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    Friend of ours stopped on his way home from Michigan with his new purchase. '88 MH613 - E6 4v 350 w/Jake - Mack 9 spd - 44,000 New Way air ride on 11R 24.5 rubber. .....Hippy
  3. 10 points
    It's seems like just yesterday that I was standing between a new "Cool Power" 300-equipped R-model, and F-model. Where did all the years go? I feel no older than that day in 1973. .
  4. 10 points
    RW613 and RW713 No duct tape visible!
  5. 9 points
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    Detroit Diesel powered with either a 3-53 or 4-53 for power and noise! The camper body is a Williams Craft built in Arlington, Texas.
  7. 9 points
    As i said many times in the past there're just a few Mack trucks in Russia and only a finger count of old ones so I keep the track on the most of them. A few years back a friend of mine sent me a picture from the net with orange Cruiseliner with Russian plates. Those indicated registration of the city of Ekaterinburg which is a kind of a capital of the Ural mountains region. A bit later another friend met the owner on some local truck forum and supplied me with contact info. I made a phone call, learned the specifications and the chassis # and was also told that the truck was selling. But the asking price didn't suit my interest. In a couple of years I had another talk and the owner said he had a clutch broken down but was off the line to fix at the time being busy with current affairs. We splitted the cost to a half if buying as is but the guy was also not ready to arrange the sell being busy. I supposed he had something wrong with family or so and didn't bother him for some while. Called in a half of a year and again in a year and again. Time goes fast as we all know and in this passed spring I was again sent a picture by a friend. The pic showed the truck with windscreens and headlights broken so I immediately made a call. Turned out scums slicked in to the yard and ruined the glasses, outer mirrors and instruments in the dash. The owner was really broken and splitted the cost twice more. So it was the time to get or loose and I started planning a roadtrip. I had old 14" clutch discs of the style needed so the initial plan was to assemble the clutch, install the tranny (which was T1078 5 speed) and try to get the truck running.If the stars line up really well I would load my car onto the Mack's bed and drive home in the Mack. But that didn't seem real enough so i also looked for possibilities to tow or move on a trailer. Cabovers are usually tall animals so common trailers wouldn't work. And lowboys are extremely costy. Anyway I put a request on a local transportation website and to my big surprize got multiple lowboy offers of a quite reasonable price range. Corona times aren't nice for all the commersion and it looked like the transportation serives didn't became an exception. Ended up with a person local to the place where the truck was parked and his particular trailer was low enough to not remove horns and lights off the roof. The time shedule was also comfortable. At a certain time I loaded my trusty Mercedes-G with a pair of good batteries, clutch discs, tools, rags and plenty of other useful items and catched the road with a company of my shop guy. The distance to cover was a bit less than 2000 km and I resolved to make it in 2.5-3 days making stops and even swimming in rivers to turn the deal into a kind of a holiday trip. Turned out we made the first 3 hundred km and the outside temp got up to 36 Celsias (95F-?). The G doesn't have AC from the factory so after covering 3 more hundred km I didn't miss a chance and drove 5 km aside of the highway to catch Volga river. We freshed ourselves up, got snakes in a local cafe and covered 3 more hundred that day. Stayed overnight near big city Kazan' and planned to continue the way. Google map showed the road on my telephone quite straight. But when I zoomed that blue line in one spot seemed strange to me. There was a big river crossing and the line had a small gap. I felt surprize and switched to the satellite view. Found out no bridge on the photo and a ferry crossing script. Such layout didn't suit a state of Russian main road to Siberia. Still can't understand why navigation recommended that way but didn't decline the idea completey. Googled "Viatka river crossing" and read multiple web discussions on bridge construction and finally learned that there was a ponton bridge there at the time, no ferry. Something was written also about bad road sections before and after the bridge but having big wheels and time I figured I'd make a try. Now it seems as a worth to do deal but I will definitely not drive that road again. Covered 2 hundred km of a half-empty local road and catched a gravel section nearly 5 km long before came to the bridge. Turned out it was a private and a toll bridge. Not a problem for a car but truck pass would be costy. The best thing I steered into the woods right after the bridge and we got to a sandy beach almost close to the water. Swam for half an hour and went back on the road. Its part after the bridge was discovered much worse than before it. Just a dirt road with deep ditches and total washboard. I passed 2 or 3 cars which drove 5km/h. Not anything unusual to me and my 33 MT tyres so I drove 40 with plenty of shaking and dust. Funny thing it took us no less than 25 km to get to black top paved way. The pics - the truck as I first saw it on the net image, the bridge and the road further.
