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    And had a great time!
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    The new dog home and out in the sun. E9 with a 12 speed.
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    I just finished up my new storage barn this month. I finally have my 69, and 72 r models and all my equipment in one place and all under roof . I'm so excited it's been years in the making
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    Was the last time the Mack ED milk truck was outside. It may get wet on this weekend's trip. It will just add to the patina. One of these days, I am actually going to start working on it.
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    Can't get much better than a Mack B75 matched up to a Fruehauf round nose stainless trailer.
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    Made some more progress on the cab. Cut out three sections of rotten floor and made new panels and put the rolled beads in them to make them look as close to original as possible. Got the cab all blasted inside and out, top to bottom. I stripped all the paint on the sheet metal areas, the only areas left where all the cracks and crevices, inside surfaces, floor pans. Five hours and 400 pounds of blasting media, we have clean and rust free sheet metal. Time to start installing the pans and a few small patches here and there. I think I still have 100 pounds of the stuff in my shoes though!
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    Finished up yesterday...I had a fab shop build the pieces and I spent the last few days bolting it together, painting it, and hanging the chain fall. Now I can pull motors and other mucho heavy things.
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    I finally found a way to get logged in without the error message and other grief,had to go thru the link on Watt's new webpage,but all sems well. Still not at all fond of the "improved"format here,but will see how well I can follow the threads now that the "error"BS is gone. Might take me awhile to catch up,but its good to be back. Great group of people here,and there's a really special half dozen who I can't thank enough,if any of you guys ever need any parts,you've earned store credit at Mike's Used Mack parts. Now to get the boring stuff out of way. Short health update,as of last week,I've lost 46 lbs., Since starting the program for bypass surgery,I have't had a candy bar,which was especially tough thru Easter season because I love Reese's peanut butter eggs.No more pop and no ice cream,or any real dessert,fruit only. Not so bad,I love peaches,bananas,and pineapple. Long way to go but gaining. Hopefully get my license back in 5 weeks. Been selling of some of my treasures to keep ahead of bills,damn doctors and hospitals,I have very little respect for them,take my living away but have no trouble turning bills into collections. Hard to let go of alot of these things,but after my wake up call,finally realized I'll never live long enough to follow my dreams and its time to pass stuff on while I have control over where they go. Been working on my office/mini museum as I sorted thru stuff to sell,some have seen pics on Facebook. It will be open for tours anytime I'm home. That's enough for now,and another Thanks to those of you that have bought stuff and helped out with bills,
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    A couple of my friends Herb Fleck and Victor Bernan are bringing Herb's just finished Mack Manhattan and Victor 's ED tow tow truck to Des Moines. The Manhattan was at Macungie last year mocked about 60 percent done. Looks real nice now, ain't gonna see another one I don't belive. Really wish I was going too but I like Macungie better than any other national show.
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    Pray for this country and our Veterans as idiots are removing statues of leaders of American history...what has this country become? Do these folks not understand what it means to live in the land of the free...or home of the brave ? Hang on to your history books... as it appears some are wiping it off the face of the earth... very sad.
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    I saw a Falcon for sale in Concord. I saw a Ford pickup for sale in Concord. I've got another load of toasted junk loaded up- Some Superliners in W.V. Almost forgot- I saw the best "a girl in a car" of seatcover season so far. And I even saw a big Mack truck. Then I saw the same girl in the same car again. ...and later I saw another girl in another car. Then I saw many more big Mack trucks.
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    Seen this nice Superliner at a small fund raiser / truck show in central NJ today. Didn't get any specs on the truck. They run the local area doing all types of dump work. These trucks are used everyday. Nice looking R in the background, too many people around the R to get a clean shot.
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    Was driving past a shop in an old Montana oil patch and saw this B 80 series with short trailer with pipe on it. Not sure if it is running and being used or if just a yard a remnant of the past?? Caught my eye ,so had to take a picture...
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    You know it's big when the large metal trash can on the stack looks tiny.
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    1958 B-61 with a tanker trailer looking mighty fine!
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    Fixed the frame where the previous owner notched it to get the front cross member out when he took the Cummins. Came out pretty good and looks like it was never done. Still filling holes as free time has been limited. But a little bit here and there is getting it done.
