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General Ike

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  1. A few places that you might be able to find more detail on the gold leaf. Of course the Mack museum. Also the Gettysburg FD right up the road from you had a similar L.... Their museum may have pictures of it. Jere Lady of Lady & Taylor in Heidlersburg just north of Gettysburg bought that rig in the late '90s but unfortunately last I heard it burned up in a barn fire. Jere is a wealth of Mack knowledge and may be able to help regardless.
  2. I need some help here. My organization provides health related services to seniors in Illinois, many of which do not have access to transportation. As a result, we provide van service, free of charge to those who need it. Recently, one of our drivers was involved in a MVA through no fault of his own. He was driving a cutoff van with a bus body on it (think airport rental bus or nursing home van). These vehicles typically seat 8 or so passengers with the remaining seats removed for wheelchairs (1-3). The responding officer indicated our driver (who had no passengers on board) was "operating a passenger-carrying vehicle without possessing valid medical certificate". This being said, in the 7 other states that we operate there is no such requirement to have a medical card as we are not for hire, and we are not engaging in interstate commerce and our vehicles carry less than 15 passengers. Any thoughts here before I make a dozen or so folks obtain medical cards?
  3. Well... Same problem popped up. I didn't have time to work on it myself so local Detroit Diesel shop sent a guy with 6v53 experience out and he replaced the fuel pump. Said the fuel was nasty and decided not to start the truck because he was afraid that it would "gum up" the new pump and create the same problem or that the rack would hang and it could run away. His suggestion is to tow it to the DD shop and have them spend a couple hours flushing the fuel system.... So the question that begs to be asked, and I know this isn't nearly a big a deal for not DD motors, is should I put some fresh fuel in the tank with some treatment additive and drive the thing a whole bunch and try to clear it out, OR tow it, drop the tank, and flush the system at DD? Thoughts?
  4. General Ike, OD just posted pictures of the week, he was in Lakeland and Daytona!

    1. General Ike

      General Ike

      Uggh... I was in the Bahamas.  I'd have met up with him.

    2. BillyT


      Never been there,any vintage trucks or cars

    3. General Ike

      General Ike

      Lots of old Mack's on the island.  Like much of the Caribbean, the tax to purchase a new vehicle is tremendous (50% or more).  So there are ton's of old R models on the island.  Not so much classic cars.  

  5. Missing pictures of the week. Haven't seen him here since the third week in February. Hoping all is well.
  6. It does sound awesome. When you do more that 25 or 30mph, the well broken in Federal Q2 siren growls in the wind.
  7. I didn't. The repower was done in the late '70s or early '80s. I've heard conflicting stories about where the engine came from. The Boro of Gettysburg did the swap and it either came out of a wrecked Boro dump truck or large loader of sorts. It went from red to slime lime near that time too. I put it back to red. Rode to many a call on this rig before it was taken out of service in 1998. I graduated from Gettysburg College and the GFD still hadn't sold it in the early 2000's so I bought it and restored it. Left the motor in it and a few other modifications as well as that is how it spent the majority of its useful life.
  8. I have a turbo 6V53 in my '57 B-85F. It fits fine. Pic attached... she's a little dusty.
  9. Looks like Howard Pfieffer made the news on firehouse.com as did Harlan County. http://www.firehouse.com/news/12388256/retired-palm-coast-fire-chief-helps-ky-fire-departments-acquire-fire-apparatus-firefighter-news
  10. So it looks like they tore down the old fire station that was on Mildred St. in Harlan. Sunshine Station 2, will that cover 421 all the way to the Lee County line or is there still a fire department in Cranks?
  11. Where in Harlan County is this department? I was up in the spring for a funeral and over in Rose Hill for the burial and forgot to look you up.
  12. Never saw this rig the entire time I was in Gettysburg. We ran out that way first or second due with several of our rigs and never saw anything other than some old green B models. I was always curious about the old rigs there, but was discouraged by some of the old timers at the FD from "stopping in" to say hello. Never asked why, just assumed visitors weren't appreciated.
  13. Our neighborhood is a disaster of debris. Our neighborhood was the first in Winter Park to have the power lines buried. As a result, even though it looks like a war zone, we never lost power. I had the generator ready to go if we did though. Sadly, a colleague's 84 year old neighbor attempted to fill her generator at night without shutting it off and while using a kerosene lantern as a light source. As a result she's in the burn unit at Orlando Regional Medical Center, 2 of 3 dogs are dead and the house is going to be a bulldozer special once the insurance adjuster is done with it. By Tuesday afternoon, we were getting alerts on our iphones (like the ones for Amber Alerts or Silver Alerts) about the dangers of operating generators indoors or near open windows.
  14. I think I've mentioned this here before, but in Gettysburg back when I was in college, we ran a 1977 Seagrave rearmount ladder that had air assist steering. Going through the square on the way to a job was always an adventure. Never knew if the truck was going to turn or not.
  15. I cannot believe that you refuse to denounce hate speech that calls for a member of this community to be hung. What is wrong with you? Why is that language acceptable to you? How is that language ok to be associated with an organization (Teamsters) that you hold in such high regard.
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