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  1. 13 points
    After quite a few years of trying to figure out what I could build versus what I could afford I ended up purchasing a shop. I am so dang excited. I’ve never even had a garage and now I have a 36’X48’ shop. First of all I know this thread is worthless with out pictures. They will come soon I promise. My old buddy (who I bought my Willy’s pickup from) has had the shop for years. I had told him in the past to let me know if he ever wanted to sell to let me know and would you believe I actually had money at the time he wanted to sell?! Part of the reason I haven’t got pics posted is I’m still waiting for the previous owner to clean his stuff out. He’s a very nice guy and is a bit eccentric and exceptionally intelligent. So he didn’t throw much away and so there isn’t much room other than the trails between stuff. I knew it’d be a process for him to get things sorted out and moved so I’ve been patiently waiting to move my stuff in and helping him along the way. I will admit I’m getting a little antsy to get moved in and start working on my projects like my B75, finish my LS swap in my 73 k20, start my Willy’s wagon project etc. I’m very excited to start working in my shop and will be tapping you guys for your knowledge, tips and tricks. I’m far from being the best at anything but I enjoy working and building stuff.
  2. 11 points
    We all live in different neighborhoods but it is going to be HOT everywhere this weekend! Amber recommends staying hydrated and hanging out by the pool.
  3. 11 points
    Just finished the custom grille, the aluminum rods are solid 1/2" stock cut to size, drilled and tapped 1/4"on both ends of three centered apart and the rest drilled and tapped the same on one end. The other end just fits through a 1/2" hole in frame on one side. Frame is 14 gauge pickled and oiled steel powder coated.
  4. 8 points
    Dang! Sort of hoping I made your list of undesirables. It is only Tuesday and it seems I am on everyone else's shit list for the week! Forums have changed with so many going to Facebook. Forum updates, people changing interest and the crap that Volvo is producing with a Mack name have demoralized a few I suspect. Heaven forbid, maybe we have become boring? I have been around for a day or two and have enjoyed OD's Pictures of the Week, all the projects and show photos that have been posted by many folks, FT's racing exploits, Ray delivering nursery stock or moving trucks, folks trying to figure out codes and cups on the modern junk and talking about everything and anything. Appreciate when Glen sets us straight. Ron, HK and Superdog were good for that as well. And what the hell is 41 Chevy doing now? Might need to check our alibi. We obviously have folks that lurk who used to be regular members and it would be nice if they would stop in and say Hi. If they don't want to, that is their right. Can't force them to participate. Hard to please all the folks all the time, I guess. There have been a couple members including yourself that have launched spectacular diatribes on various subjects that were priceless. I printed copies so I would still have them in case of a crash. Some got pretty heated and took a few days to simmer down and sort out! Water over the dam at this point. All for the love of a Dog.
  5. 8 points
    So if we aren’t a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Mack trucks we shouldn’t participate since it will make the “original troupe” upset because it annoys them to answer the same questions or the person asking is only taking from the site? Should we not be able to visit about anything on the odds and ends forums with our friends on here? If the answer is yes to either of those questions say bye bye bmt, Mack trucks and the history behind them because if you don’t welcome in the “new troupe” the old troupe is going to die off not having passed any of this along to be carried forward.
  6. 8 points
    OK. I will take the bait. Who are the "undesirables" that need to be dismissed? We have personal politics AND political correctness? How can we have both at the same time? "Coupled with incessant blabbering about nothing, or the same thing over and over really gets annoying and dispatches participation." Boy, I am in deep because I keep talking about Mack Trucks. I better do some thinking on this...
  7. 7 points
    I'm glad the folks who want to forget US history haven't had any of those monuments removed.
  8. 7 points
    A friend owns a machine shop fabrication business, I have free run on the equipment. He has two sheet metal rollers and when it comes time for the hood I will help him form it. Well for one it's getting a BCII 400 for power so extra room to fire wall is nice. And it is getting outside frame power steering located to the rear, need room for that. But the main reason is {as far as I know} no one has ever built a long hood B 75 or 73. I never follow what everyone else is doing, the whole truck will be custom built and a bunch of one of a kind custom parts and pieces. I want a one of a kind Mack B 75. I get tired of going to shows with the same ole stuff. It's my last build of anything for the rest of my years. Back in the 80's I built a custom CJ3B, took forever to get it licenced. Because I built the frame and bought a new Philippine steel body. After it was all legal the state of Washington sent me a letter that I was to cease and desist all vehicle manufacturing. Well as you can see that went in one ear and out the other.
