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The one man show to grow

Discussion in 'Showtime!' started by Fastdirt, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. Fastdirt

    Fastdirt Senior Member

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    Hey Jerry, RJ, Thanks for the F450 compliments. I sure put a lot of love into it. Had an entire new 2006 front end put on. Painted the entire OX bed and cab. Bulletproofed everything, new Ford injectors, glow plugs, deleted oil cooler and egr, and every single thing that needed to get it in top shape. As soon as it got done I looked at and said Hmmm!? What's wrong with this picture? Well I loved the look of the 2005 and up 450/550's because of the fender flares up front and wide look. Well it's not just fenders. The dang trucks have a widetrack front axle. Coil springs I knew about but I never realized the "Fatboy" axle was near 6" wider(hence better turning radius due to more clearance). Well the truck looked funny to me and I'm adamant about stance and looks. So that was heartbreaking and the mechanic didn't even know about the differences either. I just couldn't fall in love with it. I took it on a road trip to Windrock Park for a 3-day weekend. Truck did awesome. Now the deal breaker news... I stopped and weighed it on the way back at a truck stop.. 28,000 lbs. with one RZR in the trailer. WHOA!!! and to think I had my brother, his RZR, girlfriend, and more gear all packed in the rig the weekend before. We had to be 30,000 lbs. I could only find the Ford GCWR to be 26,000 lbs.

    Well, I sold it because of the GCWR. Being legal is my top priority and a lot of this venture stems from being burned out on my Peterbilt project and work. So it's all sold now and I've got my sights set on my Peterbilt full force along with work. We're only human.

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    A lot of times I'll be asked to demo/remove existing concrete patios that are beneath a balcony or deck. The kind you have to fully extend and track forward. You just can't get too focused on the concrete or you could hit the balcony with the stick trying to pull the broken concrete away from the house. It's a fun challenge.

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    Got a buddy who hauls for me to buy one of my visors...looks good up there.
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  2. still learn'n

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    Looks like you just need to get the Pete done and pull toy hauler with that! Always love to read your threads Fastdirt! Jerry
     
  3. Fastdirt

    Fastdirt Senior Member

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    I love having Peterbilts on my jobs.
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    Great job site here and even some dogs to love on.
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    Got questioned by the builder why we charged extra time for this dig. I think any dirt guy can clearly see why.
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  4. Fastdirt

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    Nice little clearing job we did. Loaded out nine 30 yard dumpsters. Sidewalk couldn't hold up to the truck...owner said for us not to worry about it beforehand.

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    Mikey always having fun.
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    Tight loading here.
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  5. JDOFMEMI

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    Nice work, as always.

    The toy trailer looks good behind the 450. Too bad the weight does not work out.

    I am looking forward to your Peterbilt update,

    My new to me lowbed truck is a 2013 367 Pete. One thing I will say if you want to pull the toy trailer with your Pete, reinforce the hitch, because the ride is brutal compared to my 8 bag KW. I have decided to keep pulling my toy trailer with the old truck instead of the new one because of this.
     
  6. Fastdirt

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    Thanks, Jerry the 450 looked good from the side LOL. the front view looked awkward. Big Peterbilt update coming I'll say after selling those things. I have the toy hauler for sale now. Sold the RZR. It's just not an East coast hobby really, out West it'd be much more usable. I broke my knuckles on a new dirt bike I bought earlier this year. I sold that bike because I had trouble holding onto the bike after that and went to the RZR but none of my friends would join in. Back to dirt bikes, hope I can hold on now. I crashed that bike hard in 3rd gear in the woods and the bike's throttle stuck wide open and it attacked me with a stuck throttle in 3rd gear after I'd already taken a beating from the ground. Stuck my hand up to stop the bike and stuck my hand in the wide open spinning tire and it broke my knuckles. Luckily the left hand. ..... sometimes I talk too much I think.



