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  1. 19 points
    Here’s the story. I have recently acquired this Mack B615S 1222. It was purchased from my Dad's company. They ordered it new from Mack. So technically I am the second owner. The company did heavy hauling, crane work, millwrighting, ect. This truck was used to pull a 200-ton capacity trailer. (that is not a typo 200 tons! ) The truck has some neat features I do not see often. First is the extra set of dual wheels that bolt on to the back of the truck. They are not driven but do have brakes. I do not use them b/c of the trailer I am using. The best part of the truck is the winch mounted on the back of the truck. It is perfect to get the steamer on the trailer when it is cold. I contacted Mack Historical and on the build sheet it is noted to have a winch put on it. (something about how the exhaust was run). The engine is the original V8 END-864 with the 7220 Quadruplex trans. The amazing part 32K miles. The truck was keep indoors, well serviced and in excellent survivor condition. As for my intentions…. Before my Dad retired and sold the business, I got my CDL. I am not a truck driver but obviously am very comfortable using heavy equipment. I did a few hours of training and passed the test on a modern 10 speed. I tagged the truck Antique, permanent Pa. trailer tags and will haul my 1918 Case 10 Ton Roller around to a few shows a year. I am learning how to service the truck. I first started with an oil change. Had all the part #s from Mack. Had a Mack service station up the road, not any filters available, fuel, oil, or coolant. I guess that is why the Historical Museum puts all those contacts in the back of the book. So I got one at Napa. My first question #1 I used 7 gallons Rotella T4 15w-40 is that OK? The book calls 20w-40 or 10w-30 at 30 deg and above. I am also curious about the exhaust brake. I see it is a valve on the pipe and It is air actuated. #2 Do I turn it on at the top of the hill then turn it off at the bottom? It does not automatically disengage when I press the accelerator. It also does not seem to do much. At 25 tons combined I really don’t need it. I do not want to stress the exhaust valves/springs. #3 don’t use it at all? As for the engine. As I am finding out not one of Mack’s best. Before I got the truck I heard that they use to break the cranks, then they would drop a gas engine in the trucks. Now that I have spent hours researching the truck I am even more nervous. That being said, this is what I got. The biggest tip I see is not to lug them. #4 is that lug them below operating 1700RPM ? The range is 1700-2300 as per the tag in the cab. I have been trying to keep it between 1900-2300. #5 Any other tips? The Quadruplex!!!! Holyshit…. To my credit I did not have anyone to show me how to use it. I learned from Twin Stick Pappy on Youtube. I am not as good as Pappy but my skills are improving. Certainly, makes you learn patients when shifting. The downshift from 4th lo to 3rd high or 3rd lo to 2nd high is kicking my butt. I have found that downshifting a bit early, without overrevving, helps. I am sure the comments will be “more practice” and “match the road speed”. But I will throw it out anyway #5 any other tips? Quick story about the trailer. I picked it up and the lights did not work. Went thru and cleaned the grounds and plugs (3 on that trailer) No lights. Pulled the light, power to light. Tested light, it worked. Retested trailer with volt meter -12V…. shit pos. ground truck ….. polarity sensitive led lights on the trailer NO BUENO…. So for $60 I put incandescing lights back on the trailer. My last question, for now, is about the Dry-Slippery air switch on the dash. #6 Does it limit the front brakes or does it engage the second drive unit. I’m confused. So that has been my journey so far with the truck. Sorry for it being so long but I am new to this and have a lot to learn. Every time I get out of the truck I pull my earplugs and say “that’s a man’s truck!” Hot, loud, smells like oil, I love it. I am a young man and will own this truck for a long time, but I believe we are caretakers of this equipment for the next generation to enjoy. Thank you in advance for your help.
  2. 16 points
    Thought you all might like to know that Greg took the Working Class Truck award at the Endless Mountains Antique Truck Show this weekend. The 1985 MH 613 looks great. Hard to believe that it's 32 years old.
  3. 15 points
    Got my truck back from paint today. It was my first time using this shop and I'm very pleased with the results. Some of you may remember but I saved this truck from the scrap yard. It's a long process but it's coming together nice. Tomorrow I have a smoke test then I'm going to pull the tanks and have them painted to match the cab. The paint is all metal flake with a lot of pearl. I'll have more pictures tomorrow but here are a few teasers.
