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Mack Technician

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  • Birthday 03/15/1975

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    Music, Outdoor Adventure, Shooting Sports, Hard Water and Soft Water Fishing, Biblical History and Ministry.

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  1. I checked into it. They could slap federal charges on you for putting a shotgun shell in it. The loop hole is the rifled barrel makes it a single projectile firearm. So now I need one and if the perp who’s breaking in gets BB pelted I hand the boys their red riders. Buckshot = HPslingshots
  2. The guys up at PotlatchDeltic told me a story about the Liehberr LH50 they bought a year back. When they inspected the stick boom early on they noticed cracks. To make sure it wasn’t just paint they scrapped it down to metal. They cleaned the paint off and found bondo. They cleaned the paint and bondo both off to find a smugglers hatch cut in a square window. The mechanic said they popped the very poorly speckled-spotted-wire-quilled-up welded hatch off and boom was emptied. Whatever someone sent over was gone. Liehberr has to give them a whole new stick. No one found out what was in it, no word spoke about it. That hollow boom is a big cavity to fill!
  3. We’ve been in the hot seat plenty of times trying to get parts from Liehberr and Volvo. They both like to keep some big ticket items on the shelf in Europe. Last time we needed a Liehberr twin drive motor system one motor got stuck in Frankfurt’s customs and the other made it here only to get flagged in Memphis at customs.
  4. I was just looking at one of those the other day and wondering how you can legally build a shotgun with a 2” barrel? Must be a loophole because of the 45 interchange?
  5. I did a search for BigEatonTrucks.com, nothing comes up, it’s weird?
  6. You can get those off and on with the trans in chassis. It’s a real skill shot. May have to raise the cab a little, worse case scenario.
  7. 1. Gray engine amnesia is real and plaguing Mack dealerships across the USA. No guarantees your dealership has an experienced mechanic who will negotiate software changes well. Some guys have had to travel. Dealerships aren’t able to tie down the millennials and may not treat physically older mechanics as valuable. It’s case by case from what guys are expressing to me. When I was foreman in our shop I had a customer tell one of my older mechanics he should be greeting at Walmart. I’d love to have stuffed a fist in that guy’s pie hole, however the mechanic told him off before he said that...so? When folks are paying $120 an hour they want a young punk. Makes older, knowledgeable, guys under appreciated. Talk to your dealership and make them liable via promise..... “Hey, if I buy this Mack and become a new customer what can you do for me? Can you change my horsepower and update software on Gray engines?”. If they say “yes”, ask to talk to the mechanic directly, verify it, and get that mechanics name. 2. Fuel service places keep those injector upgrades private. They have to play around with tip swapping to find a new fit for each horsepower bracket. let them do it, don’t try it yourself, let them be liable so if it’s wrong the replacements are free. If you crack a tip out in the field and need a tip replacement Mike (K&S) will tell your vendor what tips to use. Your vendor will have access to the replacement tips directly from Bosch. Mike vends them cheap, good OEM quality.
  8. Try calling Grand Rock directly. I’d try Josh Stewart. The listing may not show up (or search) because they don’t want to confuse people who are looking for a stock part and end up accidentally buying a modification fit. It’s a practical line of thought for them not to list something which isn’t a direct fit. Personally, I have complete confidence in these AI trucks because I worked on them for years. They are a lemon, so you need to know how to make lemonade. This is the lemonade recipe. Can’t recommend these trucks for purchase except to say I’d buy one because I have my previous coworker at the dealership who can still drop files into them and provide all other internal support and I’m very familiar with them. The truck I used for this thread ran 600K+ miles with no mods or even a software update. It was making money and the fleet manager I talked to (before purchasing) was happy with it. You need to gauge your own risk and make your decision. I’m an “end of life” user my whole life. Never owned a new car or warranty. If a car motor goes south I want a quick, easy, low-tech, turn around repair which I can perform with the tools I own. I still don’t run an overhead cam in the family van simply because I have to fix it. These AI qualify as good “end of life buyer” trucks, easy quick fixers if they go down during season. I can say from what i’ve witnessed personally and heard on this sight I would never want a end of life truck with a stacked emissions system that starts with 4 or 5(tier). IMO-That’s a nice looking rig. If they are a 15 year old, unprofitable, fuel guzzling, junk pile, why the heck are they still getting an arm and a leg for one? Answer.... 1. Yes, they have doggy spots in low power band, but will run. 2. The bare minimum is a set of injectors. Leave the rest alone. Lot of guys only changed injectors and were satisfied.
  9. If that's the case rename it Four Branches, Virginia. Bet under the threat of litigation they would?
  10. Yeah, that was a good price. Now it's off to Nigeria for that baby. Sorry, I don't know those laws and it's painful to read that little green DOT bible.
  11. Terrible to slip and fall in your own BS. Once they are on the edge of total internal collapse make an out clause for them...……. We're renaming the town Cheshireville, Virgina. Seems fair?
  12. Physical redesign for the fuel gallery pressure regulator fitting. They used a pressure change to smoothen idle issues. Recall the visual identification for product improvement? I don’t see that bulletin..... He could hold a new regulator up to the old one and tell if it's updated, but I'd rather find the literature.
  13. Depends on what you want. I’d take an AI over interim 4 or final tier 4 engine any day. MP series has some short comings that are impossible to remedy. AI has short comings that are more simple to remedy. We run a fleet of tier 3 AI engines at work. They do great for reliability. If you have good fleet service support, and a knowledgeable mechanic, get a final 4 MP engine. If you want easier reliability and the ability to diagnose and fix stuff yourself get an AI and convert out the exhaust recirc. I’ve noticed the resale value of the Mack AI vintage hasn’t seemed to drop despite a shady reputation. I’ve talked to fleet owners who don’t like MP, but appreciate the extra MPG enough to keep buying them. I have a buddy who loves his MP8 so long as the warranty has him covered. His brother wanted to buy his truck once warranty was up and he refused to sell it to him as an act of mercy.
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