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    Thread: Big trucks used to be so pretty.

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      01-29-2012 07:02 AM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by IdontOwnAVW View Post
      I am assuming the rigs down in AUS are either built down there, or converted to RHD? Or do some managed to just get brought down from here while sticking with LHD?
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      Kenworth are Built here. I only have a passing interest but the ownership of truck manufacturers and engine and chassis combos is impossible to keep tabs on.

    2. 01-29-2012 07:06 AM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by dubjager View Post
      As was said above, these trucks are designed for maximum fuel efficiency, prettiness isn't a priority.
      Actually no. The Kenworth W900 and all of the ones that have a similar styling has absolutely the worst fuel efficiency compared to the more slick models. This is info straight from a training manager at Kenworth.

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      01-29-2012 09:30 AM #73
      One day, when I get my stuff together I want to make a hauler with a repower of either a Cummins or a 7.3 PSD COE are the business





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      01-29-2012 09:46 AM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
      That looks like it was the truck featured in that old horror film whose name I can not remember.
      That movie is "Duel" from 1977 and that is indeed the truck from it. Love that movie

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      01-29-2012 04:56 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by RATHERSMART View Post
      Actually no. The Kenworth W900 and all of the ones that have a similar styling has absolutely the worst fuel efficiency compared to the more slick models. This is info straight from a training manager at Kenworth.
      I was actually talking about the OP's example and the more aerodynamically designed models. The W900 has remained generally unchanged for many, many years. Being one of the "classic" designs and all...

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      01-29-2012 05:02 PM #76
      Eh, take a ride in a B-type and then in a modern Mack and you probably won't yearn for the B-type anymore.

    7. 01-29-2012 05:35 PM #77
      Quote Originally Posted by jzobie View Post
      I was just commenting on how today the semis that travel US interstate highways are the equivalent of yesteryears cowboys; unique to the United States. The rest of the developed world has integrated rail systems to deliver goods to its citizens, while we rely on tractor trailers to do so. I am not arguing that the rail system was not an integral part of the connection between eastern and western United States 150 years ago.
      Then why are highways all over the world filled with trucks and semis?

      You might not know it but freight railways in the US actually have a higher marketshare than in Western Europe. The American passenger rail network might not be very impressive, but American freight railways are.

      More on topic, who else thinks that American trucks are far cooler than European trucks? I most certainly do.

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      01-29-2012 05:37 PM #78
      Also, train tracks don't pass by every single warehouse in the United States, or anywhere for that matter. Trucks will always be needed.

      The Conrail system in the US is quite extensive, taking trailers and shipping containers to various areas.

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      01-29-2012 06:22 PM #79
      Speaking of construction ....





    10. 01-29-2012 07:21 PM #80
      Big trouble in little China


      Man I wonder if anyone remembers watching the show BJ and the bear.
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      01-30-2012 12:13 AM #81
      I agree with OP, but I was hoping this thread was about full size pickups.

      I spent the weekend in rural VA and saw lots of 60s-70s-80s Chevy and Ford pickups, especially 70's Chevy C10's.

      I'd never realized how incredibly, profoundly cool they are. Beyond cool.

      Not slammed or restomodded or whatever, just a good rust-free driver in nice original condition.


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      02-09-2012 02:01 AM #82
      A few weeks ago I drove past these 2 rigs in the middle of an oilfield. I finally got a chance to go back and take a few pics.

      Anyone have any info on this Cat?









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      02-09-2012 12:33 PM #84


      Speaking of good looking Volvo's.

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      02-09-2012 12:51 PM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by IntrstlarOvrdrve View Post
      I dunno what you're talking about bro, this is beautiful
      Yeah, it is. It's just too bad that cornbinder is blocking the view of the trailer...
      Lately I have been testing "tip-in events". Just the tip-in. Just to see how it feels. Response time is typically on the order of 2-3 seconds. Sometimes the injection timing is a little off...

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      02-09-2012 12:53 PM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by scrapper View Post
      Big trouble in little China


      Man I wonder if anyone remembers watching the show BJ and the bear.
      lol bj and the bear, great title for a gay porno
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      02-09-2012 12:54 PM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by invisiblewar View Post
      Dont really get this...