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    Every kid wanted to be a playboy and drive a Bulldog.
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    Couldn't pass up a craigslist find so next weekend I am bringing home a b42x. 10 speed probably the 401, sheet metal and frame appear excellent. He bought it at auction 20 years ago and was stored indoors since then.
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    A pair of iconic R models and a pair of every popular Superliners plus a Mack LTH.
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    I was at Lampson Crane last year taking pics of this crane and other odds and ends. That's me standing next to the tracks. Each concrete counter weight was stamped 71,000 lbs. It will lift 3,000 tons it's 400 ft high and weighs 7 million pounds. http://www.lampsoncrane.com/ Truck Shop
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    Thinking it's not going to snow again, we moved them around the yard.
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    Mostly Macks one Ward LaFrance, hope to see you there.
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    I haven't been to any exotic locations, like New Mexico, but I did go to a little car show just up rt. 29 at Yellow Branch last week end. Here's a few highlights- it wasn't a very big show, but they had some really nice units there- Always liked this model Corvette- This '70 Nova SS 454 might have been my favorite...OK, it was my favorite, maybe because my first car was a '72 Nova. I might call Sonny Leonard and see about getting one of these to swap into the Ranger pickup.
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    First of this week I had an air bag mount break off. After closer inspection the reason it broke was it had been welded to the swing arm as the pin/stud that is mounted to the end of the swing arm that supports the airbag and transverse rod was broken. After removing the transverse rod it was apparent that the pin had been broken for a long time. Not sure but it was obvious a PO had that repair made. The way the repair was made it was not detectable as it was being held in place by the air bag mount and the transverse rod. The shoddy repair held for some time as I have used the truck for the last year and hauled many a ton of rock with it. When I purchased the truck I went through it mechanically and I replaced the air bags last year and never noticed. I got in the manuals, online and called Mack and learned that the pin was actually a two piece design. The heavy pin portion and the threaded part. The pin accepts a threaded stud and is held in place with a roll pin (Vlad talks about this in a post from several years ago). In my search for parts the pin and stud were NLA. By looking at the pin and break it appeared the the pin was just welded to the plate. Dan, a facebook friend told me that the pin actually extends into the arm several inches and that I would need to cut a hole in the top of the arm and remove it. Here you can see the old pin and the new one. I had the pin made with a cut down threaded portion and a new washer/end cap plate. $150. Pin is 9 1/2" long x 2 1/2" round and threaded portion is 2 3/4" long x 1 1/4" fine thread Here is the cutting out of the old pin and welding in the new 3/8 plate used to secure the end of the pin. Dan mentioned that his problems were not the pins breaking off like mine did but t end of the pin breaking loose in the swing arm. I used the same pitch as the other pin on the other side, 6 degrees and used the washer to align in the pin left to right. I used ER90S mig wire I welded the best I could around the sides and bottom then used some filler to weld up across the bottom I also plated the top and sides just because a repair that is worth doing is always worth over doing! Test fitting a bushing The most difficult part was removing the transverse arm. I used heat and a 3/4 impact to remove the nut and washer. The bushings were packed with rust and debris and I used my tractor as an anchor point a come along, air chisel. hand chisel, torch and hammer to eventually get it off about 3 hours and that was from just one side. I was trying not to damage anything because I was unsure at the time what i could find for parts (new or used) I located a Swing arm for $200 and a Transverse Rod for $150 but my concern was the pin may not last very long and the transverse rod was going to be a couple days to get. I had to rebuild the air bag mount on the passenger so I decided to redo both sides. There were some scabbed on brackets and poor welds so at least it would look the same and I would not have to lay on the ground and try to fix it if the other side broke. I have about 3 hours redoing the transverse arm. I used a 4" wire wheel air needler and a 2" drill mounted sanding drum to clean up the insides. Installing was straight forward I used silicone spray antiseize on the pins and soap on the rubber. The service manual states to replace all bushings at service of 100K miles, like most they only get replaced when worn out. The service kit for the transverse bushings is SKR 77-1 ($138) it consisted of 2 inner beveled washers, 4 bushings, 2 large outer washers, 2 nuts and 2 smaller washers that go between the nut and the outer washers. I coated the pins with antiseize, placed the large bevel washer and a bushing on each pin, lifted the transverse rod on and pushed best I could into place. As I did this by myself, I used a floor jack to help hold the transverse bar while I inserted the outer bushing and drove it in using a block of wood and hammer. Once I could get the outer washer on and start the nut I did the other side the same way. I then used my 3/4 drive ratchet and worked both sides until I had at a couple threads exposed. I test drove and then rechecked and got about another full turn or so. As the nuts are lock type I am not concerned about backing off but will watch and check over the next week or so. I am no Neway Suspension expert but if I can provide any answers to your questions feel free to ask or pm. I did the work myself and the weather was raining most of the week so I wasn't missing out on any hauling. My cost was around $325 including the bushings, machine shop, welding wire/consumable/torch. I spent a total of around 16 hours working on it but now that I have done it could probably cut it down to 10 to 12 including running for the parts. I spent about 2 hours using a portable band saw and cutting the welds off the end of the swing arm because at the time I was doing it I did not know that it was welded on the inside.