  8. 9 points
    That same day we catched the final destination, met the owner and I finally saw the aim of the trip myself. Can't say I was really excited but the truck more looked alive than dead. The next day we installed the rear crank seal housing since the owner removed it planning to change the seal but didn't, flywheel, clutch set and the tranny. I brang a chain winch along the other things but the point to attach it was the body's front board which was not a perfect location to hang the tranny up. As a follow we put plenty of labour getting it in place. Having experience of installing clutch on my R-model I resolved to fit the pressure plate and discs on the tranny shaft and put on the engine all togeter. But R-model had a single disc clutch and the Cruiseliner had double discs. We put the tranny on the flywheel housing closer to the end of the day but the next morning I had to release the attaching screws and move it back for half an inch since we couldn't fit the pressure plate to the flywheel. Seemed like the intermediate plate didn't seat onto the flywheel pins. We tinkered with the matter for an hour or so and the pressure plate got better location. But closer to the end of the 2nd working day I found out no declutching. Ok, that's for further repair, home, not in the field. The end of the day was spent to reattach battery terminals to suit common (European or a car style) batteries I had to install on the truck. I grabbed a few cable sections with clamps at home so just connected them to stock Mack cables with bolts and nuts and insulated with duct tape. Took me plenty of time and no luck actuating the starter since the owner lost the ignition key... I straight jumped the starter the next day but didn't have luck with firing up the engine. Took me half more day to buy a bottle of either fluid, attaching a can with fresh diesel and getting black smoke from the pipe with smooth engine idling in the end. But my joy haven't happen to turn into real satisfaction since air pressure gauge didn't lift its needle higher than 15 or so psi. It went a lil bit higher when I revved the engine up for some while but slowly dropped down when back at idle. So no brake release and no truck moving. And the final decition was loading it on a trailer with a crane. Which was found locally and made its work quite quick and smooth
  9. 9 points
    About 2/3 of the way done smoothing out the panels. Just taking light skim coats to do it. Still more sanding, priming and wet sanding to go.
  10. 8 points
    All fine rigs! I am not a big fan of the modern bumper on the LT but can appreciate the time to keep it polished to look like a mirror!
  11. 8 points
    It’s finally back together and on the road. It started out as a $500 parts truck for my ex USN all wheel drive FT 900 but it ran great It is powered by a Ford 7.8 diesel The transmission is a Allison MT 643 converted to a MT653 The Ford spring suspension and 4.89 ratio RS 23160 was replaced with a clip from a 2002 peterbuilt. Reyco air ride, RS 23161 with air locker and 3.90 ratio. The interior of the cab floor, back wall, doors and underside of the hood was coated with lizard skin. The interior of the cab floor, back wall and doors were also covered with quite ride solutions kit. The interior has new national esign seats on low profile pedestals with custom brackets that copy the old ford national bases. Factory air was added to the cab. I was able to find a new factory vinyl floor mat for the truck. The truck is riding on aluminum 24.5’s The end result is a very quiet truck inside that will effortlessly keep up with freeway traffic
  12. 8 points
    I saw this R model when I was out and about. They have tractor pulls there sometimes, looks like they might do some pulling with it. I've seen this beer before but never tried it. Now they sell it over at the local store, and it was only $3.99 for a 6 pack of 16 oz. cans. Not bad, not bad at all. And here's a girl in a car, from the interweb. I have to wear a mask some places, so I made myself one that looked a little different. They won't let me smoke everywhere though, so Zina from Florida sent me this fancy one without a cigarette.
