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    Thread: Big trucks used to be so pretty.

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      01-28-2012 08:00 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by dieselraver View Post
      i don't get it why is the chasis so long? is it so it can accommodate some sort of special trailer?
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      01-28-2012 08:01 PM #52
      I love the old cab overs, would make a great toy hauler one day.





      Love the WW2 Autocars, though I don't know if they can really be called "pretty".





      My favorite truck is the Oshkosh M1070. Pretty/Thing of Beauty...





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      01-28-2012 08:13 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by i.want.a.dub View Post
      what is not functional about it? please tell me.
      It's hugely long. There's zero function to that. It's only form. Big pimpin' bro. It also makes it much more difficult to manuver in tight situations.

      And the shape has terrible aerodynamics.

      A shorter less cool looking rig would be much easier to drive and cheaper to run. The cost of being cool.

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      01-28-2012 08:14 PM #54
      This thread needs some International Loadstar.



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      01-28-2012 08:17 PM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by Benkennedy11 View Post
      You're kidding, right? The thing has a stretched frame which is so long, he has to do a 5-pointer where any normal truck could've just pulled right out.
      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.

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      01-28-2012 08:57 PM #56
      ^ Most of those are awesome Also, I've always loved this...


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      01-28-2012 08:58 PM #57
      Wow, I actually like that...

      looks like a lego truck

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      01-28-2012 09:08 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by Rohan P View Post

      well actually there is lots of want in this thread
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    9. 01-28-2012 10:07 PM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by jzobie View Post
      No I spoke correctly, we would be nothing without our tractor trailers. Our railroad system is not adequate to transport humans let alone all the goods that we rely on. That is what we use our interstate system for.
      Arguably true in today's world. However, it was the railroads that connected the East and West and facilitated interstate/territory settlement and travel. Rail transport is still viable and cost efficient for transporting larger loads/quantities of goods than individual trucks can handle. And it has only been since the 50's that well-designed and integrated interstate highways have been in existence, which allowed trucking to compete with railroads for transport dollars, which in turn allowed the development of more (quantity and convenient) local distribution points, and undoubtedly contributed to the decline of railroads. And, considering the deteriorating highway infrastructure, it certainly would make sense to invest in refining our current system into a more integrated and coordinated rail/truck system with trains delivering "bulk" to distribution points and trucks delivering to local markets.
      Staying on topic, I too enjoy those old Macks. Basically, a cover for the engine and a cover for the driver simply and elegantly drawn. For modern trucks, I think the Volvos come closest to emulating that design intent.


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      01-28-2012 10:31 PM #61
      Never though I would say this, but I want a big truck!

    11. 01-28-2012 10:59 PM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by TOMPASS View Post
      Arguably true in today's world. However, it was the railroads that connected the East and West and facilitated interstate/territory settlement and travel. Rail transport is still viable and cost efficient for transporting larger loads/quantities of goods than individual trucks can handle. And it has only been since the 50's that well-designed and integrated interstate highways have been in existence, which allowed trucking to compete with railroads for transport dollars, which in turn allowed the development of more (quantity and convenient) local distribution points, and undoubtedly contributed to the decline of railroads. And, considering the deteriorating highway infrastructure, it certainly would make sense to invest in refining our current system into a more integrated and coordinated rail/truck system with trains delivering "bulk" to distribution points and trucks delivering to local markets.
      Staying on topic, I too enjoy those old Macks. Basically, a cover for the engine and a cover for the driver simply and elegantly drawn. For modern trucks, I think the Volvos come closest to emulating that design intent.
      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.

    12. 01-28-2012 11:19 PM #63
      These used to be everywhere ... Ford built this cab style for some 20 years.

      Last edited by GoFaster; 01-28-2012 at 11:21 PM.

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      01-28-2012 11:33 PM #64
      Enough modded trucks! We just had a thread on that.

      I am quad'ing the Volvo. I think they look awesome.


      I like the last generation too:


      And these Kenworths are hideous:

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      01-28-2012 11:47 PM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by GoFaster View Post
      These used to be everywhere ... Ford built this cab style for some 20 years.

      I learned to drive stick in one of those with a twin boom wrecker body when I was 14!
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    15. 01-29-2012 12:02 AM #66
      Love the old big rigs


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    16. 01-29-2012 12:21 AM #67
      Holy jeebus..the first page of this thread makes me want to...


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      01-29-2012 12:22 AM #68
      Came for smokey and rubber duck






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      01-29-2012 12:37 AM #69
      i will one day own a 50/ 60s COE, they are just so cool looking

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      01-29-2012 01:39 AM #70
      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?

      I love a lot of the current rigs, but the new international is Hideous. The grille is far to large for my liking.

      I'm a fan of the Volvo trucks, as well as mostly all of the late model Freightliners. I have a soft spot for the newer FL70.
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      01-29-2012 06:02 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.

    21. 01-29-2012 06:06 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 08:30 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 08:46 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 03:56 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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