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    50's Fairbanks Morse. https://nmi.craigslist.org/for/6106674119.html
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    The drag like will get changed. This is only temporary. Had a great time at the car show today. Mostly rainy, good food and lots of people to b.s. with. Lots of thumbs up and compliments on the truck. It actually got 1st place in special interest class !
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    April 28, 1966 was the last day for building the Mack B model. Long live the B! ,
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    . The Acco super bulldozer was constructed mainly of Caterpillar parts, however many other components were specially adapted. This bulldozer has a gross weight of 183 metric tons and is powered by two 675 hp Caterpillar engines placed horizontally opposed, which deliver a total combined output of 1,350 hp. The super bulldozer has a blade that is 23 feet wide and 9 feet high, whilst the total length of the Bulldozer is over 40 feet, from the tip of the blade to the ripper on the rear. The ripper alone is about 10 feet tall, being powered by huge hydraulic rams.
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    Talking about Law Motor Freight a few days back so here is their Mack A model box truck that has served as advertising and a local landmark in Nashua, NH for years. 100 years of service in 1982. They are still going but not as robust as a few years back. For many years was predominately a Mack fleet.
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    For years Law Motor Freight warehoused and delivered liquor to the state owned NH liquor stores. Since they lost the contract they have scaled back quite a bit but they are still in the logistics business using Mack "Pinnacle" tractors. Recently, they moved into the former Nashua Corporation building (also a former Mack user, had a nice baby blue "R" model tractor) on Route 3 in Merrimack, NH. They still own these buildings in Nashua and I guess the "A" will stay there for now. This is their "A" model stake truck with the original name of the company, Law and Ingham Transportation Co. bulldogboy
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    A week or so ago finally got it back from paint. I really wish I had better luck with auto body painters.
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    Partially to keep my sanity but mostly to help sell another truck,I took this rusty B60 wrecker in on trade,EN510 with 5 speed and 2 speed rear. Hopefully I can get it running. Somebody stole the damn front hubcaps,which were probaly best thing on the truck,they pulled it out of the weeds so I could get to it and 5 days later when I went to get it,they were gone.
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    Gordon drove this B model at that time, Juiced up 400 big cam with a 13 and 3:70s, she would run and Gordon went most everywhere flat footed...
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    Thats Gordon Chase's old H model that he built for his wife to drive back in the '80s. He stretched the cab and put it on an mid '70s Astro chassis. Cummins powered with a 13 speed, it had a second, smaller radiator with an electric fan behind the cab. She embarrassed a lot of "big trucks" with that little H model. I always wondered what happened to it, nice to see its still alive.
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    Getting ready for a local show here this weekend, so I decided to get it out for some fresh air. It stays in the garage too much along with the B. It is a 1953 Farmall Super M with all the goodies except a belt pulley unit and tool box. I have the pulley unit, but have not installed it. We have a small tractor & truck club, but it does well with 55 members with about half of them active. Just wanted to share some of my interests.Just some of too darn many.
