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  1. He won't be 4 for another month or so, but he loves to help me when I'm working on stuff. He doesn't like to wear the dark helmet, so when I need to weld something, he gets to be a handful because he wants to be there with me but I can't have him watching...until now. Bought a pair of the soft goggles that come with a #5 lense for oxy/acetylene cutting & welding. Bought the #10 lense to put in them...so now he's got his own welding goggles. Wife's dog will tear up anything she can reach if she's left alone...ESPECIALLY if there's a storm, guns going off, or fireworks. Those plastic kennels? Destroys them and escapes. Those collapseable wire ones, same story. Wife bought a damn cage...1/2" square tube & 3/8" round tube...double sliding latch...HEAVY DUTY. It holds her, but she spills the water and chews the bowl. Yes....stainless steel bowl has teeth marks. Anyway, bent a couple 3/8" steel rods & welded them into circles...one the bowl slips through, the other slightly smaller the bowl sets inside. Used 1/2" square tube to make a base, then added 4 uprights at the mid points to hold the 2 rings...top (larger) ring about an inch above the lower (smaller) ring. Base bolts to the floor of the cage with some J-hooks. Bowl is protected by the large ring, but it doesn't interfere with the dog's ability to drink. My boy was on my lap with his hand on the electrode as we were welding it all together. Need to find some kid-sized welding gloves...and his face could probably use a little more protection. If I do my job as a dad correctly, he'll be the only person in his kindergarten class that can weld, back a trailer, and back a hay wagon. Now that he can reach the pedals on his little tractor, we'll build a trailer for him to pull. Probably have a wagon by next summer with a hitch welded onto the handle so he can pull it around, too. Anyway, that's the goal I've set...got a year (or 2 if we hold him back...he's really small for his age)...I think it's doable.
    8 points
  2. My experience on the Ford truck forums is they either get the answer, fix the issue and never come back to say thank you, or get an answer they do not want to hear and go ask other places until they hear the answer thay want to hear.
    4 points
  3. This has been on my mind for a while. I am only here 15 months, but what get's me is that there are many post's with very important questions, but when I/We post in response, it seems like there is a long time between a response by the 'poster' . I know that we are all busy, but it seems to me, if you go to a site for help, you should stay in touch with the folks that respond. I'm just curious about some opinions. I take pride in responding when I can. jojo
    3 points
  4. Saw this lovely B model today. He hauled it in with a Mack Anthem. It came from Middle Lake Saskatchewan
    3 points
  5. If I may add 20 cents worth here and dont worry I wont get offended if you dont like it The number one thing that stops us driving our toys is reliability The number one thing that makes our toys unreliable is not driving them Many years ago I was a dairy farmer, the best years of my life. It was gunna be a dairy cows paradise, no cow was gunna die on my watch, no sir, I was gunna save them all Now the first year I had down cows here and there and was nursing them back from the point and this can be done, it's a lotta work The vet was there one day and she said to me "Paul she aint gunna make it" stupid bloody vet had no idea lol, another farmer called into see me and saw the mess I was in and he gave me some advice While I'm stuffing around saving these ones that are on the brink some others that need minor help are going backwards and will soon be in the same spot as the real crook ones because Im spreading my self to thin Sometimes we get so focused on the prize we go the real long way around and eat shit sandwiches for the whole trip Turns Jan the vet was stupid at all and we still talk and a friends to this day,I was the only stupid one there that day So what does this have to do with Mack trucks or your fire truck Not a lot However from the story of this truck so far I wonder just how much of the headaches would of been avoided if it was driven once a week or once a month The desire to keep it original I understand, but everyday its not getting driven something else is deteriorating infront of you So back to my 20 cents worth, get the aftermarket reproduction headlights, put them on drive it, enjoy it and keep the search going for the headlight buckets and when and if they turn up put the original back on You will of had a bucket load of fun while waiting for the correct parts to arrive. Okay I'll shut up now And it's great story so far and would be wonderful to see some pictures of it out and about having fun Paul
    3 points
  6. Well there you go, I'm wrapped and I know that the colours are different but the whole truck is different And whats more it's my Mrs Mack and well as long as I'm happy thats all that really matters Doesn't she just look wonderful Stay tuned, there is more to follow Maybe a long while yet though Paul
    3 points
