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Frame stretch/air ride addition project

Posted By Freightrain Monday, October 25, 2010 5:58 PM
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Michelle Cole
 Posted Monday, December 12, 2011 8:20 AM
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Sounds like you are having to much fun Larry.

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Freightrain
 Posted Monday, December 12, 2011 6:59 AM
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Dan, I'm sure I'm nowhere near what Dan has in his truck.  We talked up at Piston Power and he has it down to a science and going inches/minute and working on inches/hour!!!  I'm just glad now I can creep along when I need to.  The shift pattern had me really screwed  up LOL!!  We're all good now.

I got stupid with it yesterday and had to near stop in the middle median to get my bearings LOL!!  Learning curve LMAO!!  Not keen enough yet to play that hard yet.  I'm trying to figure out what kind of actual pattern I could go through if I did try to use all of the gears.  I'm thinking leave aux in 2nd and run through my main boxes up to 5OD, then up the aux to 3rd and start over in main boxes??  Or do I split with aux in the middle of my compound?   I need to work the numbers to see where the ratios go.


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Monday, December 12, 2011 7:06 AM by Freightrain
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 Posted Monday, December 12, 2011 5:41 AM
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Dan, that forgetting which stick and what gear we are in brings back some old memories. As I go to work with my 18 speed road ranger I am glad those are memories. Wayne
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 Posted Monday, December 12, 2011 5:29 AM
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Larry------Maybe now you can challenge Dan Schaefer in a slow race with his double 13 speed Brockway . We used to hold that event when we used to have summer picnics instead of Christmas parties in our club .

Now you potentially have triple trouble grabbing the wrong stick if you're tired ! At least I've had that problem in my 2 stick pickup . Makes my wife laugh and remind me that I should have installed an Allison .
Monday, December 12, 2011 5:33 AM by junkmandan
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 Posted Sunday, December 11, 2011 9:31 AM
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Well, more updates.  I got myself a hunk of 3/4"rod and manufactured a shifter handle.  Kinda a messed up wad of spaghetti looking, but functional.



With all three in their closed possible shift, there is still room for everything.  I needed to make it with the big kink so as to allow room for passenger to get into bunk.  With the shifter being right in front of the seat it would have been impossible to crawl over with a straight stick.  It is pretty comfortable to operate, and gives my hand something to rest on.



I still need to pull it back out and put some paint on it, but I did take it for a drive.  Wow.....that was a learning experience!  After screwing things up a bit I found a big parking lot to go play in.  This is when I found out the problem.  Seems the shift pattern isn't like I was thinking it was.  Like a typical Mack, lo/lo is up-left, lo is down-left, direct is down-right, OD is up-right(working in a basic "U" pattern).  Well, this tranny isn't like that.  Lo/lo is down-left, Lo is up-left, the other two gears are normal.  I now know why it didn't seem to have such a deep reduction, as I was in 2nd gear instead of 1st.  It does creep along pretty nice now when I want it to, using the proper gear!

If you notice I cut the rubber hose off my main shifter as I had to straighten it out some to make more room.  Not sure why it had the Z bend in it anyway?

The box has about a 400 rpm drop in gears, which is about the same as my compound.  In normal driving I don't see a lot of use for shifting it, but I can see maybe on a hill not having to drop from 5th/under to 4th/over, I can just drop the aux one gear and gain the same 400 rpm without having to move two sticks.


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Sunday, December 11, 2011 9:33 AM by Freightrain
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dashby (11/21/2011)
I think the B/L shifters are all the same, regardless of the kind of donor truck.

Dean


Just givin' the Pete guys a hard time.  I know they are just universal shifters.

Dan, I need to spend some time playing with it to see what it likes and how the ratios work.  First order of business is to get the handle make so it's a bit more "firm" to operate.  The piece of conduit is kinda flimsy LOL!


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The transmission came out of a de-commisioned REO concrete mixer  . Nice job Larry , now you'll have a half gear split .It'll be like driving a 13 speed ,only with 2 sticks .
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I think the B/L shifters are all the same, regardless of the kind of donor truck.

Dean


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 Posted Monday, November 21, 2011 10:30 AM
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Cheap was the word of the day..........and what do you know..........a Pete part was offered to me!! 

Got to put a big thank you to Stan Walls for taking care of me on this part of the project.  Perfect timing and just the right part for the job.


Larry
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Larry,

If you were looking for something dependable, you should have gotten one out of an Autocar or Freightliner!

Rick


If it doesen't have two sticks, you might as well drive an automatic

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