Class 8 trucks

PHOTO: Mack ‘truck stop’ concession stand

This red, white and blue Mack Titan cab was installed June 6 to the side of the concession stand at the Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks, an arts and cultural center on the former site of Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, Pa. Find more about the new installation here.

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Modest proposal: Ban all motorized transport already!

Buddy Wenners' December 2011 modest proposal for the Department of Transportation to dispense with all the rigmarole and "ban truck driving" -- penned in response to news of the handheld cell ban and otherwise the blizzard of new regs coming down the pike -- yesterday got some kudos from commenter Zach Bell. It'd be exciting, wrote Bell, to see "which make of horse and wagon takes the Ford F150 pickup truck’s spot as the no. 1 ...

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Crossville classic — Bill Bradford’s FL 9664T

I'm out at the Crossville, Tenn., truck show of the Music City Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society, where things are just getting under way. Bill Bradford, semi-retired owner of a business selling Land Rover parts in South Pittsburg, Tenn. (between Monteagle and Chattanooga), is here with this sweet long-wheelbase (relatively) 1978 Freightliner cabover, powered by a 400 Cummins, 13-speed transmission (see below). He bought it several months ago from an owner based in Grain ...

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Two awesome class 8 motor coaches

The first comes by way of the Southeastern Regional Truck Show and the awesome pair of Hyler Bracey and Cass Flagg, the former of whom you may well remember as one of the folks behind the "Big Horn" moving museum(click through that link for a story about its conception.Some years later, Bracey was looking for a way to ride in style to antique tractor and truck shows from his Atlanta-area home base with Cass and ...

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Amid big fleet investments, operators stare down high truck prices

Something is going right for the Jacobson Companies 3PL -- Mack Trucks announced yesterday that they took delivery of an order of 259 built-in-the-U.S. Mack Pinnacles, 139 daycabs and 120 sleeper trucks, and they're hiring dedicated company drivers for runs based out of their Des Moines, Iowa, headquarters. Any owner-operators out their run freight for them on occasion or regularly? The new tractors (some of which are pictured), Mack says, were delivered to Jacobson locations throughout ...

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Xantrex: 3 inverter installation tips

1. Installation best at the factory or authorized dealer aftermarket: If you're considering an aftermarket inverter installation to an older truck or mulling options on a new vehicle, take it under advisement that leading inverter manufacturer Xantrex Technology reps have formally recommended inverter installation by a truck OEM or an authorized dealer. According to Xantrex, inverter shipments have risen sharply since 2005, and the company expects sales to increase at least 40 percent in the next ...

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UV protection and FMCSA’s window-tinting clarification

FMCSA said that "truck drivers, fleet owners and managers can install a protective window film with over 70 percent net Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) on the side windows of trucks weighing over 26,001 pounds."

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Poster art for truck safety

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro yesterday announced the two winners of this year’s “Be Ready, Be Buckled” Safety Belt Student Art Contest. Regular readers of the Channel 19 blog will remember this post about last year's contest. Second grader Sophia Chen from Edison, N.J., and fifth grader Richard He from Parsippany in the same state were recognized at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Transportation building in Washington, D.C. Each won top honors for ...

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Could stocks lead natural gas power uptake?

Much has been made in recent times of the traction being gained by natural gas as an energy source to power truck freight transportation. Natural gas powertrains have made their most significant gains to date in vocational markets. Recall my post here in Overdrive Extra about the Ozinga Ready-Mix fleet in Chicago and 13 new natural gas Kenworth Class 8s they've had in service for going on a year now. Since Navistar's announcement of full-scale pursuit ...

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Heck of a farm truck: Custom 359 single-axle flatbed, with wide singles

Tom Crawford, owner and operator of the Farmer’s Market in Cashiers in far Western North Carolina, showed this custom-restored 1975 Peterbilt 359 flatbed daycab, outfitted with Michelin wide singles on the single axle rear end, at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville April 13 and 14. It was one among many I saw there that, well, I'd never seen anything quite like before. You? Before he began the custom restore on it, the unit, powered ...

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