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Posted By Robert J Monday, July 04, 2011 2:38 PM
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Robert:

You might take a look at state allowable over-all length and distances in wheelbases prior to national uniform laws. The longer the overall, the fewer COEs on the road. Example; different lengths between western and eastern states. Prior to federal uniform regulations inter-region differences were maddening.

Just a thought.

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Good to see Truck and trucking books. It'll be useful for layman!
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Peter - glad to hear this COE book as a whole is pretty accurate per your take of it. Guess I'll bump this thread up come winter when show season is over and "reading" season starts - LOL!

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Robert, I bought that book when it first came out.  I was good..  I only saw 1 mistake, but I can't remember what it was. I don't know if it was wrong or just mislabeled...

I do more books in the winter, when I can't play with my toy....

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I have acquired some books about trucks and trucking to increase my knowledge about same. Thought I would start a thread where we could discuss such books. A newly published book that just came out a few weeks ago is:

Evolution of Cab-Over-Engine Trucks - by Norm Mort and Doug Grieve, published as a 142-page softcover in 2011 by Iconografix. Contains many B&W and some color pictures too. Some pictures are reprints of factory literature/advertisements. Here's a link to it at Amazon:

Evolution of Cab-Over-Engine Trucks


I got my copy a couple of weeks ago and it seems to cover the COE story quite well considering the variety of makes/models produced over the years. Owing to it's wide coverage this is not the book for in depth details/photos of particular makes/models obviously but almost all the popular COE's seem to be represented here. The coverage of the 1970's and later COE's seem to be a bit thin including the reasons why COE production ceased except for specialized markets such as trash haulers. For example there is more coverage of Ford's gas turbine COE than the CL9000 which doesn't even rate one picture. The Kenworth K100 Aerodyne has very minimal coverage - I would've thought it would've gotten more attention. One interesting photo shows a Mack FM circa 1978 with a Mexican front axle and quad rectangular headlight arrangement which was tested in the USA for the European market. There are 1 or 2 page profiles given throughout to certain models such as IH's Sightliner, Marmon HDT, Mack H-series, etc.

If any of you get a chance to read this book I would appreciate your thoughts on the accuracy of the information presented in this book. It seems fairly complete (if necessarily brief on detailed data) with no obvious (to me) errors but I know many of you here have driven, owned and lived with them firsthand and would know better than I.

Robert J

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