  7. I got thinking about things and thougt I should of got the town name in vinyl as well encase I ever shift Anyway not to be So yesterday I get thinking to myself that if I can knock off early I can duck down late Saturday afternoon and collecty Mrs Mack So I make a call to enquire if thats sdoable and will it be okay as it leaves Sunday free to drool All good So my evil plan is coming together HA HA HA Princess runs me down and we collect her, Mrs Mack that is, I'm happy as a pig in poop She is striped and scrolled and looks pretty neat to me I did mention about the town thatI should of got done with stickers instead of paint encase I ever shift Carl just smiled I noticed this morning that Im about 100% sure the town name is stickers, the rest is smooth to touch and is hand painted on, if I look real close I can see the brush marks here and there The end result
    3 points
  8. I try and explain, tall letters like BISON, a shadow like like shadow but the shadow trailing to the rear no matter which side And the letters unfilled with rocks like shown in the blue circle Can these be done in vinyl encase it looks crap and I dont like it A day or so pass and a message comes thru with this Nah, not really not at all, close but not right So a few pictures and messages go backwards and forwards and I settle for gold infill on the letters, a full grey shadow and Kerang Vic in paint not vinyl A few more days pass and some more pictures turn up I supplied a rough hand drawn sketch of a lady bull dog not the normal butch type of dog So I'm as happy as a fat kid in a lollie shop with a fist fall of coins with this
    3 points
  9. Why is there so many different horsepower’s in Mack engines, especially the E7. . . . I have E6 300, 350, E7 365, 454. . . A mate has a Quantum, 425 is placarded on the cab, 427 on the compliance plate and 454 on the rocker cover, Mack or should I say Renault turned it out this way. Seen 375, 380, 400, 460 and there’s probably more. Now you can’t tell me a 365, 375 or a 380 would make much different power, they’re all E7 basic cores. too many choices for the customer and more headaches for spare parts I guess. I could picture the truck salesman to customer. “ what you going to use your new Mack for” customer. “ one trailer X lbs” salesman. “ a 365hp will do you just fine” customer, “ nice, my wife and dog will love our new Mack” salesman, “ wife and dog in the truck too? You better have a 375 especially if she has a large handbag “ customer, “ cool, she’s a bit large so I better add another 100 gal of fuel” salesman, “ another 100 galls? you’ll definitely need the 380hp”
    3 points
  10. Matched up this view from '98 to now. BIG improvement!!
    3 points
  11. He'll be able to take care of himself while others are throwing their hands up wondering what to do.
    3 points
  12. !!!!! CAUTION !!!!! this guy's posts are more addictive than crack
    3 points
  13. Joey, thank you for this post. I feel the same way. I simple thank you to the community for their responses and the fix they found can go a long way. I/we are under no obligation to give advice to anyone, I like most people on this site learned from trial and error that took countless hours, not to forget about the busted knuckles and fingers. Awesome site and great people. I am glad i found this place. V
    2 points
  14. well, if any jerks come here and start insulting others, they will not be here for long.
    2 points
  15. There are several threads that address this issue. You have continued from a thread 5 years ago. Year make and model of your truck should be added so the community can help you out. V
    2 points
  16. People today want (or should I say Demand) Instant Gratification in everything they Do.. If they Don't get the answer they're looking for Immediately They just move on to he Next forum/facebook page or whatever... Sorry for being so cynical, But .....
    2 points
  17. It's a strange thing, from what I have learnt over the years about forums is that they have a huge membership but really only a dozen or so keep the show on the road normally Most come here looking for help and generally a few hang about, dunno why but that seems to be the case on any forum A forum that is about Cat machines would have to of been the worst mannered forum I have ever been on and a few drove most others away A forum is only as good or bad as the people posting on it Ego's seem to wreck most and a few people are left to pick up the pieces Sorry not much of a answer Paul
    2 points
  18. BJ in the Bear truck from Chillicothe Ohio Dallas Davis Kenworth 1979. truck was the first one off the Assembly line there was two others one was a shell. In the scenes of the BJ the Bear you got the truck going over 35 miles an hour. The monkey would start going crazy and pull the pieces apart Inside the truck. They had to re-do the truck several times. The Cabover was a very popular model.William Michael gilmerr Pictured in truck.of new Holland Ohio. Was an employee truck driver for Dallas Mavis. Died July 27, 2021. Rest in peace one of America’s best truck drivers has passed to heaven. The picture is a real photo of the first truck off assembly line plate was put in underneath. To commemorate the TV series. Welded.
    2 points
  19. I wish I had a smart phone back then. I would have documented a lot more of the truck. The photos seem a lot clearer than the old 35mm I used, plus no wait to get the photos back. Manipulating them, zooming in or sending them to someone is so easy. I photograph everything, especially disassembly. It's like a color notebook.
