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  • 57pack
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    In our local Fire Dept. we have. 1938 Mack E series pumper. It has a 5 speed non synchro transmission which requires double clutching each gear. I have the dubious distinction of being the only one who can drive this truck. On rare occasions when I take it to other towns for parades or musters. It is quite a chore to drive this truck, it's a "real truck" would hate to drive it every day! Tons of shifting and top speed of 45MPH.

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  • rockne10
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    I plan on pulling in to the next International Meet in that very rig and cargo.

    I also planned on having my '53 done by Lancaster. That didn't happen either.

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  • BobPalma
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    Great photo, Dick; 'never seen it or anything like it with the old M-series tractors. Cool beans.

    Thanks. BP

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  • jclary
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    Even route 66 was a pioneer trail compared to modern interstates. Of the era, other national highways were in place like coastal highway 17, U.S.1, highway 29 and others. However, it was the Third Reich's Autobahn that revealed the importance of having huge limited access multi-lane highways for military purposes that inspired our nation to see the peacetime benefits of such a transportation system.

    My dad was a long haul trucker in those days. He could show you every drinkable roadside spring, every speed trap, and the best place for a "porta-tree" break from Georgia to Maine. Those were the days of non-turbo Diesels, Mack duplex transmissions, and the down hill run to make it up the next.

    No disrespect was intended about the "old days"...there is much to be respected for those times, but as one who has lived long enough to remember and experience some of both, old and new...memories of the old become kinder than the reality of the experience. The last truck I had was a computer chip controlled Caterpillar powered Freightliner. I had a seven speed Spicer, cruise control, air ride, air conditioned, and stereo... and enough cab insulation that you could actually hear the radio. A far cry from the crude machines of the "Old Days."

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  • M15 Trucker
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    Originally posted by jclary View Post
    Just think about the era. No interstate highways, no overdrive, very little speed. Even with a two speed rear...except for the flat country, wonder how much driving got done in high range?

    Helps to have patience and steel kidneys.
    What about route 66 and the Linclon Highway those were good paved roads (Highways) that ran between several states (interstate).
    I think they could have done at least 60 mph on those roads.

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  • jclary
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    Just think about the era. No interstate highways, no overdrive, very little speed. Even with a two speed rear...except for the flat country, wonder how much driving got done in high range?

    Helps to have patience and steel kidneys.

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  • From the archives #118 (1947 Truckaway Walker Transport)

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    I don't recall if I have posted this image previously, in any event it is a good one that some may not have seen.
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