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Phil D

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  1. Shifter just for Jack

    Good looking shifter, Scrap. Mighty strange Johnson bar, though.
  2. Volvos for sale

    As installed in the truck, the differences in the reverse and first gear ratios will be irrelevant. The direct drive will be coupled to a much taller (numerically lower) gear in the rear axle, which will make the final drive ratios at every step almost identical to the OD trans coupled to a numerically higher ratio axle.
  3. HDT Members On The Road, Including Their Current Locations

    We're currently in Battleground Campground, Ringgold, GA, through 3/3, then on to northern Virginia for a few months of work.
  4. 10/4 good buddies

    You KNOW that you're old when you can remember when "good buddy" was a friendly greeting, not a derisive insult -- and unfortunately, I can count myself among those that do. Unfortunately, I also fall into the group that's weighed in as being so old that they've paid for a CB license that came with a three-letter call sign. So with that said . . . KXT2266, out!
  5. 2004 Volvo 780 vnl for sale

    Yes, a 2004 model year truck would have either a 2003 or 2004 model year engine, which, in the case of a Volvo engine, would be Cooled EGR only.
  6. I first noticed those signs at the Buc-ees in Wharton two years ago, where we often stopped (in the pickup) during our occasional trips back and forth between our home in the Valley and where we were staying in Spring. Presuming that the management and staff would react in a similar manner as the way that the Baytown folks did, I planned to avoid all Buc-ees when towing from that point forward, much to the disappointment of the DW, who loves them. I've also avoided fueling my pickup there when we've subsequently passed through "Buc-ees country", because if one of my vehicles isn't welcome somewhere, they lose all my business.
  7. Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

    Volvo created a lot of confusion with the way they worded that first tag, but all of the information is there, and it indicates that it was built as a tandem axle truck. What is confusing is that, instead of itemizing the two rear axles at 19,000# and 19, 000#, they simply said "19,000 (EACH)", which, combined with the FAWR of 12,350 and the GVWR of 50,350, declares by implication that it's a tandem axle truck.
  8. Troubled diesel-makers unite?

    The Lonestar is a very polarizing design, for sure. People either really love it or really hate it -- nobody ever says that they think that it's just "okay". Count me in with those that think it hideous, with that big chrome cow catcher on its nose, but I understand that those that don't share my opinion of it think that it's positively gorgeous.
  9. Welcome, Rod. If you're certain that all you'll ever want to haul is an ATV and your fifth wheel, the 6 X 2 version would be an ideal setup, because it could easily handle what you're proposing to haul, and it's essentially "pre--singled". The rigs that are "marginal" that Jim alluded to, are trucks hauling a smart on board, often along with a large, jam-packed drom box, and a trailer with a lot of pin weight, that was singled by separating a tandem set, so its 20k axle is very near its limit.
  10. Batteries

    TRP is Paccar Parts' line of "all makes" parts, and is available through both Peterbilt and Kenworth dealerships. While it's entirely possible that you saw Newstar parts on the shelf at or advertised by a Kenworth dealership, Newstar is a line of "copy cat" parts sourced from manufacturers in the far-east, not a factory offering. I bought a Newstar tractor/trailer brake control valve for my T2000 from an independent HDT parts house earlier this year, for about a third the cost of a genuine Bendix valve. It's likely nowhere near the same level of quality as a Bendix replacement valve, but when my OEM Bendix valve would no longer function properly, and for as little as I use the T2000, it's still likely a lifetime replacement part for a fraction of the cost. All of the brands discussed here (TRP, Newstar, Rig Tuff, etc.) may well be made by the same manufacturers. If you go to Alibaba.com and order enough shipping containers full of any knockoff component, they'll print whatever name you want on the parts.
  11. Peterbilt HDT ? - regulations

    Paccar serial numbers don't indicate whether or not a truck has a sleeper. Items like the make (Pete or KW), model, tractor or straight truck, and engine family are all in there, but not the cab configuration.
  12. HDT set up questions.

    As Big5er pointed out while I was composing my post, yes, they do. In fact, North America may well be the only market in which they sell the VN/VT/VH series conventional trucks, while their cabover models are sold most everywhere BUT here.
  13. Clutch?

    I found the same to be the case when I was rigging up my T2000 eight years ago. You'll find, though, that it only works for parts that are common to both makes. A Peterbilt dealer can't buy a Kenworth-only part from Paccar Parts, and vice-versa.
  14. Cummins ISL9 Recall

    Fixed, so that future searches will be able to find the thread.
  15. Sport Chassis factory trip

    The two sizes are indeed interchangeable, but the 275/80 size isn't exclusive to Michelin. While Michelin is the predominant manufacturer using that size, there's a geographical pattern to the sizes. The 275/80 variants are used by European-based manufacturers (Michelin and Continental, for example), including, in most cases, their North American brands (BFGoodrich and Uniroyal for Michelin, General for Continental), while the 295/75 size is common to North American and Asian manufacturers (Goodyear, Bridgestone).