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  1. I did a consulting gig for a contractor that works regularly in the Liebherr facility in Newport News, Va. a few years ago. I almost felt guilty billing them because I was like a kid in a candy store every time I went there. I have had the opportunity to spend time at Cat, Deere and Liebherr and am in awe with all their operations. Living off of I64 between Richmond and Newport News I have been slowed many times for a behemoth leaving Liebherr and always wonder where it is headed.
  2. Saw this on Facebook PGFD page from the Johnny Floyd II collection. He has thousands of pics available on a CD he sells including many old Mack photos that various Fire Departments own/owned.
  3. My wife thinks I need a hearing aid at times. The Fire Service of today is quite different than that of the 60’/70’s, where we rode on the back-step or the side of a piece, seat belts weren’t present, ran into burning buildings with no SCBA-some even held a cigar between their teeth to filter the air, no hearing protection, never cleaned our gear-the dirtier it was indicated a badge of honor of how much smoke we ate or fire we fought. Geeze what were we thinking?
  4. Here is a pic of Riverdale's truck sitting on the ramp, Prince Georges County Md., just outside of Wash., DC
  5. It seems odd to me that in photos of it in front of Co-5's station and in front of a neighborhood store it's number is also #3 if it wasn't actually Franconia's piece. I realize many departments may have had a piece of apparatus numbered #3.
  6. Maybe it survived because they didn’t feel it would be used to compete with them because of its unusual attributes. Lessons learned, Greyhound and Trailways would sell their old buses to anyone. The buses they sold were soon competing against them. I could never figure out why someone would sell a piece of equipment at a fraction of what it cost them to ultimately contribute to their demise.
  7. Carl, I think you are right on target and MVFD makes sense! My wife wanted me to buy it when it was on E-bay. Here is a pic of it in front of Fitzgerald's Store The shelf/ledge on the right look spot on with the detail over the wheel well of the Franconia piece. The booster reel also looks the same. I will text my nephew and have him send me some shots of the photos hanging on the walls. "C" shift works next on Thursday. I assume Mount Vernon still operates their own FD with Operations and Maintenance staff?
  8. I am not a huge Heat Pump fan however, because I grew up with gas. I live in a neighborhood without natural gas. I heat my detached garage with a geo-thermal (closed-loop) unit and the house with an 18-seer air-to-air 2-speed condenser unit a variable speed AHU. These are not your father’s heat pumps (Oldsmobile commercial) they actually discharge warm area! I installed both units myself and may have performed research, calculations and installation quality others may not have performed. In my opinion one key to efficiency is upgraded insulation and a smart thermostat (pricey $450). We are in central Virginia with R-60 blown fiberglass in the attic. My energy bills are lower than several friends that heat similar houses with natural-gas. (me=all electric vs them=gas + elec) Hold the installers feet to the fire when installing and conform and verify all bullet points in accordance with the manufactures installation requirements. In closing, if you have the room and the time a geo-thermal horizontal slinky coil loop is the way to go if you plan to stay there for a while to reap the rewards of payback. I agree with others the sweet spot is above freezing, do research knowledge is wealth--GOOD LUCK
  9. I very seldom comment on current events. However, it really got under my skin that all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped. Imagine the resources that were expended on this hoax? How do the countless families feel that were impacted by violent crime while the PD was chasing their tails over someone unhappy with his salary? Smollett should have at least been required to pay restitution to the City of Chicago. If he turns up in any show in the future we should immediately boycott it and the sponsors. What ever happened to “Being responsible for your actions?” Kimberly M. Foxx the elected State's Attorney for Cook County who routinely rules against the Police should be thrown out of office. Hope she isn’t reelected next time. I now close my rant!
  10. I talked with a fellow at an event a while ago who told me an inventory had been done at Duncan Trucking near Columbia, VA. late last year. I kick myself for not getting his contact information! I have not seen or heard anything about an upcoming auction. This would be an auction I wouldn’t want to miss. He told me there are 1,000’s sign and memorabilia items as well as all the trucks we can see from walking around the property. Many of which have had their photos posted both here and on other sites. If anyone hears anything please post what you hear. There may be more trucks here than were at Kemp’s
  11. This may help you out. It is Mack production numbers Mack---model production 1905-2000.pdf
  12. Saw this on www.truckinginfo.com Mack Trucks will partner with Republic Services to build and operate a fully electric Mack LR refuse truck to help the refuse fleet achieve zero-emissions goals. Benefits of fully electric trucks include zero carbon emissions, reduced noise, and environmental sustainability. For refuse hauling companies, the ability to operate quietly during the early morning hours is an attractive feature of electric vehicles, according to the truckmaker. “Mack looks forward to partnering with Republic Services to test the benefits a fully electric LR can offer in its day-to-day operations,” said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of North American sales and marketing. “As a leader in refuse and alternative solutions, Mack is uniquely positioned to offer a proprietary, integrated and fully electric solution for North America.” At this point in the development of electromobility technology and infrastructure, Mack believes a fully electric vehicle will work best in a closed loop application in which the truck returns home every night – such as in the refuse industry. “Given we operate one of the largest vocational fleets in the U.S., we are continuously evaluating innovative approaches and technologies to improve the performance, economics and environmental impact of our fleet,” said Don Slager, president and CEO of Republic Services. “We are excited to be working with Mack in the development of an electric garbage truck as it would represent a significant step towards a cleaner, safer, and more efficient fleet while helping to preserve our Blue Planet for future generations.” Further details about the specs and testing will be announced at a later date. Additionally, in early 2018 Mack announced the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) also will test a fully electric Mack LR model, which will be operational in 2019. Those specs and details will also be announced at a later date.
  13. Does anyone know anything about this show to be held June 26-29, 2019? Saw it advertised in the AACA Jan/Feb magazine. I'm thinking of heading up if people think it is worthwhile. In the ad there are 3- points of contact for registration etc.
  14. Just received an e-mail from Eastwood ALERT!!!!!!! "Free Shipping on orders over $99 I don’t have Alexs or an Echo to listen in on my conversations so they maybe they are BMT followers!
  15. I was a 3-1/2 ounce spot weld tip for a mig welder. I figured hoped Eastwood would use priority mail or another reasonable method
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