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steve s.    25

Very nice truck.  Glad to know it has a good home. There was an article in Double Clutch magazine about the Kreitz company a few years ago. I believe there may have been pictures of your truck in that story.

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mowerman    1,280

nice lookin ride.....5x4s take a lotta practice thiers 2 gears you need to skip in full shift sequence   cant remember wich 2.off hand....but as you go along especially when empty you will find out you can skip quite a few,,,,no lugging is mainly important when your heavy and gearing up.such as long pulling grade dont do it......rottella is perfect or delo 400....reduction switch generally turns off steer brakes......engine brakes   depending on grade and weight usually dont hold well in high gears.....usually 3rd range is around the spot....yes turn on top of hill turn off bottom of hill real important.....magor engine damage if you forget  and release clutch at an idle....good luck hope this helps you ....have a ball with it.....bob

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mowerman    1,280

napa is a good place for filters they have alotta crossover books....bob

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yarnall    814

Nice truck.  My father saw this on the road on Saturday.    I think I have a picture of this truck that my father took in the late 70's.  I have a IH Fleetstar that belonged to your company.  I don't have any answers to your questions.  Good luck with it.  Mike. 

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HarryS    230

That is such a cool truck with a great story. It looks like you have the perfect use for it. Enjoy.

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HeavyGunner    1,378

Very nice truck, I believe the dry/slippery switch either limits or stops the air going to the front breaks when it's in slippery mode. 

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fxfymn    1,092

Nice ride and welcome aboard. You have come to the right place for any help you might need.

Every lubricant guru I have heard speak or read an article from seems to think that the 15-40 Rotella is the best oil to use in older rigs. However, the formula recently changed to comply with new emissions and mileage requirements, so I'm not sure the new blend is still recommended. 

The "Dry-Wet" switch does limit the front brakes and I strongly urge you to disconnect it as it severely reduces the braking capacity of the truck. The use of it is especially thrilling in a fire truck when approaching a controlled intersection while feeling like you are gaining speed instead of stopping while applying the brakes.

Please try to bring the rig, with the roller on it, to the Macungie show next June. Great show and your rig would be a sure hit,

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steelman    94

Nice unit.  Should do well in your application.  The only thing I would have done differently is to keep the LED lighting.  They solve 95% of the problems people have with trailers.  I would have spent a few hours reversing the ground/power leads at each light.  From 1935 to 1977, my dad had a small local truck company.  I worked there as a teenager, and most trailer problems involved keeping those darn incandescent lights working.  

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BillyT    412

The dry/slippery switch cuts the air in half on the steering axle! Some three axle tractors I drove in the 70s had no brakes at all on the steering, presumably to avoid a steering tire or tires locking up on slippery roads and causing you to lose steering control! At some point this "feature" was no longer offered thank goodness!

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h67st    179

I'm really glad to see you taking care of a truck that belonged to your dad's company...it's a good thing to keep your heritage going.

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Here are some filter numbers as I have a beast like yours but without the winch and exhaust brake.

 

Engine oil  - Wix 51233

Primary fuel - Wix 33405

Secondary fuel - Wix 33218

Think there is a filter in the power steering pump but I don't have that number. Good luck with the old gal and be gentle with it!

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Jarrad    19

Thank you all for the wishes and the solid info you gave me.  Thank you Fuzzy Buzzard for those numbers, that makes it super easy.  The next trip I make will be this week to take the steamer to Hay Creek festival.  I will have the truck and roller at the show all weekend.

Thanks again!

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yarnall    814

I saw that Hay Creek is having ab antique auto/machinery section but I will not be able to make it. Hopefully you can bring it to Mack Day in Lititz on Oct 7.  

Here is the Fleetstar I mentioned.   Not a Mack and not too nice but I still like it.  Mike 

 

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mowerman    1,280

those were always one of my favorites as a young guy i remember alot of them especially doing city deliverys...thanks for posting...bob

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terry    184
 

I saw that Hay Creek is having ab antique auto/machinery section but I will not be able to make it. Hopefully you can bring it to Mack Day in Lititz on Oct 7.  

Here is the Fleetstar I mentioned.   Not a Mack and not too nice but I still like it.  Mike 

 

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Last one like that I was around had a DV550 in it, not a good engine!    terry

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yarnall    814
 

Last one like that I was around had a DV550 in it, not a good engine!    terry

This has a 549 V8 gas and a big top loader rear.  Definitely used for heavy hauling.  I would like to fix it up but it is low on my project list.  Mike. 

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terry    184
 

This has a 549 V8 gas and a big top loader rear.  Definitely used for heavy hauling.  I would like to fix it up but it is low on my project list.  Mike. 

I think the DV 550 was a converted 549.   terry

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BillyT    412

That could be a pretty truck! The mirrors and turn signals are nice, but I'd like to see one with the bullet chrome cab markers!

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