Speed Posted December 7, 2007 Share Posted December 7, 2007 Hi all; I was looking at an old book about the history of Trucking recently and I read something about trucks with gas engines in the 1930's and 1940's being available with Jake Brakes;does this sound correct to you,or is it possible to install a Jake on a gas engine at all? I'm pretty sure it wasn't a mis-print (I'll go back and re-read it to be sure) because the author even mentioned how helpful it was for drivers going down steep grades with heavy loads and low powered gas engines of the day. Any information or opinions offered would be greatly appreciated;I'm wondering if a kit was available to fit a Jake Brake to my ol' EN354. Speed Here it is-I was wrong about the era that was mentioned;it was specifically the logging trucks of the '60's. The book is "SEMI-TRUCKCOLOR HISTORY"by Stan Holtzman. On page 84,he writes,"Ask any veteran trucker what the greatest invention has been for Trucking,though,and most will credit the engine brake,or 'Jake' brake,so-named after the company that invented it in 1961,Jacobs Manufacturing. Their allegiance is well founded,too,when you consider the fear and horror that must go through the mind of a log hauler going downhill with 76,000 gross vehicle weight,without anything to stop them except the lowest of gears in their underpowered'gas jobs.'" I KNEW I'd read it right!! Okay,folks-what can ya tell me;is this something provable,or just bad research information? Quote "Remember-ANY Gun Control is Unconstitutional!"<!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><i><b>MACK-E Model Registry # 36</b></i><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><a href="http://www.nvabatetravel.com/"target="_blank">http://www.nvabatetravel.com/</a> Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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