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About beyerjf

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    Lounge organist, old Studebakers, bicycling

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  1. What about the times you were paid to fix a customers car and... While doing double duty doing oil changes on the rack and running out to pump gas( remember that?) I came back to the 1963 Chevrolet 283 V-8 still up in the air. Spun the oil filter on it, lowered it, filled it with oil and drove it out to the parking lot, not noticing the thin stream of oil all the way. Customer picks up the car, gets about 1/2 mile oil light comes on, boss tows it back in to find a PER-33 installed instead of the correct PER-49 or: Changing the customers rear tires from regular tread to snow treads by dismounting the tires(remember that whole thing?) Put the wheels back on the car and forget to tighten the right rear lug nuts, customer drives about 3 blocks, RR wheel comes off, he comes walking back in mad as a hornet....
  2. Buy a cab over. Tilt cab until windshield is accessible from the ground. Wash window with bug sponge and squeegee. Commence Truckin'.
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    Damnphool ideas

    Have you been on the phone with my dispatcher?. Are you giving him ideas on how to cover loads all over North America while keeping me on the road for 2 months?
  4. If I had a dollar.... For every sign indicating a weight or length limit, no trucks blah blah blah, where it was absolutely the only way to get to the destination i would have been able to retire long ago. I have been making direct to site deliveries my entire trucking career. I see the signs. Lots of them are there for good reason. But there are also excellent reasons to ignore them. Would you like this 60,000 lb portable stage delivered to the city park where there is a 5 ton limit or not? You tell the 25,000 people who have paid $150-300 per ticket for the concert that cannot happen unless I ignore the sign. How about the overweight portable boiler that is going to provide emergency heat to a hospital? Or the trucks that are delivering food, medical supplies or linens to the same hospital, who regularly drive past one of those weight limit signs. We deliver million dollar military simulators to National Guard and Army Reserve bases in residential zones all the time. I am guessing in this case you are passing the sign on your way to your domicile. Suppose you decided to add a nice garage with a concrete floor to keep that nice Volvo in. That concrete mixer would certainly be way over that limit. What happens then? No garage? This is one of those huge gray areas. You have a legitimate reason to traverse that roadway. As long as it is legal to park that vehicle on your property they cannot deny you access to that property. What is really happening here is vehicles that don't have a destination anywhere along that roadway are using it, a short cut perhaps, or more likely with the advent of the ubiquitous GPS, truck drivers, using the car mode of the device are going down that road when they shouldn't. And the sign cannot spell out all the possibilities, hence citing the ordinance. To the folks on this site, I would recommend heeding the signs, knowing that there are times when you will have to ignore them. A few phone calls to local law enforcement, a little research on Google maps, information from the locals you are visiting are all good sources to determine whether your route is a problem.
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    O.T. Elio Motors

    My son has a reservation, could try to sell it on Ebay. And I own 100 shares of the company, needless to say it wasn't the best investment I ever made. There was no mal intent on the part of The Elio corporation or it's founder. When the car's idea was first hatched about 10 years ago, gasoline was at record highs, over $4 a gallon, the average price of a new car was over $25k, so the idea made some sense. But a lot has changed in the ensuing period. Gasoline is down around $2.50 and stable enough for Ford to eviscerate their lineup of cars and concentrate on SUV's. And Electric anything has caught the imagination of the demographic that is a natural for this car. And they are not interested in anything that involves hydrocarbons, no matter how efficient. Uber, ride sharing and shared ownership is being talked about seriously, something that wasn't on the horizon 10 years ago. Time has passed them by.
  6. This was probably the major source of the loss of coolant, and was mentioned earlier, it got burned in the combustion chamber, not going into the oil pan and combining with the oil, which has also been mentioned would have left the oil looking like mayonnaise. If the hole is at the top of the liner where compression is forced into it one of the symptoms would be bubbles or even hoses blown off the cooling system. If the hole is at the lower part of the liner it just leaks into the cylinder. The hole was caused by cavitation, which is prevented by testing the coolant at least annually to make sure it has the correct SCA concentration, not too much, not too little, just right. It is over looked by lots of fleets and owners, and although easy to test for, some strips from a Cummins dealer does it, more often than not they don't have them. All things considered, you done good. You caught the situation before any real serious damage was done. And now you have an excellent motor out front.
  7. We refer to that as a preventable accident.
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    Oil Change

