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  1. 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.)
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  2. Not everyday you pull up to the gas station and see a b model.
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  3. 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
  4. 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.
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Was training a new loader operator the other day. She listens better than most. Here she is doing the circle check.
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  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
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  11. 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
  12. What more do I need to say? Gerhart’s 2020!
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  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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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  20. Thank you alll. Little time left but staying positive looking forward to my journey
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  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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!!
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  25. Local place has a realistic train layout close to 8x16 feet. The layout mimics real scenes.
    11 points
  26. WotCanEyeSay WotSezU? cya
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  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. This is my newest project... I'm really proud to have her... Jojo
    10 points
  31. 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
  32. 1954 Ltl 420 Cummins Jake 13 spd Pete air ride air p/s has a/c Syracuse ny 42000
    10 points
  33. Door and grab handles installed, the vent windows and the stainless hardware are really making this look great. Still amazed to be at this point!!
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  34. 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
  35. Out of the paint shop...now to final assembly!
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  36. 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
  37. "• If a dude pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him. • Somehow it’s un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America. • Russians influencing our elections are bad, but illegals voting in our elections are good. • It was cool for Joe Biden to "blackmail" the President of Ukraine, but it’s an impeachable offense if Donald Trump inquires about it. • Twenty is too young to drink a beer, but eighteen is old enough to vote. • People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves. • Inflammatory rhetoric is outrageous, but harassing people in restaurants is virtuous. • People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for their degrees. • Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you’d better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated. • Irish doctors and German engineers who want to immigrate must go through a rigorous vetting process, but any illiterate gang-bangers who jump the southern fence are welcome. • $5 billion for border security is too expensive, but $1.5 trillion for “free” health care is not. • If you cheat to get into college you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the country you go to college for free. • People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President. • We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, but it seems like a great plan to us. • Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now. • Criminals are catch-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it's a violation of THEIR rights. • And pointing out all this hypocrisy somehow makes us "racists"?! Nothing makes sense anymore, no values, no morals, no civility and people are dying of a Chinese virus in the media, but 99.8% will survive if infected. We are living in an upside down world for sure.
    10 points
  38. Personally I strongly believe in the 1st Amendment, the 2nd Amendment, equal rights for EVERYONE no matter their color, religion, nationality, sexual preference, etc & I stand on the right side of the aisle. Several years ago Barry asked for some help in moderating this board mostly to prevent spammers. I volunteered. More recently he asked for some more help and a few more volunteered. Although I spent much of my adult life as a 1st responder and spent 13 years doing security for the 2nd largest festival in Indiana, the last 3 years, being the chairman of the security board before stepping down so younger blood could assume the reins and because my paid job was taking away from all of my volunteer work time, I really don't appreciate being referred to as "Barney Fife" but if you must throw stones feel free. Those who have been banned pushed the limits of good taste and when asked to tone it down they pushed even farther. It's very sad that we, as moderators, are trying so hard to keep this a friendly board where we can talk trucks, transportation and other things but people keep screaming 1st amendment! we can say anything we want. Well keep doing it and perhaps Barry will have enough of it and just shut us down because, as stated above websites are privately owned & governed as such so it is his right to censor and pick or chose what stays and what goes. There are millions of forums on the internet so if you want to talk politics 24/7 please find a political forum. This is Big Mack Trucks. It should be obvious that it is a truck forum and a Mack forum by it's name. Please quit trying to push buttons and just try to have a pleasant time here. I've spent 42 years in the transportation industry and I have heard it all over the years, the CB Rambo's just morphed into keyboard Rambo's.
    10 points
  39. Thanks for all the insight. My husband, Dan, is an experienced welder/fabricator with lots of time logged on fuel tanks, specifically. Love seeing all the suggestions! My new exhaust manifold is being machined as we speak...check it out!
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  40. Paint on the interior, today!! Floor, jambs and doors. Took longer to tape it all off then to paint it. Just finished up and time for a well deserved beer.
