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  1. The cab height is the same on both but the hood changed. The orange truck is the earlier model and it used the eastern style R700 hood on a Western frame. The ride height of a western frame was generally higher than the eastern model and the cab was mounted higher so you can see a big gap between tyre and fender especially if you compare with the picture which began this thread. In about 72 Mack came out with a new Western hood, dropping the fenders down several inches so creating a taller hood and closing down the gap between tyre and fender. You can see the extra inches in the flat panel below the body line along the sides. This was regardless of the engine fitted.
  2. Pretty sure that's an early Western grill minus the lower portion which I believe attached to the bumper. Replaced with newer style Western grill around 69/70.
  3. Very nice. It has an early Western grill although everything else looks like Eastern built.
  4. Vlad, your English is coming along terrifically. I can't vouch for your spoken English having never met you but I can see that your writing has improved so much over the years. You certainly put me to shame! I can't write in any other language than English.
  5. On ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1968-mack-r-model-v8/113912190305?hash=item1a85b21561:g:EZgAAOSwSKJdln5H I'm guessing this would be a 615 with the 864 motor. I'm curious about the re-routing of the steering. Somewhere on the forum I saw that the BCR conversions had this too but I suppose in this case it is to get around the V8. Nice looking truck though.
  6. R612 or 712 for the 300+ but I think a lot were coupled to fuller roadrangers. https://www.truckpaper.com/listings/trucks/for-sale/list/manufacturer/mack/model/r612st
  7. Here's a bit of wishful thinking. The superdog with the round headlamps has the newer bumper from the 2nd generation. You can tell by the position of the cutouts. However, It still has the round headlamp hood from the original super liner and that looks to me like it says 'Vehicle Development Lab' on the door. Now wouldn't it be great if it turned out to be a pre-production prototype for the 2nd gen. Superliner- an MH frame with Superliner cab and hood mounted on it. I'd love it to be true. Maybe someone can get a closer look?
  8. Interesting find. I've never seen a Detroit in a 600 model before. I've seen a few RS700's with them but it looks a real tight fit in a 600. It looks like it's factory going by the data plate.
  9. Thank you. I'll see if I can get in touch with Mike Gully.
  10. I have had the Freightliner Powerliner cabover on my list of to do model projects for years but just can't find the information I need. I was wondering if anyone has one or has access to one which they could photograph for me. They seem to be something of a rare beast and I'm pretty sure I won't find one in the UK. I'm particularly interested in front end frame detail such as spring hangars, cab mounts and how the radiator is mounted. It's all a bit complicated in there and I can't figure it out so any help would be appreciated. I would really need someone to get in there with a camera and take a whole load of shots. Alastair
  11. All the early flat backed cab R's I have seen had what looks like a one piece hood without the fender seam. I think Mack may have started getting the hoods from a different supplier sometime in the 70's and their manufacture process involved bonding on the fenders so for this reason the seam became a feature. Perhaps because it was quite distinctive it was kept for a while when they switched back to single piece hoods. It would be interesting to know if Mack used more than one supplier at the same time and had both variants available. Later R model hoods didn't have the seam or that slight step in further down the fender either. I suppose Mack just decided to clean up the design a bit.
  12. This topic came up a few years back but I can't find the thread. I seem to remember someone saying that the hoods were not necessarily made by the same manufacturer so the differences were down to the particular process employed by each manufacturer.
  13. I still think there is no difference and that all the plus 3 back panels were the same excepting the addition of the vertical body crease some time in the late 70's. The top corners of the roof panel were substantially radiused so the bulge appears more prominent when the cab is viewed from the front corner but less when the cab is viewed side on. Follow this link to see this. https://www.purplewave.com/auction/120228/item/A6751 I'd also argue that, after the plus 3 cab was introduced, the long grab handle was standard on all the R,U,DM cabs including the flat back cab which was retained as standard on the U. It looks like the panel was modified to eliminate the mounting bump for the old short handle. The U could be ordered with a plus 3 cab. There was one for sale on here a few years ago.
  14. I think the U model came with the flat backed cab as standard to preserve the 90 inch BBC but could be specd. with a plus 3 cab if BBC wasn't critical. I think the body line crease behind the grab handle appeared in the late 70's but wasn't present on the earlier plus 3 cabs. Apart from that I can't see any difference in the curvature of the plus 3 back panel.
  15. https://chuckhenry.com/inventory/tow+trucks/1973-mack-rs700l-solomon-ks-5be0c93db4763d2c5a513a62/ Came across this. Big price tag but I hope it goes to a good home.
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