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  1. 7 points
    After unloading Nellie (figured every old gal needs a new name with a new home) my wife and I drug it to the edge of our driveway. It's going to be sitting for awhile with it being cold outdoors. Why not use it for one of the outdoors Christmas decorations? Over the course of the last week we've had many people slow down and a few even stop on the 40 mph road in front of our house. Part of it is the 1950 John Deere tractor lit up in the front yard along with all the other decorations. But I'd like to think it's mainly the Mack all lit up on a photo sensor from dusk-till-dawn. I'm new to this forum. Whether I step on toes or not I'm going to go ahead and say it... Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings!
  2. 6 points
    Went to a antique tractor salvage yard auction a couple weeks ago. Picked up salvage tractors (for parts) for my old '29 McCormick-Deering and '35 Farmall F20. The salvage yard had gone out of business due to the passing of the owner. The three children, all middle age adults, fought over wanting to keep the yard in business and wanting their share of what it was worth. After almost a year it finally came down to absolutely everything being auctioned off. Sad to see it go as I've walked the acres and acres locating parts for many of my vintage tractor projects. Personal opinion: The two sisters that squeezed the brother into auctioning the estate lost a massive amount of money going that route. I mean, c'mon... I was the only bidder on a 40ish year old working Coke machine that I took home for five dollars. None of my business, everyone has to do their own thing. That brings us to the truck. Along with tractors there were a few trucks, pickups and larger, that were sold. Included was an old, rusty, worn out Mack truck missing a few parts. But most if it was there and I'm a sucker old iron and the lines on vehicles from the mid 1900's. Didn't know they were selling any trucks and certainly hadn't planned on trying to buy one. Took a gamble and decided to join in the bidding. I mean, if I got the truck cheap enough and it doesn't suite my taste I could always sell it or make the money back on scrap. I decided six hundred dollars was all I'd go. When the bidding stopped and the gable struck, the auctioneer pointed at me and said "SOLD, what's your bidder number?" I thought the bidding went higher and I was out. What a surprise! It was getting dark and starting to sprinkle. The auction company workers on tractors and loaders were busy scurrying around helping people get trailers loaded. So I decided to winch the old girl up on my trailer myself. Took a little time but I got her. Got the title. It hasn't been licensed since 1996. Don't know if it runs but was told by son that worked the salvage yard that all it needed was batteries and diesel fuel. Judging by what I've checked out it will need a bit more. But we'll just start with getting the engine to fire. I've never owned a Mack before. Worked on many large trucks and construction equipment and have been well versed in the automotive field for decades. I think I can handle it. Will have many, many questions along the way. Enough with the chatter. Bring on the photos! Gratuitous $5 Coke machine shot. Why? Because it's funny.
  3. 6 points
    I went to the physical getting place in Lynchburg this morning because my DOT physical expired yesterday. I passed another one, but it gets harder every time...passing the physical that is. I went into an examination room with a smoking hot twenty something nurse practitioner named Alexandria. She checked my blood pressure and it was 158 over 88, I think. So she told me to lay on the table on my left side and she'd come back in 15 minutes to check it again. She came back and checked it again while I was still laying down, in my right arm this time- and it was higher than the first time. So she said we'll wait 15 more minutes. The next time the door opened it was an older, and not near as hot, nurse who came in and said "let's try it again- think about being at the beach...take a deep breath...ok, you're good. You were only two points high at first, so you're ok." The BP is the main thing that had me worried, it had been a little high the last couple of times i'd been to the eye doctor. But, i'm good for 2 more years now. I've got a load of pipes at the yard going to somewhere on rt. 135 just east of Oakland, Md. for Monday. I delivered that van load that I picked up in Columbus to Slocum Adhesives in Lynchburg Monday morning. Pretty tight spot up in there... Picture from Afton Mountain, looking to the south. I did a google image search for "old fart" and this came up first- I was passing through Colonial Heights the other day on the way to Petersburg from Milton and thought I saw a C model Mack. I also got a new shed. It's bigger than the old shed. Cooled off some too. Nice pickup!
  4. 6 points
    Damn! Fighting words! I was thinking more like this. Got to be gentle with oversize jobs.
  5. 5 points
    A good friend's wife and daughters surprised him with a 1929 ALF fire truck for Christmas that had been saved from a scrap yard. To say it was rusty is being kind, but he went from VA to NJ with a way too small trailer to get it and drag it home. He spent the next six years restoring the truck and it is beautiful.
  6. 4 points
    Enjoy the global warming ????
  7. 4 points
    Welcome, and nice purchase. I must be lucky, my wife not only points the older units out but even helps me bring them home. Even surprised me a few times with "here's the address, go get your new toy" Paul
  8. 3 points
    Sherman tank on the Move WotCanEyeSay Clikity ........................................................... ClikClikClik WotSezU? cya §wishy
  9. 3 points
  10. 3 points
    Same here. That's how I ended up with the '29 McCormick-Deering 22-36. I found it online, chatting with the guy about it, came home from work one day and Susan said "I got you that tractor for your birthday, load the trailer and go get it". She wanted to make my 50th a special one.
