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back in the mid 70's mack truck Waterbury ct   sold an entire construction fleet ;;;; MB concrete pumpers, DM dumps and tractors to Poland..being a Polish lad ;; I was glad Poland knew quality    .. 

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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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Great Stuff and thanks for sharing some history 

It appears to be a part of the world I'll never understand but still fascinates me 

 

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On 5/17/2020 at 6:27 PM, mrsmackpaul said:

Check out the set back front axle 0n this F model, oh and the horns on the roof are pretty cool as well20200518-082341.jpg

The Mack featured in the BBC television series called "Truckers", made in the late 80s. Episode 2 about Grimsby, if you want to watch it on Youtube. The Sandtrans is pulling for the legendary Astran company, which was formally Asian Transport and pioneers of overland hauling to the Middle-East.

 

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The Trucknet UK Forum has a topic on Mack trucks with plenty of detail of the Macks on British roads. There is a road test done with a Mack for the British transport magazine "Truck." April 1978. A very favorable result and I thought it would only be a matter of time before we were all running around in Macks. Alas, that was not the case.     http://www.trucknetuk.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=127603

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The white F-models looks like Turkish company, yellow F-model with blue top and bottom is Dutch company. Dark green R-model is definitely a Iran-Kaveh product and by the look of the plates it was doing its service in the same area as it was assembled.

Wow! That dark green San Jose R-model is not an R but U with integral sleeper!

Great stuff you fished up Paul.

Никогда не бывает слишком много грузовиков! leversole 11.2012

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On 9/17/2020 at 10:09 PM, mrsmackpaul said:

There must of been a fare few Macks running around in that part of the world once

I wonder how many survived ?

Great stuff Vlad

 

Paul 

Seems like a few hundred trucks all over Europe which are branded Mack. Not many still in use but plenty of collection items. I might be wrong since I haven't roamed all European countries but about a half of.

Никогда не бывает слишком много грузовиков! leversole 11.2012

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I've been thinking of the R-series Macks that i have seen on my travels. I used to live just down the road from this French haulier; he always had an assortment of American trucks. So i checked Google street images and he still has his Mack.frenchr.thumb.JPG.8be6a1092bf480d8acf20e0a1b52f9ee.JPG

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Wow! I'm prretty sure this internet-stolen picture was taken at that place.

Thanks, marked on my travel book.

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Никогда не бывает слишком много грузовиков! leversole 11.2012

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I was part of a small team that went to Saudi Arabia mid 1975 to set up a transportation company from scratch. We initially had 73 Mack trucks imported (this was an order from a cement truck company that went broke in USA - we picked them all up and shipped them out bobtail) and aprox 120 Hauser trailers. We built everything ourselves - barge port transport hubs and camps, central maintenance facility, base camps, accommodation, family housing. 

It was hugely successful and within a year the fleet was massively expanded - well more than double, including heavy haul, heavy lift recovery - all Mack (we had a few Mercs 6x6 purchased locally for rig support).

I often wonder what happened to all the equipment - I was moved on to other things after about 4 years. After I left (it was a joint venture with a great local guy) the Saudi partner purchased the american half of the company, and went on to build a huge diversified company that is still being successfully run by his decendants.

Wish I could include photos but don't seem to be able to.

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A fascinating story, this photo thingymabob on the forum doesnt seem to work any good any more

 

I use a host site (I think thats what it's called) and then just post a direct link 

 

The site I use is called Postimage and it works fine and so far is free

When you go to load up the photos under the lower right of the page at "other media" I just open the then other "insert from existing ULR" and baddah bing baddah boom it all happens

 

Or you can email them to me and I'll load them up for you 

 

Paul 

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gudday m8

 

RE: I use a free host site

B warned ..... I have been on a few free sites ovr the years

they all start out free then hit U with a fee to continue or else all is araised

Have tried Image shak 100s of pix gorn

Photo Bucket  more pix gone 

there aint no thing az a free site but a waste of time

best O luk O

cya

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