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Memories for us old truckers

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

  1. DMiller

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    Add a two speed to that
     
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    Just on another site, they noted a Detroit innovator has found a way to load/offload standard 20' shipping containers into/from Autoracks. That could reduce empty return runs and use of Well Cars for auto parts into assembly plants. Also reduces truck traffic to haul auto parts in.
     
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    going into R,2nd or 4th was hard on the knuckles. after a couple times of skinned knuckles you learned to push the shifter ahead with your palm. my dad had one in the late 60's. in my opinion, the c series made lousy farm trucks because the radiator was so low it scooped up grass, sweet clover, long grain stubble etc. and was always plugged. then in later years i worked on them occasionally at the ford dealership where i apprenticed. the ones with the 332 or 391 were easier to work on than the ones with the 477-534 or the 3208 in my opinion
     
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    Oh yes, I had forgotten about the radiator scooping up grass. Was so low the fan drove off the front of the crankshaft. We had one that was plugged near solid and took it to a radiator shop, I forget if they could salvage the core or if the just replaced the whole thing, it was a mess.

    I just liked driving and operating them, nice old trucks.
     
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    the one I had with the sleeper was a nice little truck but you had to be an acrobat to get into & out of the bunk
     
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    Contortionist!!
    Much like F model Maxks
     
  7. Truck Shop

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    Here drive one of these through the barnyard and around the farm fields, No grass going to get in those radiators let alone getting in the cab yourself. Conversion ordered from Ford.
    The bottom photo is a rare 1958 C700 series Ford carved from a standard turd. Damn it's one ugly pile.

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    Story about a C series with a blown 391.
    Boss tows in this C series with a 391 that broke the front main cap and bent the snout on the crank, shot the damper, fan into radiator chopping it all to hell. Even chopped a hole where a fan
    blade came through the cab by the drivers right leg. Boss had a 1970 C700 setting in the yard with a complete good running 391 plus all the extras. I pulled both engines made the swap of
    all necessary parts got it running {ran nice} and took it for a test drive. It wouldn't shift {4 sp Allison}. pulled the governor cover and the governor was exploded. Replaced it and everything was fine.
    Then got the whole story from owner. He was headed east on I-90 and was near Rye Grass Summit on a grade, transmission decided it was time to down shift and the gov exploded. It dropped from
    4th to 1st causing a very slight engine over speed at about 40 miles an hour, It was a very, mind you very slight over speed. Automatics, yeah those wonderful automatics, screw allison .
     
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    kinda weired looking but overall good modification
     
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    It looks constipated.
     
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    Some of the offerings from Chrysler weren't much better and who wants to drive a Fargo. o_O
     
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    Someone from Fargo ND.
     
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    Fargo were only in Canada and a few export markets. I can just see Stewie from Family Guy making a snide comment regarding naming trucks Fargo. When you drive a Fargo, your death should be quick and painless.:D
     
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    Well some got away then.
     
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    We had a '62 F600 with the 292, 4 and 2, 14' flatbed dump with firewood sideboards. I rolled off Raven Roost with a load of wood, and the brakes and I had a disagreement. The harder I pushed the harder the booster pushed back at me. I think it had a hole in the booster diaphragm. Luckily the ditch was decent and I used that to scrub off some speed.
     
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    Y Blocks, 239, 272, 292 and 312 the engine ford built that would grind it's self to pieces because of poor oiling. The only engine that I can think of that had a fix for no rocker oiling.
    A line from lower oil rifle to the valve covers to squirt oil on the rockers. You could hear one driving by just a squeaking down the road, pull the valve covers and metal dust along
    with rust. Removed a oil pan from a 292 that had 7 distributor drive rods laying in the bottom. And that guaranteed to burn you exhaust crossover that caused all kinds of vapor
    locks because the fuel line ran between it and the right head.
     
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    yes our 292 had that oiling kit installed. I saw a similar vintage 6x6 out by the Operating Engineers School on the old vantage highway, but never did stop to take a picture. They eliminated the crossover, just blocked off the lower port and it had a set of straight pipes right up out of the hood. There might have been some skinny glass packs.
     
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    Probably a old dryland wheat harvest truck at one time. OES ---nothing but sagebrush for years.
     
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    It was a really tough looking SWB dump truck. Being a 4x4 I wondered if it was a county truck at one time.
     
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    Saw a great many of the 1/8” copper tubing oiler kits over the years
    Y blocks
    Just Why!!
    As a youth got the honor of buying great Aunt’s 54 Olds Super 88
    She then got a ‘67 Galaxie 500, her man friend owned the Ford where it had a ‘lifter Tic’ pulled valve covers and had to dig out the sludge around rocker arms to see them
    Ended up replacing the 390 2 bbl completely

    He had a little local garage do his services pennzoil 30wt once a year need it or not. High Ash content and engine age did not work out well. He drove it less than 10000 miles a year still only One change a year.
     
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