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  1. Thanks for sharing with the video.  Your truck so it’s your vision.  Agree you could make a really nice resto rod but with such a great body I’d think just drop in a diesel motor and do the brakes.  Mike’s probably right, if you like the body and don’t care about the rest too much it’s way easier to put the body on a late model chassis - Dodge Ram or even a school bus.  As for value, gas engines are all over and the mechanical stuff is always out there so not very rare or valuable.   Good luck and thanks again for sharing! 

  2. First 25 serials.  Under 1025.  But I may be off too.  Says 1955-1966 but only 1600 made.  Was just a fun fact so probably doesn’t really matter.  Most I’ve seen were 1959-1962.  Good question.  Trivial facts are a part of this hobby! 

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  3. Saw one brand new at Bridgeport (CT) Mack in the early 80's had a twin stick with the RR splitter (think R was on the splitter). It was ordered and then the buyer backed out. That place was great looking - cement poured with Mack script, giant bull dogs on the roof corners. I wonder if anyone has pictures. 

  4. It seems to move pretty freely.  When you apply the service brakes it moves all the way forward but shoes don't seem to react.  When you release and back off the adjuster it will get almost all the way to the can (maybe an inch to one and a half away from the can.  There is nothing showing on the cam, it is in a housing from the adjuster to where the housing mounts to the backer plate (I made that term up but using car breake term - not really a plate but a flange on the end of the axle).  Probably need the wheels off and to bang on the drum or heat or?  Tried hitting the drum rim and the brake shoes but probably not the right angle.     Not sure I want to take the adjuster off. Very limited tools here. :( . Usually I regret not having a garage to work in, but now just miss tools and own space 

  5. Maddog - I like that old picture.  Can you tell a gas engine?  Seems a lot of those wreckers were.   I always am looking so close I forget to take pictures. That Bethlehem Steel DM was there I guess on loan. He did a nice job. The old AC Gary Mahan brought down was very cool.  Always a lot to look at for sure. 

  6. It seems to move pretty freely.  When you apply the service brakes it moves all the way forward but shoes don't seem to react.  When you release and back off the adjuster it will get almost all the way to the can (maybe an inch to one and a half away from the can.  There is nothing showing on the cam, it is in a housing from the adjuster to where the housing mounts to the backer plate (I made that term up but using car breake term - not really a plate but a flange on the end of the axle).  Probably need the wheels off and to bang on the drum or heat or?  Tried hitting the drum rim and the brake shoes but probably not the right angle.     Not sure I want to take the adjuster off. Very limited tools here. :( . Usually I regret not having a garage to work in, but now just miss tools and own space 

  7. Moving from NY to PA so have to find new local mechanic. My need ended up being sooner than I thought. Drove 4 hours down two weeks ago - truck ran and drove great!  Getting ready for Trucktoberfest this week I realized one maxi is stuck on.  Caged the spring, slack adjuster seemed to move fine.  Even backed the adjuster off a little, very little travel available as brakes are almost brand new.  Tried hitting shoes but think they might be stuck on the drums or for some other reason are not pulling back together (springs are new and look fine). I don't the cam is spun because there is so much lining left.   I am working in a hotel lot with only basic tools til I move so I'm thinking the next step is road service.  Anyone know anyone good near Harrisburg PA or have any ideas?  I saw a place called "Triple K"?  

     

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