    "367" you say!!! I almost bought one and I might still buy it. It's one of the Baker Hughes trucks that have flooded the market. They have let hundreds go. They all have 38k miles and high hours. Hours equivalent to 500k miles like 15k hours or so. This one has a an ISX 485, 8LL, 4.33, and 230". I like it because of the 36" bunk with windows which is what I'm building. More of a crew cab to me for work and exactly what I want. The Baker Hughes trucks just pulled frac trailers and sat still. They have PTO's but I just don't know about this type of use on a truck or if the PTO's were running. Do you have any input? Does yours have an ISX? this one is a 2009 CA compliant. Is that ok, good, bad? I was also told 4:33 will have to changed. It'd make a great work truck.

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    The one I almost bought. I went so far in the deal I had to tell them to stop because papers were printed and I got cold feet. Any input on these trucks from anybody would be greatly appreciated.
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    They are all over the country now. The local dealer I bought my lowboy from even has two of the 365 SBA's (not a fan). He's got them at Ritchey and said I could go drive.
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  7. JDOFMEMI

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    Lets see if this works:

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    This is a pic of the new truck.

    It is a 2013 367 day cab with a big rear window, an ISX 600, 18 speed, 4 way lockers, 4.10 rear end, 205 wheel base, 46K rears, 22K front

    What I know so far is that while it runs good, it is barely stronger than my 550 horse 3406E, and burns 25 to 30 percent more fuel to move the same load.

    When it does the regen, the fire waiting for a place to happen, aka the DPF, aka the exhaust filter, smokes like the truck is on fire, and heats the cab up enough I had to turn on the AC the other morning when it was in the mid 50's outside. The ride is bad. This truck with Pete air leaf suspension is like a 60's pick up compared to my 8 bag air ride KW. It even shakes the mirrors bad enough it is hard to see.

    Other than those things, it seems to be a good truck.

    As for the ISX you are asking about, I know Cummins had less trouble than most when "upgrading" to the new standards. The frack tank pullers will have little wear on the drivetrain, but lots of idle time, and I have heard that is not really good for the emissions engines. I am not really sure why though.
     
  8. Fastdirt

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    Nice truck! That's a heck of a spec sheet there 22k fr, locked up, 18 sp. 600hp nice....and Geez 205wb that's getting you in the post office. Truck makes complete since. Hate that you have to drive a bumpy inferno, I'd be so on edge.

    I've heard you can remove all that junk. Of course you can't obviously being in CA. Also not sure what the difference is in the 485 and 600. I'm sure if you removed it all and flashed it it'd open up.
     
  9. ScottAR

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    I know on the pickups with egr coolers idling them carbons up the cooler core. Probably doesn't help the dpf either. Ambulances and whatnot have troubles with this no matter the brand. You'd think with all the full throttle blasting around they do it would clean it out but doesn't seem to be the case.
     
  10. DoyleX

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    Fastdirt the only good thing to come out of the oil patch is the paycheck. It's a rough life for man and machine.
     
  11. JDOFMEMI

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    Thanks! Coming from you that means a lot.

    Well, the 205" wb is just OK, considering I came out of a 190", and the wheel cut is sharper on the old KW, so it feels like I need 40 acres to turn it around compared to the old one. I guess I was just spoiled.

    When I think I can get away with it, I would like to turn it up, but then again since I am getting busy, I will end up hiring a driver for the new truck, and when I can afford it I will rebuild my KW, not quite to the extent you are going to, but make it nice again, and make that one a fire breathing dragon again.
     
  12. JNB

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    Sorry to hear about the F450. Lots of work in that ride.

    Looks like a trimmer's nightmare! I think it's obvious that you're an excellent sculptor with a machine, but that's a lot of hand work.
     
  13. Mark13

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    You should have been fine with your pickup and the toy hauler. As long as you had the license for it, it was plated right, and your tire/axle weights were within spec you should have been fine. If I remember right things like the gcwr set by the manufacturer is more of a limit for themselves and eliminating potential warranty problems. If guys had to stay within the 26k gcwr all the guys running 450/550 trucks pulling 5+ car stacker trailers, big flatbed goosenecks, etc and running for hire would all be running illegally. They've often got trailers with 10k, 12k, or even 15k axles. They'll scale 25k on the trailer and 15k on the truck and still be legal as long as the axle weights, tires, etc all check out fine. Guys with the 1ton dually's pulling 20k trailers will end up over the 26k gcwr and be fine as well.