  11. 3 points
    If the drivers training was a real training course like for a CDL and the tests were a real tests, things would be a hell of a lot better. I'd like to see added to the road tests entering and exiting a expressway and merging "at speed", changing lanes, collision avoidance, panic braking and the ability to actually back up a vehicle. Add the ability to do basic vehicle checks like tire pressure and lights. I'd also slam the morons who drive with a pee hole in the snow to look out of at 65 mph and leave all the snow on the car till it blows off. The ability to understand english would be nice too. But these things have as much chance of ever happening as HRC telling the truth. Paul
  12. 2 points
    I got this from facebook. Showed up friday. I have them making me a custom "three stick" version!!
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  14. 2 points
    Guys, what do you talk about? -28 F ??? Sounds coooold-d-d!
  15. 2 points
    next time you go to the doc to get the BP checked, lay off the coffee and salt for a week before. that should drop it 30-40 points.
  16. 2 points
    $1,575 for both rails at 30 feet long. I had the salesman repeat the price. Truck Shop
  17. 2 points
    Finally got around to taking a picture of the visor I made for my 58 B model out of a Peterbilt one.
  18. 2 points
    l All my grandson ever wanted to do was be a diesel mechanic on heavy equipment. His high school "career counselor" wouldn't help him apply to a tech school. Told him he would be better in college instead of doing "immigrant work". Told him only stupid people did manual labor. I went to the school to see this counselor. The gentleman told be only stupid poor people whom never amount to anything and live from paycheck to paycheck did that work. I asked him if he owned a house and if he had a mortgage on it and was his car paid for. Than informed him the we own 5 houses, a salvage business, a hobby shop a farm and 300 acres in Virginia. They are all paid for, and the last new car we bought I paid 100% cash for. No bills, no mortgages, no credit card debt. Oh and FYI. . . I'm a truck driver and a mechanic . . .a$$ hole and left. Grandson went to tech school., got hired right out of school by H.O.Penn in Medford and now works as a field tech / diagnostician for Cat in Virginia. Not bad for a 25 year old. Paul
  19. 2 points
    Same situation here. Today's one of those days I'd like to tell her a few places she can go, but this is probably alot better option. So where should I politely ask her to look up?
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  21. 2 points
    I aint ever known any one to drink that crap even when we was shit faced you pricks we never could drink that crap it has always been called "Nuns piss" out here I like Elephant beer the best thats XXXX gold XXXX bitter is ok better know as barbed wire VB now that aint a bad drop got shit faced on that many a time also known as "green hand grenades" but my favorite thing to drink is from seppo land "Jim Beam" that stuff can make me into a instant asshole some times The old Bear or Bundy Rum used to love that as a young bloke till I woke up at the Cross with no pants and a strange bird on my lap (and I dont even come from that part of Australia still dunno how I got there but it must have been fun ) LOL Paul
  22. 2 points
    Got new windshields in, really excited about that. (easily excited I guess) Got the back cab panel done, now on to the headliner. A friend of mine gave me a 50" x 100 yard vinyl about 10 years ago, did the seats in the A=car, golf cart and a few other things and hardly put a dent in it. I'll be covering everything in black vinyl for years.
  23. 2 points
    Good luck, it was in the single digits here and call me a sissy but I'm ready for spring already.
  24. 2 points
    I go over to the lake in the center of town(big pond more like it) at lunch and eat during the summer. Jeezus you should see how BAD some(most) of these drivers are at parallel parking. WOW> Real entertainment, just like watching a boat ramp on the weekend. I know my g/f is horrible at parking/backing up, she admits it. She cringes when I back my truck into tight spots and not hardly look over my shoulder. I tell her there are MIRRORS on the vehicle for a reason!
  25. 1 point
    6 years of good service.....Forgot to mention....Real good dependable truck.....bob Sent from my XT1096 using Tapatalk
  26. 1 point
    After determining the self-made wheel fitment problem, I was able to mount the wheels and tires. I sandblasted them, primed and painted them. Using a floor jack to help raise them to the height of the axle they almost jumped right on with no assistance from me. However, I think I'm going to have to get new wedges for the right side, they're almost bottomed out against the spokes. They trued up nice and were pretty close "right out of the box".
  27. 1 point
    that red bull crap is like 4 cups of coffee in one can!!
  28. 1 point
    See you didn't specify Mack O Matic.
  29. 1 point
    It would be good to carry a couple gallons of gas in a can until you are sure the fuel gauge is working right.