      How many people in this market are going looking at aesthetics when buying these trucks? Its the one market where it should be almost all function.

      I know theres some truck drivers in here, please chime in. If youre buying a truck to haul equipment would you go for a better looking truck with less function or something that looks odd that will benefit you.


      Sorry if my wording a bit weird, having one of those days where my words dont seem to flow.
      Fleet managers only care about costs, parts/maintenance costs, durability, reliability, fuel economy, etc. Owner/operators care more about having the most lights, most chrome, external air cleaners, least aero design possible. Think of it as the truck version of stancing, the less practical it is the more it's revered by the peer group.
      Lately I have been testing "tip-in events". Just the tip-in. Just to see how it feels. Response time is typically on the order of 2-3 seconds. Sometimes the injection timing is a little off...

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      02-09-2012 12:56 PM #88
      Quote Originally Posted by RATHERSMART View Post
      I just toured the Kenworth factory in town.

      They had a DAF cabover on display and OMG! They had to pry me out of it. That thing is a beauty!
      COE trucks are a bit strange to drive if youre used to standard US trucks... the cab rocks the opposite direction and can be a bit unnerving at first


      Quote Originally Posted by dodger21 View Post
      I would be willing to put $1k down saying that owner can back up his truck into a dock door 1 minute faster than 8/10 company drivers.

      I hate company drivers and I have never done trucking for a living.
      this part is obvious....



      a lot of unintentional humor in this thread

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      02-09-2012 01:00 PM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by IntrstlarOvrdrve View Post
      I dunno what you're talking about bro, this is beautiful
      I think this freightliner is a fantastic throw-back. I'd love to see more of them on the road.

      fubar edit: international truck pictured
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      02-09-2012 01:01 PM #90
      Quote Originally Posted by curvedinfinity View Post
      I think this freightliner is a fantastic throw-back. I'd love to see more of them on the road.
      joking?



      and heres a nice boxy truck!


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      02-09-2012 01:07 PM #91
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      joking?
      Thanks for catching that.
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      02-09-2012 01:14 PM #92
      LoL...BJ amd the Bear. I remember that! Greg Evigan, who later starred in "My 2 Dads" with Paul Reiser. I feel old.

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      Buy it now for $120k.


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      02-09-2012 02:50 PM #97
      Quote Originally Posted by The Igneous Faction View Post
      I distinctly remember lots of these driving around when I was a kid, but they're all gone now:
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      They, along with our jerbs, went to India. They're friggin' all over South Asia.
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      02-09-2012 02:52 PM #98
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      joking?



      and heres a nice boxy truck!

      Guess this is some sort of oil field truck?

      Because it is beautiful.
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      02-09-2012 02:56 PM #99
      Quote Originally Posted by 16v_43v3r View Post
      Guess this is some sort of oil field truck?

      Because it is beautiful.
      yup

      their native environment is moving oil feild platforms around in the desert

      fun fact... the slanted front nose comes from having had 2 radiators on the front when it was originally designed. now with more modern cooling packages, theyre able to pop a single one behind the slant, but kept the nose as it was so distinctive.





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      Aren't these Bentley headlights?

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      02-10-2012 12:24 AM #101
      I want something like this for Home Depot runs.





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      02-10-2012 01:10 AM #102
      It looks like the KW is trimmed up and can be sat over a Kodiak or 1ton truck chassis. That would be awesome to have.

    32. 02-10-2012 01:55 AM #103
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0T_Convert View Post
      I like the Volvo trucks. One of the few trucks I see that has factor HIDs. Well that or all the drivers are using projector headlight kits.

      I like how they look and the interiors are pretty damn nice, though a few OTR truckers tell me theyre pos especially with the eaton auto trans

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      02-10-2012 12:10 PM #105
      Quote Originally Posted by Impeccable View Post
      I like how they look and the interiors are pretty damn nice, though a few OTR truckers tell me theyre pos especially with the eaton auto trans
      The first gen Auto Shifts sucked. Especially in the cold. But the one thing I liked about the VN was how tight the turning radius was compared to most other trucks.

      More off road trucks.





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