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When Mack Roamed Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Western Asia


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Few Americans realize the massive global presence that Mack Trucks once had. Mack established a name for itself from Western Europe to Iran with the indestructible Mack NR series military 6x4s that we

Nice shots of the WHDX-1000. And so of us are nuts enough to scratch build one of the 4 units in 1/24 scale. Namely one of the smaller units with the DDC 16V-71 & Clark BD-91000 rear axles......

A few more. Mack's ran from the UK and European mainland to countries throughout the Middle East and Western Asia including Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

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Doesn't mack still sadly roam Africa?

No. Volvo has decided to promote the Volvo brand in Africa. At the 2011 Johannesburg Motor Show, every heavy truckmaker was there in force, including M-B, MAN, Volvo, Scania, DAF, UD, Hino, Isuzu and Mitsubishi. The Mack brand was not represented. If you search for Mack in Africa, you are directed to the Volvo Africa website which has no mention of the Mack brand.

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Note that many of these F-models are V-8s (V-8s being popular in Europe, especially at that time).

Later on it was the Maxidynes with the 2 stick six speeds that were popular. I love all of those Swiss Macks on the Middle East run.

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On 3/19/2013 at 7:39 AM, Timothy Maikshilo said:

Great pictures and interesting text. Never saw an F model with a set back axle.

FM's used to be a common sight in Allentown on their way to Europe. Here's a little more info on the set-back front axle Mack model FM, and a good factory picture of the CAS58 F-model two-man double bunk (high roof) cab option (rarely seen in the U.S. market).

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In addition to the Cruise-Liner and Ultra-Liner, even the Mack N-model was no stranger to the global market.

I recall a large order of Macungie-built Cruise-Liners with 44 rears for an international customer who requested used (worn out) tires be installed by Mack, as the customer planned to install his own tires upon delivery. The trucks were sitting all over the Allentown Howard Sober storage yard with flat tires.

Owing partially to Mack's success in neighboring Iran, Turkey became a huge market for Mack Trucks.

Quite a few Turkish Cruise-Liners were ordered with the short 76 inch sleeper cab (as opposed to the more common 90 inch sleeper cab).

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Yes, Fantastic pictures and text. Thanks for the info on the FM too. The FM looks a lot better than Internationals version with the set back axle that JB Hunt roamed the road with. Also that Mammoet DM with the widened cab 6 window configuration is very nice.

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The Transmosa trucks were factory-built (Pedigreed Mack engineering impresses!).

But I'm not clear if the Transmosa trucks are F-800 or F-900 series (e.g. F-8956SX or F-9956SX).

OK & thanks, V-8 powered? what were the axles & tire size?

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Speaking of heavies, I should mention the Mack-Hayes W-HDX that were sold in Europe. In 1969, Mack Trucks purchased a majority interest in Hayes Manufacturing (renamed Hayes Trucks Ltd. in 1971).

Transmodernos of Barcelona, Spain (which later became Transmosa) took delivery of these units in 1974. Paired to a Spanish Trabosa modular trailer for GCWs up to 2,205,000 pounds, they were purchased to meet a contract for the construction of the Almarez nuclear power plant.

Note the Mack emblems on the trucks.

With Cummins VTA1700C engines and Clark CL 16820-9 transmissions, these massive trucks were equipped with Mack 110,000lb "Planidrive" planetary hub reduction axles (as was the Canadian market Mack CL-350ST logging tractor). The front drive axles of these 6x6 units were Clark FDS 22610s.

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