  13. 8 points
    French's DM885 dump truck got a ride to the Gear Jammer Show. The tractor is a DM897SX with V8 power, double stud front axle and big lollipop fender lights.
  14. 8 points
    The end of that part of the story we started backing home on the next day and the loaded trailer went to his company yard with a plan to hit the road in a couple of days. I took another road which worth pointing out since I drove no less than 1500km of nealy empty 2 lane highway with about no passes and light overspeeding. Would do it really nasty if drive a faster car but not this time. Telling further the trailer arrived to my place yesterday and we offloaded the Mack successfully. But I will share that part of the story the other day. Too much to type (and read?) at once, especially by language you don't use to use in everyday practice The pics - really long sections of empty road we combined with road repairs in 3 or 4 places. Some typical Ruaain road scenaries. Also an old Russian car Pobeda (means a victory) someone put on a display near the road.
  15. 8 points
    The place I found to stay overnight was a small hotel right near the river by the name of Kama. KamAZ truck plant was named to it but the actual plant's location was in a few hundred km lower down the river's draft. Worth to admitt the water was cold and the dinner was excellent and cheap. Further road represented a section of a 6 lane highway starting from the city of Perm' which in 30 km turned out into a common 2 lane road with avarage traffic. Met that yellow with red IH somewhere overthere. Than further catched a couple of sections of road repairs where one of the two lanes was closed and traffic got switched to one direction changing another in 10 or 15 minutes. You had to stay in a line of vehicles and wait. The pics - the Kama river and the hotel near it. It's location was a side of the city of Perm'. Also IH truck and road repair scenary..
  16. 7 points
    I took the old dog for a walk today and this stray followed us home
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  18. 7 points
    Did get the alignment done today. Rear axles were off 1/16" equally, I had toe in at zero reset to just under a 1/16, and the caster was dead on at 4*. The custom long hood is in the body shop.
  19. 7 points
    When I was a kid in the early 80's, every R-model a local garbage dump/roll off company had would smoke like that, every shift, every stop light, every hill... Vogel disposal... I credit that company and that smoke for my fixations on Mack!
  20. 7 points
    Seen at the 2014 Western Mass Show.
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    We also saw a few churches and mosques in that region since it's partly Muslim habitated.
  23. 7 points
    We brought 20 1979 R686 and they were $44,800 each.Heres a picture of the last one we have.73,000 original miles.
  24. 7 points
    Well the second stick race is in the books. Not much to say about it, as it was called off during second round due to a major oil down that the track didn't want to deal with that late on a Sunday night. I had won my second round, so I was making my way to the winners circle one round at a time. Ugh. Did have a photographer getting good shots though.
  25. 7 points
    Thought some of you fellas would appreciate this ..... my neighbor Collects old tractors he has a lot of them.... he just got this one few days ago ... bob
  26. 7 points
    Single axle tractor with a wet line at a show in Scituate, RI about 23 years ago.
  27. 7 points
    If you can bring one LVX to a show, might as well bring two LVX. Picture from 2017 Granite State Show.
  28. 7 points
    You are 100% correct, one can only hope that the sane people come out and vote so we can save our country.
  29. 6 points
    I have been looking and I heard that this "beauty" was located about 15 miles from my house. The owner has a tandem sitting out at his house so I thought I would stop and ask him what they story was. He told me he wanted to use the cab and the engine(gas) on a single axle up at his camp. So I asked him if he wanted to sell the single axle and he said he would. The farmer who owned the single axle told him there was a hole in the block. I guess the farmer use to dump a gallon of oil in it when he wanted to use it, and when he was done, most of it was on the ground. So anyway the guy I bought it from got it from the farmer and they dragged it to his camp. 20 years later this is what you have (yes that's a tree growing through the box). Passenger side window broke, passenger side floor rotted, couple of the rear tire feel like they hold air. Its buried about foot in the ground so hard tell if the fronts hold air. Posted on Facebook, so some of you guys have probably seen it, but thought I would toss it on her too. Maybe Saturdays project to get her cut out of the Jungle.