  9. 6 points
    I finally got a load to Florida, so I could see my fiancee. I loaded it on Wednesday, July 3rd. and it didn't deliver in Davenport until Monday the 8th, but I left Wednesday afternoon with it. I was going to go to Best Buy or somewhere to look at cameras before I left, but she said she knew of a great camera shop near where she lives and we'd go there. I've sent 2 Nikons in a row back to Amazon, and it's nice to be able to look at a camera, try it out, see how it feels, instead of just ordering it. The guy at the camera shop was real nice and very knowledgeable about the products too. I really liked a little Sony he showed me, but it was just too small, way smaller than the little Nikon I dropped. So I was down to a Nikon B500 and a Lummox camera. I went with the lummox, it seemed right for me... Just kidding, it's a Lumix, made by Panasonic. It's a bit bigger than I wanted, it's as big as my D3300 but it's a "point and shoot", and easy to grip. Seems to take good pictures too, even "drive-bys" came out pretty good. And, it was cheaper than the Nikon I sent back. It looks like this- I took these pictures with it- this is a plane. These are reptiles. We went to the Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive, or something like that. It was great, you drive this trail, it's one way, you can stop anywhere and take pictures, that's where we saw the large reptiles, and even saw one with a huge turtle in it's mouth. And it's free. I've got more pictures here- I tried the camera out on a girl in a car too. Not the best, but...the picture was actually better than this, but it was too dark. I tried to lighten it up but it made it worse, not as sharp as it was at first I saw a bird when I got home too. And, Dodge pickup update- new distributor installed, no change. A local mechanic who's a Mopar guy, has a couple of them he drag races, told me it was probably the computer. He told me to unplug it and put some of that electrical plug grease, can't remember the name of it, in the plug and see if that helps. So i'm going to try that next, the thing has about driven me crazy.
  10. 6 points
    Truth be told I dont think I have been busier since I was a young man Got told to give a bloke a call 18 months ago and landed a job almost immediately on a solar farm as a electrician I did my apprenticeship as a young man as a sparky but never really liked it so left I became a tradesman in recession we had to have in the 80's This solar farm building keeps flat out like a lizard drinking, start 4am get back at 6.30 pm These to me are long days, but the pay is good and I'm not you anymore I also do share farming when the season permits with my best friend, basically we call it farming but have lots of fun loosing money trying to grow crops in bad season's lol This solar farm is going to be built in stages Stage 1 is 250 mega watts, covers 1250 acres, it has 750,000 panels to wire, 640 km of 400 mm DC cables, 30 odd km of 800 mm HV cables and 3100 km of of string cable This is the 4th farm I have been involved with since I stopped cane farming Very un truck relate, however I still do find time to follow my passion for trucks I have manged to do at a guess 10,000 km in the last 18 months in Mrs Mack, bought some beauties home on the low loader for good friends and dragged road trains from one end of this wide brown land to other and back again in Mrs Mack in my none solar farming days I have made lots of videos but the windows 7 on the computer wont allow me ro make youtube films so ir appears a new lap top is in order Not a lot of truck related stuff on the solar farm apart from the 250 ton load two pictures above Paul
  11. 6 points
    Gosh guys, how can you take a thread asking about Billy's well being (he's an older gentleman) and end up with hatred? We have the best truck website in the world.......I can tell you that. Now with so many wonderful members worldwide, the website can't meet everyone's vision of perfect every day all-the-time. If we all had exactly the same views.......the world would be an awfully dull place. BMT is not only a place for discussing old Mack trucks. It's also a place for discussing new Mack trucks, other brand trucks both new and old, and non-truck topics as well. You have the ability to choose what you want to view..........and what you don't want to view. For example, if you only choose to view posts about old Mack trucks, you can head straight to the "Antique and Classic Mack Trucks General Discussion" thread. You're in the driver's seat....you only need read what you want to read.
  12. 6 points
    From concern over a member that was last on here just a few short weeks ago.............. to....................... this...............
  13. 5 points
    Large, Medium and myself are all Civil War buffs, and we try to get to Gettysburg every few years. We make a long weekend out of it and camp out at Artillery Ridge Campground, which is only within a 1/2 mile of Union line and the 20th Maine's position on Little Round Top. It's a religious experience for all three of us, you really can't understand unless you are there. You can feel the spirit of those who fought and died there. If anyone ever wants to go, I highly recommend the book "The Maps of Gettysburg" which contains carefully researched time lines, maps and analysis of every skirmish of every day of the three campaign. It is an incredible asset to have with you while driving the National Park Service's self-guided tour. Day 1: Buford's Cavalry and Reynold's 1st and 11th Corps tangle with Heth, Rodes and Ewell north of town near the Lutheran Seminary The 11th Mississippi's Monument on Seminary Ridge The two sides of the Tennessee monument on Seminary Ridge The North Carolina Monument and Statue along Seminary Ridge
  14. 5 points
    Finished with installing the Mack logo on the radiator tank using the emblem from the side of the hood. I never liked the standard logo-the letter stamping was uneven. Plus the cost of a new one was more than I wanted to spend. Cost for this was .34 cents for two stainless screws.