    2 points
  20. Im thinking to check in the order above, motors and drive line are pretty easy to rebuild but the coin gets chewed up really quick on body work and missing bits and pieces, you will be shocked at just how quick you will go thru the dollars, what ever you think it will cost no matter how experienced you are or how many mates you have it pays to remember the words of a old American hot rodder Lil John Buttera "double it and then multiply it by four" Tyres are last on my list, there a dime a dozen these days, they are the cheapest I have ever seen them Good luck and let us know how you make out Paul
    2 points
  21. When I first started this conversion I ‘thought’ I had all the pieces and parts I needed... Well I was wrong! But fortunately, thanks to my all Brockway friends, I was able to get everything I needed... The first issue I realized I had was not having the correct pump. I had asked this question in a separate post... My original oil pump did not have the provisions to mount the power steering pump. Fortunately Dave M was reading this post and called me to let me know he had the oil pump I needed. So several weeks before the Holiday I spent a Saturday visiting friends in NY. First I stopped at Dave M’s in Delhi, checked out his great collection and picked up this oil pump. Ironically Dave also helped me out with the power steering pump for the 671 in my Dad’s 361. g[/IMG] The second problem I ran into was not having the correct steering arm for the 18k Rockwell axle we installed a few years back. The front axle did not come with a steering arm so Russ used one from a 12k axle. Although it fit, it did not fit well and had a little slop in it. I also knew it was important to get the right steering arm to maintain the correct steering geometry (ie Ackermann steering geometry). Brian Enck mentioned he had a parts truck with an 18k axle that originally had power steering. So after finishing up visiting with Dave I went to Brian Enck’s in Otego. Equipped with some heavy duty tools and a set of torches, we proceeded to remove the steering arm from the front axle. Brian wears his hood up to protect his identity... I also had an issue with the pitman arms I had collected over the years. Once was too short... And the other had a ball that looked like it never saw a drop of grease in its life... Brian also had an extra pitman arm for me so I was able to come home with this... G] Last but not least I stopped at Paul Polizzi’s on my way home. I was able to check out his new V12 cabover with the custom dual stacks... That’s it for now!
    2 points
  22. Another item I had to tackle was the location of the coolant filter. On this truck it was mounted to the top of the air intake with a re-purposed bracket (I don’t think it was originally a Cummins piece...) So I decided to modify the original bracket and weld it to a piece of flat stock. Then I could bolt this behind the reservoir bracket using the bolts that hold the reservoir on (if that makes any sense...) A future picture will help clear this up... Once I was done with all the brackets I decided to sandblast everything, starting with the reservoir... And here is what I wound up with when all the blasting was done... This takes us up to the week before Christmas. Right after I finished sandblasting the parts I dropped them off to get powder coated. As I mentioned before, there is a guy who does this locally who is reasonably priced and turns things around quickly. That’s it for now...
    2 points
  23. The Cummins was drilled and tapped for 9/16” x 18 bolts. I had a hard time holding the bracket in place and trying to start the bolts so I wound up making (2) 9/16” studs that were about 1 1/2" long. I screwed these into the block and it made life a lot easier setting the bracket in place. So here is my first test fit... Once I was happy with the fit, I moved onto the piece that bolts off of the top of the air intake. For this I used a piece of 3/16” plate but wound up making it longer than the original piece. I decided to tie it into all (3) bolts on the intake instead of only (2)... Once that piece was done I decided to drill all the reservoir mounting holes in the 10” wide plate. I also drilled some 1/4" holes on the side of the plate so that I could use some line cushion clamps for the fuel shut off wire along with the Jake throttle switch wires... Then I moved onto the top angles for the bracket. I cut a total of (3) of these... And then welded them in place... I also radiused all the edges of the plate... And here was my last trial fit but this time with the top support bracket set in place... That’s it for now...
    2 points
  24. LTK, what in creation possessed you to convert to spoke hubs ! There is nothing good on earth about spoke hubs except possibly nostalgia... The genius engineer that invented the spoke hub should have he or she's nut sack removed with a butter knife because that's about how it feels when you're done doing a brake job on spoke hubs !
    2 points
  25. You have a leak in your return to the tank fuel lines Pressurize the tank a little to find the leak Use a old piece of inner tube and a hose clamp over filler neck Wind the air pressure regulator right down on the work shop compressor and pressurize the system and the search for the leak Good luck Paul
    2 points
  26. Few years back I rode and lived on my Harley for five months in the states. Had extended pegs but no apes, and NO windscreen. After my butt got accustomed to the plank I was sitting on the extended pegs and pull back bears were as comfortable as hell. In that 5 months I encountered every weather phenomenon possible. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
    2 points
  27. Thanks for everyone's comments... Hayseed... I realize it appears that I cut the frame just to remove the original steering box, but in reality I duplicated how Brockway installed the power steering box from the factory. They cut the frame rail, added the large piece of C channel over it and then added another L piece over the C channel. On the bottom of the pic below is the factory piece of frame rail from a 1976 N761T Brockway that had power steering (essentially the 300 and 700 series were the same...) In fact you can still see some of the factory part numbers stenciled on it. So you are right, I could have removed the radiator and jacked the engine to remove the factory box, but I had to cut the frame rail anyway in order to duplicate what the factory Brockway power steering frame rail would have looked like. With this type of design, with the large C channel in place, it was very difficult to change the steering box without removing the radiator, especially in other models (like 358,359,361, etc...) Stan A, who worked for Brockway, said they issued a factory procedure on how to replace the steering box. Instead of removing the radiator, they said to cut the C channel, lift the box straight up and out, and then weld the cut piece back in after the box was reinstalled. Again in the pic below, you can see that the top piece was an original C channel that someone cut to remove the box but never welded the piece back in. This piece was a little tired for my use so I decided to make a new one.
