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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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    Me-Gas engines like 391, 477, 534 ford-392, 549 blue and red diamond. Diesel engines 220, 250, 335, 350 small cams, All of the big cam engines,
    plus the KTA series, Cat 1673, 1693, all A, B, C 3406 and C15 plus 3408, Detroit most of the two strokes plus Series 60 and DD15. IH DT466.
    Only a sorted bunch of Mack engines. Most all American and Foreign makes.
    Gearboxes Eaton, Spicer and sorry to say Rockwell.
    Rear ends Eaton and Rockwell.
    Worked all those models above at one time or another. Any of the Ford and IH gassers were hard on cylinder wear and pretty much mutts.
    The Detroit's were really nothing to rave about, low on hp and torque, filthy and took up too much room as any V engine does. good in a boat.
    Cummins-they couldn't leave well enough alone, too many changes and Cpl's that made little or no difference in performance. The VT 475 Hp
    855 was a prime example of stupid stuff. Piled twin turbos and went to variable cam timing to try for more hp and lower emissions. Those engines
    would produce 50 lbs boost-the 855 was not designed for that, crank bearings wore and cylinder heads and block couldn't take the stress of the high
    boost.
    Not even going to discuss two strokes-that engine does not like rpm changes, not meant for highway use-ok stationary or boat.
    Cat-only engine they built that didn't belong in a truck was the 3408 too damn big setting in the rails and weighed too much.

    The only way aerodynamics work is the trailer has to sucked right up to back of cab, otherwise a waste of time. Trailer foils are totally worthless.
     
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    Like mine it's just another mack.
     
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    Yours is a beauty, That is an offroad beastie and I'm a dirt guy.
    We had one each of the -92s, a ford 292 with that toasty hot crossover and Pee Poor oiling with the added kit for the rocker shafts,
    and a cornbinder 392.
     
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    Whipple engine rotator, starter.UK-I can just see that joint coming loose and blood spilling.

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    the correct quote is walk calmly to the machine of choice, open door, insert hand into door frame opening, slam door three times or draw blood, now ready to drive a Detroit.
     
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    Can you imagine driving this hemorrhoid maker, two story turd. Why bother.

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    Ain't that the truth-foot to the wood.
     
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    Astros and Titans GMs gift to mechanic job security.
     
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    I remember the first Astro-George Jettson truck I put dash valves in. GM must have hired someone with a file to sharpen all the metal edges
    in that dash, I had more cuts and nicks on my hands, great ad for band aids.
     
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    to damned sorry to sharpen their shear blades
     
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    What about when they left one in gear you know this had to happen.
     
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    I think that's where the broken u-joint is happening in truck stops imagination!
     
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    So what is a Fuller 15-G-1120 compared to a modern transmission?
     
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    Single countershaft marriage box
     
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    I remember seeing that Mighty Mite at a truck show in Portland when I was a kid 30 years ago, I remember it was the coolest thing I had ever seen in my life! I wonder where it is now.
     
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    who did they get to drive that thing?
     
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    I saw it at the Tacoma mall when I was young little pete.jpg
     
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