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Speaking of 2 strokes in another thread, I got a new toy at work, 1982 Kenworth with a 445 HP 8V82, real sweet low miles truck from a local fire district. Gotta turn it into a poo hauler. That sucks because that's where good trucks go to die. It did mark its territory when it came into the shop, it's not oil, just condensed water from the air box drains.
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Was it a water tender ?

Recognized it could have been a fire service related from the color, lime green.


Speaking of 2 strokes in another thread, I got a new toy at work, 1982 Kenworth with a 445 HP 8V82, real sweet low miles truck from a local fire district. Gotta turn it into a poo hauler. That sucks because that's where good trucks go to die. It did mark its territory when it came into the shop, it's not oil, just condensed water from the air box drains.
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Was it a water tender ?

Recognized it could have been a fire service related from the color, lime green.
It was, also had a remote controlled monitor on the front for brushfires, 3,000 gallon tank and a small Cummins powered pump. Pump and tank are now mounted on their new truck.
I have to mount a 5th wheel, taper the rear of the frame, and install a hydraulic pump and tank to run the poo trailers. And as an added bonus this truck was never set up for trailers, so I have to plumb it for trailer air.
 

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Do you do a lot of conversions? Not sure if you have Menard's in your area (doubtful as they seem to be a Midwest thing), but they use a company to convert single axle day cabs to add a PTO and a set of forks off the back to do deliveries with. A buddy of mine was doing it for a few years, so I got my CDL to help them every now and then on the weekends.

I delivered in the snow like this. I had to put cables on. Turn the forks down, stab the ground, lift the rear wheels, put the cables on. Easy peasy.

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Do you do a lot of conversions? Not sure if you have Menard's in your area (doubtful as they seem to be a Midwest thing), but they use a company to convert single axle day cabs to add a PTO and a set of forks off the back to do deliveries with. A buddy of mine was doing it for a few years, so I got my CDL to help them every now and then on the weekends.

I delivered in the snow like this. I had to put cables on. Turn the forks down, stab the ground, lift the rear wheels, put the cables on. Easy peasy.

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That's kinda cool, never seen the forks on a truck like that before. Around here they use the hitchhiker forklifts.
 

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That's kinda cool, never seen the forks on a truck like that before. Around here they use the hitchhiker forklifts.
They have those around, too. It's always funny when you pull up and the person asks where your Moffett or piggyback is. I would say, "Hang on. You'll see." It sucked in that every delivery was a drop and hook.
 

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This was my ugly company junk. A buddy and I bought it for the aforementioned Menard's delivery business.

That's not ugly... Just practical. Have a friend with a similar rig that contracts with the local Lowes and Home Depot. He has the Moffet on his tandem axle trailer.
 

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This was my ugly for 22 years, it never got any paint because it was too busy to stop. Later I got tired of overfeeding the IRS, the state dept of revenue and the DOT and parked it. Still have it for occasional lifting jobs.
This story from the mid 1990s

My friend Pete had a single axle dump truck, a beaver tail trailer and a backhoe that he used on his farm ( PA) and had it commercially plated so he could use it for odd jobs. Pa requires you to pay your road tax quarterly.

The winter quarter he didn't drive the truck anywhere that quarter. He filled out the paper work stating zero miles that quarter and mailed it off. He got a letter from the state threatening a fine if he didn't include a check for what was due.

He got on the phone and after wasting hours, he was told he had to write a check for ZERO DOLLAR AND ZERO CENTS to satisfy the requirements.

What pissed him off the most was spending the money for a check, an envelope and a stamp for the money grabbers.
 

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Absolutely pissed off today, brand new hydraulic tank with a hole in a weld. Pumped 40 gallons of oil into it and found a puddle on the floor. Closed up the hole with a center punch, cleaned it up and zapped some weld over it... no more leak and didn't have to pump it out.
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The pics of those tracks bring back memories. In the late 80's/early 90's, during my college years, I worked for my brother, who is a heavy equipment mechanic. I not-so-fondly remember working on the tracks of a D9, replacing the pads. After torquing the bolts to 500 some odd foot pounds, you then had to rotate each bolt an additional 120 degrees! Good times.:rolleyes:
 
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