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Old 01-27-2013, 04:45 PM   #46
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He who has the most lug nuts wins. There's no not yielding right of way if you meet this on the road.
When multiple trucks are linked with rigid towbars like that I assume they have to all shift gears at the same time? All trucks have the same engine/transmission & gear ratios?
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:29 PM   #47
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When multiple trucks are linked with rigid towbars like that I assume they have to all shift gears at the same time? All trucks have the same engine/transmission & gear ratios?
One of the linked videos shows them getting under way and yes, they all appear to be identical tractors and they all shift at the same time. Maybe they have a cox on the radio who shouts commands: "Prepare to upshift. Shift 1 Lo, 1 Hi. Shift now, now, now." They probably undergo training to all use the same shift technique and timing.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:39 PM   #48
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:51 PM   #49
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You can tell that is real heavy by looking at all those tires and how squished they are. Reminds me of picking up 8,000# one one fork on the little 3,500# rated forklift, those fully inflated tires can really squish with a lot of weight is on them.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:39 PM   #50
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wt is up with these hot shot truck drivers?

air seat with the pedestal removed,or all the air out,so they can't see over the hood

big ugly sun shade over the front windshield so ya can't see out,

then they put a extension on the shifter so that it's another foot to eighteen inches up high, looks stupid, and wears the shift forks out.

gotta look kewl.......

BTW, what's the difference between a truck driver and a puppy?




after a couple of weeks the puppy will stop whining
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:11 PM   #51
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Been driving them for 26 years......a few more to go.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:58 AM   #52
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wt is up with these hot shot truck drivers?

air seat with the pedestal removed,or all the air out,so they can't see over the hood

big ugly sun shade over the front windshield so ya can't see out,

then they put a extension on the shifter so that it's another foot to eighteen inches up high, looks stupid, and wears the shift forks out.

gotta look kewl.......

BTW, what's the difference between a truck driver and a puppy?




after a couple of weeks the puppy will stop whining
Do you know why Mack puts the bulldog on the hood facing forward?
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:29 AM   #53
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I grew up around trucks, learned to drive in my step-dad's '76 Pete cabover. Drove quite a number of large trucks in the military, did some OTR and local driving in my civilian jobs outside the reserves.

Learned alot. It's a hard, hard life sometimes, doing OTR. Definitely not for everybody.

But the one thing that made it bearable was starting that engine every morning, and feeling the power at your fingertips, the way that whole rig just rumbled with it.

When the truck was in full stride, cruising down the freeway...man, it's kind of hard to explain the flow of power from that rig..like a freaking locomotive with it's sense of mass and energy.

It was a very addictive feeling, at least for me.
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wt is up with these hot shot truck drivers?

air seat with the pedestal removed,or all the air out,so they can't see over the hood

big ugly sun shade over the front windshield so ya can't see out,

then they put a extension on the shifter so that it's another foot to eighteen inches up high, looks stupid, and wears the shift forks out.

gotta look kewl.......

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Old 01-30-2013, 03:02 PM   #55
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:08 PM   #56
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so she had a 2 cycle Detroit huh? I'm assuming V8. Do you know if it was a 71 or 92 series?

Truckers said the ol Detroit was Biblical "...in the end there will be screaming and crawling"
430hp 8v92T i can rember climbing up on the steer tire and grandpa showing me how to adjust the valves and run the rack on it,

how to drive a Detroit,

1. get in truck
2. place thumb in door jamb
3. slam door shut with thumb in jamb
4. grit teeth and drive truck
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:27 PM   #57
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430hp 8v92T i can rember climbing up on the steer tire and grandpa showing me how to adjust the valves and run the rack on it,

how to drive a Detroit,

1. get in truck
2. place thumb in door jamb
3. slam door shut with thumb in jamb
4. grit teeth and drive truck
you forgot number 5. Clutch is only for starting and stopping

I drove a few 2 stroke detroits
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:41 AM   #58
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:03 AM   #59
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Robbie Gordon had two of these at the Dakar this year

Freightliner Argosy, Lots of them over here, and not because they are any good.

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Old 01-31-2013, 08:34 AM   #60
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That looks weird as hell to me. It looks like it should have two articulation points, but if it does, it doesn't look like there's enough clearance between the front trailer and the back of the sleeper. If it doesn't have two articulation points (such that the tractor has six axles), then those middle tractor tandems are going to scrub a lot.
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