    I encourage anyone to do their own oil changes and grease jobs. Spend a little time just laying under there with a flashlight and looking at where everything is. And then next time, if you see something out of place, well time to get an expert involved. It is tough for lots of people to crawl under there, with all the side skirts etc. Driving the front tires up onto some kind of ramp arrangement with RR ties, or jacking it up and using some appropriate jack stands helps, but is some work. But that's why we all love HDT's isn't it?
  9. Average professional driver here. Bought my first CB in 1976 at K Mart, a Kraco 23 channel. Paid $75 for it a relative fortune. Fast forward to today. A Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB (sideband Upper and Lower channels in addition to main channel) and a pair of matched decent 3 ' whips installed by a pro CB shop in Remington IN All peaked and tuned. And guess what. A total waste of time. Except when running convoy with drivers from my company, there are almost no CB transmissions on the regular highway now. When you used to go through a town like West Memphis, AR the chatter would start 15 miles out and go 24/7, nothing that you really wanted to hear mind you, but it was on the air. Now it is total silence. Do a little survey next time, count the number of class 8 trucks that don't even have antennas. It is well into the 50% range. 10/4 Good buddy. Keep the greasy side down....
  10. When I started in the trucking business and bought my first truck in 1976, I had the opportunity to purchase a brand new 1975 Dodge Cab over with a 8V92 Detroit Diesel hooked to an Allison 4 speed automatic. There were 25 of them sitting on a lot somewhere in MI, a cancelled fleet order. They were a deal at $25,000 each. Road tractors. I chickened out because of the Allison. http://www.olddodges.com/lseries.htm
  11. You have many choices out there. Enclosed headache racks are very common and are made by dozens of companies, both in stock form, partially custom or full custom. Here is one of the most common stock manufacturers http://merrittproducts.com/aluminum-products/cab-racks-cabinet-cr
  12. We pick up new flat bed trailers at all of the major manufacturers. If the customer who orders them really options them out, the overwhelming choice is for aluminum tool boxes. Once in a while you will see some steel boxes. Those go to the leasing companies like Penske, Xtra Lease and the like Now, lets fast forward to the used trailers we move around. If they have steel boxes, they are the first thing to get cut off the trailer because they are ugly, rusty and useless. Unless the aluminum boxes have been abused( dented, doors left open and racked etc.) they are still serviceable. In the transportation biz, steel trailers are the cheaper lines, the more aluminum, the higher the quality and resale value. I don't know if I have ever seen an enclosed headache rack (which is about what you have pictured) made of steel. the overwhelming choice would be aluminum.
  13. At least they haven't fallen completely into the trap of other jurisdictions. The Pennsylvania State Police are switching all vehicles over to a medium grey with grey ghost lettering. The only reflective item the is PSP seal on the side. Absolutely cannot see them in rain, or snow, or at night. Lights are inside the vehicle, nothing on top. When questioned the PA officials just came up with a lame excuse that the vehicles now match the uniforms. The whole stealth/swat team trend thing with the cops is one of my pet peeves.
  14. Well, sure enough, we found out where Ice Road Truckers went. There is a new broadcast network using the secondary frequencies of the thru the air digital TV broadcast spectrum, like MeTV, Escape, Grit(Television with Backbone), Ion, Movies! etc. It is called Quest, starting broadcasting in Jan of 2018 and is available in about 50 markets in the US. Looks like they are re running a lot of the tired Discovery Network programming that is a little long in the tooth. But it is free... http://www.questtv.com/
  15. Between that and the other one, Highway Thru Hell, lets just say that 60 seconds of film goes an awful long way. As a professional driver neither one bothers me, I find them rather amusing at times. But they are somewhat useful in getting at least some information to a general public that would otherwise have no conception. Hokey, yes. But how else are you going to make it entertaining enough to sell to advertisers, unless someone actually watches it. I guess IRT finally lost enough viewers that the History Channel dropped them. they will probably wind up in re runs on a lesser cable channel, like Velocity or something. Either one is a little more accurate presentation of the world than say Sonny and Will in the TV series Movin On. Now that one was a laugh a minute. 10-4 Good Buddy, catch ya on the flip flop.
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