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    Hi I am selling my 1950 LF Mack tractor, older restoration 510 gas engine duplex trans. I have own the truck for 30 years time to let go. asking 18,500. My e-mail [email protected] for any questions Jim S.
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    Crackerbox Palace - 1964 GMC DFX7009 With its dual front axles, GMC's modified 1964 GMC DFX7009 is half tanker, half van, all ingenuity Crackerbox Palace - 1964 GMC DFX7009 from Hemmings Classic Car Hemmings Classic Car by Jim Donnelly This was Down East, heading into the mid-Sixties on the coast of Maine, where an Interstate highway looked so radically new that it might as well have been teleportation. Go far enough north between the woods and the ocean and the concrete slab went away; humanity started to dwindle away. Just not completely. Necessity, however, can breed some interesting solutions. This one was called the tank van, an unorthodox innovation by Cole's Express, one of Maine's premier transportation companies, which was intended to combine a bulk tanker with a conventional 45-foot box trailer and still fit within maximum length restrictions as they existed nearing the mid-Sixties. It started life as a 1964 GMC DFX7009, with a 230hp Detroit Diesel V6-71 for power and a 10-speed Fuller Roadranger transmission. This GMC design is pretty historic in its own right. With its blocky shape and swept-up rear engine cover, the truck appeared in 1959 and became known shortly as the Crackerbox. It replaced the bullnosed GMC "Cannonball" line, and its short BBC (bumper to back of cab) measurement was also aimed directly at length-law compliance. Cole's new GMC then got shipped to Chicago for some highly atypical changes. It went to the Hendrickson Motor Truck Company, which had patented the tandem-axle suspension for heavy trucks in 1929. Hendrickson later came out with a twin-steer tandem front axle, which it adapted to a variety of trucks, although it was most closely associated with International Harvester, which furnished the VCO-series tilt cab (also used by Diamond T) for an 8x4 twin-steer rig in 1958. Generally, twin-steer Hendrickson highway setups were rated at 22,000 pounds. Galen Cole, son of Cole's Express founder Allie Cole, said the first of these Cole's "tank vans" was followed by three others, each GMC tractor modified with twin front axles by Hendrickson, but retaining their factory single rear drive axles. "We then brought it here and mounted an 11-foot, 3,300-gallon aluminum fuel tank made by Techweld of Burlington, Massachusetts. It was our idea from the start. We started out with a square tank, but they went to a rounded tank with greater strength, which is now standard for every truck. They worked beautifully." The big tank was not intended to fuel the GMC, but instead, to use an elliptical pun, to keep it from running empty. Galen said that in the 1960s, a high percentage of Cole's one-way runs through Maine were deadheads, with the truck running empty. The tanks were added so the trucks could deliver fuel oil to customers along the northbound route. "We were running as many as a thousand empties northbound to Aroostook to pick up potatoes going south, plus frozen French fries and newsprint. So we had an imbalance going north. Bangor, where we ran from, was the headquarters of the Penobscot River, and all oil and gasoline from there had either been transported by tanker or railcar. Interstate 95 was completed by then, but once you got to Houlton, where I-95 stops and has never been completed, it's another 50 or 60 miles farther north on U.S. 1 to Caribou. Then it's another 50 miles to Fort Kent or Madawaska on the Canadian border. We always traveled the same route: I-95 to its end, then up Route 1 through Mars Hill to Presque Isle, where we had a large terminal. We carried oil in the tank on the way up. We could have carried up to 12,000 pounds of general freight, but we had such a surplus of southbound traffic that we generally ran the trailer empty going up." Beyond its trucking company, the Cole family also ran the main Diamond T, Diamond Reo and Freightliner dealerships in Maine. But for the tank vans, Cole's Express chose the Crackerbox because its V-6 diesel's engine block was short enough to keep from intruding into space allotted for the oil tank on the GMC's extended frame. Before long, Cole's Transportation was running a four-unit fleet of GMC-pulled, Hendrickson-steered tank vans up and down through Maine, a solid 300-mile run each way from Portland through Bangor and up to Caribou. In pure trucking terms, the Cole's Express innovation most resembles the "dromedary" rigs that were much more common in the Rocky Mountain states. These trucks used similarly long-wheelbase tractors (though usually without dual front axles) and had a tall cargo box positioned on the tractor frame between the cab and the trailer; they took their name from the single-hump camel they somewhat resembled. The regulatory environment in Maine was different from out West; in Galen's words, the state managed to get the law reinterpreted so that a dromedary-type tank had to be factored into the truck's overall length, making the whole combination illegal. One rig survives and is on display at the Cole Museum of Land Transportation in Bangor; visit them online at www.colemuseum.com. "We fought with the railroads and we had a company ready to build us a truck bus, with a nine-foot passenger cab behind the cab," Galen recalled. "The Maine Public Utilities Commission said we'd drive all the bus companies out of business, and the bus companies were owned by the railroads."