  15. 5 points
    Here is the transformer we moved this week.
  16. 5 points
    Young fellow with alot of ambition. There's something you don't hear too often
  17. 5 points
    No spit and polish but this Bulldog stood tall and proud on the show field.
  18. 5 points
    Still have to repair a few minor cracks in the hood, sand down the air filter housing, then wipe it all down before it's time for primer! Good bye H&K Green hello Hartzel's White!
  19. 5 points
    I dont read to much into who posts and who doesn't For me life seems to be busier than ever as Im getting older Theres three topics that in the past were never spoken about in Australia politics, religion and money politics because you are free to have your own thoughts and not justify them to anyone or have anyone force theres upon you religion because you are free to believe what ever you want and no other joker should say who or what you should believe in And money, we should never speak about money as your either bragging or lumbering someone else with your problems Either way your putting someone else on the spot and thats bad manners What does all this have to do with Billy T Not much as he maybe just busy but it is food for thought Paul
  20. 5 points
    In reality the site is not what it used to be. Personal politics and political correctness has taken it's toll on this and many other dedicated forums. Coupled with incessant blabbering about nothing, or the same thing over and over really gets annoying and dispatches participation. Pretty much gone are the crowd whom formerly looked forward to the BMT site as a knowledge base and source of entertainment. This has been replaced by people whom only partipate when they have a problem with no desire to share in the comraderie fostered in the early days. Personal politics and political correctness dealt this and many other dedicated forums a death blow being allowed to fester like an open and untreated wound. All this is easily verfied just looking back at the membership roster for names and dates of last participation. Still a lot of nice people here whom try to add but far more solely on the take. It can be better but it needs driven that way and this includes ridding the site of undesirables. Site moderation with a set of balls hanging on em would be a great first step.
  21. 4 points
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points
    I realize to most it would look better if it had a Super Liner under the towing unit, and I have to agree. A friend of mine bought this a few months back to expand his towing business. It's a Dewalt 50 Ton puller. Shes a real power house. I just got done rebuilding the 15sp for it, 320" WB with a 425 3ZJ Cat. Rear ends are 461's. The fellow who owns it is just a very young fellow with a big grin and a lot of ambition.
  24. 4 points
    Not a great picture but this wrecker reminds me of a rig in the town where I grew up.
  25. 4 points
    Be ironic if this thread became the explanation to Billy’s lack of interest? ~Blabberer esq.
  26. 4 points
  27. 3 points
    With all of their money, why can't Saudi Arabia lead the Arab League in taking care of their own neighborhood? I vote against the US being the Middle East's policeman. We can no longer afford it, and we have our own problems.
  28. 3 points
    Here’s a couple of pic of our old shop,till have it.It was 100x100,1 foot concrete floor. 3FFFDE7A-4350-4CEB-83DD-7052D9A728C0.MOV
  29. 3 points
    Super clean retired fire truck...nice! https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dump-truck/173968867297?hash=item28815a3fe1:g:KhQAAOSw4x5dJpAj
  30. 3 points
    I believe thats what causes little capacitors to come into the world . . .
  31. 3 points
    This was my Dads 76' R model with a fancy paint job pic was taken in 1980
  32. 3 points
    good luck and congratulations!. it sounds big now, but once you get everything in it it will be way too small.
  33. 3 points
    Paul is a great example. His life has had some changes down in Oz and he doesn't have as much free time as he did for a period. So yes, we hear from Paul less than before (I miss his great videos), but it's not because he's upset with anything at BMT.
  34. 3 points
    You're retired you should become the moderator with balls and clean up the site and return it to how you want it to be. Doing beats wishing for it. Maybe for starters eliminate Odds and Ends and Other Trucks which seem to be problems.
  35. 3 points
    I'm sure the entire BMT family hopes that Billy is simply preoccupied, and not away because of illness. Billy is "good people".
