RowdyRebel

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RowdyRebel last won the day on September 12 2017

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About RowdyRebel

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    Certifiable Redneck Engineer
  • Birthday 02/12/1979

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    If its got wheels or a skirt, I'm interested...




    ...but I probably can't afford it either.

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  • Make
    Mack
  • Model
    CH613
  • Year
    2001
  • Other Trucks
    2000 Kawasaki ZRX11001996 Ford F2501992 Ford Ranger1986 Ford Ranger1947 Ford 8N

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  1. I'm in trouble...

    Kid already has the "sad face" down pat. Had him on my lap playing...he's all smiles, laughing and giggling just having a grand ol' time. Wife was getting ready to give him a bath, so I looked at him and said "Momma's gonna give you a BATH!" Took him all of 1/2 a second to go from all smiles to this: He still got the bath, though. Toughen up, buttercup. Gonna be a lot of things in this world you don't like, but ya gotta do 'em anyway.
  2. Crate engine suggestions

    EVERY torque converter has a stall speed. Under normal circumstances, you wouldn't notice the difference between a 1500 stall and a 3000 stall torque converter in your daily driving. The stall speed comes into play during hard acceleration or when pulling a heavy load...it is simply the point where the engine cannot and will not turn any faster without the wheels spinning. That advertised stall speed isn't even 100% accurate, because it'll vary depending upon a few variables such as engine size (less power = lower stall speed). If you have a trans brake and mash the throttle, it'll "stall" at your torque converter's stall speed...because the wheels can't turn, and the engine won't turn faster. You want to select a stall speed that makes the most of your power band. For example, if you hit peak HP at 2500 RPM, you don't want a 3000 stall converter because you're already on the back side of the power curve. However, if you're peaking at 5000 RPM, then that 3000 or 3500 stall converter makes sense.
  3. Merry Christmas All:

    Merry Merry & Happy Happy to all...I've had my hands a little full here lately myself.
  4. Flying the unfriendly skies

    ...and that mirrors some of my concerns about ELD's and the back doors into my truck's ECM that they will open. Right now, there is no way in except for physically plugging in. The system I'd PREFER to use does not "connect"...it has a printer for a roadside inspection, and a USB key to transfer data to the office. However, the carrier is insisting upon PeopleNet and nobody is willing to put their money where their mouth is to back up their claims that it is "secure". I want a clause in the contract stating IF their system is hacked and my ECM is tampered with, the carrier will be responsible for ALL damages, repairs, and expenses incurred as a result. So far, they are unwilling to do so, which speaks volumes given the unlikeliness of me specifically being the target of a hacker.
  5. Perhaps we ought to eliminate...

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/05/hero-neighbor-got-his-rifle-shot-at-texas-church-gunman.html Armed citizen stopped the attack. God Bless Texas!
  6. Perhaps we ought to eliminate...

    ..."safe work zones" for criminals? A month ago, a church in Nashville. Today, one in Texas and another outside a church in California. Between churches, schools, malls, and movie theaters, you'd think at SOME point common sense would win the day and we'd do away with the "gun free" zones. Criminals do not obey the law, and we see the result when good people are unable to defend against .
  7. Sad story.

    @ $9.50/bu, $8000 worth of beans would be 842 bushels, and you aren't hauling that legally in a 3-axle straight truck. A 5-axle t/t the most I ever hauled was 850-860.
  8. lets go astros

    See, now this year I'm absolutely torn. I'm a National League fan through and through...was a big Cub fan up until the strike, and when they weren't in it anymore would cheer on whoever was representing the league...BUT I hate Calif***ya and everything that comes from that wretched liberal hellhole. My wife is from Texas, we got married in Texas, and that's likely where we'll end up someday (if anyone ever buys this house we're in...but then who in their right mind moves TO Illinois?). LOVE Texas. Can't stand the American League...just ain't right that not everyone who plays the field gets to bat and somebody gets to bat without having to play the field. So, I can't really cheer on either team...one from Calif***ya and the other in the American League.
  9. 1998 CH613 83k miles

    Dammit! If it were a 2-stack and 4.17 rears, it would be spec'd identical to mine...just a little older. Wanna trade? Only 130K on a ReMack motor in mine...came off the line June of 2000, so "officially" a 2001. Same 240" wheel base, 2180B trans in mine, and 38K rears on air ride. 'Course trading would only really benefit me if I were running my own numbers. Company is requiring ELD's without regard to truck age if I stay with them. Need to talk to an attorney, because they are requiring "compatability" with their peoplenet system, and want to charge me $12/week for the priviledge of helping to reduce the workload in the office doing paperwork. Way I figure, if it benefits you, you should pay...and federal leasing regs prohibit making the purchase of ANY product or service from or through the carrier a condition of entering into the contract. Bad enough it'll tie my hands (I've already told 'em I won't shut down a stones throw from home, no matter WHAT that stupid box says)...but to make me have to pay for it too crosses the line. Shit...just noticed it's just a 350. MIne is a 460P, and I don't think I'd want to give up 135hp making that trade.
  10. Odd problem...

    Turned out to just be the relay in the box on the firewall under the hood. I hate electrical problems.
  11. 59 dead, 527 wounded/injured in Las Vegas shooting

    I was under the impression those were illegal. Seem to remember some trick with a string on an M1 Garand running between your finger, the action, and the trigger that would cause the action to pull the trigger for you for follow-up shots as fast as it would cycle and load the next round, until you released the string or the clip ejected. Also seem to remember seeing where M1 Garands that had the string on them were deemed to be "fully automatic" by the ATF and therefore illegal. That was probably 15 years ago, though, so maybe I'm just not remembering right. Those bump stocks work in a similar manner. Sure, the trigger has to be pulled 1 time for each shot, but the gun isn't supposed to be pulling its own trigger.
  12. 59 dead, 527 wounded/injured in Las Vegas shooting

    If the 2nd Amendment is primarily to protect against a tyranical government, then why would you think our founders WOULDN'T want the good citizens to have access to the same weapons that the tyrant would have to use against them? The Minutemen didn't show up at Lexington and Concord carrying knives and swords. They had guns similar to that of the British army, because if they didn't, they wouldn't have stood a chance. Standing up to a tyrant with weapons at the government's disposal carrying nothing but handguns and single shot rifles today would be the equivalent of the Minutemen carrying knives and swords. What part of "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" don't you understand? A law abiding citizen could have a nuclear arsenal in their basement and it wouldn't concern me...because they are law abiding and as such would never use those weapons against innocent civilians. I would rather a criminal not have even a bb gun, because they do not respect the law or the rights of others and that bb gun will likely be used against innocent civilians. The problem lies within the heart and mind of an evil person, not the tool he might choose to use.
  13. 59 dead, 527 wounded/injured in Las Vegas shooting

    Best video I've seen so far is the guy standing there looking towards the hotel to see where the shots were coming from, sipping his beer, as those around him are taking cover and urging him to do the same. Then, he calmly flipped the bird to the gunman before finally taking cover. I'm guessing he'd either "been there, done that, wore out the t-shirt" fighting with the military overseas or he was just too drunk to care. Apparently the newspaper that ran that article is trying to track him down to get more info.
  14. Try not to laugh

    Perhaps "difficult" tasks are that way for a reason? Not everybody SHOULD be pulling a trailer around behind them, no matter how much they'd LIKE to. Besides, it's fun laughing at people who spent big bucks on high dollar toys who lack the most basic skills needed to enjoy them.