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  1. glitchwrks

    WWII Hobart Weld Mobile

    What a cool machine! Looks like a Clarktor tug crossed with a welder!
  2. Up to Poughkeepsie, NY (I-81 to I-84) and back for work, no problems, 14 MPG on one segment of the trip! Picked up a piece of equipment at the old IBM facility up there, we loaded it at a dock and when we went to unload it, we found out it was too long to fit on the liftgate, so we ended up calling a rollback truck and getting it off that way. Remembered to add body plugs and M6 stainless bolts and washers to my last McMaster-Carr order. Front grille and trimwork will get pulled off, cleaned, and repaired, then the whole thing painted. Figured I'd switch to stainless hardware for securing it since it'll look nice against the black trimwork and won't rust so bad. Didn't enjoy drilling out those fasteners when I redid the corner marker lights.
  3. glitchwrks

    Giant Macks in the Artic

    He's probably familiar with the Vintage Computer Federation museum's UNIVAC 1219B, then -- I believe the one they've got is badged as a Navy fire control unit (for large deck guns on destroyers, etc.). I want to say it was built in 1965, so that would've been right at the correct time frame.
  4. glitchwrks

    Giant Macks in the Artic

    I stumbled on that site from the guy's personal site -- he was one of the first operators on the first commercial digital computer sold in Canada (one of my other hobbies is computer/tech history). There are still men and women starting out on similar journeys nowadays, from NOAA postings in the arctic circle to remote mountaintop observatories in South America, to research and scientific missions in Antarctica. We just don't get to hear about them over the noisier, "viral" junk that the news prefers to spread.
  5. Saw one or two of their CNG trucks northbound on I-81 on Monday.
  6. Hey, then I can look for it next time I'm in Wall!
  7. glitchwrks

    Real Swift

    Next week he'll be under one of those wonderful low overpasses in Boston 😄
  8. glitchwrks

    Can drivers read ?

    New product idea: proximity modules for road signs that text the driver the info on the sign :p I bet they have emoji for most types of roadwork even.
  9. glitchwrks

    Real Swift

    Looks like he barely cleared the pump canopy, too!
  10. glitchwrks

    Can drivers read ?

    Quoted For Truth :) Can't stand that either.
  11. glitchwrks

    Giant Macks in the Artic

    Interesting read about one young man's service and adventures on the DEW line: http://www.dewlineadventures.com/
  12. glitchwrks

    Can drivers read ?

    A lot of people do seem to blindly follow the GPS. Back home, they got so tired of truckers getting stuck down at Little Beaver State Park (WV) they put up signs telling them not to follow the GPS. We had another one, closer to the farm, trying to get from Hinton to Princeton and decided to take what everyone calls The Hoover Highway (gravel one-lane built during the depression). The Hoover Highway is fun enough in a straight truck, this guy managed to get halfway down the mountain with a load of shingles before he got too far over on the shoulder and the shingles went over. I hear everyone in Mountain Creek has a new roof now :p
  13. 160 mile trip down to Blacksburg for some stuff from the surplus auction. No problems, even did fine on the grade on I-81 south up to the Christiansburg exit. Glad we got started early, it's getting hot out there! Amy had to run over to Our Daily Bread and grab a bottle of Evian and a chocolate croissant -- she said it seemed appropriate in a French truck 😛 The fan clutch seems to kick in around 180 *F and cut out at 160 *F. It cycles maybe every 5 minutes on the highway, more on hills. Anyone know if this is normal for Midliners with the Renault 5.5L diesel? The fan tried to eat the radiator at some point in this truck's life, wondering if it's just reduced cooling efficiency due to the loss of some tubes. Truck never gets over 180 *F.
  14. glitchwrks

    How much fuel does a Caterpillar ARD head eat?

    I'd like to see an actually scientific, end-to-end study done on how much this actually reduced pollution, not just at the exhaust of the piece of equipment but along the entire chain. I'd bet that after you factor in the added production costs, supply chain costs of delivering extra fuel, refining costs, etc. it's at best a wash. Talking environmental factors, not dollar factors -- we already know that's a loss 😛
  15. glitchwrks

    Brake pedal sound

    The Chevrolet C65 log truck will do that sometimes, we've determined it's the double check valve on that particular system. Same if you hook up a hose and use an air tool off of it.

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