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  1. 10 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.
  2. 9 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.
  3. 9 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.
  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. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 6 points
    From concern over a member that was last on here just a few short weeks ago.............. to....................... this...............
  10. 5 points
    Young fellow with alot of ambition. There's something you don't hear too often
  11. 5 points
    No spit and polish but this Bulldog stood tall and proud on the show field.
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 5 points
  16. 5 points
    My late friend Wayne's 1976 Autocar
  17. 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.
  18. 4 points
    Not a great picture but this wrecker reminds me of a rig in the town where I grew up.
  19. 4 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.
  20. 4 points
    Good looking rig that is part of the Mack Museum Collection.
  21. 4 points
    Be ironic if this thread became the explanation to Billy’s lack of interest? ~Blabberer esq.
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points
    Just my pictures that I took at the event... I’ve also got a video of the parade coming through but it’s over 20 minutes long and I’m pretty sure I can’t put any video on here...
  24. 4 points
    Actually going to get a good degreasing douche tomorrow, (cleaned from the inside out with caustic soda) before it gets hot so I can yank the cab. This is my 74 RL797LST. The engine is the original ENDT(B)-866, and runs well. The trans is the original TRDL-107 and it's on Rockwell rears having 4.11 gears and Reyco 4 spring suspension. Believe it or not the truck has wedge brakes and they will plant you in the glass if the pedal is mashed hard. I was rebuilding this cab roof area when I ran across the 1974 R model firetruck I'd grabbed the cab from when it was being parted out so going to replace it and keep this one for parts. The floor area is really nice but the salt air of the Long Beach Naval Shipyard really ate the roof off this truck. The trans will slip under the engine on it's stand so they will stay together. After cleanup and stripping down further, I'm going to roll the chassis around back as needing room in the shop for more pressing projects. If you look close you can see the bent mirror arm on the passenger door: Just to the left of my old crane truck is my 1958 B-61ST. Started it this morning too and it runs well. Didn't shoot any video of that though. Hate to put these outside but too crowded in the shop to get anything done. Going to assemble my forklift engine this next week and get use of it back which will be a great asset. The skid steer just doesn't have the needed capacity around the shop. Think I'm going to let the sod hauling job go. I have far too many hobbies to be bothered by such trivial little things like a job.
  25. 4 points
    Big Dawg with an E9! The RD822 was produced between 1982-1990 with 233 units built.
  26. 4 points
    Some Australian ones that were working in the Kimberley region (north western Western Australia) notice the bunk on the back, "Star Light Motel" East Kimberley Transport trucks They sure tough old jiggers that worked hard back in the day Paul
  27. 3 points
    Super clean retired fire truck...nice! https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dump-truck/173968867297?hash=item28815a3fe1:g:KhQAAOSw4x5dJpAj
  28. 3 points
    This was my Dads 76' R model with a fancy paint job pic was taken in 1980
  29. 3 points
    Here is the transformer we moved this week.
  30. 3 points
    good luck and congratulations!. it sounds big now, but once you get everything in it it will be way too small.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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".
  34. 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.
  35. 3 points
    "Little shops" for anything are going away at an alarming rate. Dad's retire and kids don't want anything to do with the business.
  36. 3 points
    "T" is turbocharged. An ET673 is a 260 HP built between 1975-1978 with no charge air cooling. The "ENDT" a lot of us are used to was being replaced with ET, ETAZ, EC, EM, E6 and so on.
  37. 3 points
    Let's go play in the mud - be sure to bring your Autocar. 😎 JW Shaffer sent in this shot of his 1987 Autocar DK gettin' it done and bankin' some coin too. Have fun, JW. #AlwaysUp #AutocarTrucks .
  38. 3 points
    Wayne Jansson from Oz says " Come on guys, this is an Autocar".
  39. 2 points
    Travel agent Stephanie Vanatta Anton has again put together an Australian tour in conjunction with the 2020 Truckie's Reunion in Alice Springs AU for August 27 thru September 14, 2020. Her father is a past president of ATHS so she has many contacts in the antique truck hobby. For more information go to the summary sheet here: http://greattruckadventure.com and then click on "detailed itenary" for the complete daily schedule. It appears that she has scheduled some days where the men can go to a truck show and the women can go sightseeing. If you would like to view my report on the 2015 trip go here: http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/84264/Down-Under-Trip?Keywords=Down Under Trip
  40. 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.
  41. 2 points
    Looks Like this now Would have looked like this new
  42. 2 points
    This one? Not a great picture angle...
  43. 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.
  44. 2 points
  45. 2 points
    From where I sit your retirement looks like a dream. Tinker on old Mack's til the sun sets.
  46. 2 points
    Imagine those things landing and taking off from your roof!!! On my first "cruise", I could touch the underside of the flight deck at the #3 wire. You could watch the PLAT camera feed, (which was live) and feel the tailhook slam down onto the steel deck and "SCREECH" very loudly dragging the aircraft to a stop. That impact along with the drag brakes for the arresting cables were damned hard to get any sleep through during flight ops..... Of course full stage afterburning TF-30, J-79, and F-404 engines on the catapults weren't none to quiet either..... Some of the memories I'll never forget.
  47. 2 points
    You guy's are on target with my thoughts also for used parts except I really don't need the bulldog mirrors. All my trucks are older than that style so really of no use to me. They however are used and not purchased new with the arm kits. I'll be yakking more with him but he's a driver so on the road a lot. I usually wind up sending a gift certificate to my friends whom don't like to take monies. Kinda hard to turn down it seems according to my law of averages. Thanks,
  48. 2 points
    Mack dealers in the US are very different than Australia by the sounds of it as dealers out here are only to happy to help no matter how old or difficult it may seam or at least that is my experience I reckon I could walk into any dealer and order R model rails if I had the chassis number Yes they would cost a few bob, but if we want Mack Australia to support our old junk we have gotta pay for limited stock items to be made and held Paul
  49. 2 points
    Still being used by a steel fabricator.
  50. 2 points
    When I am at home, I'm in the Kalispell area, about 15 miles outa town. But it seems that road construction keeps me living all over the state more than at home. This job was just east of Thompson Falls. Next week they are ready for side dumps over east, north of Galata. But that will be only 200 miles from the house. Its a big state, over 600 miles across. Some pretty country thru out , but I prefer the western part with the mountains and trees.
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