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Dream classic powertrain ....

Discussion in 'Trucks' started by Andy1845c, Feb 15, 2021.

  1. Nige

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    They do manufacture RHD trucks down there specifically for the Australian market, usually for road trains AFAIK. Out of curiosity I took a look at the most recent annual sales figures available that were for 2019. Couldn't find any figures for 2020, maybe they have not been released yet.
    Not looking good - Freightliner down 32%, Western Star down 22%, Kenworth down 20%, Mack down 8%.
    In contrast - Volvo up 5%, Scania up 28%.
    Hmmmmmmm.........
     
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    Cab overs are great for maneuverability but not so nice for getting in and out of.
     
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    One thing worth mentioning is that the Cat 3408 somewhat morphed into on-highway applications. It was always intended to be more of an earthmoving machine, marine, genset, or industrial engine. And yes it was very heavy.
    The Scania on the other hand was designed from the outset to be an on-hghway engine so it's nowhere near the weight of a 3408. It's not used for anything else.
    I know I have posted this video before, but the exhaust is music. Also you can see why conventionals would not be the favourite when the roads are as narrow as this. You'd never be able to get turned.

     
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    You've not tried the latest generation then.
     
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    I'm sure they're better than the old ones you had to climb up and contort your body to get in and out. Met a couple truck drivers that were almost crippled from driving older cab overs most of their career.
     
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    Andy1845c, if you have some time and bandwidth to spare have a look at deboss garage and adept ape on YouTube.
    That Scania v8 in a r model would be cool.
     
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    3406A I don't believe had a factory jake option, just hydraulic retarder. 3406B and up did though I believe.
     
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    12v71N running N-70’s or 75’s with a RTO12513. Or maybe a HT-740 Allison, even better.
     
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    OK that truck sounds sweet. The video is giving me flashbacks to driving around Ireland with those narrow roads! Way too used to my wide open American midwest....
    I just briefly googled the opticruise gear box - does it make horrible noises when it shifts or does the video make them sound worse?
    Seriously thanks for sharing that.
     
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    I'm young(ish) (37). I never have got a chance to drive a cab over. I sat in one once and found the way the shifter kinda stuck out the side of the doghouse to be interesting. I've never driven OTR, only local/vocational and around here the only COEs I really see have been retired to farm use hauling grain in the fall.
     
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    . This bit of road takes me away back. I used to do a lot of work straightening corners and widening the road, looks like a good hiway now. I was operating a new Hitachi UH07 in them days.
    That road is the only route for oversize loads and hadazious chemicals to and from the port. Durhams Heavy Haulage from Christchurch would regularly come up there with their Superliner barking all the way. That truck is still in use today
     
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    Single axle RV toter?
     
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    Maybe in the future. For now just a pipe dream. Need to get the head and pump rebuilt and then replace the firewall in the cab before I can piece it back together.
     
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    It would be ultra cool if they had a Jacobs engine break. The Scania exhaust breaks are pitiful in both effect and sound.:D
    Mine can go up a hill 3 gears higher than coming down and that's with the same load.
     
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    Sounds like two different engines, Is the tranny being punished for something?
     
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    have heard the term slush box for years CRASH box not so much
     
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    Cat on highway engines never came from the factory with jakes which includes A and B models. Those were installed on order at the truck manufacture before the engine was on
    the assembly line for truck being built. It could come with Jacob's or Pac Brake.
     
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    if i was building an old truck just for nostalgia sake, and to be different, a silver 8V92 (SILVERTIP 475 if i recall correctly) might be fun. one guy i worked for had one retrofitted to replace a green double'O' 8V92 in a '79 pete and it ran nicely. then he put bigger injectors in it so he could burn more fuel and shift less:rolleyes:
     
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    Alot of them had the shifter beside or behind the driver. I always liked this it seamed easyer to shift.