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Good luck with your project. Looks good.

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Mack truck was dissembled and all the parts that are going to be reused put up on the shelf.  

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Drove the Kenworth back to Idaho and spent some time measuring everything to confirm it would work.

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Then got to work shortening the frame and converting it to air suspension

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Kenworth suspension is complete now I need to get back to the Mack cab rebuilding everything.

The goal for this project is to get the Mack back on the road and get an education on Mack trucks so I don’t repeat my mistakes when I buy the next one.   

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Your garage/tool set up and truck knowledge doesn’t seem that bad... gonna be a cool truck when you get it done. 

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I remember seeing that one up for sale a while ago when I was looking for an old LTL for my dad, and remember passing on it just because the radiator isn’t the LT kind that he likes... nice to hear it’ll end up in good hands! Good luck with the retrofit!

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1 hour ago, J Mack said:

I admittedly know nothing about semi-trucks nor am I setup to work on them

Looks like you're set up pretty well! They're not much different from cars, just bigger components and bigger wrenches. Hood pops forward and most everything enginewise is easy to access.

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Thanks guys, I’m getting tools as I need to work on the trucks. Had to buy jacks, jack stands, impact guns and sockets just to remove the wheels & tires that weren’t in the budget. Luckily I have an awesome wife that sees these daily deliveries of tools and parts for this project and so far so good.

I’m a one man show working on this in my spare time and I way underestimated the weight of some of these parts like the rear end, as much as I wanted to keep the Cummins 220 not sure how I would have mocked that up in a new frame without an A frame crane of some sort. I’m sure lots of new tools and equipment will find its way to my shop before it’s all said and done, still on my bucket list to restore an old Mack EEU so I don’t mind gearing up on this truck to be more prepared if I find the right EEU.

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Works on an R model at least. Not sure about other brands/models.

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Thank you Joe, without the internet and folks like you willing to help guys like me projects like this one wouldn’t be possible.   

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On 12/2/2019 at 1:21 PM, J Mack said:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been fascinated with Mack Trucks since I was a little kid but never felt the need to own one until recently, we have an off road car that we haul around on a car trailer but limit our trips to local events that don’t require overnight camping. My wife and I have been wanting to do more out of state events and I starting looking at car haulers with living quarters and came up with the idea of building a Mack camper hauler.

 

I spent about a year chasing a few different Mack models when the LHSW popped up on one of my searches, at first glance it appeared to check most of my boxes, vintage Mack, currently running and mostly complete. I was told that the truck was mechanically sound, ran & drove great and with just some maintenance items could be made usable or our intended purpose. I don’t believe the seller intentionally misled me but unfortunately I didn’t have the knowledge to ask all the questions that needed to be asked and when I received the truck it was painfully obvious this truck was modified several times with a cutting torch and stick welder, the suspension & frame was dangerous at best and needed a complete redo to feel comfortable driving it more than just a few miles around the block. The Cummins 743 engine ran fantastic and the transmissions shifted great so I set out to find a donor frame and suspension with the hope of keeping the old Mack all Mack, locating something on the west coast that was going to be dimensionally correct was turning into a deal killer if I wanted to keep it all Mack parts.

 

I admittedly know nothing about semi-trucks nor am I setup to work on them so I was struggling to come up with options to save this old truck within my skill set and budget, after asking around to a few of the truckers I know the idea of finding a class B donor truck and updating the Mack body to a modern running gear was the new plan. I found a 1995 Kenworth T-300 with a new 8.3 Cummins engine for sale in CA that looked like it would work dimensionally so after buying that truck I’m back to trying to get the old Mack back on the road.

 

 

 

Mack when I had it shipped from Oregon to Idaho.

 

 

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That’s actually the best route to take for what you doing with it either way you have got a long road ahead best of luck and have a ball.and hope you have lotsa ambition .. bob

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Please tell that engine & trans removal is photo shopped (not real)

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On 12/2/2019 at 6:49 PM, J Mack said:

Thanks guys, I’m getting tools as I need to work on the trucks. Had to buy jacks, jack stands, impact guns and sockets just to remove the wheels & tires that weren’t in the budget. Luckily I have an awesome wife that sees these daily deliveries of tools and parts for this project and so far so good.

 

I’m a one man show working on this in my spare time and I way underestimated the weight of some of these parts like the rear end, as much as I wanted to keep the Cummins 220 not sure how I would have mocked that up in a new frame without an A frame crane of some sort. I’m sure lots of new tools and equipment will find its way to my shop before it’s all said and done, still on my bucket list to restore an old Mack EEU so I don’t mind gearing up on this truck to be more prepared if I find the right EEU.

 

You wouldn't have to be buying those things new when you will be using them very little. Watch for auctions and sales, Craigs List, lots of used stuff on eBay. Some rental places have some of the things you will need if you have one close enough.

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11 hours ago, 609albert said:

Please tell that engine & trans removal is photo shopped (not real)

Your in Jersey, you know this could be a tabernacle/chattsworth garage set up

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   Still trying to track down some parts, I need to find a Headliner Kit for the L cab.

I called Watt’s to see if they could get something and they suggested to ask here.

If anyone knows of someone making them I would appreciate a link or phone number.

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14 minutes ago, j hancock said:

You are officially on your own.  Lancaster Upholstery used to make a kit for the L model cardboard headliner and back of cab liner but they stopped producing it about 4-5 years ago.

Thank you so much.

I gave them a call on the off chance they would still be willing to make one and they had one in stock ready to ship!!

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4 hours ago, J Mack said:

Thank you so much.

I gave them a call on the off chance they would still be willing to make one and they had one in stock ready to ship!!

I have a brand new firewall pad, never had it unrolled, goes on the inside of a l model, if interested send me a a email or p/m.     terry:MackLogo:

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15 hours ago, terry said:

I have a brand new firewall pad

I will definitely contact you if I’m able to keep the factory L firewall.

At this point nothing is set in stone for the firewall and floor in the L cab, floor is pretty rusty and has a few sketchy patches. The firewall also has some patches and most of the pass through holes appear unusable for the Kenworth power and air needs.

Kenworth floor and firewall are in great condition but they’re aluminum so I’m weighing the options of bolting and bonding verses fabricating new panels and welding them in.   

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