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  2. Thats what I have been told, that would be a road train bull bar, strong enough to hook onto and pull a 100 plus ton out of a bog You can by cheaper but they arent manufacturer authorized so your warranty is void No matter what happens people always seem to be keen to come in and under cut, seems to have always been the way in the free enterprise world we live in It is a shame that old trucks are all getting forced off the road as thats how a lot of owner drivers start Paul
  3. That may be the case, but they also need to quit working for nothing driving the rates into the ground. Like I said, we have new trucks, over $200,000 each and we have to compete with guys that have old junk and have to hide from the MTO/DOT and work for $53/hour. But now with the emissions and SPIF laws it is finally forcing some of them to have to upgrade. And it looks good on them when they are going broke. That's why I quit hauling salt. Picture this scenario.....You have a $220,000 truck and a $160,000 three axle pony dump trailer. Hauling 42 tonnes of salt, 63,500 KG gross up and down 8 to 12% hills for 5 hours each way of the trip. In blinding snow storms. And for that you get to make just over $200 for the day after you pay the fuel. And we quit and yet guys keep flocking to them to do it. And you say $15,000 for a bull bar. Last time I priced a Mik Mak moose bumper (same thing basically) that are heavy duty and can withstand moose hits, it was $3500 to $5000 here depending on options. May have went up now with all the tariff's but still wouldn't be that high.
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  5. I would NOT call that a "Rat Rod"!!!!!! It is a great pick up conversion!!!!
  6. The United States Postal Service cooperating with a Chinese Communist Party-led autonomous truck company........what could go wrong?
  7. Postal service to test automated delivery between 2 major hubs Pete Bigelow, Automotive News / May 21, 2019 Through snow, rain or heat. Via human postal employees, and now automated machines. The U.S. Postal Service, starting Tuesday, is partnering with [Chinese] autonomous truck company TuSimple on a two-week pilot project that will automate trips between distribution hubs in Dallas and Phoenix. Three of TuSimple's big rigs will make five round trips over two weeks, hauling trailers filled with mail and examining the potential of automated hauling mainly along Interstate 10, a linchpin of freight movement in the United States. The trucks are on I-10 for much of the route, but they also contain portions of I-20 and I-30 in Texas. Long-haul routes on interstates through regulatory-friendly states and weather-friendly conditions are expected to be some of the first practical uses of automated systems, so the small-scale pilot project could portend more widespread deployments down the road. "This is our first real run that kind of stretches our legs," said Robert Brown, director of public affairs at TuSimple. "It's a sweet spot for autonomy." Though the two-person crews will adhere to hours-of-service limits during the project, switching drivers at various points during the 22-hour journey, the trucks will complete the 1,065-mile journey without much of a reprieve. That will allow the Postal Service and TuSimple to better understand operations on lengthy routes that cross jurisdictional boundaries at various times of day. Human safety drivers remain a vital component of the testing. Further afield, TuSimple expects to launch fully self-driving operations, without safety drivers, in late 2020 or 2021. The company has more than 50 trucks in its fleet. With its U.S. headquarters in San Diego, the company has set up a testing base in Tucson, Ariz., from which it has contracted with multiple companies to carry goods within the state. The Postal Service is its first public customer. If the trial goes smoothly, Brown expressed hope the Postal Service might agree to a long-term contract. "We left it at, 'Let's see how this pilot goes,' " he said. "Going from there, ... there's room and potential to continue this relationship. For the Postal Service, automation is a good business model. They have tight delivery windows with next-day and two-day shipping. Once you can remove hourly service constraints, that's when it gets incredibly interesting." Interstates in general, and I-10 in particular, are expected to be early hot spots for automated trucking. In 2016, officials from the departments of transportation in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California formed the Interstate 10 Corridor Coalition to explore the possibilities of coordinating rules and regulations for connected and automated vehicles over multiple jurisdictions. "It's a major freight thoroughfare, because of its proximity to Los Angeles and Long Beach, and those are the biggest freight-handling ports in the country," said Greg Winfree, executive director of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. "I-10 becomes the main east-west way to move that product into the heartland and spread it around." California regulations do not permit testing of automated technology in vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds. For practical purposes, that limits the testing of self-driving trucks on public roads. While the state has more than 60 companies testing self-driving cars, trucking companies must look elsewhere for public-road test grounds, and places such as Florida, Texas and Arizona have proved popular. A Postal Service spokeswoman said the TuSimple pilot project will enhance efforts "to operate a future class of vehicles which will incorporate new technology to accommodate a diverse mail mix, enhance safety, improve service, reduce emissions, and produce operational savings." .
