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m16ty last won the day on December 29 2018

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  1. I probably didn't get over 15 mph during the whole move, but climbed around a 10% grade from the rail siding to the substation. I think I was in 4th in the main trans and auxiliary in low, didn't even know anything was behind me. Grossing around 250K.
  2. It's from when it was on rail (we hauled it from rail to substation). Rail yards have what is called "the hump". It is basically a downhill section of track that goes into the rail yard. Normally they will just release cars down the hump and they will freewheel into the yard and through the switches to get the car where they want it. They have retarders built into the track to help slow the cars down, but they still sometimes hit pretty hard when they slam into other cars. They put the "no humping" signs on the transformer so they wouldn't let it free over the hump. The transformer had 2 gps shock recorders on that monitored how rough the transformer was handled. The black box you see beside the sign is one of the shock recorders, and the other one can be seen on the passenger side. The guy that was there from the manufacturer said the transformer could survive a 5g shock without damage. He also said that if transported by truck, you'd have to be in a serious accident to get a 5g shock, but it is not uncommon at all when transported by rail.
  3. Here is the transformer we moved this week.
  4. The Theraults probably wouldn’t know anything about the military operation. Mack had possession of the truck at the time of the military order, so either they traded the truck back to Mack, or they ordered the truck but didn’t take possession. All I have is their name listed on the order form, I don’t have any documentation saying that they actually took the truck after it was built, so they may or may not have followed through with the purchase after they ordered it.
  5. My truck is actually a 1985. When it was procured by the military in 1991, I have documentation it had 2,300 miles. I don’t know if my truck was the one that came from Mack used trucks, or it was somehow unused in Mack inventory. That is the main mystery I have about the truck now, what did it do to only have 2,300 miles from 1985 until 1991? I have the original order form from the Mack Museum, and it was ordered by Theriault Brothers Logging through Mack of Maine back in 1985. The truck has a Mack E-9 500hp engine and Mack 12-speed trans. I have added a 2-speed Fuller auxiliary trans also since I’ve had the truck.
  6. The first and last pics are a Oshkosh M911 with a M747 trailer, the rest of the pics are a Oshkosh M1070 with a M1000 trailer.
  7. Correct. The US was ramping up for war and realized they didn’t have enough trucks to move tanks quickly across the vast desert. They reached out to Mack because they were the only US manufacturer that would have heavy spec trucks in inventory for immediate shipment. Also, all this was top secret while it was going on. Mack was actually pulling trucks out of inventory that people had on order in lots of cases. I’ve got many more pics of the trucks over in the desert, but they are from a closed group Facebook page and I haven’t got permission to post them. Sgt Titus is the only one that has given me permission to post the pics he sent me. Here is a YouTube video of the trucks over there. I don’t think my truck is in any of the video.
  8. I don’t know if that was one of the trucks or not. None of them were painted white originally. My truck was the only all Mack truck there, and only E9. Most had Mack 350 engines and Fuller 8LL trans. I’ve only seen 2 verified trucks that came from Desert Storm. Mine, and a black one sold government surplus out of CA a few years ago. The black one was Mack engine and 8LL trans. Those are the only 2 out of the 48 that I know of making it back to the States. It’s kind of surprising any of them made it back, and not just left over there. I know my truck was still over there as late as 2003. A that time it was in storage at a port in Saudi Arabia. A few ways to tell one of the trucks is most should be 1990-1991 models. In the door there was a decal that said “outfitted by Leigh Consolidated Industries”, and the 5th wheels were normally painted OD green (borrowed from military counterparts).
  9. No, it wasn’t the M747 that they pulled during Desert Storm. It was a trailer built specifically for the mission and didn’t have a “M” number. It was similar to the M747, but these were built by Kalyn and Landoll, and had the standard 2” kingpin.
  10. I've actually been looking for one of the trailers. There has been a few sell. On a side note, Sgt Titus also told me that they had lots of problems with the trailers. With a loaded M1A1 Tank (almost 140,000 lbs) the trailer would have quite a bit of bow in it. This badly loaded the front trailer axles, and they experienced several bent axles on the front trailer axle. I'd imagine the rush to design and build them had something to do with it, but you also have to consider that the military can be awfully hard on equipment, and they were traveling at relatively high speeds over less than ideal roads.
  11. It was a rush order, because the military didn’t have enough current inventory to move the tanks quickly across the desert. Mack just pulled what they had out of current inventory, often taking trucks from people that had them on order. The trailers were made by Kalyn and Landoll. Sgt Titus told me that they even had to finish the assembly on some of the trailers after they arrived in Saudi Arabia, because they didn’t have enough time to complete them at the factory.
  12. Yep, can permit 40k per axle line. There are 8 tires per axle. I can scale 269,000 lb as it sits, depending on where you are going.
  13. As some of you may know, I have one of the 48 RD800 Macks that was used to haul tanks across the desert in Operation Desert Storm. Just by accident, I stumbled across the guy that actually drove my truck during the war on facebook. Sgt Robin Titus was the main driver of my truck. The truck was originally blue from the factory, as evidence of the build sheet I have for the truck, the firewall is still blue, and there is blue paint under the white where it is chipped. Sgt Titus said that truck was the only blue one there and the only one that was all Mack. 471st Transportation Company, truck #104. He sent me some pictures of the truck in country. He said I was lucky that I got the one he drove, because most of the other drivers didn't know how to drive. He already knew how to drive and was tasked with teaching the others how to drive, he said that was the reason he got to pick whichever truck he wanted. The first picture is how the truck looks currently, the other pictures are of the Macks over in the desert, the blue one in a couple of the pics is mine.
  14. Finally got some paint on it. We've got a project to haul a 150,000 lb transformer in the next month or so.
  15. The RD is just a heavier duty R, but these are just base truck designations. Each truck can still have different frames and suspensions, depending on how they are ordered.
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