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Posted By geo dirt Wednesday, September 11, 2019 2:30 PM
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Hi, does anyone know the number of kt powered freightliner conv. that were built?

Haven't been able to find much info on the number built.


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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:42 PM by geo dirt
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1978 WFC, 120inch BBC, factory KT 450 - With factory Jakes, 15 SPD, 4.11 Ratio, 18FT, 44 Rears, 236 Wheel Base, Wheel Base
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Sorry, I cannot help on numbers. Nice find, especially if the rest looks as good as what you have shown. That looks like a very early one. I wonder if Vancouver was a lower volume plant than the US ones. If so, and Freightliner had all KTs built in Vancouver, perhaps some of the BC members might have the answer.

In their day KTs were not plentiful. I will go out on limb here and speculate that of all the Cummins powered trucks sold for logging in BC in that era, not more than 2% were KTs or KTAs. Everybody wanted the power and their jaking ability, but not the weight and other problems. The handful we had around here had injector issues mostly, and were despised by mechanics used to the NTs. Most of the Cummins faithful bought 400s until the 444s arrived. Yours does not look too bad to work on. We had one here shoehorned in a regular W900(A). The others were long hood W900s, IH 4300s, and Stars.
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Not sure which plant it was built in the truck has 116,000 miles on it runs and drives real good it came from the US government [our tax dollars at work] has a water tank and pintle hitch to pull a drill rig for the US geological survey department or interior. the truck is in very good shape no rust and is all original equip. the worst thing is the condition of the hood,repairable but it will take some work. if any body knows where to find a right fender that's real nice would love to get one otherwise the truck is really clean. thought some freightliner expert might know some info on how many were built, thanks for any info anybody has.
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Totally off topic sorry but here's some pics from the '80's where we took a short hood LNT Ford with a V903 and moved the cab back, purchased a brand new LTL Hood and jewellery and then fitted a KTA-600 that I purchased in Vancouver.....this beast hauled triple road trains for many years down here in Australia.....I love the KT's.....shame about how much they weigh!!http://forums.aths.org/Uploads/Images/93765e29-c570-4d6d-8f2f-1e67.jpghttp://forums.aths.org/Uploads/Images/a5ef8a17-c3f5-4719-b943-31c5.jpghttp://forums.aths.org/Uploads/Images/dcd65d11-3a38-40fe-b2f2-0aac.jpg

sorry for hijacking your topic........just couldn't help myself & thought you might find this interesting maybe?

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I love your White/Freightliner!!!!!!!!

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pretty cool LTL looks good, one question why didn't ya make it lean like ford did, just kidding never really knew why ford did that I had 3 L9000 trucks and they had the engines tipped to the right??????? did ya raise the cab up for a little extra room? what part of Aus. ya from ive made a few friends from down there from sprint cars. one has a trucking co.down there Anthony Foster Foster Transport came back this summer for the Knoxville Nationals he ran a 360 car a bit. nice guy and likes the same things I do
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Hi Geo

I don't know your mate Anthony but when I lived in Sydney I lived across the road from the guy that manages Sydney Speedway where your mate probably runs.

I'm now in a town called Tamworth....Country Music Capital of Australia.

As for the LTL....and quiet a few LNT's, we raised the cabs and hoods by putting 2" spacers under the cab & hood mounts so the engines could stand straight upright.

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Always liked the LTLs a lot just never owned one, figured ya raised it up a bit the KTs are pretty tall. I just had a chance to own a K powered truck so here we go and im kinda a Paccar guy but really like the aluminum hood freightliners!!! I have another one its an 1984 heavy spec truck 220,000 for miles with an 8v92 Allison ht750 and its extremely clean old truck came from California the KT powered one came out of New Mexico so there not rusty like all the poor old trucks up here in Iowa.you guys down under don't have the rust problems we do. just love the old trucks of any kind!
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I'm about 80 miles west of you near Lyman, IA. Worked on a few KT's in construction equipment, but never owned one. Even doing heavy haul the fuel was a killer with K's. One of the O/O where I was leased had one, and his fuel useage was always 1.5-2.5 mpg less than the rest of us with Cat and Cummins 400's
Nothing light on a K, everything big and heavy.
Worse I ever got with my 885 was 3.75 MPG and that was around the best he ever got!
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