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The yellow B model in pictures say's it's a B-85 but I thought B-85 was a fire truck or was this one converted to B-81 series.

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There was a B-85 fire truck and a B-85 as is the yellow truck in the picture.

The B-85 (B81 style) was available between 1956-1964 with 77 being built. 29 B-853 (turbocharged) were built between 1956-1965.  Cummins power was installed at the US factory.

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There were 455 B-85 Fire Truck made from 1954-1966.There were 77 B-85 flat fendered made from 1956-1964 with Cummins NHBS 743 cu.in at 275 hp.or 290 hp.The B-853 had NTO-6-B 743 cu.in. 262 hp or 280 hp.there were 29 made.There were 5 B-86's made from 1957-1959 with 354 industrial Hemi V8

And Yarnall has a B85F Margus with an L cab  with aluminum heavy radiator.

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Anybody know the details on the B79?  There were 10 built only in 1961 

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15 hours ago, fuzzy buzzard said:

Anybody know the details on the B79?  There were 10 built only in 1961 

The B-79 has the older V-8 Cummins non turbo about 265 h.p. not a 555 or a 903,. There were 10 and all bought by a milk hauler in NY. name of Mcbride's Dairy Farms in New Paltz N.Y.,

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I wonder if any of the B 86 trucks survived . Always wondered how they were powered . 354 Hemi  V8  neat . Wish I had one . 

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16 minutes ago, eddeere said:

I wonder if any of the B 86 trucks survived . Always wondered how they were powered . 354 Hemi  V8  neat . Wish I had one . 

At least one survived up to 2008. It is owned by a company called HYDE in Michigan. It was at a few shows in the 1990's but it was re-powered in the 1960's with a Cummins. I'll find the photos I have.

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Glad to hear at least one has survived . I would guess the main difference between the B 86 and the rest of the B 80 series would the engine . 

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Glad to see see that truck is in good hands Yarnall! Last time I saw it was at Macungie a few years back, I always wondered who the owner was. And awesome truck to say the least...

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3 hours ago, eddeere said:

Glad to hear at least one has survived . I would guess the main difference between the B 86 and the rest of the B 80 series would the engine . 

That's all.

From my understanding most  of the batch were converted to diesels.

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7 hours ago, CaptainCrutch said:

Glad to see see that truck is in good hands Yarnall! Last time I saw it was at Macungie a few years back, I always wondered who the owner was. And awesome truck to say the least...

Thanks. It could be in better hands, but it is mine for now.  It needs someone with very deep pockets. 

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3 hours ago, yarnall said:

Thanks. It could be in better hands, but it is mine for now.  It needs someone with very deep pockets. 

Don’t we all wish we had deeper pockets, and sometimes a patina gives it some character... and that truck certainly has character!

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On 7/20/2019 at 7:53 PM, 41chevy said:

There were 455 B-85 Fire Truck made from 1954-1966.There were 77 B-85 flat fendered made from 1956-1964 with Cummins NHBS 743 cu.in at 275 hp.or 290 hp.The B-853 had NTO-6-B 743 cu.in. 262 hp or 280 hp.there were 29 made.There were 5 B-86's made from 1957-1959 with 354 industrial Hemi V8

And Yarnall has a B85F Margus with an L cab  with aluminum heavy radiator.

 

While on the subject, there were two G-72's built. I guessed they would have had a 707 engine, but in light of this would they have had Chryslers too?

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12 hours ago, Phase 1 said:

 

While on the subject, there were two G-72's built. I guessed they would have had a 707 engine, but in light of this would they have had Chryslers too?

The B86's were ordered by a customer and built to their specific specs and apparently they learned the 354 did not work out well in the real world. That's from the age when Mack would build to a truck exactly the way you wanted, like the B79  Dairy units..

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