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  1. Since Covid19 has killed all the truck shows for most of the year it was time to give the old dog a bath and groom before going to sleep for the summer. As with any old dog she was dirty and dusty from just laying around, just waiting to go to a few shows. So had to take the dog to the detailer, sign on building, and get polished and waxed because things are starting to open up again cause of Covid19. Wanted to give my neighbor some much needed work. It took four days to detail, bugs actually etched into the paint, glass water etched, polish aluminum parts and wheels. Turned out a lot better than in the past and boy she was a mess.
    29 points
  2. So a little bird just told me that Other Dog has retired. The red KW has been cleaned out, vacuumed, washed and returned to FL Moore and the keys handed in. (Were the second logbooks burned...???) I just wanted to say Congratulations to one of the biggest assh......I mean one of my best and closest friends on his retirement. Please enjoy a safe, healthy and happy life with Zina from Florida now from Virginia. You certainly deserve every good fortune that is hopefully headed your way. Thank you for being a good friend- we do not get to see each other often but I consider you family and if Zina from Florida now from Virginia becomes Mrs. Other Dog that means she will be family too. Love you guys and god bless you!!! Now, the question remains: What are you going to do on Monday morning? I have a great suggestion, how does "Other Dog's Steel Coil Chaining School and Brass Pole-a-torium" sound? It's a combination school to teach proper coil chaining and stripper bar. We can have all kinds of Winfall Wimmen and smoke some brisket (not close to the building) and have some Schlitz and Jack Daniels. We will make millions, I promise!! (I think.)
    17 points
  3. Not everyday you pull up to the gas station and see a b model.
    17 points
  4. My single axle donor truck is an H67LT so it's got aluminum suspension brackets and air tanks. I cleaned the tanks thoroughly (inside and out) and pressure tested them. I used a jitterbug with 320 paper and then wet sanded with 600, 800, and 1000; then polished with Mothers. They're still scarred from decades of hanging under a truck but I like them anyway. I'm not going for a showroom new look, I like a truck that has some character to it.
    16 points
  5. I always thought it would be cool to own a C-model and it happened today. A friend of mine decided to sell his dad's old truck. They used it to haul grain to Duluth, MN back in the day, then it was converted into a motorhome. It now has a 237 with a triplex. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but the price was right.
    16 points
  6. I came back to post the end results of my work on the B75 I've been thrashing on. Mainly because some on here really wanted to see the finished product.
    15 points
  7. I just wanted to thank everyone on this site that helped me along the way. And also show off my new playtoy. I found this truck about 4 months ago. It ran real well and had a real solid cab. It needed all of the front body pieces except the grill shell. I think the PO sent them out to be sandblasted and never got them back. I spent some time doing bodywork which I hate doing and probably could've done a better job but I wanted a driver. Something I dont have to be worried about parking at a show. And something my kids can climb in and not worry about a scratch. I was able to take it for a ride this morning to get fuel and had a blast. Thanks everyone.
    14 points
  8. Was training a new loader operator the other day. She listens better than most. Here she is doing the circle check.
    13 points
  9. Evening Folks, I am happy to report the B arrived safely this morning, and with a couple fresh batteries, fired right up with no issues. It is a 237 Mack w/jakes, and looks to be a really low time engine, I drove it off the trailer and the last mile home with no problem. Pic of it sitting in the driveway next to my F250 service truck.
    13 points
  10. What about boobage? Everybody loves boobage, cake, and ice cream. That's why there's "Odds and Ends", so you can sit in a Peterbilt truck eating an ice cream 🍦 and think about boobage🤣
    13 points
  11. Friend of mine sent me this pic taken in 1985. His truck with his Dad's and brothers. Just thought it was a cool pic that has survived 35 years.
    13 points
  12. We- meaning me, Zina from Florida, and Ollie from Florida- went to the Tri-State ATHS Show in Clearbrook, Va. today. Ollie was thrilled- I can't resize the pictures with my phone, so they might be too big. I saw a V8 Mack there. Nice B model- I thought this was a great paint job, but it's actually a wrap. I saw a few dignitaries too. Like farmer52 Fuzzy Buzzard Underdog, talking to Ollie. Here's a fine looking Dodge, and the nicest D860 GMC I've ever seen, this restoration is just fantastic. I took these pictures with the phone, I have more on the camera to post later.
    13 points
  13. What more do I need to say? Gerhart’s 2020!
    13 points
  14. I've known this dog for more than two decades. He travels the same roads I do but I have only talked to Larry one time in all these years. I've never had a camera ready when I see it and usually it's when we're going opposite directions on a two lane someplace but via a mutual driving friend I finally have picture of this daily working Superliner.