  30. 1 point
    I had a 1974 Ford 350 with a 460 engine and a four speed. I put a two speed trans in it which went between the bell housing and four speed. The speedometer cable stayed in the four speed so no change there. It had an electric shift out of an Eaton two speed axle which the button mounted on the gear shift lever. The later ones had a shift lever. You did not need all 8 speeds. Unless loaded you could start in first gear and high side of the aux. I mostly split third and fourth gears as there was a big gap there. On the interstate I ran fourth gear and high side. These were available as over or under drive units and would work with 4 wheel drive. I ran it for a few years pulling a 25' goose neck trailer with no problems. It was fun to play with. Originally these were called Bendix Dualmatic I think. It used some of the same gears and parts as were in the four speed. Last I heard Advanced Adapters in Calf. were handling these. Like mentioned Gear Vendors has something and also Mitchel. Advanced Adapters at one time had some used ones for sale.
  31. 1 point
    Do they have one for an automatic? Never mind......
  32. 1 point
    Haz Mat 1, Columbia, SC 1986 Mack R/1996 Slagle's Sales & Service
  33. 1 point
    I'm blessed with a 3 car attached. Susan keeps her daily driver and two play toys there (2005 Mazda RX-8 Shinka and a 68 Camaro SS I've been building on for years for her). I wanted her to have the garage to herself while I have the doghouse (shop).
  34. 1 point
    Why is it that despite antilock brakes, stability control, airbags, etc.... The accident and fatality rates aren't dropping?
  35. 1 point
    Not to be elitist, but it takes a certain amount of intelligence to do the skilled jobs we are talking about. Unfortunately a person with the smarts to do this work is also smart enough to do a cleaner job such as computer systems or electronic repair. I firmly believe that is why it is so hard to find young people who want to do these kind of jobs. Their work ethic is the same as our generation, and every generation before, but they have moved up to a less physically demanding job that has a better future. My youngest is in computer security. No college degree, makes north of 100K, and is constantly being recruited to join other companies. He is the 21st century version of what my Dad was; a skilled mechanic who can diagnose a problem and then go fix it. Dad did it on machines that made clocks, son does it on machines that communicate to the world. Dad got greasy and worked on a factory floor, son works in an air conditioned office. Why would he go to work on a factory floor to make the same money? There are skilled young people out there doing these types of jobs, but only because it is a true "calling" for most of them. Every generation faces a changing work place. I'm sure there were a lot of older gents sitting around a wood stove at the local country store in the early 1900's bemoaning the fact that their kids were leaving the farm to go to work in a factory. The kids thoughts were why should I get up twice a night to milk cows when I can work 8 hours , get a steady check, and enjoy life. No different today. I do hate the fact that "education inflation" has crept into the work place. A job that used to require a GED now requires a 4 year degree, even though the job has not changed at all. The kid gets stuck paying for an education that never returns a better salary than what a high school diploma returned in my generation.
  36. 1 point
    Larry, I think she should give you a little cut because of you selling all these T shirts for them!
  37. 1 point
    Hope this works: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MnMsShirtShop If you tell you want Larry's version it will be three sticks! She made it special for me. (I fixed the link so it is directly to website instead of Facebook)
  38. 1 point
    EJ-This guy live in a cave? Does he read newspapers or watch the news?? Obama wants every kid asking.."you want fries with that"? to make 15 bucks and this guy thinks he can get an experienced heavy truck mechanic for 13 bucks??- that's the septic tank outfit right?
  39. 1 point
    if she checked for a hernia AFTER the BP, he would have been ok
  40. 1 point
    Thanks Bob. Actually, aside from the Mack and Coke machine two parts tractors were acquired. To top it off I also got a Lincoln arc welder (been wanting one for awhile) and a home made metal forge. May give it a shot at making a knife or two. Then try a sword. I like to stay busy
  41. 1 point
    In person, they're very plastic looking and Freightlinerish with chromed over plastic. At least they're giving an effort at a large hood yet.
  42. 1 point
    the first part of this is hilarious...
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  45. 1 point
    I took the truck for fuel today. Ran it around for about 30-40 miles before roads get messed up with winter. I'm excited and hoping to get stuff wrapped up over winter so we can play next year.
  46. 1 point
    Mack corporate might be surprised at how much of a market is out there if we were given the choice.
  47. 1 point
    Peterbilt still makes a 379. Kenworth still makes the W900. I think the 2018 Mack test truck should look more like this!!! I think the sales would be great. Who agrees with me?
  48. 1 point
    That's a normal "season" here. most of the bad drivers are from up north...of the border plates have the motto-"bring me souveniers"
  49. 1 point
    ^^Why I don't want to put a dash cam in any of my vehicles unless the sound is muted......
  50. 1 point
    Then, while the door was open, I replaced the upper & lower latches, as well as the door handle...and the power door lock actuator. UNFORTUNATELY, the new power door lock actuator was so stiff that the key couldn't lock or unlock the door with it hooked up. So, I decided to add a little something GM forgot...used my drill and some 1/8" rod and added an interior lock knob.
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