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  1. Here's a couple more that just looked awesome.
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  2. Team, I just heard from the Mack Museum and got all the details about my truck--so many great documents including the one attached! Yes, she's a 1956. Her birthday was June 4th. 😉 I'm super excited to start a new push to wrap this project up this summer. Current big obligations are behind me and we're picking up again!
    3 points
  3. Here is a story from 40 or more years back that I hope, given today's sensitivities, is still just innocent and funny: We were stranded in a little South Carolina roadhouse during an ice storm along with a couple heading to Florida in their Cadillac. He assured us he could drive in the ice storm because he was a St. Johnsbury driver, held the first license for doubles on the NYS Thruway, and knew all about bad weather. Doubles were new and novel in the East and I was impressed. I asked what he pulled them with. His answer with a straight face was "Italian Macks." I fell for it and he explained they were "Wop-sided U Models."
    3 points
  4. 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.
    2 points
  5. Actually the truck in the picture was the 2nd generation Superliner with older hood installed. So my guess is the doors went off the same early truck as the hood. Funny if there was the only unit painted that way and its hood ended up on this truck.
    2 points
  6. I adjusted the air in my toy truck also, for the same reason.. I just put air in until the center of the tire started to get round, but not narrow. I ended up at 45 PSI, for my tires.. 80 is max, for my 9.00 20's..
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  7. very good point Vlad. when i got my 79 F350 the guy said "it would not upshift and needed a trans" it only had 21,000 miles on it. no way a 2 year old truck with 21k miles needs a trans. i took it for a ride, paid him his asking price, and drove a block away. popped the hood and smacked the downshift lever real hard to get it off full throttle. easy throttle for the 20 mile ride home and it shifted fine. the next day, i was looking it over and found a tree limb wedged in between the trans and the downshift rod. at full throttle it would jam the rod and keep it in downshift position. 234,000 miles later and it still shifts perfectly.
    2 points
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  9. Been wondering how you coming on this, going to be a super nice truck!! With summer here, people get busy doing other things. terry
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  10. Hi guys. I drove for St. Johnsbury in Buffalo NY. I was with Woodins Express when St. Jay purchased us. I worked for them right up to the bankruptcy. 31 years. It was a really great company when the Zabarsky family owned it.
    1 point
  11. If there's no clutch brake on a Roadranger , doesn't that make it difficult to adjust the clutch or give it way too much travel even if the bearing is close to where it should be ?
    1 point
  12. Run low air pressure in your drive tyres if you arent carrying a big load helps a low, 55 psi max with no load on for a hobbie truck 110 for a loaded truck Let the steer tyres down to no less than say 75 - 80 psi other wise trucks dont seem to handle any good Air ride cab and seats make huge difference, also the sockers or dampers need to be spot on as well on the seat, the cab, and axles, they take a huge amount of the getting thrown about out of the ride As I've got older this stuff is becoming more and more important, getting softer I think Noise is the next big challenge for me, want it quiet as a car inside Paul
    1 point
  13. The little Brockway is gorgeous, just the thing to go shopping in Paul
    1 point
  14. Speaking the automatic transmission I would suggest two possible matters of the issue. Worth to point out I have never dealt with hydromechanical units on big trucks. But rebuilt them on Mercedes cars of 70's and 80's years. The principles seem the same. The transmission has hydraulic "brains" - multi-valve hydraulic control unit which directs oil pressure to some shift cylinder or another which makes gear change. There are two main parameters the tranny figures out when to shift (or not to shift) - vehicle speed and the throttle pedal position. The logic is simple. More speed and reasonable or low gas - upshift. Low speed with plenty of gas (load) - stay in gear or lower it. Higher speed - upshift. High speed and full gas - downshift for maximum acceleration - "kick down". Ok, the tranny knows both those parameters by some way. The speed usually measures inside the transmission buy special valve connected to the output shaft. You should be an automatic transmission rebuilder to get to it to check or fix if needed. Gas measure provides much more simple usually by a linkage or a cable which connects vehicle's throttle linkage and something