    12 points
  15. Details!! Lots of small things happening, brackets going back on, holes being refilled and progress!! Spent $130 on hardware, yesterday, nothing bigger than a handful of 5/16 bolts. Cowl vent doors are adjusted and finished. Chrome shop called, my lot should be back in about 8-10 weeks. So, finishing the doors will be a while. I have a tentative date around the beginning of April at an upholsterer to cut, sew and install the headliner and back wall. He did sew me up 22’ of matching windlace to go around the inside door jambs.
    12 points
  16. Well I retired from trucking and couldn't be happier. The whole state of the union sickens me nowadays. Got a job in a gold mine running equipment above ground and when on overtime my coffee mug makes me the same money $240,000 dump trucks make around here, LOL Anyway, been loading these. There is a Superliner and two CL Elites still working in here. All E9 V8's and I assume 65,000 Mack rears. The Superliner is on Camelback and the CL is on solid trunion. They also have Stars with big rears and solid walking beams and one with planetary rears. The other reason I quit trucking. They don't make real trucks like these any more.
    12 points
  17. Do I think Trump is a jerk? Yes - Do I value results? Yes. This makes the case for him IMO and why I'm forced to vote for him again. A little long, but well written I could not have said it better myself !!!! Whose fault is it anyway? Look at yourself – What do you SEE? If you are a liberal who can’t stand Trump, and cannot possibly fathom why anyone would ever vote for him, let me fill you in. It’s not that we love Donald Trump so much. It’s that we can’t stand what you are doing! And we will do whatever it takes, even if that means electing a rude, obnoxious, unpredictable, narcissist (your words not ours) to the office of President of the United States — because the thing we find more dangerous to this nation than Donald Trump is YOU. How is that possible you might ask? You have done everything in your power to destroy our country. From tearing down the police, to tearing down our history, to tearing down our borders. From systematically destroying our schools and brainwashing our kids into believing socialism is the answer to anything (despite Socialism being an unmitigated failure everywhere), while demonizing religion and faith, and glorifying abortion, violence, and thug culture. You call us racists every time we expect everyone of any skin color to follow our laws equally to gaslighting us about 52 genders, polyamory, grown men in dresses sharing public locker rooms with little girls, and normalize the sexualization of young children. You simultaneously ridicule us for having the audacity to wish someone a “Merry Christmas” or hang a flag on the 4th of July, stand for the national anthem, or (horror of horrors) don a MAGA hat in public. So much for your “tolerance.” You show no tolerance to anyone! Do you see why we think you are just hypocrites?? We’re also not interested in the fact that you think you can unilaterally decide that 250 years of the right-to-bear-arms against a tyrannical or ineffective government should be abolished because you can’t get the violence in the cities you manage under control. That free-speech should be tossed out the window, and that those who disagree with your opinions are fair game for public harassment or doxing. You think that spoiled children with nose-rings and tattoos, who still live off their parent’s dime should be allowed to destroy cities and peoples livelihoods without repercussions. You think that chaos, and lawlessness, and disrespect for authority should be the norm. This is your agenda. And you wonder why we find you more dangerous than Donald Trump? Your narrative is a constant drone of oppressor/oppressed race-baiting intended to divide the country in as many ways as you possibly can. You love to sell “victim-hood” to people of color every chance you get because it’s such an easy sell, compared to actually teaching people to stand on their own two feet and take personal responsibility for their own lives and their own communities and their own futures. But you won’t do that, you will never do that, because then you will lose control over people of color. They might actually start thinking for themselves, God forbid! This is why we will vote for Donald Trump. Not because he is the most charming character on the block. Not because he is the most polite politician to have ever graced the oval office. Not because he is the most palatable choice, or because we love his moral character or because the man never lies, but because we are sick and tired of you and all of the destructive chaos that you are doing to this once beautiful and relatively safe country of ours. Your ineffective and completely dysfunctional liberal “leadership” has literally destroyed our most beautiful cities, our public education system, and done it’s darnedest to rip faith out of people’s lives. However bad Donald Trump may be, and he is far from perfect, every day we look at you and feel that no matter what Donald Trump says or does there is no possible way he could be any worse for our country than you people are. We are sick to death of your stupid, destructive, ignorant, and intolerant behavior and beliefs — parading as “wokeness.” We are beyond sick of your hypocrisy and B.S. We are fed up with your disrespectful divisiveness and constant unrelenting harping and whining and complaining (while you live in the most privileged nation in the world), while making literally zero contributions of anything positive to our society. Your entire focus is on ripping things down, never ever building anything up. Think about that as there is something fundamentally very wrong in the psychology of people who choose destruction as their primary modus operandi. When Donald J Trump is reelected, don’t blame us, look in the mirror and blame yourselves. Because you are the ones that are responsible for the rise of Donald Trump. You are the ones who have created this “monster” that you so despise, by your very actions. By your refusal to respect your fellow Americans, and the things that are important to us. You have made fun of the “fly-over states,” the people who “cling to their guns and religion,” the middle class factory workers and coal miners and underprivileged rural populations that you dismissively call “yahoos” and “deplorables.” You have mocked our faith and our religion. You have mocked our values and our patriotism. You have trampled our flag and burned it and insulted our veterans and treated our first responders with contempt and hatred. You have made environmentalism your religion, while trashing every city you have taken responsibility for. You scream from the rooftops about “global warming” and a “green new deal” while allowing tens of thousands of homeless people to cover your streets in literal sh!t and garbage and needles and plastic waste without doing a single thing to help them or solve the environmental crisis your failed social policies are creating. But we’re supposed to put YOU in charge of the environment while gutting our entire economy to institute this plan when you can’t even clean up a single city? You complain — endlessly — yet have failed to solve a single social problem anywhere. In fact, all you have done is create more of them. We’ve had enough! We are tired of quietly sitting by and being the “silent” majority. So don’t be surprised when the day comes when we finally respond. And trust me it’s coming, sooner than you might think. And also trust me when I say it won’t be pretty. Get ready. When Donald J. Trump is reelected it will be because you and your “comrades” have chosen to trash the police, harass law-abiding citizens, and go on rampages destroying public property that we have all paid for and you have zero respect for. When Donald J. Trump is reelected it will be because we are sick of your complete and utter nonsense and destruction. How does it feel to know that half of this country finds you FAR more despicable than Donald J. Trump, the man you consider to be the anti-Christ? Let that sink in. We consider you to be more despicable, more dangerous, more stupid, and more narcissistic than Donald Trump ever could be. Maybe allow yourself a few seconds of self-reflection to let that sink in. This election isn’t about Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden. This is about Donald Trump vs YOU. So if on the morning of November 4 (or more likely January 19, by the time the Supreme Court will weigh in on the mail-in ballot fiasco that we are headed towards), and Donald J. Trump is reelected? The only people you have to blame is the left-wing media drones and yourselves. End . . . The above document was written by a retired Army Colonel, a lawyer, and employee of the Department of Justice. Reply Reply All Forward
    12 points
  18. 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
    12 points
  19. I haven't posted on here in a while. I've been fortunate to see a lot of work come through and have stayed busy. After getting the new tie rod ends (required putting the knuckles on a CNC and hogging out the taper about 1/16") the 56 B-42 is running strong! Here are a couple of pictures of it rigged up. It's a bit hard to see but the second picture is a couple of 1800lb white jade foo dogs I transported to a local botanical garden.
    12 points
  20. Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend at the truck show at the Bolton fairgrounds!
    11 points
  21. I'm very fortunate to finally have a DM. It was the very first Mack model I ever drove, and I've always liked them. This one is a very solid truck under all the bent parts , LOL It was used as a site truck and never got much attention. Its a 1989 DM 690 , T2070 trans with 300 maxidyne engine. I really like it !!!! I have a question though. Everything I've read says a Mack air shift trans will have an air filter. I can't seem to find one. Do they all have one ? Or have I not looked far enough yet ? Any info would be appreciated . Thanks
    11 points
  22. Here's a few of many pictures I took at the greatest truck show on earth in Macungie, Pa. Some BMT members who just happened to be around the Watt's Mack tent around noon-ish. Here's the chef getting some cooking tips from master chef Jumper and son...I guess they're cooking tips. Then she went solo chef-ing anyway. Here's just a very few of the trucks, Dave Mitchell said there were over 900 trucks there. I'll have more pictures when I get home, and i'll post a link to Flickr when I post them.
    11 points
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  24. 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.
    11 points
  25. Thank you alll. Little time left but staying positive looking forward to my journey
    11 points
  26. Ya'll - I have paint! Doors are done. Goal is to have the cab done by the end of this weekend. I'm one happy girl - I think the truck is, too! The rest of the truck will be this color with a white cab roof (down to the natural seam). My seat upholstery should make sense now. Anybody craving a can of Dr. Pepper with me? 🤩
    11 points
  27. Bob lived in California and was a lifelong environmentalist and was defeated in the House of Representatives election. He was sick of the world; of Covid-19, Brexit, Russian belligerence, global warming, racial tensions, and the rest of the disturbing stories that occupy media headlines. Bob drove his car into his garage and then sealed every doorway and window as best he could. He got back into his car and wound down all the windows, selected his favorite radio station, started the car and revved it to a slow idle. Four days later, a worried neighbor peered through his garage window and saw him in the car. She notified the emergency services and they broke in, pulling Bob from the car. A little sip of water and, surprisingly, he was in perfect condition, but his Tesla had a dead battery. This is to be expected from a California Democrat.
