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Drive in the country in a 1939 Mack FH

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Wonder how much gas it drank?    terry:MackLogo:

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3 hours ago, j hancock said:

In 1994, Dick Kwak drove his 1939 Mack FH 280 miles from Ballston Lake, NY to Buffalo, NY for the ATHS National Show.  To facilitate the trip, the drive sprockets were changed to give the truck a little more top speed of about 45 mph.  The original EO engine had previously been replace with an EY engine.  He entered the New State Thruway at the Amsterdam interchange and headed west.

Unseasonable cold temperature and rain made for an interesting trip considering the truck had no heater or wipers.  After the show, a more leisurely route was chosen for the 280 mile trip home.

Must have been one hell of an adventure!

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 Wonder how it felt to be passed by a set of turnpike doubles-on the hill at Herkimer??

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That's great! That's what these old trucks need, to be driven.   Wonder what the person at the toll plaza thought?

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remember hearing this story many times, we don't live far from where this truck has sat for many year. sadly someone stole the gold scripted Mack taillight off this truck as I remember it had when it sat in Dick's yard. he passed this past year I think and his kids brought this truck to Balston. he has many many treasures in his yard that everytime I had stopped are NOT FOR SALE including many AC mack shovels and cranes, a brute of a DM and some early BX Macks

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On 11/3/2018 at 8:19 PM, terry said:

Wonder how much gas it drank?    terry:MackLogo:

Bet there were several stops to top off the tank!

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On 11/3/2018 at 10:35 PM, Red Horse said:

 Wonder how it felt to be passed by a set of turnpike doubles-on the hill at Herkimer??

Maybe he passed them!

The story goes that the rain west of Utica got pretty nasty and the traffic slowed down so the speed differential was pretty close.  I can't imagine making the trip on 90.  I would have used 5 or 20 both ways!

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I actually saw the trip your talking about.  I was going across the Thruway.  What I would give to have that adventure today. That's saying something because I've had a few adventures of my own.  In fact I posted a couple of em on our website.   

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