  30. 6 points
    Seen at the New England Chapter Show in 2015. Has a pretty good power to weight ratio...
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    Are you sure of that? Ive seen plenty of trucks stretched or made into something they werent and working everyday many years later.
  33. 6 points
    These 2 guys are at a lot of the local shows. A couple of nicely-done B61s.
  34. 6 points
    Waiting to be loaded up.
  35. 6 points
    Truck was parked at a local rock yard a few years back. Door says: "Bryant Farms - Greensboro, NC". Thing was absolutely beautiful, and was still working. Nice to see somebody actually keep a working truck in that kind of condition.
  36. 6 points
    Basic body work done and a re-prime today. Panels are all looking good and decently straight. still more sanding and minor work to do, but considering how far apart this cab has been, I'm very pleased with how it's progressing.
  37. 6 points
    As seen in the Bulldog magazine Vol. 2 2009. A 1958 B-60 that had been a cement mixer was updated with a Mack 237hp motor and fitted with a Holmes wrecker body. Owned by Sam's Truck Service in Springdale, PA near Pittsburgh.
  38. 6 points
    I’m sure you’re right but I don’t have time to fight and argue with every clown I come across if you know what I mean. eBay, Amazon Made the choice easy. Not only is the local store run poorly they really gouge you unless you have a business with an account with them. For example, I had a diesel fuel filter gel up. At the time Napa had one so I bought it for $48.00. Happened to be going to a neighboring town 70 miles away and decided since it had been extremely cold with more to come I should pick up a spare filter just in case. Same filter from the same franchise cost me $16.00 instead of the $48.00 I paid locally. Getting gouged like that makes the choice to circumvent businesses like that and online shop easy. While I do support many other small businesses in my community and I don’t expect them to beat or even match the big box stores but I trust they won’t gouge me either.
  39. 6 points
    Little farm truck at the Rutland VT Truck Show around 2004 or so. Last time I saw it the paint was a bit more faded.
  40. 6 points
    Had to change my primary care physician. My blood pressure was way too high during checkups!
  41. 5 points
    This video popped up on my YouTube feed this morning. I don’t know much about heavy hauling but watched a few minutes of this before work and saw the outfit in Nebraska uses Mack’s so I figured I’d better post it.
  42. 5 points
    Jesper Eriksson, Scania General Manager / August 3, 2020 Still working hard ! .
  43. 5 points
    The "Duck" also shows up from time to time...
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    Which explains perfectly the penchant of the unions for supporting democrats...along with WHY the union membership is an extremely small portion of the work force. People who work hard and earn their keep have no use for the slackers the unions & democrats represent.
  46. 5 points
    This one was at the Southern Classic Show a couple of years ago. A very impressive piece.
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    I use to be a Republican but I'm an independent now-and not everything boils down to liberal BS or conservative BS. Most is just straight BS.
  49. 5 points
    Built in Morris, NY the crawler is rated at 12 tons.
  50. 5 points
    And I will explain my comment I cant see how this has any bearing on Coronavirus news or Coronavirus at all It's just people have a barney about who's more right about a subject that isnt even related Coronavirus at all Now Im going off on a tangent and you can can me all you like As a teenager growing up I like a lot of teenagers struggled to get along with my parents When I was in my early twenties my brother gave me some advice that I still use to this day "you dont have to be right, you dont have to have a argument about every little thing, you can yell and abuse Mum and Dad on the way home in your ute. That way every visit is a good visit" I lost my farther nearly 2 months ago and as we were driving Mum back to her place from the funeral home I reminded my brother of his advice I also thanked him because it meant that the rest of my life with my parents was argument free, it meant my son grew up knowing and loving his grand parents for whom and what they are and not any prejudices that I might have This doesn't mean I just rolled over and was treated like crap, it just meant that my life has been a whole lot richer because of some simple advice I followed and choosing my actions and responses a lot better Maybe there's a lesson in there for some people, maybe not and Im gunna cop a mouthful Paul
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