    11 points
  28. Popped the seat frames and original seats in tonight so I could sit in my truck for the first time on something other than a milk crate! Don't mind me...I'll be here making "vroom-vroom" noises and grinning from ear to ear!!
    11 points
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  30. Local place has a realistic train layout close to 8x16 feet. The layout mimics real scenes.
    11 points
  31. WotCanEyeSay WotSezU? cya
    11 points
  32. 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
    11 points
  33. 1987 Working Superliner in Wyoming
    11 points
  34. I traded a B30 for this B81SX last summer, finally got it arranged to get it home and the B30 delivered. Sold a CH recently to a young man in the same area and he volunteered to transport the other trucks for fuel costs.
    11 points
  35. Too many projects, too little time 🙄😄 There are worse problems to have! Good news: Mack paint is DONE! Body assembly is happening THIS WEDNESDAY! I can't wait to finally see this old girl put together. It's a big step forward. Popped one side of the hood up there just for a visual and got really excited. Finally got my '62 Newport out, now that the weather is starting to come around. And the Freightliner transformation is (mostly) done. Hope I'm not doing too much "contamination" by including that before and after shot. 🤣
    10 points
  36. Fixed my posting issues without deleting most of my pictures by becoming a VIP member. (Thanks, Barry!!). Finished up a lot of detail work on the cab and it's now ready for the long awaited trip to get the headliner and back wall installed. I'm just waiting for the upholsterer to call back that he's ready. The whole cab is ready for mounting and hookup. Lots of hours spent getting all of those tedious things wrapped up. I was going to leave the factory heater out to have more passenger foot room, it was mounted so close to the floor you can't get your feet under it and getting at the floorboards was extremely difficult. I couldn't find a reasonable replacement to do it's job. After fixing it all up, I reinstalled it and found that I could move it upwards 4". So, I made up some extra 10" brackets and the issue was solved. I also had to fab up some retainers for the door windlace, down by the footwells. A little bit of thinking, some 1/2' half round brass stock and some time on the Bridgeport created news ones. These are now held in by stainless screws, not the original spring clips. Another issue solved. I also found a Facebook page that a lot of my club members are on and people that know me or the truck are on, that's for LT,LTL,LTH & B-73/75/77's, so I've been posting there as well to keep them updated on the restoration. So, the hardest part so far and hopefully the worst, is about to be be hind me!! Doing some Spring maintenance to the rest of the fleet for the summer, but about to turn this page and start in on the long waiting frame assembly. Really pleased with the quality, fitment and look of this cab and can't wait to see it run and to drive it. Thank you to everyone their for support, encouragement and comments so far on this project, it is very much appreciated!!!
    10 points
  37. This is my newest project... I'm really proud to have her... Jojo
    10 points
  38. Hey there friends! Well, we got buried in SNOW this week in northern Vermont. My vacation week and it snowed! We had six inches on Thursday, but if finally cleared and we had a beautiful day yesterday. We spent the day working on our race track. The Freightliner is almost done - thank goodness!! So, progress on the Mack?? I'm prepping the hood panels for paint today. Thankfully they don't require repair like all of the other panels did. I also added a detail I designed and cut in vinyl under the back window. It came out exactly the way I envisioned. This coming week we'll start tackling wiring.
    10 points
  39. 1954 Ltl 420 Cummins Jake 13 spd Pete air ride air p/s has a/c Syracuse ny 42000
    10 points
  40. Hurtling towards completion!! Passenger door is done, all stainless hardware really makes the panel pop. A temporary carpet to protect the floor. All the glass is in. Driver’s door to finish and still haven’t received the glove box liner, so the dash is still out. I should have this done by my deadline. It’s really looking good and boy is it getting heavy with almost everything back in it.
    10 points
  41. Just got these trinkets. I'm told the smaller dog is from the 1940s it's a early concept of the bulldog mascot. The other was introduced in the 70s they were apparently given to Mack executives as paperweights. The truck is possibly pewter it's heavy and well detailed it's also supposed to be only given to Mack executives. Anybody know anything about these I'd be happy to hear from you.