    The idle time plugs up the egr, dpf filters, etc due to not enough heat being created from the motor to burn everything off. When you're running 55 down the road weighing 80k the motor is working a lot harder and creating more heat and much higher exhaust temperatures keeping the filters clean then when the truck is sitting idling or at 1000rpm using the pto for hours and hours on end. The carbon then plugs things up and it needs heat to regen and when idling even in a regen it still doesn't do nearly as good of a job as it would have doing a regen while working the motor.
     
  14. Fastdirt

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    Well the 450 wasn't a huge loss. I mean I lost money overall but it sold for $7k more than I paid and I think the new owner loves it. The extra work on that dig came from 5' of build up if you look at the existing earth lines. Had to dig a big borrow pit to get dry fill. They hauled in about 7 loads a week earlier for the fill but it got saturated by the heavy rains and we had to bury it.


    Yeah Mark, I just don't know about all that stuff. A guy came by in a 2015 F350 and his manual stated a GCVWR of 30,000. The older trucks from the 2005 era just didn't have the numbers. I'm keeping it all and will use the Peterbilt in the end. Now the whole regen thing is just something I'll stay away from for now. I can definitely see your point about idling and clogging. I liked that 367 but not enough to deal with it and I really don't need a new truck. I like older trucks really...or should I say I like older truck prices lol. No, but I really like 379's, W9's, and LTL's for now. I did do a little research about doing an EGR and DPF delete but it's illegal to do in this country from what I read and it can also create more problems if not done right.


    Weather has been so nice around here and I sure wish it would last a while longer.



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    We took on this little mess. The company bought a 53' trailer for extra storage. They overloaded it so bad that it collapsed. When they loaded the trailer it was backed up to their loading dock so they just ran pallets from top to bottom, front to back and then had the trailer moved out to their parking lot. The parking lot was on a slope and off camber. We took on the challenge and were prepared to demo it if we had to, but we took our chances and unloaded it very carefully. It was pretty sketchy picking up pallets on the top of other pallets on such and angle.
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    Some great looking pools FD. I still cannot get over how complicated the digs are. Yeah not to often do you get to walk the excavator from one job to the next.

    The red Pete looked good with the visor on it.

    Nice to see the clearing pics as well. It turned out great.
     
  16. Fastdirt

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    Thanks, LC. Just out there enjoying the good weather while it last :cool:



    Well, hope everybody enjoyed their Easter! I spent my weekend driving across the Southeast to Central Mississippi. It was over 800 miles round trip and the search is finally over after years of searching. I've been looking several times a week for years on CL, Truckpaper, and Comm. Truck Trader for these specs on an LTL . I saw it Friday night just two hours after it posted and I jumped.

    It's a 1996 LTL 9000, 42" flat top bunk, 3406C, 13 spd., Jake brakes, lockers, 212" WB, dual stacks, dual air seats, tilt wheel, a/c, Neway air ride, sliding air 5th wheel. Absolutely no rust. I kept true to my promise of no projects and this one is good to go to work. It could hook up to the lowboy in the morning and go to work. Made it back home over 400 miles in the rain with no issues. A/C and wipers worked fine and kept the windshield clear through the storms. It even has wiper delay unlike my 94 L9000. Also has 24.5 hub piloted wheels unlike the 94 w stud piloted. It also has 10 of the Ford cut Alcoa wheels with that fancy 80's pin striping. I have the stock fiberglass visor from my L9000 and I thought about keeping it true with the wheels and the factory visor but I know It's going to go a different route. It was cruising at 70 mph at 17,500 rpm's....

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    Nice score!
     
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    The new rig makes a nice addition to the fleet! It must have been somebody's baby.
     
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    Good looking truck! Where did it come from?


    It's geared tall as heck; my Detroit will only do 2100rpm.
     
  20. kshansen

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    Not sure I would be wanting to get close to a 3406 turning 17,500 RPM's Someone must have messed with the governor:eek: