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Memories for us old truckers

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

  1. Truck Shop

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    That 86 Pete is a perfectly spec'ed tractor, in top hole it's turning 1450 rpm at 62 mph. It has the proper
    wheel base, the right size fuel tanks, not to heavy, leather interior, jakes and retarder the list goes on.
     
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    Oh, yeah. That Volvo is a POS as far as cab and chassis electrical. It's really just a rebadged White, and the new badge didn't help it a bit.

    I used to buy 5 year old Macks when I was in the trucking business.

    Paying more for one brand than the same spec and condition of another is just like Toyota vs Lexus, if you got the money and want it, why not? The other thing on an old truck is parts availability on cab, etc.

    As far as that being the perfect spec, put it beside my Volvo w/ the low geared full-locking 46k rears, low-hole 9 speed, and 400 cat. Then try to push a loaded 24' dump trailer through the edge of the ditch, and out into a field. Horses for courses, as they say. Most all of our trips are 50 miles or less.
     
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    Well that Pete is a OTR rig far from a dump truck, as far as I'm concerned any truck with heavy specs is ok for a dump. All those rigs do is get used and abused rode hard and put up wet.
    Your talking two totally different vocations. For over the road the tractor and trailer can't be much over 31,000 then add full tanks of fuel. You need too be able to haul at least 45,000 to
    47,000 net or 22 boards. And that's with a 36" plus king pin setting on the trailer. And that's just a GVW of 80,000. These tractors with super sized sleepers run 20,000 to 23,000 lbs
    before trailer most can only net 40,000 lbs. Pretty worthless.

    You can still buy all the cab, hood, fenders and any interior parts for that Pete, in those days a truck was built to rebuild and continue running. My old 1966 Pete was completely redone
    mechanically. In 1966 it came with a 335 Cummins, 5x4 gear boxes and SQHD rear drives and manual steering, I changed it over to a BCIII 400 with a 14613 spd 3:73 SQ100's on
    Pete Air Leaf with outside frame steering from a 82 Pete 359. Other than it being old it would run day in and day out pulling a American 46'6" X 96" refer trailer with a net of 47,800.

    And I know you guys are tired of seeing this old critter.

    1966 Pete.jpg 1966 Pete II.jpg
     
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    A classy Classic Critter.
     
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    if i were just 15 years younger i`d go bring that one home
     
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    :cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::):):):):)
     
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    Zucker's back, good to see you.
     
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    Be nice to converse with RZ again
     
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    Yeah, been missing him.
     
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    Ugly ol brute.
     
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    Why yes it is. But IMO all dump truck cabs should be nothing more than a box and the hood as well, fenders fabricated from aluminum diamond plate. It's only purpose is rocks and dirt.
     
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    Last I knew the town just down the road still had one of those Walters Snow Fighters. They would bring it out when the snow got real bad but that hasn't happened for years around here so it may have been sold for scrap by now.
     
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    Walter actually went out of business in 1985, but had gone through a couple of different owners by then. They built mostly plow trucks, and airport fire/crash trucks. KME Corp ended up with the Walters fire truck designs etc. in the 90's.
    Jeff
     
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    A Kovatch was the first real Fire Apparatus we had at the Nuke, prior to that was a Corn Queen with a Beer Truck Body painted Lime green.
     
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    Now, I bet that old binder was a real emergency response truck. LOL
     
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    Was for the Plant, could set 4 1/2" hose lays with additional 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 sticks of hoses with apparatus to hang on them, had 12 5 gallon jugs of Fire Foam for oil fires as well a trailer with a full 300 gallon of the goo, stored all our equipment aboard and Beverage Wagons have LOADS of room. The Pumper came after 090101, the next generation or iteration after Fukushima. Plant now has a 100 x 150 Concrete vault full of emergency machines including a Backhoe with the sole intent of Disaster Response. Waste of machinery and manpower to leave it sitting in a bunker cycling the engines monthly.
     
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    Nothing sounded like a wound up 345 that powered our IHC VanPelt 1250's. I pumped many hose lays when I was a volunteer CDF engineer back from 89-99. If you wanna talk awkward, take a schedule A CROWN with a screaming 8V71T up some goat trail. Been there, done that during the Landers earthquake.
     
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