  4. 12 points
    Started shooting colors this week. I have to do it in sections because of it's sheer size. The weld joints make a perfect place to break it up. I'll be moving down to the tops of the doors and the front and back panels with the blue and doing from the body seam down, including the box doors in the orange. Looks like I'll be laboring over Labor Day weekend. No time for hot dogs and beer for me!
  5. 11 points
    Okay guys, I'm not sure if anyone here really cares about being updated on this project, but here goes. So, I had an incredible summer with work, my job kept me working many hours and away from home. Beyond that I was able to get almost all of the metal work done on the cab, but with little time I was forced to farm the body and paint job out. This was a good thing, as they finished the job in a month, and it came out a thousand times better than if I would have attempted it. Andy
  6. 9 points
    Black Beauty LT2D 1707-D
  7. 8 points
    On display at the Granite State Show 2017.
  8. 8 points

    From the album Tdbach

    Car show in Garrison today.. the little Case I painted took first in the tractor division..(he was pretty happy!). And the Mack took first in Chamber of Commerce pick.. and second in People's Choice! Awesome!!
  9. 8 points
    Finally got all the colors on over the weekend. Still have some buffing and polishing to do but pretty much done with the painting. Good thing I filled up the one tank compartment with compound and polish beforehand! 😉 The orange looks brighter in the pictures I noticed.
  10. 8 points
    Old Weirton Steel mill, Weirton, W.V. I always thought this was a great view from here, heading north on rt. 2. A girl, in a car! I saw this little fellow peeping out of the bird house yesterday- I think it's a flying squirrel. Then today I saw this asshole- It got all the way in before I got there, so I had to destroy the bird house to get to it. No big deal, but it was made from a porch column from my grandfather's house. I chopped the bird house open with an axe, and I didn't kill the snake but I fu- well, I chopped his ass up pretty good because I was pissed! Yes, I know it's nature's way, the snake's just doing it's job, blah-blah- blah. God also said the serpent would be scorned forever more, so I feel no remorse for killing a snake, I don't care if it's a black snake, rattle snake, or a rubber snake, as far as i'm concerned the only good one is a dead one. I was really pissed! The only good part is that the little chipmunk or flying squirrel was not in the house, and it didn't look like the snake had swallowed it.
  11. 8 points
    Wife says our dog is spoiled. I mean just because I cooked her 2 eggs over medium and slice of ham for breakfast, I don't see how that makes her spoiled. Here taking a hard-earned nap after patrolling the back yard all day...
  12. 8 points
    It's a boy! Momma done good, and I'm happy as can be.
  13. 8 points
    It's all that DATA that is being stored in the"cloud" got the sky all clogged up.
  14. 8 points
    I dunno if this is gunna be nipple pink enough for Swishy but this is as close as the paint shop got And I guess it all depends on who's nipple we are talking about , we tried to get a survey of nipples in Townsville but we found for some strange reason the police was after us pretty quick LOL Anyway the top coat is done and she is dead sexy now and would put a horn on a jelly fish Paul
  15. 7 points
    He gets praise from myself. He can come off a little sharp and opinionated sometimes but who doesn't everyday. He and i have had different opinions about topics but I've always looked forward to his witty banter and different views from the other side of the fence.He is full of information and should be respected for that. Many people like myself would be less educated today without information he has been willing to share. It takes a lot of time to share the articles and knowledge he has picked up. That's why we are all here. Some forget that. All the best.
  16. 7 points
    Was sitting in my pickup the other day when a train went by. In the mirrors, it looks like two completely different trains, with one flying by and the other just crawling...but it's just a matter of perspective. Guess life is the same way...tend to get narrowly focused on things (like the flat glass mirror) and it flies by quicker than we realize. Sometimes we need to just step back and get a wider view of the situation...slow down once in a while and figure out what really matters and enjoy the here & now. Anyway, having fun today explaining to dispatch and brokers why their freight won't be delivered today. Expecting a much more important delivery that wasn't due for 3 more weeks. I was battling the snooze button this morning when the wife told me her water broke. Better that it happened at 6:00 am when I was still home to drive her into town than a few hours later when I was already on the road. We still don't have a name picked out if it's a girl...if it's a boy we got it covered. I'm hoping for a boy, but as long as it's healthy I'll be happy. I was really counting on the 3-day weekend to finish refinishing the changing table, and I still have a crib to refinish and assemble...I was SUPPOSED to have 3 more weeks. Guess the little one just couldn't wait to get here. And now all that's left to do is sit here & wait...