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    Getting ready for a Spring day out tomorrow. Happy with new windshield/frame and attachment to display all the original documentation for the truck.
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    Another Nova. I went to Chester, W.V. where I saw the girl with the nice ass. I don't know what her name is or what her face looks like, i've never seen it, so I just call her the girl with the nice ass for obvious reasons. Pteradactyl- this one looked like it wanted to bite somebody, so I kept my eye on it. The last thing you want to do is get bit by a pteradactyl, if you do there will be hundreds of them on you in a matter of seconds- they are very dangerous aminals. I took a couple of metal working machines down to some place in S.C, I don't remember the name of the place but it was about 15 or 20 miles from West Columbia on rt.1. They went to a garage in a back yard, no sign or anything indicating that it was a place of binness. Good thing they invented cell phones. No room to turn around or anything, I had to back in off the highway. Some dude at the TA...I wrote the caption. Today's truck driver I guess. An Astro in Camilla, Ga. I went down there to get a load of trailers going to Appomattox, Va. Nice little load- like being empty.
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    So I'm getting nervous as old Gus #9 will get her first mile test drive this weekend on her own after sitting over 40 years. Emotions are running high as I dearly wish my great grandpa and grandpa could be here ... although I know they are watching. I don't know what it is about old trucks but I feel like I have to save them all.. I'm going to buy the old 47 mack in mn to add to my own collection.. now that I kinda know what I'm doing! I got a gooseneck trailer that I'm going to paint the same color as old Gus so she can haul my first tractor.. a 17-28 1928 twin city tractor to Rollag, Makoti, New Rockford and other threshing shows this summer. She will be quite the sight! Everyone keeps telling me to only drive Gus in parades but I'm stubborn.. I'll just leave a few days early for each show as her max speed is set at 45mph. Sometimes a slow speed on a wide open country road is what the soul needs! Hopefully all goes well this weekend! I will post pictures and videos if we are successful! We are having to rebuild the old brake booster so I hope all goes well! Ms Tracy D
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    A few know the first B design to work in the classic AC nose but the 1949 Model 8 design model was pretty much the finalized design.
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    Axle is officially in, and truck is sitting on the ground. I used standard alcoa wheels and I'm happy with the fitment. Last big step is to fab a drag link. Then need hoses for front breaks,hub caps, and oil.
