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About mackattack2

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  1. hi, and thank you everyone for your support, it is sincerely appreciated. Now, for the next chapter... I was at work all day today (Friday) so the officer called my girl friend in Perris, Calif. Bottom line is, he told her "NO CRIME HAS BEEN COMMITTED". (False statements in the police report apparently don't matter). And "its his word against mine" that I did not give him (Randy) the truck! And "It's just a civil matter". These are all direct quotes by the officer. When I heard this after work, I immediately called the police station. About an hour later the officer who took the origin
  2. Hello, I write this to not only share my experiences with my Mack truck hobby, but to also warn others of what could happen by sharing my mistakes. I've met some really nice people, and I've met some really bad and dishonest people associated with the purchase and restoration of my truck. It's late right now, and I'm not going to get my whole story down in one sitting. But please, if you see my truck or any of its parts appearing for sale on eBay or elsewhere, please, let me know. It was an extended sedan cab L model firetruck. It had a 707 cu in gas engine and did not run. You can see my
  3. Hi, I was just informed that the RV lot where my truck is stored was purchased by an oil company and I must move my truck asap. The truck is in Ventura, CA and I have found another place in Perris, CA. Who do you recommend that can move an old Mack firetruck that's 26 ft long bumper to bumper? The truck does not run. Please help me with recommendations if you can. Another possibility, if someone has a lot where the truck can sit on for a few years closer to Ventura for a reasonable storage fee, I would consider that too. Thank you. Steve 310-455-3138 This plea for help was posted on August
  4. Hi, I'm no expert but I think it comes down to how badly you want the truck and how badly they want to sell it. To me it seems as though most non-running firetrucks of that style seem to go for about $600 to $2500 depending on their condition. Twice I have seen a straight but non-running model L sedan pumper go for about $2200 on eBay. For reference I paid $1000 for mine. (No one on eBay offered him anything so it did not sell on eBay, but I bought it from him after his eBay auction closed). I kind of figure it would be worth that much in parts and scrap if I ever decided to scrap it out.
  5. Well, it probably won't help you any Greg, but there are about five fire trucks that are going to be disposed of in the San Fernando valley area of Los Angeles. They are sitting behind the county's fire equipment repair station on Sepulveda Blvd just south of Burbank Ave. One is a Mack, I believe a late 1940's, another is a Diamond T, and I don't recall what the others are, but all are from the 1930's to early 50's. I wish someone would restore them, or at least buy them to part out. I hate to see them all go to the scrap crusher. Someone has stripped the dash gauges out of the Mack, but o
  6. hi, The siren on my 1954 L model pumper was stripped off long ago. In looking for the correct replacement, I finally found the company that manufactured it in 1954. Not only do they still sell it new, but they also repair and/or restore any siren they ever manufactured since the early 1920's. And they restore other makes as well. Just thought I'd pass along the information if in case anyone can ever use it. Their link is: http://siro-driftsirens.com/products.html Steve
  7. Awesome information - thank you for your help and the reply. Steve
  8. Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge and experience with me - its been educational - and fun. Is the 1070 a 2-stick trany or does it have an air shifter? Also must both sticks be shifted multiple times to go from 1 to 12 or does it require the second stick to be shifted only once, like the Mack 6 and 7 speed transmissions, to cover the entire gear-set range? And finally, what are the ratios of the 12 speed trans? Thank you all again. Steve
  9. I would like to thank everyone for all this great information - nothing beats actual experience. Believe it or not I was once actually told to always use the clutch or else I'd wear out the trans. Therefore the only time I shifted without the clutch is when I knew I intended to put the truck up for sale and it no longer mattered to me if I wore it out. I must admit that after driving a year or two without the clutch, by the time I actually sold the truck, the trans still worked just as good. OK, here's three more related questions - hope you don't mind.. -A- My 707 gasser has a 5 speed di
  10. Hi, Thank you for your replies everyone. I'm learning... but I don't understand how a straight cut gear can be stronger than an angle cut gear. As an extreme example, the pinion and ring gear in a differential are not straight-cut gears, or else they would break easily. How does one first learn the shift points on an unfamiliar truck drivetrain - just double clutch every shift until familiar with the truck? Also, I was once told that if the gears even once in a manual trans scratch, that tiny bits of metal are now in the oil and the bearings will begin to fail in a few hundred miles. How
  11. hi, Thank you for your reply and your insight. Are both transmissions double-stick and do either use syncroes? I used to sometimes shift the old GMC trucks without the clutch, but I thought it was possible for me to do so only because the transmissions had gear syncroes, not because I was matching the engine, road speed and gear speeds. Any idea what bellhousing I would use between a 237 diesel engine and the t2070? Thank you again. Steve
  12. hi, This is a 4-part complex question with I hope simple answers. First, I admit that I don't have much experience with heavy trucks. Growing up in Los Angeles all my friends have sports cars and I'm the only one who ever seemed to like trucks. I know for many people their truck is their main tool for making a living. This post is to people who actually drive these trucks and work on these trucks that I direct my questions. First, some background. I'm an accomplished shade-tree mechanic restoring old GM light and medium trucks (but never diesel) as a life-time hobby. Recently I've acqu
  13. hi, Can you please help fill me in on any details of this spot light installed between the radiator and bull dog hood ornament? Is this only a spotlight, or does it rotate or flash or oscillate or ? Any idea who the manufacturer is or the make or model of this light? And how does the bull dog attach to the top of the light? You can zoom in and see the light in high-resolution detail in the links below. Or you can see the light in the black and white photos here in my gallery. Your assistance in helping me to identify this light is greatly appreciated. I'm on a mission to restore my tr
  14. hi, Has there ever been one made for the L cab? Thanks. Steve
  15. hi Greg, Thank you for the info. I'll contact Harvey Eckart this week. Your help is greatly appreciated. I'm new to Mack trucks and can use all the help and contacts I can get. I plan to eventually restore the truck to its original condition. To help in it's restoration, I recently acquired copies of photographs of my truck when it was delivered new to the Long Beach, California fire department in 1954. They are now in my gallery for anyone interested. Thank you Greg. Steve
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