  17. 7 points
    Not much to see this week. Saw this picture on facebook, posted by my step daughter. That's a 1984 K100 with a 400 Cummins, 9 speed, 3.70 rears. Taken at H.H.Moore's shop in Appomattox, Va. one Sunday morning just before I left with that load of Kyanite. Wow, that's not something you see very much- a diesel cop has pulled Bob over in Hubbard, Oh! and a girl in a car...it's getting a little cooler, girls in cars are getting fewer and farrer in between now! Won't be long before it'll be looking like this again- Cement mixer in Gladys, Va. And here's a pretty neat picture that was posted by Russell MacNeil on Facebook. Looks like a D860 GMC, but i've never seen one with a sleeper cab like this, only with an add-on box. It kinda looked to me like somebody grafted the back half of an IH sleeper cab onto the GMC cab.
  18. 7 points
    Ummm, I think I know where the unemployed Cat truck designers landed.
  19. 7 points
    The only thing a looter is owed is a hot piece of lead at a high rate of speed. These "officials" wanted as many folks as possible to evacuate, but anybody who had worked hard for what they had would be hard pressed to abandon the fruits of their labor by evacuating knowing full well when the house likely survives the storm their belongings will disappear at the hands of these low-lifes before the homeowner is "allowed" to return. I know I wouldn't be inclined to evacuate under those circumstances. If I go, I'm either taking my stuff with me, or I'm not going farther than what allows me to keep an eye on things at home.
  20. 7 points
    We are ok here in sunny South Florida Have a covered patio with block walls on the east and south side. we watched the storm from there power went out at 2:40 pm...still on generator Truck is good to go and have a full day already tomorrow
  21. 7 points
    After the show, it goes back to the logging jobsite.
  22. 7 points
    Mack produced 162 FG trucks between 1939-1942. This one is equipped with a Quick-Way shovel. FG 1 C 1096
  23. 7 points
    West Virginia- Harrisonburg, Va. Don't see many of these mail boxes any more- How about this- a girl in a car-
  24. 7 points
    It rared up eye tell U ........it jist rared up LOL cya §wishy
  25. 6 points
    A few pics from the truck show today in Walla Walla. And there all green Truck Shop
  26. 6 points
    I should have posted this here in the first place, but here's an odd duck-
  27. 6 points
    Well I made a bit more progress today. I got the tanks back from paint and mounted them to the truck. Still have to clean up all the aluminum pieces and get a good coat of paint on the frame. Little by little it's moving along.
  28. 6 points
    This handsome rig served Revere, MA.
  29. 6 points
    We had to respond up onto Interstate 78 E/B at the 64.1 yardstick earlier tonight for a accident. I was driving the rescue truck, and while this is pretty much a multi-time per week thing for us, two things happened on this run that made me appreciate professional operators. We got on W/B at the interchange at 67 and had to go to the crossover at 62 and U Turn back. As we were heading westbound, we hit slowed traffic almost immediately at the top of the hill. I was running the right hand shoulder. I could see some debris in the road up ahead of me- was some crap from a previous fender bender that could have sliced tires. A portable gas station in the slow lane saw the crap in the shoulder and he slowed way down to allow me room to merge left in front of him to get around the crap. Then as I was approaching the center crossover at 62, a skateboard anticipated my move and slowed everyone down and stopped across both lanes of traffic so that I could come across from the right shoulder to the left shoulder/center crossover. I made the U turn and headed E/B and gave him a wave to thank him. So anyways, thank you guys for working with us.
  30. 6 points
    Volvo gave birth to identical twins. They deemed one a bastard and the other blessed. They gave the blessed son a dollar and the bastard ninety cents. Blessed bought chrome hubcaps with his dollar and bastard bought brass knuckles. Guess we have a winner.
  31. 6 points
    S&W M&P in 9mm was at my side still on generator, so will continue
  32. 6 points
  33. 6 points

    From the album Tdbach

    All went well with about 19,000 pounds.. off to Drake Threshing show this weekend! I love this old Mack Truck
  34. 6 points
    Unbelievable deal I won't even tell you what I paid for this beauty fully restored ground up with a whole other truck load of parts for spares and another complete cab with interior. 500 V8 44 rears brand new grill brand new interior Aspira cab doors and brand new interior spear rod spare air-to-air complete set of differentials and axles complete ground up Resto wish I could post more pictures. I'm a pretty happy guy tonight
  35. 6 points
    They can do what they want, they don't bother me for the most part, but when it comes into the front yard and tries to eat my new little friend- well, eff em!
