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    How's it going everybody? So, as the title says I have a 1949 Mack L95 that I plan on restoring. I'm new to Macks, and big trucks in general, so I'm here for some much needed guidance from the experts. I have experience with car restoration and work as a general mechanic, but really very little experience with big trucks. A quick back story on the truck. Its a 1949 L95 with the big en707a gas job and 1000gpm. The fire department I work for in MA used to buy exclusively Macks from the 40s through the 70s. This truck was bought new by my department in 49, where it served as E4 for 25yrs until 1974. It then became spare E22 until about the mid 80s when it was auctioned off, never to be seen again... Until a few years ago. In 2016 someone sent me a Craigslist ad to this truck for sale, rotting away in the woods in NH. Being assigned to E4 at the time, and being a gearhead and history buff, I couldn't let it go. I went up to NH and brought her home. According to the seller it ran when parked a little over 10yrs ago. I moved the motor by hand and it does turn over. Theres some rot around the door sills, floor and seat frame, but the body is rock solid. The motor looks fairly clean, however it looks like there May have been some sort of leak /crack in one of the heads... Looks like someone put some epoxy in a small spot on the outside of the head. Other than that, there was a big nest in the carb (air cleaner was off) and the exhaust manifold had a couple pieces broken out (which I guess is common?). I haven't done a whole lot with it so far, but am hoping to get started soon. Ive done as much research as I can, including contact Mack and getting all the history, documents, and restoration resources on the truck. I pulled the carb (which is a big Zenith) and rebuilt it with a NOS rebuild kit from Zenith. I drained the oil and put a little marvel in the cylinders. The basic plan is to get the motor to the point I can try turning it over to at least get an idea of where it stands and then go from there. From there I'll make a list, starting with the brakes which were taken apart by the previous owner. All in all I'm a little overwhelmed, but really an dedicated to getting this thing done! I'm committed to hearing that big 707 run again. What I'm looking for is any tips, tricks, guidance, or even "hey, what the hell are you doing you idiot!?" from you guys who have experience with these trucks. Does my initial plan of attack sound decent? Also advice in sourcing parts, for example finding an exhaust manifold. Sorry for the long story! I appreciate any and all advice, and thanks in advance! Here are some pictures of how we found it, and just after we towed her out.
  2. 2 points
    Mack CL Elite 500 HP
  3. 1 point
    Just wanted to share some photos of the in progress restoration of my old LS. Right now she runs but very poorly but that should be fixed in a few weeks. After that it’ll take a while before any metal work or paint gets done which it will most certainly need.
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    I purchase quite a few items from a major restoration supply company located in Pottstown, Pa. I was going to order a 3.52 -ounce item that cost $11.99, at checkout the 4-8 day delivery to Virginia was $16.86, for a total of $28.85. I thought this was out of line. For the most part I love their products and the videos that they develop and will continue to buy from them. At one point they offered free shipping for orders over $99.00, but doesn’t show on their website anymore. This a yet another example of what drives so many people to Amazon. I may be just whining because we all know our hobby isn’t a cheap one. Has anyone had similar experiences and have been able to get a more reasonable shipping quote?
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    Did you ask if they pressurized the intake system? terry
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    Thanks for the replies so far guys. I wanted to get the thread started, but I'm sure I'll have more specific questions as I go. One thing that is new to me, that I need to research more, is the positive ground electrical system. CaptainCrutch, thanks for the advice. I was thinking I'd set up a temporary tank for the test start to avoid any possible issues.
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    What was wrong with the cab jack? Same as any other COE
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    A lot of the sellers mark up their shipping. I had a similar experience with a vendor in Wash state wanting to charge twice the purchase price for shipping a small electrical part. When asked they changed the charge to a USPS padded envelope that was less than half the original shipping price quoted.
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    Welcome and congratulations on your find. Great story. Your plan of attack sounds like a good one. Having car restoration experience qualifies for this project. The biggest difference with truck restoration is everything is bigger and heavier and your car tools are not big enough. Keep us posted.
  10. 1 point
    $17 for shipping is crazy, especially 4-8 days.
  11. 1 point
    Thanks for the help. I got it adjusted and it is running great.
  12. 1 point
    I reckon a Scania V8 powered IH 9900i would sell well down here in Road train & heavy haulage work... Wishful thinking I know........
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    I’ll take pictures of mine if I think of it next time I am there. Mike.