  8. Are the parts for these V8 still available ? Need an oilpump for the engine . Any leads or contact will be helpful
  9. Absolutely!! Though I've watched Dave take some hail mary runs to get it loaded on his trailer!!! But, it was his.
  10. Do you have turbo? Oil cooler? If so, then any 237 filter arrangement should bolt on. If you don't have turbo and/or oil cooler, then it will be tougher to find a spin on set up for it. I was lucky to get mine years back, as mine didn't have turbo/cooler. I pulled my valves apart, polished all the seats and it worked better for like a day. Then back to draining.
  11. When I took that tour of the Age of steam roundhouse, they spoke of how they would buy engines from people that bought them, got in too deep and realized they would never have enough money to finish it.
  12. The rates paid in the US will not pay for features you have as standard.
  13. I reckon US trucks are missing a lot of features we have as pretty much standard Paul
  14. Paul you think trucks are cheap in the US or are you guys being ripped off?
  15. Yeah I dont doubt that seed Im only relaying what blokes tell me they have paid for new jiggers in recent times They all tell me the base price isnt to bad but it doesn't take long to chew thru over a 100 grand once you start adding basic things most people want and need Paul
  16. Yeah Paul, a Kenworth T909 with bit of "Fruit" on It is over $400K. However there's a fair bit of KW tax in that Price. A T610 with indentical Driveline is significantly cheaper. as is a Western star with the same running gear. You can get a very Good B Double spec truck for around the $300 mark. all the way down to a Daycab Single trailer Spec around the $200K mark.
  17. I just don't think most Americans realize how cheap things in the US really are Also gotta remember that when US trucks like Kenworth and Peterbilt came to Australia they were 4 times as dear as any other truck yet still sold like hot cakes When they model came onto the Australian market it halved trip times The US truck of 60's,70's and 80's was so well suited to Australian conditions that people were happy to paya premium Oh and $450,000 is Australian and google tells me that's about 310,000 US So considering all the mods and extra gear that Australian trucks have it probably isnt as bad as it seems I have been told a factory fitted bullbar that wont void your warranty on KW is $15000, the grease plate or 5th wheel is $5000 It doesn't take long to add up Paul
  18. if you decide theres to much involved in the rehab let me know along with a price
  19. Based on the PAI catalog the correct lift pump should be ESP-3597, unfortunately this pump is NLA What pump can I use? What are my options? According to the PAI catalog ESP-3581 is only good up to 250hp
  20. Common problem in the old style canister type filters whether full, or bypass flow. A replacement external check valve with a very low pressure unseating pressure and viton seat takes care of the issue.
  21. Rob

    Jason

    Compressor make and type? The unloaders are not functioning correctly is the root problem and it's constantly making air pressure when it should not be. If you are blowing hoses your system relief valve in the wet tank is not functioning as it should release pressure over 150psi.
  22. Long day but I now own the trailer with the flip axle in the photo(s). Usable as is but needs some work which I can take care of myself. Priced too fair to let it slip by.
  23. Ok truck has a compressor that is 1 month old, new governor installed one week ago and new filter in the air dryer. Truck air pressure is at 120 psi at idle, start driving it pressures up to 150 and the dryer never pops off can’t seem to figure out why it’s going to 150, we’ve done blew two air hoses everyone I talked to is lost as we are if any one can help me out it would be much appreciated
  24. The number of direct report stats speaks volumes about why some of this is being done. Ford apparently still has to catch on to the fact that flatter org charts are cost effective-assuming of course you have the right people
  25. The seller listed it as a 262
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    • Thats what I have been told, that would be a road train bull bar, strong enough to hook onto and pull a 100 plus ton out of a bog  You can by cheaper but they arent manufacturer authorized so your warranty is void No matter what happens people always seem to be keen to come in and under cut, seems to have always been the way in the free enterprise world we live in It is a shame that old trucks are all getting forced off the road as thats how a lot of owner drivers start    Paul 
    • That may be the case, but they also need to quit working for nothing driving the rates into the ground. Like I said, we have new trucks, over $200,000 each and we have to compete with guys that have old junk and have to hide from the MTO/DOT and work for $53/hour. But now with the emissions and SPIF laws it is finally forcing some of them to have to upgrade. And it looks good on them when they are going broke.   That's why I quit hauling salt. Picture this scenario.....You have a $220,000 truck and a $160,000 three axle pony dump trailer. Hauling 42 tonnes of salt, 63,500 KG gross up and down 8 to 12% hills for 5 hours each way of the trip. In blinding snow storms. And for that you get to make just over $200 for the day after you pay the fuel. And we quit and yet guys keep flocking to them to do it.   And you say $15,000 for a bull bar. Last time I priced a Mik Mak moose bumper (same thing basically) that are heavy duty and can withstand moose hits, it was $3500 to $5000 here depending on options. May have went up now with all the tariff's but still wouldn't be that high.