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  41. 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
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  42. Through the years, we have asked the community if they wanted Off Topic discussions to include politics and other heated topics and YES always rang out the loudest...and that is fine, but when these discussions turn into shouting matches, name calling and disrespect to the Moderators...we will be forced to start regulating these discussions and moderating them heavily! Members that can't or won't debate in a civil manner, will be warned and banned as needed!! This is a Mack Truck forum and Mack Trucks will always be the main focus for content...if you disagree and go against the forum rules, you will be removed from the group! It is as simple as that! We realize that this is a crazy time in all of our lives with events happening that none of us have ever witnessed and you want to talk about them with your fellow Mack Truck Fans...but we must keep it together and not attack each other over these issues and views. If you want to get heated, take it to Facebook or some other political forum...we do not want or need that crap here! Keep it civil!! To the members that do not want anything to do with political off topic discussions, we are going to start tagging these topics within the Off Topic Forum so they will be easier for you to spot and NOT have to click on the topic to see what it is about. If you see a POLITICAL or VIEWER WARNING tag or prefix in a thread title, you can just scroll on by and not get drawn into the unwanted discussion. At the end of the day, we know we can't make everyone happy...but we sure do try!
    10 points
  43. The story is there's Turkish construction company which built alot in Moscow during 90's and 2000's including a borough of skyscrappers which was named Moscow City. They brang a fleet of Mack trucks from Turkey and used them for moving machinery and transporting concrete (those were mixers). All the trucks were painted yellow or amber and were either DM686 and DM690. I don't know the exact number of the Macks but to my understanding it was 30 or so trucks. You could see them driving in Moscow in 90's which was no doubt uncommon and impressive sight. Years flew and closer to 2010-2012 the trucks dissapeared. The last time I saw one was in 2010. Once I even googled the company address and called the office. The guy redirected me to their transport department and the manager told me they had one or two Macks parked in a yard. Promised to call me back when they would figure to sell them off but it never happened. I was not really eager to purchase a DM and was partly happy having an excuse to not gab one more boat anchor to add to my fleet of projects. A few years passed by and a week back a friend texted me with photos of yellow DM and a phone number. I immediatelly got excited by the look of the rig and also by the van body installed on it. If I bring the truck back to life it could be used as a camper and if not (as long as it wouldn't) I could use it as a storage. So I made a call and the guy explained the company cleaned the yard indeed and they were going to set the price. A few days later he called me back and declared the cost. It sounded higher than would be reasonable for a non-running truck nobody needs for job but my argumentation was declined by "sells for that or... scrap?" Actually it was nearly 1.5 times of the scrap cost so I figured it was just money and not really big money. And I had a spot in my property... I could make free selling my GAZ-66 truck which didn't run for the last 15 years and was parked because of its military van body I used as a storage. So the puzzle achieved shape. You know when you assemble a puzzle you want a nice picture. I wasn't the exception. Further story was realitively fast. To my pleasure the truck was parked locally. Just 40 or so km from my place. Absolutely surprizingly! I didn't need to drive 1 or 2 thousand km to get it home! The issue was the van body heigth so I had to look for a wrecker not a low boy. Turned out the qutes were very reasonable and I got the Mack parked near my place in a few days. We had to remove the prop shaft to prevent the tranny from spinning. IDK how it was critical for towing just 40km/25 miles with 60km/h top speed so figured I wouldn't experiment. Bad thing the wrecker couldn't get into my gates with the DM hooked so I had to park the latter in the street. The most right way was seemed to fire the engine up, reinstall the prop shaft and drive it in. I connected two fresh batteries, checked fuel in the tank, hand primed and made a few attempts to crank. Having no luck I took a can with diesel and primed by electric pump. After a minute or so of cranking I heard sparks and in 30 seconds it fired up. Fun strated after I tried to accelerate by the pump lever and having no reaction I tried to shut it off. No reaction!!! Honestly I was prepaired for such the scenario. Grabbed a piece of plywoood and closed the intake pipe. Turned out a couple of small air lines were found dissconnected and the engine continued to spin sucking air through them. Ok, we removed the supply hose from the can and after about a minute of consuming the content of injection pump it rest in peace. Further investigation showed the rack stuck due to 2 stuck plungers. That's a Bosch pump and it didn't have a side cover to get to the plunger tappets. So turned out as a not really simple story but that's another story I'm currently in.
    9 points
  44. Here's a couple more that just looked awesome.
    9 points
  45. What is a Veteran? Whether Active Duty, Discharged, Retired or Reserve, is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the "United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including their life". THAT IS HONOR There are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that simple word. I am a Vietnam Vet, I wore dog tags, have a DD214, I served my country proudly. I'm hated by many, loved by plenty and have Zero REGRETS. John Francis Maloney (below gave his life 49 years ago so I can be here to say this. He was 20.
    9 points
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