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3 minutes ago, Bullheaded said:

That, and like my old Star, a chrome steering wheel looks good but the damn thing blinds you every time the sun gets on it, LOL.

I would have the steering wheel "spokes" painted a flat matte black with a bit of texture.

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Yes, many times I have to put my dust cloth over the steering wheel when I am driving it. But it looks nice parked, LOL.

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Agreed on the instruments- One of the things I liked about driving trucks vs. cars was most of the trucks had a decent instrument panel with lotsa useful gauges and switches.

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Ya, I'm not into this new fad of replacing gauges with electronic display screens.

They don't want distracted driving but they now make you toggle through multiple screens to find info.

But the sad part is, most of the new generation that designs and drives trucks wouldn't understand what the info on a gauge is telling them, LOL.

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29 minutes ago, Maxidyne said:

Agreed on the instruments- One of the things I liked about driving trucks vs. cars was most of the trucks had a decent instrument panel with lotsa useful gauges and switches.

And they appear to be semi analog not full digital. Rather replace a gauge driver than the entire panel.

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Just keeps looking better and better

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understood .   if you ever have to grab one of those wheels with greasy hands or an oily glove  it never comes off. off white plastic would be my choice

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Wonder how their pricing will compare to Mack/Star/International, etc?

 

Anyone ever compare the price of an Xpeditor to a Mack or Pete coe?

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Just looked at some bids from our MN State buying pool and the Autocar ACX and MR with similar specs look pretty close. No bids from the Paccar dealers on their tandem cabover, but the KW dealer bid on the heavier conventionals was high.

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On 5/14/2019 at 11:09 PM, Bullheaded said:

Even though the Capone truck is Volvo era.....I always did like the looks of those too.

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I always liked the lightweight DS-64 with the fiberglass hood (bonnet), predecessor to the ACL-64 and new DC-64R.

 

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I have never, ever seen one of those.

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27 minutes ago, Bullheaded said:

I have never, ever seen one of those.

 

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So that was Volvo White era then. What year did those come out?

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1 hour ago, Bullheaded said:

So that was Volvo White era then. What year did those come out?

DS production ran from 1983 to 1987, when the last “Driver Cab” fitted Autocar rolled off the line in Ogden, Utah.

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Never was a fan of the A car with the road commode cab. Sure do like the the yellow DS. The DK & DS would have been a good look for the new A car front grill.

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I noticed very clearly that the key players in American truck industry journalism did NOT cover the launch of the Autocar DC-64R until days later.

FYI, the big truckmakers, shall we say accommodate........journalists who write about (promote) their products. It's a dirty business.

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You got that right. I notice that all the time  with Today's trucking and their Jim Park test drive articles and videos.

For a while the new Mack's were all the rage. They were praised in those, they were sponsoring the Ice Road Seatcovers and now Highway Through Hell.

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Autocar Trucks Press Release  /  May 21, 2019

As a member of the Conventional Cab Autocar Steering Committee, a plaque was awarded to Houston, Texas-based WCA Waste Corporation* Vice President of Fleet & Procurement Jason Saunders in grateful recognition for his individual contribution to the design and development of the new Autocar DC-64R.

WCA will be receiving the very first commercially produced unit in October 2019!

* https://wcawaste.com/

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