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    Figured I'd trow a pic of my dog on this thead, '87 ,big 3406 cat, 18 spd. , 44's on HN
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    Hey guys, I'm back on this project. I worked on it through the end of December then moth-balled the whole thing for a while. I ended up gutting my kitchen, living room and bathroom, but it is almost 100% back together so on to some more enjoyable projects. I began rust repair on the cab, hopefully on the next month or two I can get some paint on that. I also hope I can get you guys to give me some information on the radiator/shutter assembly. I'm gonna try to get that apart and take some pictures then maybe I can figure out the next move with that. Here is a pic from when I stopped working on it late last December. Thanks, Andy
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    Owner-Driver / May 23, 2017 The B-model Mack was a mighty truck back in the day, and the B83 and B87 were the biggest dogs around. And B85’s are a rare dog indeed. Matt Wood drives the only B85 ever to arrive in Australia. Wool classers can tell what kind of year its been by just looking at the fibres in a freshly shorn fleece. And scientists can look at tree rings to see how the environment has shaped a tree over the decades of its life. But, it’s not often that you come across an old vehicle that not only still carries the scars of time and toil but also has an amazingly documented history. I’d be tempted to cut through the chassis rails of this extremely rare 1959 model B853 SX Mack and count the tree rings myself, however, I reckon that it’s owner, Des Hockley would have a slight issue with that! Truck Archeology Everywhere you look on this truck you see it bares the scars and sports the modifications that it’s acquired over it’s journey through the formative years of Australian trucking. It’s an archeological dig site on wheels. This truck was born in Plainfield New Jersey in November 1959 and is one of only 45 B85SX’s made globally. It’s also the only one recorded as being delivered to Australia. The truck was built as a left-hooker then transported to the Mack branch in Queens, NY for right hand drive conversion. And by February 1960 the big Mack was on a boat bound for Champions in Adelaide. Its final destination was Mt Riddick station in the Northern Territory where it was put to work pulling stock crates through the never-never. As an aside that Plainfield NJ factory is still standing to this day, though it closed in 1962. The building still sports Mack logos on its door handles. There’s not a lot of obvious difference between a B85 and the slightly more common B87. Maybe someone out there smarter than me can spell it out! Most B87s delivered to Oz used a 335 Cummins for power, this B85 however, used a turbo-charged NH Cummins at 265hp. Some examples even sported a supercharger. Apparently both power plants were available in 85s and 87s. Mythical Monsters Just let that sink in for a minute. At a time when most Aussies were wheezing around the country in naturally aspirated petrol powered pommie lorries these things were monster trucks. Exotic mythical beasts that inhabited the uninhabited interior of the country or bellowed through isolated forests groaning under the weight of massive jarrah logs, or hauling earthmoving equipment. This B85 also shared the same 5x3 main and joey ‘box set up found in the B87. The Mack rear end housed gears that sported an eye wateringly short 9.11:1 ratio. With enough cable this thing could’ve raised the Titanic. Back in the States the B85 was primarily a severe duty rigid and was most commonly used as a fire truck platform. Turbo Troubles As you can see this truck also started life as a rigid, towing stock crate doubles on the Webb Brothers owned Mount Riddick station. The turbo Cummins however, while clearly before it’s time, was less than reliable. One station hand who drove it on occasion recalled, "It spent more time with the turbo off it than on it." A manifold blanking plate was made up so that when the turbo inevitably went bang, the driver could just pull it off, plug up the hole and keep driving. The big B then found its way into the hands of NT based RPM Haulage (later to become Tanami Transport) again as a rigid pulling road train crates and also some drill rig moves. Around this time someone must of gotten sick of the problematic turbo Cummins and an 8V71NA Detroit was planted under the bonnet. Along with the heart transplant, the Mack scored a 15-speed overdrive ‘box that was slotted in front of a 3-speed Spicer joey. It’s also said to have done some work for the Co-Ord co-operative at some stage. But it’s uncertain whose banner it was flying at that time. Go West The story of how this truck caught the attention of West Australian based heavy haul pioneer Vince Ridolfo isn’t really known. However, by the mid-1970’s the truck ended up a part of the Perth based Ridolfo Transport fleet. Ridolfo Transport was heavily involved in carting timber for the State Electricity Commission and heavy haulage for infrastructure projects. The Mack was cut down into a prime mover and sent out on heavy haulage float work. As WA progressed into a resources driven infrastructure boom, a lot of big gear ended up on the roads. Probably the most well-known big Mack operator in that part of the country at the