rear to pick up the parts that fall off the other two)

But - I can't get too distracted from the B-67 project. Need to finish that first,before anything else gets started.

Hi Paul,

Could you flick some before shots my way???

I'm deciding which way to go with my cchoice of 2: both R-600's, but both of mine have the "Flintstone" butterfly-style bonnet on them (similar to that on the 761 Brockway), one has the 237 Maxidyne, the other a Detroit Diesel 6-71, one with the Maxidyne has the direct 5 speed and bogie (tandem) drive, the Detroit one has a 13 speed RoadRanger and single drive....

TIA,

Joe Hupp

DUBBO, NSW Australia

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Hi Joe,

I am gathering some "fleet" photos to prepare for a big truck sale.

I'll get you those R model pictures ASAP.

I've decided to sell a few of my old trucks to fund a B73L project that

keeps calling me.

Paul Van Scott

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