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About steelman

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    Fredericksburg, Va.
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    Antique trucks, steam and gas engines, boats, woodworking, antique cars, trains, anything mechanical

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    1919 AC,1922 AC,1924 AC,1923 AC, 1925 AC, 1926 AC, 1918 Mack antiaircraft gun trailer,1925 AB, (2) 1925 RUGGLES, 1925 INTERNATIONAL mod. 63,1924 Intl mod. 33, 1917 INTERNATIONAL model F, 1929 FORD PU,1929 Ford AA, 1965 B47 MACK,1965 B67,1965 B61 INTEGRAL SLEEPER, 1962 White 9000, 19?? White compact, 1915(?)GMC, 1948 Mack EF,

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  1. My dad owned a small truck company here in Virginia with authority that was 35 air miles radius around, with extended authority into Washinton, DC area. We were an interline carrier with Hemingway and others. Met Phil Hemingway as a teenager. Unloaded at least 2 trucks a day of theirs. I remember U models, as I liked driving them. Dad shut down around 1978, sold his authority and trucks. It wasn't too long after that Heminway was gone, as well as a lot of other carriers. Dad said he had started in trucking before regulation, and he wasn't going to go back to that. Just about every big carrier in the country was gone within 5 or 10 years of deregulation.
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    AC parts

    Jack, I am no expert, but I have 7 AC's and have "played " with them since 1972. I have some info and parts, and would be happy tp help you if I can. Send me a message. Steelman, aka Carey Leitch
  3. As ekennedy 21 pointed out, AC Mack E2 was a 3 1/2 ton and one of two experimental trucks that were built at the 64th street plant in the winter of 1915. August 7, 1915 the truck left NY city in a military convoy of 15 trucks to Plattsburg, N Y. It pulled a 3 inch gun as well as other guns, thousands of rounds of ammo and 30 men. John Montville's excellent book "Bulldog" has pictures and more description of this truck and this event on page 22-23. There are pictures of several different hood styles and lovers that were tried. If you have interest in early Macks, get John's books. His first was called Mack, and came out around 1974, and Bulldog came out around 1979. They show up for sale on eBay. GREAT books! Credit to Mr. Montville for the above info.
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    Electric trailer brakes

    I have put a Tekonsha Prodigy P3 on a class 7 truck with air brakes and on a class 5 truck with hydraulic brakes and had no problems. Pulling a 40 foot gooseneck with 25 000 pound gross trailer. The trailer has hydraulic disc brakes with an electric over hydraulic pump. The brake controller is about $100.00 , and took less than 1/2 hour to install.
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    Fuel Tanks

    Two years ago, I coated the inside of the two fuel tanks on my toy hauler (freightliner). On the way to Macungie, the truck shut down on the interstate because the coating came off and plugged up the fuel line. I changed fuel filters, and cut them open, and found more sealant in the filter. Had to clean the fuel lines, and cut the ends off both tanks and removed all of the sealer. Put back together and have had no more problems. I have over 45 years working with antique cars, trucks, engines, etc., and had never had a problem before. I will not coat the inside of another fuel tank, especially a diesel.
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    Big guns moving

    I might be mistaken, but I believe the Yamato carried 20" guns. It would have been one hell of a fight.
  7. steelman

    Big guns moving

    Those gunships are kind of like a giant rototiller on steroids. They tell me the wart hogs are now the ground pounders best friend.
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    Big guns moving

    Had an opportunity to see16 inch guns fired at Dahlgren, Va. In 1968/69. Those shells weigh over a ton, and they travel 20 to 23 miles down range, ACCURATELY! Very impressive. The New Jersey worked on the little people with them. Also witnessed 20 mm Vulcan cannon unleash. Sounds like a train locomotive running wild, or as my friends and I remarked, VICTORY!!
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    47 EF New here

    ( On ‎5‎/‎26‎/‎2017 at 7:49 PM, Mike said: Some of us old tractor boys use brake fluid. It is expensive also, but most people own a can or two of it.) I have used a 50/50 mix of ATF and acetone. You can get acetone at most hardware stores. It works very well, and is relatively inexpensive.
  10. Do you have the old clutch disc? With the splined center piece, you should be able to get it rebuilt using modern materials. I have some info on a couple of places that could do this. Will take a few days for me to find the info. In my files. I have seven AC's, I will look this weekend to see if I have any usable spares.
  11. steelman

    fxfymn MIA

    Carl and his wife bought a house in South Carolina where their son lives. They are fixing it up, and have been spending a lot of time there. My wife spoke with his last evening.
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    I have factory drawings of both valves if you need a copy, just let me know. A company that can make the valves is : H & J Machining, Henry Simons, Carrington, ND, 701.652.3289, www.HandJMachining.com For gaskets, I got a brand new set made by Olson's gaskets in Washington state. I have factory drawings for many of the AC parts (sheet metal, some engine parts). We are in the steel fabrication business, so I wanted to make my own replacement parts as I have seven AC's and parts for a few more.
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    The voltage will not change. It will remain the voltage it was wound to. Polarizing changes the ground and positive connections, not voltage.
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    Is the pipe connected to the valve/pump Assembly? Could it be the return to tank if the valve is centered and the pressurized oil needs to go somewhere?
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    I would be interested in information on the starter and ring gear for AC's. Doesn't the aluminum lower part of the engine have the hole where the starter bolts. Do you have to cut that in, or are all AC engines already preped for a Starter? I don't remember seeing this on all of the AC engines I have.

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