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About RRJordan

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  1. Gee, it all seemed so simple when we thought 11x22=LF and 12x24=LJ.
  2. Sometime in the mid'50s, I was assigned an LF ten wheeler with a Mack-Lanova diesel. It seemed "heavy" at the time, with a double (or do I really remember a triple) frame. It was registered at 54k, but normally weighed out at 73k. It was a '50 or '52 and very hard-used, but it would run with the "new" B-63s in the yard.
  3. Front "shocks"

    Are these like the Houdaille (hoo-day) shocks that are familiar from the old Fords? If so, Ford literature from the 30s and 40s might be helpful. Flushing is a good approach because it can take a lot of force to disassemble a Houdaille.
  4. 3000 White

    Fishbowl, suicide, bubblenose, and some other names! I rode shotgun in one with a friend driving during a strike. It was an interesting place try to stare down unhappy people!
  5. Thanks for bringing back the New York thread and its many memories. Anything about Cooney Bros. out of Tarrytown in the '50s?
  6. There is a little confusion above about Anzio and Normandy.
  7. LFSW 1951 ?

    I don't know the particular truck in question and it has been a long time since I drove an LF in the mid-1950s, but I do recall that one had a Lanova and a 5+2 with a very low low range. It was registered in NY at 54,000 pounds and we normally weighed out at 73,000. It was supposed to have been a '50 or '52 that was rebuilt after an accident. It must have been the big Lanova because it would pull hills with the "new" B-63s in that yard with similar loads. It had a double frame and 11x22 rubber.
  8. Little mention is found of B-63s. Is this because of the relatively low production, about 2000, and short span, 1954-58? What was special about them? For a little while in the mid-1950s I worked for Cooney Brothers out of Tarrytown, NY. The "new" fleet was B63s--dumps, mixers, and tractors as I recall. Us juniors and temporaries got the handful of old A, LF, and LJ models. As I remember, B-63s were heavy-duty versions of the popular B-61 and different enough to have the separate designation. Even though the B-63s were nice and fairly new, "my" old, beat LF Mack-Lanova was slightly faster (about 52 to 48 mph) and would pull a grade loaded a little better. Everything was seriously overloaded and I quickly learned not to pass a senior driver! Do I correctly remember triple frames on some of these trucks?
  9. Mack L series

    Good to see the L get attention, but wasn't the tranny 5+2, not 4+2?
  10. A true steam roller

    For steamers, especially Stanleys, check the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights, Yorklyn, Delaware. <AuburnHeights.org>
  11. The LF reminds me of one I drove in 1956 or '57. It was a 10-wheel dump with a Mack-Lanova and a duplex. Does anyone remember Cooney Bros. out of Tarrytown, New York? Any interest in swapping a few stories about those old days?
  12. There is a nearby university that was "always" known as U of D. A few years ago they got fancy and became "UD." Now it seems they will have to buy their trucks from Nissan!
  13. Hello From Alaska!

    I have enjoyed some trips to Anchorage and even gone on, as they say, to Alaska, including Fairbanks, Barrow, Prudhoe, and so on. I like the story about the name Deadhorse coming about in the early days of oil exploration on the North Slope when the companies asked about airlift capabilities and Wien Airlines said they could handle anything, including a dead horse. Anyway, the food out at the camps was better than at that motel in Deadhorse. Bob
  14. Hello From Russia

    Thank you, Philipp for your answer about Kamaz trucks. Maybe others have noticed some similarities to Macks. It would be ineresting to learn if this is only coincidence, or whether there was some relationship. Best wishes on your Mack project. You will receive expert advice in this forum. RRJ