    2 points
  28. They’re just exit vents that allow the air out and not hooked up to anything. The doors drop down to open. They seal up OK, but not air tight. Going to add A/C at some point when it’s done. Probably a back wall unit.
    2 points
  29. Welcome to BMT! Plenty of "nuts", I mean truck nuts are here. I personally have a R-model for fun. Cruise it from time to time when the weather's good and don't see anything wrong with that. Also I'm pretty sure a man should not be selfish. If you have fun it's good when you also give some fun to your neighbours. Ha-ha Vlad
    2 points
  30. One I was done painting the parts I moved back to the frame. I decided to fill the holes for the Ross box. Using a 5/8” piece of rod, I cut pieces to fill each hole and welded them in place. Once they were welded in I ground the surface flush and then cleaned up with section I was working on... Then I gave it a quick coat of self etching primer... And finished off with some yellow Rustoleum I had. You really won’t see this section of frame anymore so any color would work, but I had some yellow left over from a street sweeper I rebuilt a few years back to clean the fairground for our ATCA truck show... About a week later, I set the steering box in place using the cherry picker. I may have mentioned this before, but I took a 3/8” NPT pipe plug, drilled the center out and put an eyebolt through it. This is what I used to pick the box up and its perfectly balanced from this spot. I some cardboard and towels down on the frame as well... At that point I gathered up the parts I had painted yellow a while back. The paint Russ gave me was enamel which was left over from when we painted the 18k front axle. It works pretty well but yellow is a tough color to paint. It seems like you need a number of coats to cover everything well. Otherwise it seems like you can see right through it in spots. Then I started bolting things together and this is about as far as I got! That’s it for now...
    2 points
  31. I was trying to figure out how I wanted to make the pull happen. Either a lanyard or a pull. Settled on the pull. It’s actually a pull for a high tank Victorian toilet. LOL!
    2 points
  32. Yes, over in Watertown, CT. I removed what was left of the interior and saved it in a box. It was so brittle, it crumbled easily. I was only able to save two pieces relatively intact. I spent several hours taping the pieces together to build bigger pieces, then sandwiched those pieces between pieces of cardboard. Took all that to the upholsterer with the cab. That along with an L model picture book and photos I took at shows over the years was what he used to build the headliner and back wall. He modified the back wall to cover where the two man bench was as I’m using two bucket seats instead. He said the pieces and pictures were very helpful. I’m very happy with what he did, really great work.
    2 points
  33. A little bit of elbow grease was all it took to make it look new again. Sure!!
    2 points
  34. Picked up the cab today and made it back home without damage or dropping it on the highway, again. That was a huge relief and yes, I drove like an old lady. The work finishes off the cab and really makes it look great. Took some pictures with and without the seats. I just wanted to see how they looked with the headliner in place. Such a huge difference from when I dragged it home all those years ago. It truly looks brand new!!
    2 points
  35. yup. the gauge on my quick fill ac can said it is full. but the ac still cycles. what did i do wrong? "you need to put a proper AC manifold gauge set on the truck and monitor both high and low pressures, then set refrigerant charge to ambient temperature" you have no idea what you are talking about. the guy at the parts store said to just put this can in and i would be good. "whatever dude, i am the one that is a certified ac repair tech, not the parts store counter monkey."
    1 point
  36. Did you ever look at those reproduction Guide Lights? They are or were available in chrome and painted versions. They were advertising in hot rodder magazines, I believe they still are. Just looked them up on eBay, new and used are there. Guide 682-C's, with the little clearance light on top.
    1 point
  37. No... No They offered way More>> Maybe a few ratings for the E7. Adding Renault had E9's, 360, 400, 440, 450, 500, 520, 530, 560, 610, 625, 750, 900, 1000 horsepower and I think 850 and a few more. So it was all Renaults: What day or week is it and we can make any horse power engine to match.... Why, because we can or could at the time. Think it was more of a European thing or way of thinking more anything else. Then add the E6 and other non-Mack engines like: Cummins, Detroit, Caterpillar, there is every horsepower you could think of.
    1 point
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