  36. 6 points
    whats that? how cold the beer glass is?
  37. 6 points
  38. 6 points
    Boy, The summer is flying by and we are getting ready for car and truck shows and threshing shows here in ND! Robert and I have started a tradition...we drive our regular vehicles to work Monday through Friday, and on the weekends, it is classic vehicles or tractors only! There is something great about getting up early on a Saturday and Sunday morning, the air is crisp, the sun is shining, and my a**hole of a Rooster is crowing away...and you open the garage door...There she sits...waiting patiently to roll on out to breakfast with the family at the Four Seasons Diner. The doors squeak as you open them using 71 year-old door parts...pump the brakes three times (Vacuum Brake Booster), and push the floor start...the hum and whistle of a little diesel motor. As we roll on to breakfast, people wave and give the thumbs up, and many are patient as we reach her top speed of 45mph...some are not so patient (younger generations), but give them time in life and they will learn to slow down. Sunday morning the 1960 Chevy comes out for breakfast, and for Church on Saturday night we take his grandpa's 48 Chevy car. The old Mack is getting ready for her first gooseneck hauling trip on September 9th (Drake Threshing Show), where the old truck is going to haul my 1928 Twin Cities 17-28 tractor, and our FFA Restored 1939 Allis Chalmers B, with 1 Row Cultivator and possibly a little 1948 Case SC (That I just finished for a Vietnam Veteran). This is my favorite time of year and I cannot wait to get rolling! Here's to a great start to fall! Ms. Tracy D. Many have asked me to start my business of tractor and old truck painting, so it is in the early stages of development, but here is the link: truckingwithtracy.com
  39. 6 points
    I may have posted this before but those short stacks really make that Detroit sing loud.
  40. 5 points
    Here's the funny thing, I drew this pic of mine some years ago of what I wanted my 66 to look like with an extended hood. And a photo of my old 66 which I have posted on here before. Truck Shop
  41. 5 points
    No sweat pants black socks or sandels on that guy
  42. 5 points
    I was almost embarrassed for the people on stage speaking right after they drove the trucks out. Dead silence and then the guy is trying to hype up the crowd. Problem was the camera had panned back and half the seats were starting to become vacant. To me that speaks volumes. Volvo is pushing Mack further and Further away from their heritage.
  43. 5 points
    2 weeks old already...
  44. 5 points
    Here was a 1928 model fire truck. Has a cummins 350, trip plex, air ride R170
  45. 5 points
    See this one from Florence bmack? Notice the "face" blowing on the fire?
  46. 5 points
    I also got the radiator re-cored as well as the heater core, unfortunately they both really needed it. Then I had to press in new bushings to every piviot point in the shutter assembly. What a pain in the ass that was. Sal and Tim at Seabrook truck were able to track down a new actuator and shutter-stat for me as well. So the shutters will once again be functional, I just need to sand them and get some top coat laid down. Currently, I'm trying to get the door glass, weather stripping and vent windows sorted out, but finding the correct seals appears to be impossible. Repop parts can be such a disappointment sometimes. The bracket is for the windshield visor which my friend is doing the body work to. All I had to do is give up half my garage for 10 months and I get free body work on a 1'x5' piece of metal, but the good news is that his 55 is coming along very well. Andy
  47. 5 points
    i have spent the past twenty years fixing all the buiders screwups. i am at the point that now i can hang a door or window and actually have it open. i also have the place fairly level, there is now only about a 1 inch pitch over the 48 foot front to rear. when i bought the place it was closer to 5 inches off pitch front to rear, and the building was almost 3 inches off square front to rear. 4 20 ton jacks can do a lot of work when trying to square and level a house. as long as there are enough nails in it to hold it together when trying to move it.
  48. 5 points
    Hooked up. and test drove ok. Truck Shop
  49. 5 points
    Snake was a normal food in S.E. Asia when I was there.along with snake bile in vodka. We kept them in the garden and barn for pest control.
  50. 5 points
    Been flat out like a lizard drinking but here we go some more stuff to put you all in a deep sleep seeya Paul