    • I would NOT call that a "Rat Rod"!!!!!! It is a great pick up conversion!!!!
    • You're right Paul, most don't.
    • The United States Postal Service cooperating with a Chinese Communist Party-led autonomous truck company........what could go wrong?
    • Postal service to test automated delivery between 2 major hubs Pete Bigelow, Automotive News  /  May 21, 2019 Through snow, rain or heat. Via human postal employees, and now automated machines. The U.S. Postal Service, starting Tuesday, is partnering with [Chinese] autonomous truck company TuSimple on a two-week pilot project that will automate trips between distribution hubs in Dallas and Phoenix. Three of TuSimple's big rigs will make five round trips over two weeks, hauling trailers filled with mail and examining the potential of automated hauling mainly along Interstate 10, a linchpin of freight movement in the United States. The trucks are on I-10 for much of the route, but they also contain portions of I-20 and I-30 in Texas. Long-haul routes on interstates through regulatory-friendly states and weather-friendly conditions are expected to be some of the first practical uses of automated systems, so the small-scale pilot project could portend more widespread deployments down the road. "This is our first real run that kind of stretches our legs," said Robert Brown, director of public affairs at TuSimple. "It's a sweet spot for autonomy." Though the two-person crews will adhere to hours-of-service limits during the project, switching drivers at various points during the 22-hour journey, the trucks will complete the 1,065-mile journey without much of a reprieve. That will allow the Postal Service and TuSimple to better understand operations on lengthy routes that cross jurisdictional boundaries at various times of day. Human safety drivers remain a vital component of the testing. Further afield, TuSimple expects to launch fully self-driving operations, without safety drivers, in late 2020 or 2021. The company has more than 50 trucks in its fleet. With its U.S. headquarters in San Diego, the company has set up a testing base in Tucson, Ariz., from which it has contracted with multiple companies to carry goods within the state. The Postal Service is its first public customer. If the trial goes smoothly, Brown expressed hope the Postal Service might agree to a long-term contract. "We left it at, 'Let's see how this pilot goes,' " he said. "Going from there, ... there's room and potential to continue this relationship. For the Postal Service, automation is a good business model. They have tight delivery windows with next-day and two-day shipping. Once you can remove hourly service constraints, that's when it gets incredibly interesting." Interstates in general, and I-10 in particular, are expected to be early hot spots for automated trucking. In 2016, officials from the departments of transportation in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California formed the Interstate 10 Corridor Coalition to explore the possibilities of coordinating rules and regulations for connected and automated vehicles over multiple jurisdictions. "It's a major freight thoroughfare, because of its proximity to Los Angeles and Long Beach, and those are the biggest freight-handling ports in the country," said Greg Winfree, executive director of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. "I-10 becomes the main east-west way to move that product into the heartland and spread it around." California regulations do not permit testing of automated technology in vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds. For practical purposes, that limits the testing of self-driving trucks on public roads. While the state has more than 60 companies testing self-driving cars, trucking companies must look elsewhere for public-road test grounds, and places such as Florida, Texas and Arizona have proved popular. A Postal Service spokeswoman said the TuSimple pilot project will enhance efforts "to operate a future class of vehicles which will incorporate new technology to accommodate a diverse mail mix, enhance safety, improve service, reduce emissions, and produce operational savings." .
    • Are the parts for these V8 still available ? Need an oilpump for the  engine . Any leads or contact will be helpful
    • Absolutely!!  Though I've watched Dave take some hail mary runs to get it loaded on his trailer!!!  But, it was his.
    • Do you have turbo?  Oil cooler?  If so, then any 237 filter arrangement should bolt on.   If you don't have turbo and/or oil cooler, then it will be tougher to find a spin on set up for it.  I was lucky to get mine years back, as mine didn't have turbo/cooler.   I pulled my valves apart, polished all the seats and it worked better for like a day.  Then back to draining.
    • When I took that tour of the Age of steam roundhouse, they spoke of how they would buy engines from  people that bought them, got in too deep and realized they would never have enough money to finish it.
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