time was Bell Bros, Who operated a fleet of B87s and B83s. This Big B however, was not overly happy with the GM under that high riding snout. In short, it was a dud. With a big load on it’s back it was allegedly lucky to make it more than 100km from the depot before losing its will to live. So the dud 871 made way for a new 871. While working for Ridolfo it also scored a sleeper cab and remarkably, even air conditioning! Somewhere along the line it also scored dual headlights as opposed to the old school single candles. Which kind of makes it look like the bastard offspring of a B model and a Scammel! Subby Days Perth based Des Hockley bought the truck in 1980 after his Peterbilt turned turtle in the bush, which very nearly squashed him in the process! The Mack was quickly put to work hauling massive logs, but before long Des started subbying to Ridolfo, towing a 100 ton rated Rogers low loader and dolly made out of a World War 2 tank transporter. The old girl, with Des behind the wheel, made a crust by hauling equipment to mine sites dotted around WA. Des wanted to get his crashed Peterbilt back on the road, being a 351, cabs were pretty scarce to say the least. So Des rebuilt the Pete with a W900 cab and bonnet to get it back on the road. The B85 was then sold to WA heavy hauler, Sam Graham in the mid-1980s. Cummins Time Sam gave the GM the flick and dumped the old joey box. Now the B was armed with a 420hp 14 litre NTC Cummins out of a dump truck with a heavier 1460lb/ft 15-speed overdrive and a 4-speed air shift 1241C Spicer joey. The diffs were rebuilt and it scored an even shorter 10.11 gear set. Pretty impressive specs for a truck that was then already nearly 30 years old. This thing was rated to 200 tonnes! It was then put to back on the road where it continued to work up a sweat on heavy haulage work. By the time Des got his hands back on the yellow beast some 30 years later, the Mack had lost it’s auxiliary transmission. Though it still sported the Cummins and the 15 O/D ‘box. As it sits there’s been very little restoration. Apart from some little touch ups, the Mack still appears as a rolling timeline of a boom time in West Australia’s development. From hauling outback cattle and oil rigs, to hauling timber and machinery, this B85 has survived stupendously big loads, heat, dust and no doubt mud. Since Des got the keys back he has spent quite a bit of time collecting the history of this rare beast and piecing together it’s past. Drive Time It’s quite a climb up into the driver’s seat of the Mack. But I settle behind that massive wheel and peer through the split screen at the long eared dog on the bonnet. There’s an undeniable charm to the B-model cockpit. It’s just so evocative of the era with its curved panels and pressed metal trim. With the Cummins rumbling away under that imposing snout I grab 2nd slot in bottom ‘box and slowly let the clutch out. I’d already made a boo-boo. With that massively short rear end there’s no need for low-range when driving it bob tail. I could work my way through the entire bottom box and still only be moving at walking pace. With this ‘box and these diffs the yellow B is gear bound at about 83km/h. Which given the size of this big old monster is plenty fast enough! I stop and flick the button up and try again. And we’re in business. Call Of The Wild It’s hard not to love being behind the wheel of one of these jiggers. The landscapes rolls past and the tacho needle climbs and I grab another cog. The 14 litre answers with a turbo-charged bellow and a very un-PC cloud of smoke erupts from the stack. What I can’t get over is just how well this old truck drives. Sure it’s helped by the modernized driveline, but in this day and age it’s hardly state of the art. Only having one gear stick to contend with obviously is a help for a rookie like me. This old truck has followed wheel ruts in the sand, negotiated narrow bush tracks and has ground it’s way up mine haul roads in the searing heat. You can feel the history underfoot as you grab another cog and let the Cummins sing. Of course I couldn’t help but flick the switch labeled Jacobs. The answering aural assault is reminiscent of a vintage B-29 bomber firing up its supercharged engines. Anti-social? Yes. Fun? Definitely. I can only imagine what it would’ve been like seated in that aircraft-like cockpit dragging 100 tonnes up a grade in mid-summer as the drive wheels pull clods of blacktop off the road surface. The big B also rides and handles surprisingly well. It’s not like it’s had a bottom up resto. This is in part down to a couple of spring leaves being removed from the camel back rear end. The original power steering is a help as I spin that massive wheel. Sure this truck is a survivor. And the rivet counters out there will be annoyed at this truck’s lack of originality. But it would be a shame to rub back and erase the layers of paint and modifications to this truck. This B-Model tells a story and every modification that has been made over the last 5 decades has been done for a reason. Either to make it more suited to the job at hand or more live able for the driver. And that really is the story of this Big Bad Bastard B. It’s a grumbling whistling portrait of sheer brute force, bush engineering and tenacity. It’s also a history lesson on wheels. And after all, tenacity is what created the Mack bulldog legend in the first place. .