sticking out the transmission. Usually a small lever or so. You just observe the tranny for something that connects it with the gas control and operates together with it. The important for the matter point is if the throttle is settled for "full gas" for the transmission (jammed or wrong set linkage) the tranny would suggest it as a full load. And it wouldn't upshift staying in the 1st gear. A variation of the issue could be if the tranny is equipped with special "kick down" control. In cars there usually is an electric switch put below the throttle pedal. So when you press the pedal full way down the switch connects its contacts and supplys electric power to a solenoid in the tranny. The latter opens or closes certain oil passage in the control module (the "brains") and orders the tranny to downshift. Usually if the spoken switch gets short connected (jammed) the tranny starts from 1st gear and continues driving in it no matter how fast you try to go. My suggestion is a big truck or a bus may have a dash switch or a knob for hand operated kick-down so you should watch for anything like that in your rig. All written above could be count as "simple reasons". If you found nothing of those another matter could be the brains - hydraulic control unit. It's quite complicated assembly mounted inside the transmission and can be accessed with the lower (oil) pan removed. You need a rebuilder to check it out of another unit to swap in in a hope for correct operation. In some cases no upshifting can be determined by incorrect operation of the speed valve. Usually hydro-mechanic tranny has a few plugs at the outside to connect a check oil line and pressure gauge. It allows to control the main operational pressure (no vehicle move if it's fail) and that "speed" or the output shaft spinning pressure (every control signal in those trannys is a pressure since it's hydraulic not electric). I have such checks done using just a common pressure gauge and a hose with a fitting suitable for the tranny connectin. But I had a repair manual for the particular unit I dealt with. All in all you have good chances with finding the "simple" reasons and if no my next step would be a search for an old automatic tranny specialist. My guess is a car tech could also find the issue if at least has any interest in doing that. Vlad
    1 point
  15. After we replaced an axel seal, gave her a bath, and topped off the fuel we should be ready for the trip to Macungie on Wednesday.
    1 point
  16. After getting upset from hearing trrr for half a minute you push the lever stronger and get it in
    1 point
  17. How do you get your truck in gear without engaging the clutch brake?
    1 point
  18. If working on trucks was easy ever body would be doing it.Hang in there
    1 point
  19. Short wheelbase trucks tend to "buck" like a bull rider more noticably, and with how far off the ground you are you feel it more than you would in different wheelbase cars/pickups.
    1 point
  20. Hell.... You'd be better off riding an old Mack, than any modern diesel pick/up... to hell with the mileage differnce, the Mack wont "Lay-Down" like the computer trucks.. heck, you may get 7-8 MPG, but who cares??? I have a '48 International K-B 7, (gasser),,and I'm just going to go get groceries and 2x4's with it and it's all good.... I hope i'm nut's too...😉.. Jojo
    1 point
  21. More pics anyone?
    1 point
  22. Imo if you really dont need cruise take that half electronic pump off and put a full mechanical pump on it. I knew a guy who had a superliner with a e7454 he converted to mechanical. It had a 18 speed mack and that truck would run with 500 hp big block cats like nothing. And im some situations it would walk away from the big cats.
    1 point
  23. Much thanks for the compliments y’all! Not such a bad idea welding the wheels together, seeing as I’ve taken up welding in the last year. Guess I can never have too many burn barrels lying around… Of course that’s assuming some guy with a love of originality doesn’t come along looking for a set of 10r 20 split rims. That’s what my dad is hoping for but I think he’s going to be waiting a while on that one. Guess they’ll get put in the back of the shop with the cracked 707 motor waiting for the same kind of guy. Lol. Trucks will probably make it out this summer, definitely want to try to do Pump Primers in Harrisburg with the CF this year but we’ll see.
    1 point
  24. The trip is just over 100 miles. The worst part is the ruff road through Tamaqua.
    1 point
  25. That's what my boy calls 'em...rest of us know them as fireflies or lightning bugs. Millions of them putting on one hell of a show last night behind the old scalehouse on the edge of town. Across the field. In the trees. Simply amazing to watch...rhythmic flashing in waves....rolling across the landscape. Never seen that many at once. Cell phone video doesn't even begin to do it justice...
    1 point
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