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Memories for us old truckers

Discussion in 'Old Iron!' started by Truck Shop, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. Mother Deuce

    Mother Deuce Senior Member

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    Montrose through Durango and out of state the most interesting stretch is between Ouray to Silverton and Durango
     
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    I took 50 east out of Montrose one time pulling an empty lowboy with a jeep. Last time I let a DOT officer suggest a shortcut. I'll stick with I-70.
     
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    if I ever make that trip you can bet my golf cart will have a jake brake
     
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    The grades weren't bad, but the corners going up were, and then when we hit Monarch pass at the 10,000 ft level the old 400 Cummins was gasping for air and making tons of black smoke.
     
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    I made two trips across wolf creek one east&one west with a 220 na that old horse gasped like a coal burner at about 10.800 to. also saw it snow in august up there
     
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    Durango to Montrose, scenic from Durango to Ouray.
     
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    Wife was unimpressed with WC Pass on the bike in first of June snow storm, kept tightening her right leg as if trying to press a magic brake pedal on her foot board!!!
     
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    Have you talked to Truck shop lately RZ? Been pretty quiet for awhile.
     
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  10. Mother Deuce

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    Wolf Creek with a 220? You are my new hero! I can't even imagine!... We used to work between 11, 500 and 12,500. This old horse by the time she made the 16 steps to the cab of the 994H she was done. We used to buy these little personal cans of oxygen at WalMart in Frisco. Pretty much had to half empty one of those before I picked up mike to ready up with dispatch LOL!
     
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  11. mitch504

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    wow, they really had personal cans of oxygen at walmart?
     
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    Working out of SLC would grab a gas axe on occasion and snort off the O2 side for a head clearer, also helps with hangovers, don't ask how I know.
     
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    Old DM series, Side saddle Cab, shift lever five feet long!!
     
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    Beat me to the post. :oops:
     
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    heard that works but never tried it
     
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    I was actually thinking that might be a U600 did some Google search and this was all I could find right off:

    The U was basically a short R, while the DM was an extra heavy duty version of the U often used in 6X4 construction trucks.

    So guess it depends on what they refer to as an"extra heavy duty" version. I know all the DM models we had in the company were set up with 12:00X24 tires and if memory serves me correct they all had triple frames, at least from cab back. Then again most of the DM we had also had the steel flip up fenders and butterfly hoods!

    Much easier to do in-chassis work on engines, R models were a pain to work on the rear head!
     
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    Yes they do. I usually kept 2 of these with me because I have asthma. https://www.walmart.com/ip/O-Skinni-3-pack-Oxygen-Plus/631462500 They were like 6 or 8 bucks. We lived at around 10,800 so your body make a more red blood cells for you and after you "acclimate" it isn't to much of a problem. Rambling around doing regular stuff wasn't a problem for most after you lived there for awhile. LOL! however with the asthma thing I can run short hiking down here at 1500 feet :) Getting from the ground to the cab of the 994 was always a adventure at 12,000. The machine is just an animal. Cat 3516 for power, I always wondered how much better it would run with Sea Level O2 levels at 12,000 feet!
     
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    I had a fighter driver tell me that once... :)
     
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  20. Mother Deuce

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    We rented one of those as a site truck not too long ago from one of our guy's... that shifter will give you tendonitis in about a minute
     
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