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    Lounge organist, old Studebakers, bicycling

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  1. Are you kidding? You have so much fun at one of these events they should be illegal....😀
  2. beyerjf


    Yes they will come on even if the ignition is off and respond to any motion of the tractor. A stiff wind would do it. The hard wired circuit goes to both +battery for full time juice and Ign on for regular needs, so it doesn't just sit there recording when the truck is parked for days, weeks, years, whatever....
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    After trying several, all with flaws, I installed this Garmin 65w around 2 years ago. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/587334 Major pluses: Small, but with great video clarity. Hard wired (if desired) Comes on when ignition is turned on. Don't have to remember to plug it in. Continues recording for set time after ignition off, also is motion sensitive, comes on even with ignition off if truck is jostled. Easy to transfer files to computer, can also see videos on app. But here is the best. It is voice activated. Just say "OK Garmin, save video" or "OK Garmin, save picture" Saves video 90 seconds before your command, continues for 90 seconds after your command. Only negative is the price. But after wasting $'s on cheaper units this one did it. This is not my video, but is worth watching. Talk about the totally unexpected.
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    To get a newer truck?

    Since this thread has sort of morphed from replacing equipment to replacing motivation I might as well weigh in. Some of you may recall when I went full time, and attended the National in Hutchinson from 2013-2017, got my cat Sunflower, all was right with the world. Well sort of. And this was even discussed by several members, the fact that the one thing they missed the most being a moving target was the lack of a fully equipped shop. That is what I missed severely, plus still being active in the trucking business with an older (2000) model tractor. a maintenance facility was becoming critical, and working on my Studebakers was a consideration. Soooo, I bought a modest property in NW Indiana in 2018 which is splinters and steel, but serves the need. And opened the only Studebaker Dealer in Remington IN. They needed one. Then Cooties. Trailer Transit, the company I have been leased to for 15 years provides logistics for time sensitive mass events, Disney on Ice(have cancelled all tours through the end of 2022)Cirque du Soleil(declared bankruptcy, stiffed us for $250K worth of transport costs) NASCAR, college football, golf tournaments, rock concerts. Need I go on? Our business evaporated. Just like Pete Kildow, I was forced to suspend operations in March, and terminated my lease in June entering a "trial retirement". Fortunately I have the understanding I can return to Transit with my present 2000 Argosy at any time. TT is hauling new trailers and the occasional military simulator or specialty trailer, but drivers still out there have taken a 30% cut in revenue. In short the only ones out there have to be because of tractor payments or other personal financial considerations. They are literally going bankrupt one load at a time. Just like Ron, I am still "adjusting" to retirement. Tractor is still viable ready to go, so am I. Do I want to reenter a business that is deteriorating or go for another career, sort of the opposite of what Ron is contemplating. I leave, he enters. The world stays in balance. But I am not ready to stop. You can only putter so much. I can justify sitting tight for the moment until some of the unknowns of Covid work themselves out. Well, my back up plan with the dealership is doing OK. Might add Packard to the mix if I can.
  5. A similar scenario existed with automobiles. The software required to service them was proprietary and not available to independent repair shops. It took a while for their lobbying groups to convince Congress to force the auto makers to give access to that software. But that was a consumer product. Such does not exist for HDT's as an example. You usually cannot buy the software needed to service your Kenworth, Freightliner or others. If you can it is prohibitively expensive.
  6. I have tried it both ways. Leaving the phone on, or turning it off before it goes into the pouch. It doesn't seem to make any difference in battery life. Leaving it on is a little easier, as soon as it come out of the pouch it looks for a signal. I don't have to wait for it to boot up. And turning the phone off doesn't turn off all the functions. The phone can be tricked into pinging towers and transmitting location data. Here is an article which explains who can do it and how. Every day one "app" or another is exposed as some fraudulent way to get to you. Frankly I don't trust any attempt at setting my privacy settings on any device more complicated than the AM radio in the instrument panel of my 1951 Studebaker. https://techpp.com/2013/08/22/track-phone-turned-off/ Make sure you have your metallic protective headgear securely strapped on. (Tin hat)
  7. Since we are on the topic of wholesale snooping. I got tired of Google knowing everywhere I went and asking me how I liked the tacos at Enrique's Mexican Food Emporium, even though I just drove past the place. Matters not if your phone is turned off, it still pings towers, and unless you disable the GPS function, tells the whole intelligence and internet community where you are. Soooo, this product stops the nonsense. Called Silent Pocket, nice little pouch to store your cell phone in, lined with material to prevent all signals in or outbound, otherwise known as a Faraday cage. Put it in when you want to go incognito, take it out and use the phone normally. I got it because I am not wild about contact tracing. Or other conspiracy angles. Don't get me started.... https://silent-pocket.com/
  8. You are right, I haven't posted for a while. I am the guy with the red Argosy Freightliner cabover. Still have the units, have stopped commercial trucking for the moment because of all the hullabaloo. Might even make it to Hutchinson in October, hard to plan stuff like that these days. Sunflower is doing fine by the way. May change the title of the tractor to an RV, I am now domiciled in Indiana, if anyone has pulled that stunt I would appreciate hearing from them. The HDT resource guide information is like 8 years old on the topic for Indiana. Also need guidance on insurance for the HDT RV route, no commercial use involved.
  9. I worked for Penske Truck leasing for 4 years. Here is how the disposal of used equipment goes. First they approach the wholesale market, retailers that are willing to buy multiple units. They get the best of the units if they are willing to pay for them. By the best, I mean long term lease units( 3 or more years ) that have been assigned to one customer, preferably serviced by one Penske location. Next will be dealers who will take one or 2 at a time, who know what they are buying and inspect them carefully wholesale for retail sale. Next, which is what you are referring to is the units for sale at a given Penske sales lot. Yes they will have full maintenance records available. Yes they will have at least 50% tires and brakes and all known defects will be addressed. These will be units that might have been at one customer for their career, or could be weekly or daily rental units. Penske will ask full retail for these units, and they will stand behind their warranty. The first 90 days is the least of your problems. Penske is as large and successful as they are because they know exactly how to make money in this capital intensive business. As the truck is used in their fleet they stretch oil changes as far as allowed or farther, same with lubrication. If a truck comes needing some tires, it is going to get only what it needs, no more. Because their road side repair network is so good, and they have many ready replacement units, they push the envelope on any repairs. They know they are going to have that truck for x amount of time or miles depending on the lease contract, and get rid of it after that. If they can't sell the truck within a period of time it hits the auction market. The trucks are overwhelmingly strippers but command premium money because of the warranty. I don't think it is worth it.
  10. 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....
  11. Buy a cab over. Tilt cab until windshield is accessible from the ground. Wash window with bug sponge and squeegee. Commence Truckin'.
  12. beyerjf

    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?
  13. 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.
  15. 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.
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