worst truck i ever drove was a 1979 international cab-over transtar eagle with a screaming Detroit engine and over 1,350,000 miles on no power steering and no good heat in January from Seattle Washington to British Columbia,Canada. due to my year old 86' freight-liner cab over was not legal to go into canada.... also how about pulling a set of doubles "empty" from salt lake city,UT to Waukesha,WI.. 1,400 + miles. :-Xor a cab-over international1987 bob tail- (NO TRAILER) from Stamford,ct to Roanoke,VA-with spring suspension no air ride !!!!
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Post by rkennerley on Jan 29, 2010 12:21:22 GMT -5
mine would be the 30/280 bull nose MAN i used to drive way back when it was a evil thing that used to wonder all over the road till it wondered off the road and got totaled only to replaced by a dam 18/35 eps power liner
Post by tankeryanker66 on Feb 24, 2010 18:00:35 GMT -5
I don't remember what year the truck was, but it was a MACK, u-model, armstrong power steering, 237 hp engine, 5 speed, the cover over the engine in the cab was warped and I could see the road next to the block, burned 1 gal. of oil every 100 miles, (I called it the chainsaw), 44k rears on camelback. As short a wheelbase as possible, pulled tankers all over Ohio, PA, and NY. Bobtailing was murder, the truck would slow down if there was a grade nearby, didn't actually have to be on it, next thing I know I was in 4th doing 32 mph with the motor roaring through the holes in the floor.
A 1967 Dodge D 700 made into a 3 car carrier....4speed/2 speed rear and a 225 ..........wheeez........ slant six.........from L.I. to Laconia N.H.empty...50 /60 mph. From Laconia to L.I. with two 1970 Chevelles....40 /45 except on long hills. I quite after that trip. Paul
Post by extruckerman on Oct 16, 2010 22:31:01 GMT -5
Right out of high school back in '89. Drove a water truck on a road construction jobsite. Ford conventional with a 238 Detroit & a 13speed. That'll teach you how to float the gears! It had brakes on (1) wheel- period! I had a 6-7 mile turn around to the creek to get water on a winding dirt road. YOU COULDN"T PAY ME TO DO THAT NOW! Back then.. $9 per hour!
Post by crackerboxkid on Nov 17, 2010 9:16:46 GMT -5
When I first started driving it was for a slip-seat operation, and I got stuck with an old Kenworth cabover with a 250 Cummins, 13 speed 'Ranger, and a broken air ride seat that was cocked over on the right side. After three trips out east in that thing my spine was so out'a whack I literally needed to see a back doctor! (plus the truck couldn't get out of it's own way...)
Post by crackerboxkid on Dec 29, 2010 7:47:57 GMT -5
I'm hoping you're kidding... This seat was broke.... and I do mean BROKE! It made more noise than anything else in the entire truck every time I went over a bump. Once I got through the gears, the only way I could sit upright was to prop myself up with my right arm on the doghouse! Nuthin' like being low man on the totem pole...
Compacting my 6ft5 frame into a 6ton mitsubishi with a fridge van on the back, which had that stupid narrow japanese wheelbase (wheels sat a couple of hundred mm in from the edge of the fridge van) wich handled corners and anything over 80km/hr very poorly empty, let alone when you fill it up with pig carcaces swinging from the ceiling, and then spend up to 15hrs driving and delivering the pigs around citys, pigs weighing up to 80kg each, all for the one low (and set) price of $150?!?! haha the things u do for friends of ur family......... i only did about 5 days of it here and there, but never again.
Ford dump truck I used to drive in Florida. Never quite handled right and you need to make an appointment to stop the darn thing. Worst brakes I ever saw.
. i agre i drove a 10 yard ford dump what a pos everthing you said is right on the money you would have to telegraph 5 lights in a row to stay green so you could stop at the 6th and talk about wandering the truck sometimes thought it owned both lanes 2nd worst ride of my life the 1st was in a fld s/t century it was an old j.b hunt truck and i was coming westbound down cabbage pass headed for pendelton ore, when the jake brake quit working on the cumapart needless to say i got all the 79,990 pounds of truck and trailer off that mountain and once off i let her roll to cool the brakes back down then the company had the balls to say it was driver error but yet i have never lost a truck,trailer or load in 12 years of driving
My least favorite truck is the most resent truck i bought...There is really nothing wrong with it, but I just can`t stand driving the thing! It`s a 09 Volvo FM13 480hp. lucky mee that my employee loves it!
I've only driven few certain trucks, as I only have my class B Permit, and driven a few of my dad's trucks, back when he was driving and a friend's Peterbilt 389
For dump trucks, I've driven a Mack and 2 International 4900's
I hated the 4900's so much, they only had 180HP Cummins' with 5 Speed's and the Max they would do for speed would be 53MPH and they weren't even locked
For tractor trailer's, I've driven Ford, Western Star, International, Volvo, Peterbilt and Freightliner
and out most of them I hated, it would be a tie between, my friend's 389 Peterbilt and and the 88 Volvo I drove in C.D.L. class it only had a 3406B 310HP Cat with a 9 speed direct, very hard to shift and had no power
But, my least favorite would be a tie between Peterbilt and Volvo, although I do like the Pete 351's, 352's, 359's, 362's and the frst generation 379's
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