    10 points
  42. Well, not quite that kind, but I'll say on a positive note! The season started late, like everything this year. Had motor issues over the winter but got them straightened out. Didn't really race until the end of June? With little racing, I started running the car on off weekends, just playing and trying to do some testing on things to handle the increased power. In doing so, I dropped it on the oil pan one day, breaking the fan off the radiator and cutting it open, crunching the bottom of the oil pan enough I was concerned about the pickup tube so out it came. With a new pan and radiator in the car I got back out to play and promptly chunked first gear while about 2 ft in the air on launch. Bang! It fell to earth, but no real damage this time since I built a bump stop across the front crossmember to take the hit instead of headers/oil pan. I get a new first gear(it does this every few years just from wear/tear) and get back to racing in my stick group. I win a race in the first of August and runner up at the next race which put in first place in points by basically 2 rounds(10 pts). The next few races, the top 3 stayed in place because we all sucked badly and went out first round each time(ugh, sometimes you can't buy a round). We went to Pittsburgh the end of Sept for a two day event. Again, the top 3 went out first round on Saturday. Sunday I end up having to run #2 in points. I win that round, but lose the next. #3 and 4 did switch positions after going a couple rounds more then 1 and 2. I'm still in first place though and ONE race left. A rescheduled race from spring time. In the mean time I go to Dragway 42 for their Halloween Thing race the first weekend of Oct. Three days, trick/treat, wheelie contest, costume contest, burnout contest, etc. Just a real fun time. I go a couple rounds on friday night race, but after unloading the car Sat morning I do my walk around and check tire pressures. I find a crack in the right front rim!! Not good. These rims are very thin(1/2"), so they are very flimsy and I keep my eyes on them. I won them back in 2006, so I have 13 yrs on them. Somehow, Friday night I cracked it? I was done for the weekend. I come home and swap out my good old Centerline front rims so I can race the final stick race. This past Saturday was the race for all races. We had 4 racers in the hunt for the championship. With basically one round between them. Talk about pressure!!!!! Ugh. I get there, unload and we get our first time run. There are issues. Car won't pull over 6K rpm, seemed like clutch slippage so I put 1/2 turn in the clutch to add some grip. There are 6 screws you can turn to adjust the spring pressure through a hole in the bellhousing. Next pass, the same issue, but I can feel the motor stumbling. WTH? I get back and pull plugs. Well, I wanted to, but seems these new heads have a very small pocket milled for spark plugs and I don't have a "custom" socket made yet so I borrow one from a friend. Four of eight plugs are barely snug, the ratchet basically just spins loose, no effort. One plug had the ground strap broke off, which is more common of these race plugs. So I dig out an old set I keep just for these kinds of days. I pull the valve covers to make sure the valvetrain is okay, which it was. I throw a number on the car and go up for first round. I win it. Whew. Onto round two. I win that one. Onto round three, I win it also......but the car really stood up and it broke one of the wheelie bar tubes off. Been there, this was the other side compared to a couple years ago. Tubing is too thin, car is too heavy and I'm going to finally remedy that this winter. I have to quickly do some chassis adjustments so the car stays closer to the ground. I roll under and put 4 clicks in the front shocks, take 4 clicks out of the back shocks and add 1/2 lb of air to the slicks and head up for round four(semi finals). I was having damn good lights(reaction times) all day and I had lane choice. I was running a slightly slower car this time, I get a better light and take the win light. WOW, onto the final. I now have to run #2 in points, in the final. We go up, I have a better light, but ran under by .015 seconds so I gave the win to #2. BUT, remember back about the point spread. I was actually 6 pts ahead, so even with his win(gets extra 5 points), he is ONE POINT short of the points lead which makes me the CHAMPION for 2020!!! Our points systems is 5/round, but you can get 1 point for best reaction of the day, or 2 points for rain out(for showing up), so it isn't always an even 5 between racers in the points chase. That one point I got sometime back earlier in the summer got me the championship today. One measly point. I haven't had a championship win since 2009. I keep myself in the top 10 for the most part every year out of 30+ racers. It was a tough season, glad it's over though and I can relax. Only problem is it's 7 months before it starts again(as long as this crap we're living in today doesn't screw us over next year). Time will tell. Hope I didn't put anyone to sleep reading all that. Here is a FB link to the final round. Sorry, I didn't take the video so I can't save it to anything else. https://m.facebook.com/groups/348745654742?view=permalink&id=10158746753579743&comment_id=10158746855724743&notif_t=group_comment_mention&notif_id=1602381335232698&ref=m_notif&hc_location=ufi
    10 points
  43. 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. .
    10 points
  44. 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.
    10 points
  45. 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..
    10 points
  46. Scania 6 cyl. 5 speed 27,000 miles very clean just had to have it
    10 points
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