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    Ms. Tracy D

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    Garrison ND
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    1946 Mack EGX with EN330 Flathead 6 Gas Engine

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    1954 Chevy 1/2 ton, 1928 Twin City Tractor

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  1. The Irony in this old truck: (My family is stunned..that's all I can say). Ready for this: #1: Gus was originally parked in the woods in September of 1971 for good (or so we thought). Exact date unknown, but September is the 9th month, and Gus's fleet number was #9. I was born 8 years later...7(1+8) = 7(9) (Grandma's math ha!) (Gus is 71 years old this year). #2. Gus was removed from the woods on August 14th, 2014 and my grandpa came back from WWII on August 14th in 1946 (arrived in CA). #3. My great uncle's name was "Robert" and his birthday was August 13th #4. My birthday was also August 13th #5. We heard Gus try to start on August 13th 2016 and Gus left for North Dakota for restoration on August 14th 2016 #6. I met my "Robert" on July 15th 2016....The Waubun parade is July 15th 2017...the day we are presenting Gus to grandma. #7. The Mack sits exactly 46 miles from the place where she was originally purchased for my great grandpa's fleet. #8. The tow truck that hauled Gus out of the woods: The last four digits of the towing company's phone number was "1946" Gus is a 1946 #9. I moved to ND in September for a new job: Start date was September 13th 2016...... 9/13/16 (Gus was parked in September...and the number 13 keeps coming up!). #10. I changed my phone number after I moved to ND, and the first digits of my phone number are 337-67....If you look at the picture of the cab after we started restoration the numbers on the back of the cab say: EGX 3376....ironic? The cab was broken down in number was changed in September! #11. My great grandpa August (Gus) was born on January 9th....1/9 In the Mack Fleet grandpa drove truck #1 and Gus's number is 9.... #12. My grandma's birthday is also Jan 9th 1/9 #13. After we brought the Mack out to ND, I stopped to get gas at a Cenex in Devil's Lake, and found a penny....the year was 1980....the year my Robert was born. I kept it! #14. We could not find the key to the Mack's original we went to the hardware store in Garrison, and found a key that would somewhat fit...there were only 9 of those keys Robert didn't want to jinx anything and bought the entire set. Robert was able to key the first one on the first try =1/9. #15. My grandpa died November 1st 2009 11/1/2009 #16. My great grandpa Arnold (his dad) was born on November 1st (All public record!). So as my grandma sits and comes up with the ironic nature of old often makes a person wonder if it was meant to be....thoughts? Tracy
  2. Hi 1958 FWD! My mechanic is a master diesel tech for Cummins N Power...who I am thankful for, and I will definitely ask him about the rear end. The little 4b diesel has only 305ft pounds of torque which is just a little more than the old EN330. Transmission is the same with a new plate. Old Gus won't be pulling anything for a while or until I get the EN330 rebuilt and we are setting the speed at 45 mph max..That was definitely a concern of ours but I'm definitely going to double check so I appreciate the advice! We have a full story board of this truck from the day it was purchased, so I would LOVE to have the factory file and will send you the information today! Thank you, this is great!!! I would also love to bring the truck out to Trucktoberfest! I would like to drive the truck cross country but it might take me a year to get there! We have a big gooseneck that could haul it! I will definitely put this on my calendar! My grandmother would love to go as well! You will hear from me soon and thank you for the advice! Ms Tracy D
  3. We finally got the Mack video done! This will be the video that grandma will get to see before we surprise her with the truck... here's the link
  4. From the album Tdbach

    Having difficulty loading images! Headlights, fender lights, roof lights, tail lights, are all in, gauges ordered, we only have 25 items on our list and Gus#9 will be complete! Grandma keeps asking "hows old Gus coming along" I've never lied this much to my grandma ever! So if ya all see a little 88 year -old woman from Waubun Mn on here...let me know! She's been snooping! Ha! Ms. Tracy D.
  5. Yep! Gus has been painted! It turned out great! We have 25 small items left, her engine has been painted, and will be reinstalled this weekend, all door class is now installed, interior gauges etc. on the way! I am so happy that things are moving forward, and we will be meeting our June 1st deadline! Ms. Tracy D.
  6. I used eastwoods single stage euro race green with a nice deep clear coat also from eastwoods! It has one solid first coat with two thin top coats. It turned out great! Thank you! Tracy
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    Gus was painted today!!
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    Mack seats are in progress! I cut the foam and pattern today Ms Tracy D
  9. Ok, We are moving right along! Door glass will be here soon, front and rear windows are done, Gus is etched and primed, the motor runs...gauges ordered, lights ordered, and we will be heading to paint late this week! Now, to keep grandma at home! The video we made is also done...and Robert and I are working from sun up to sun down on the weekends to get Gus finished! Things left to do: Paint, sew the seats, finish prepping the fenders, hood, and grill, and finish installing interior items. Goal: To be completed by June 1st! So we have three weeks of test runs! I am stressing as we are running right down to the wire... I CAN'T WAIT! Broke, and need a drink after this project! Ha! Ms. Tracy D.
  10. I was lucky enough to know my great grandpa Gus and I truly miss my grandpa Jerry. I wish they both could be here to watch Gus run for the first time in 44 years. I have learned a lot in a short lifetime, but I have to honestly say that taking ownership of this old truck and restoring her...listening to my grandma tell the stories of the road crews and the Mack trucks, has taught me a true lesson in life...never take anything for granted, take time to listen, and appreciate the work that was done before us. I've had a lot of great moments in life as well as bad ones... but getting Gus#9 back on the road, and surprising my grandma will be the greatest! If this old truck has done anything for my family and friends, it has allowed my grandma to "remember" the good ole days, and she can tell it to those who truly appreciate it! We have been recording my grandma as she tells the stories, so we can put it in the final restoration video for her. I was born in the wrong era The greatest men, women, and trucks I've ever known are vanishing with time, I just wish the younger generations had the values that we were raised with. Keep the wheels rolling my friends! Thanks! Tracy
  11. That is awesome that your wife helps out! There are not many of us garage-women out there anymoreI And I cannot wait to take it on its first test drive! I am so glad we are putting in a temporary diesel in this truck! I know how to drive a clutch....but a double-clutch...I am going to need a hockey helmet and a life vest for when I kill it and slam my head into the steering wheel! Ha! Thank god for lots of flat land in ND...I have all kinds of space to practice when we put the old EN330 back in it! Truck on!
  12. I found a resource for anyone looking for vintage "reasonably priced" glass for the 1946-1950 Mack EG trucks (or any vehicle). I've hunted everywhere for side window patterns, and these guys have it. Hope it helps! Now off to find a vintage bulldog for the Grill! Tracy
  13. More pictures....We need to just move into the shop! I know this truck forwards, backward, and inside out, right down to remembering which bolts go where...I now completely understand why my grandpa invented cuss words when working on these old trucks...they will give you a damn run for your money right down to the last cent! I think the other women in the office avoid me...I hear "she welds...she works on trucks...she has grease in her nails.." Ha! I think it's funny. Less drama in a shop... Tracy
  14. From the album TracyD

    I still have a few areas to polish after the welds, but not too bad for original grill! I HATE RUST!