Yellowknife ice trucking

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by squonker, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Mine had all the axles at the rear and didn`t steer, like I think that ones does and a beaver tail, no ramps.

    At Ranger we had an 60 tonne all terrain P&H Omega, 22.5 tonne truck mounted Coles, which I did a lot of hours in, and 7.5 tonne BHB.

    I was actually a dogman at Tindal on a Mack engined Kato; those old Maxidyne`s and Jacobs engine brakes cetainly did sound nice.

    I`d gone to Tindal as a refueler, but am allergic to too much diesel and my arms came up in a hell of a rash. They`d just sacked the then dogman, and I knew the crane driver from Jabiru, so I slotted straight in.

    He had a restricted ticket and wanted to get his open, but was basically illiterate, so I coached him for a couple of weeks before his test and he passed with flying colours. :lol3
  2. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    I know the guy and I agree - total arsehole :lol3
  3. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Listen here Cowgirl (or Moo babe, whatever your name is :D)! I have the key to your WR sitting on my kitchen table, and you're out of town so perhaps you oughta be a little more careful about what you post! :lol3
  4. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Of course you're absolutely right Mr. Squonker, sir. I misspoke, he's the salt of the ruddy earth! :rofl
  5. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Good to see you`ve finally managed to get a word in edgeways in your own thread, Ben, after the highjack from the Antipodes. :D
  6. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    :lol3 It's all good mate, it's all good!
  7. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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  8. B50Paul

    B50Paul Been here awhile

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    So driving for yourself, or going over to the dark side ? :evil
  9. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Are you suggesting that I would haul...tankers? Shame on you! Wash your keyboard off right now!

    All will be revealed....patience my friend, patience.

    Cheers
  10. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Hi John, long time since I heard from you! Hey, some of my best friends are tanker yankers, I'm just 'avin' a larff! Cheers! :freaky
  11. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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  12. ChazCable

    ChazCable Mechanic

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    Hey, Squonker, bit of something cool for ya, when the Deh Cho bridge opened in November the first tractor trailer to cross the bridge was the 1972 Chevy that my dad restored for the Rowe's Construction bosses, you can see her on the CBC news video of the bridge opening ceramonies
  13. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Thanks, I haven't checked out that news clip yet but I will.
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    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    :wave Ben
  15. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    In the scene where the KW is leaving with the two Bushmaster army vehicles, you can see the the "Border Village" roadhouse and accommodation across the road, which is situated at the South Australia and Western Australia border on the Eyre Highway (Nullabor Plain).

    The annual "Border Run", which started around the mid 1970's is held at this place; I have been making the run out there, from Brisbane for about the last five years.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgVYdSx-oLw
  16. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Those are nice rigs, David. The first one there has a seriously long wheel base! (Love that air started, too).

    Cat engines definitely sound the best :deal

    I should have some news in the next few days about what is happening this winter. Possibly even tomorrow...

    (And hi Jenna!)
  17. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Brand new Mercedes Benz Actros. 13 litre V6 (I think) 440 HP and 12 speed automated transmission. Runs a bit quieter than our Volvo`s but the automated transmission is not a patch on the Swedish truck.

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    Then they gave me a Scania 8 wheeler for a run down to Surfers Paradise. 5 cylinder engine, 280 HP and another very confused 12 speed automated transmission. Parking at surfers was apparently at a premium as you can see in the pic. I showed the pic to my bosses on my return and got a bollocking; they reckoned I shouldn`t have attempted to put the truck in there. According to them I should have thrown my hands n the air and given up.....Bloody office wallah`s!

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  18. Tip Over

    Tip Over Whoopsie!

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    Now that's a scenario I wish had been caught on camera. I see the crazy situations that I would never attempt with anything bigger then a full size pickup, and to y'all it's just another day on the job.
  19. Pro Mover

    Pro Mover Truck Pilot

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    THAT, my friend, took some large balls and a lot of skill! Did you have any help shoe-horning into that loading dock (back-up cameras, swamper, clueless receiver) or just a bunch of G.O.A.L. ?

    I would guess that unaided, took you at least 10 mins to wiggle that bad-boy past the car, concrete pillar and moped?

    Did the Pre-death Brain-Donor that parked illegally at least get towed away or leave on his own before you had to get out of your nice tight parking spot?
  20. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    It would have taken me almost ten minutes from when I entered the area to getting the truck on the dock, I took a short time to get myself set up. There is actually more room between the truck and the scooter than appears in the pic.

    Those trucks do have reversing cameras which do help, but are no substitute for good mirrors.

    Once in the hole, I had to shuffle the truck across to the right to gain access to the dock leveller, and on the way out had to shuffle across to the left as the car was still parked there. The type of truck that we usually use for that delivery is a prime mover of similar configuration as the Mercedes with a tandem axle 16 pallet capacity trailer.

    The Scania`s are 14 pallet capacity and can be a bit of a bugger in tight spaces as the rear of the body will flick out if the steering wheel is turned too sharply. Here`s a profile look at one.

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