  14. 1 point
    If you tap the dash to the right and below the speedometer, thats where the buzzer is. Quite often ours quit but start once you tap where the buzzer is situated
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    I’m not agreeing or dis......cause Winnie is controversial in any circle, right above religion and politics. Winnie is a deadpan comedian like Bob Newhart. All the friends and cast are what make him funny. Chinese probably can’t “get it”. They think he is an effeminate, yellow Panda, which is an insult to Asians who love the Panda. Tigger is probably legally an honorary Chinese citizen cause he’s actually funny and in the Chinese calendar.
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    Simple physics. “No replacement for displacement”. A square inch= 1 Sq inch. For a roto to have more pounds of force it has to have a mechanical multiplier or a physically larger diameter. Whomever applies that law wins the argument. My wife was in China before the olympics. Other than very poor air quality she said the only thing noteable was spit bags. Guess it’s normal to spit on everything, everywhere, in China. They don’t swallow their mucus because it glows from the inner-city crud it’s filtering out of the lungs and sinus. Bad enough to inhale it, much less eat it too. The socialist police stand on corners handing out spit bags while they tried to clean the presently dried on filth before the Olympics.
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    The genius of John Bogle in 9 quotes MarketWatch / November 25, 2018 Diversification: "Don't look for the needle in the haystack. Just buy the haystack." Expenses: "The grim irony of investing is that we investors as a group not only don't get what we pay for, we get precisely what we don't pay for." Market timing: "The idea that a bell rings to signal when investors should get into or out of the market is simply not credible. After nearly 50 years in this business, I do not know of anybody who has done it successfully and consistently." Trading volume: "In recent years, annual trading in stocks — necessarily creating, by reason of the transaction costs involved, negative value for traders — averaged some $33 trillion. But capital formation — that is, directing fresh investment capital to its highest and best uses, such as new businesses, new technology, medical breakthroughs, and modern plant and equipment for existing business — averaged some $250 billion. Put another way, speculation represented about 99.2% of the activities of our equity market system, with capital formation accounting for 0.8%." Index funds: "The index fund is a sensible, serviceable method for obtaining the market's rate of return with absolutely no effort and minimal expense. Index funds eliminate the risks of individual stocks, market sectors and manager selection, leaving only stock market risk." Investing simplified: "Investing is not nearly as difficult as it looks. Successful investing involves doing a few things right and avoiding serious mistakes." Time and patience: "Time is your friend; impulse is your enemy." Stock-market risk: "If you have trouble imagining a 20% loss in the stock market, you shouldn't be in stocks." Trusting brokers: "It's amazing how difficult it is for a man to understand something if he's paid a small fortune not to understand it."
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    Look guys, it's very late and I've got the flu. Yes, an electric lift pump is an available option, as it is with most global truckmakers. To meet the US market price point, Volvo apparently doesn't offer it there. Never ever had an issue with the Ultra-Liner's cab jack. The MH was also available with an optional air actuated cab lift pump (supplier Power Packer now offers electric as well). I'm also partial to the Cruise-Liner (despite its many shortcomings), and both F and G models. There are very good reasons why COE design is the global standard, but to each his own.
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    Shouldn’t have anything to do with the Allison ecm. If the pto light in the dash cluster ( has to be the one in the cluster) is on , then the VECU should be getting the “ PTO on” signal and operate as per the Pto parameters that were programmed in the VECU ( Vechicle control unit) . Only thing I can think of is , some sensor has failed or sending incorrect into to the VECU. Make sure the parking brake and stop light switches are working correctly.
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    I’ve got a few build photos from and a few shots from when she was still in service. Her sister is the 1954 3 Door LS85 on that brochure. Last time anyone’s seen her was back in 2014 when she was for sale on GovDeals and all our searching for her has led us to being told she was scrapped. It’s a shame such a beautiful engine is gone, but atleast one of the duo still remains and will be roaring through the streets of Maryland again soon.
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    Might be a good time to buy your local, firmiliar, knowledgeable, mechanic a case of Old Milwaukee and have him walk you through the steps or assist this round. Good Luck!
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    Getting closer, It's a Rectifier. It converts the 3 phase AC output of the Alternator to DC for the trucks electrical system. Same function as the Diodes in a modern Alternator. There used to be a kit to replace it with a heat sink with 6 diodes mounted to it, worked good not sure if anyone still makes them.
  23. 1 point
    They all need to quit wasting billions on fringe market electric and self driving cars and get back to building cars and trucks that customers actually want to buy!
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