  36. 3 points
    Well, I had mentioned several times what an excellent wife she would be, and how anybody would be lucky to call her his wife, and she agreed that yes, she would be "a good catch", so then I thought "maybe it could be me". I ordered a ring from Steven Singer and gave it to her when I was in Florida. She's having it sized now because I had no idea what size to get and it was way too big. I told her it was all pending your approval, so she hasn't made an official statement yet.
  37. 3 points
  38. 2 points
    Hmm. When I think of U.S. Army 7-1/2 ton 6x6 chassis of that era, I think of White-owned Indiana, Biederman, Corbitt, Federal and Mack. To me, the Federal Model 606 (aka. C-2) and this Reo Model 29XS (aka. F-1) look almost identical, right down to the louvered hood. This truck's spec was an 855 cubic inch Hercules 180 horsepower model HXD L-head six-cylinder engine, Spicer model 7851 5-speed transmission, 2-speed Wisconsin model T-77-3 transfer case, Timken axles with a 10.22 ratio and 196 inch wheelbase. I believe it was also fitted with Cleveland Pneumatic Model YMB air shock absorbers.
  39. 2 points
    Active trucks plus their own used parts department!
  40. 2 points
    Nice! I had forgot about that build. The picture from behind the truck should be captioned "All Business".
  41. 2 points
    It's from when it was on rail (we hauled it from rail to substation). Rail yards have what is called "the hump". It is basically a downhill section of track that goes into the rail yard. Normally they will just release cars down the hump and they will freewheel into the yard and through the switches to get the car where they want it. They have retarders built into the track to help slow the cars down, but they still sometimes hit pretty hard when they slam into other cars. They put the "no humping" signs on the transformer so they wouldn't let it free over the hump. The transformer had 2 gps shock recorders on that monitored how rough the transformer was handled. The black box you see beside the sign is one of the shock recorders, and the other one can be seen on the passenger side. The guy that was there from the manufacturer said the transformer could survive a 5g shock without damage. He also said that if transported by truck, you'd have to be in a serious accident to get a 5g shock, but it is not uncommon at all when transported by rail.
  42. 2 points
    I have to go look at Other Truck Makes now...
  43. 2 points
    Well Cat is out of the class 8 market. so the reality is that Cummings is the next mfg that offers a big bore big HP engine. Mack and cummins have had a good history between each other thru the years and I see no reason why the option is not offered for big HP in a Mack. the thought that a company (volvo) is removing the whole big HP option is just a shot in their own foot. I still cant wrap my head around their thought process on this
  44. 2 points
    Well since this truck was parked 25 years ago the cab hasn't come up and now won't go up, I was able to get it up using our loader with no damages after I had a leaking coolant hose after its first few jobs. But I need to re do the lift cylinders and latch cylinders because they all leak. I am planning on putting on an electronic pump because I found some for lift Gates on freight trucks rated @ 3200psi for cheaper than a used hand pump. I disasembled the pump and the bore of the pump is chooched. My question is, does anyone know what kit or where I can get a kit to reseal the lift and latch cylinders? Loving this truck and it's a blast to drive. Have it  hooked to the same trailer it has been hooked to since 1984.
  45. 2 points
    Its not hard to relate. I eat more when I’m forced onto a diet too.
  46. 2 points
    Very clean truck. Wouldn't mind having it.
  47. 2 points
    Looks Like this now Would have looked like this new
  48. 2 points
    I got that truck in a trade for hauling a piece of lumber machinery outside of Minneapolis-St. Paul back in '07. I tracked down the original owner and it worked cleaning up the shipyards during it's working career on the west coast. Was a transfer dump. Photos are from the original owner: And after being freshly repainted in 1977. And as I got it:
  49. 2 points
    I had a 1980 U-Model with that engine it was 283hp and Mack called it a "300" Mack 5 speed along with it did great in the city and also regional in the Midwest lots of power and not bad on fuel either I would run 125,000 gross on a five axle combination 150 mile radius of Chicago hauling scrap metal for Jack Gray Transport during the 80's very overweight but that engine/trans combo was very dependable.
  50. 2 points
    We got some ideas going on this now. Swapping ideas I "may" end up with a manually operated retractable soft top much the same as is on a factory produced convertible car. I will need to fabricate a "box, or trough" on the back of the cab for the soft top to retract and fold into, but the envision could look like a factory conversion when complete. The trough would then have an appearance vinyl cover which snapped on as did convertible cars of the 1960's. The cab being off the frame and on a rolling stand will be much easier to work with too. I have this cab which is to be replaced but still relatively complete to use as the prototype with cutting down and bracing of the "B" pillars: Might be an interesting challenge but I think I'm up for it.
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