FowardThis will be a long and convoluted story of my buying and building of a H67 Mack. Since my mind wanders so this trip may take some side roads.
Chapter 1As I am getting ready to retire, I needed something to do and spend the large fortune I made in trucking(lol).
I started looking around for an old truck, on line, in truck papers, word of mouth, etc...
I found this one on line
Dennis M (old macks) had this one at his place.
He is only 2-3hr away, so I called and talked it over with him and made a time to look at it.
Here are some more pictures of the truck at his place..
The truck ran, moved, and was pretty much rust free, for a 50 yr old truck. We talked and made a deal. He agreed to go half on getting it delivered to Harpursville.
One of reasons for buying this truck is a H model Mack is the first diesel truck I ever rode in( to the best of my memory). I had ridden in a lot of small gas trucks, and 1 large gas truck. I guess you always remember your first time (lol)...
Kevin All loaded it up and brought it to Harpursville. I had made arrangements to park it at NAPA in Harpursville as I didn't have space to park it.
When he arrived, the truck started, built air, and we attempted to unload it.
NOTE: don't unload, off camber, in the rain,with a flat on the truck, on aluminum ramps!!!
The truck got almost to the bottom , and jumped off the ramp... luckly no damage. I did get it parked.
Now before getting to the work, we will do the paperwork.
I had a bunch of paperwork from dennis, and want to get historic tags in NY. First thing was to get insurance , I called Gulfway, had a nice talk, faxes, etc.. step one done. Next I called the DMV, went online, and tried to get things lined up. Had to download some forms, for dennis to sign. I emailed to him, he signed, and overnighted them back.Next item was to make traceings of the SN.
I think i'm ready to head to DMV. WRONG!!
NOTE: when you download forms make sure you get both sides!!
After filling out another page, I head to DMV, now they don't like the traceing. Seggest that I take a picture instead, or have a Trooper inspect the number. I'm trying to get this done while home for Thanksgiving (07), don't have time for this shxx. Didn't have a digital camera, so I go home and make more tracings. This time when I go back, I get a supervisor involved.She gives me tags and a nontransferable card. I can't sell it untill the numbers are run thru the system. btw.. the regular card came in the mail after 90 days.
Here is the spec, when i got it;
Frame; 1957 Mack H63
Cab; Mack H67, year unknown
Engine; ENDT 675 maxidyne 237hp, from a F model , yr ukn
Trans; RT 11509 eaton , 9sp direct
Rear; eaton 1910, 4.10 ratio
Front axel; rockwell FE9??
but its mine and home.......
The Work Begins
Before starting I was running a lot of plans throught my mind as what to do with the truck. Restoration was sort of out because of all the strange parts that were already changed. This was a truck that someone made out of left over parts,lol.
What history I have is , it was owned and used by a mobil home company in Calf. Reg in cal up to 1996. It was sold to another person in cal, who never titled or used it. When the truck was modifyed or recabed I don't know. The doors didn't have any sign of ever having holes for west coast mirrors. It must have been a toter , a least since the cab was installed, with the overhead mirrors for wide loads.
Back to my plans. I had thought to take off the toter body, and make it into a tractor. Maybe putting on a tag axel. Figuring the cost of removing the body, streaching the frame, installing a tag, 4 more tires and wheels, 5th wheel, etc. This is not driveway work! Even getting used parts , the cost mounts up.
NOTE: I have found that when making estimates on these old trucks, for parts addup every thing you think of and double it , and then mutiply be 2. Time just mutiply by 4 to start. lol
When I was talking to Dennis M, he thought I should leave as a toter, as he had only seen 1or 2 toters at the truck shows, and he went to a lot. I got to thinking as to what I was really going to do with this truck. Go to shows, and ride around. Not going to haul any thing. Looking at Dean's , freighttrain's , Michelle's, and others, travel trailer came to mind. This would be good for going to longer shows (overnight and longer). By not paying for motels, etc, I would be able to go to more shows. Thats the plan, fix it up as a toter, and be able to pull a TT.
Note; next project find and fix a 50's or 60's travel trailer..
Back to the truck. It's time to look the truck over and see what it really needs. First to get legal (safe) , and then go from there..
Tires.. 1 flat, 3 maypops, 2 not so good!
Lights.. not many working
Exhaust.. removed for shipping
Batteries.. not good
Trans.. will not shift to high..
I started with the batteries, have to start and move it to fix the rest of it. I buy 2 new 31s from NAPA( only 50ft away), order a battery disconnect from Flaming River. Now , with ether, i'm able start an move it.
On to the trans.. Some one has hooked the 2 air lines together, by passing the range button. Off to Cook Brs(mack and parts dealer), a new valve and some lines and the range works.
The muffler, stack, and elbow were taken off when transporting. The flex pipe, rotten..
Stack.. not too bad
Elbow .. bad
Muffler .. good stainless
The problem is it was all welded together. My shed is full of valuable pieces I've collected over the years (read junk)..
I found one good long 6" stack. The mack wasn't too loud with the flex just stuck out the side under the cab, so I thought the 6" straight would be good. To use it ,I needed a tight 90, reduced to 4". I thought I'd have to use 2 adapters 6-5 and 5-4, but Dave at Berube's had a elbow for a IH that was everything in one.. 6" tight elbow reduced to 4"..
With new flex and some clamps i'm ready to go... wrong. I forgot the stack mounts.. The mounts were made for 4" pipe with 7 or 8" muffler. With a little bending, some redrilling , and a lota' cussing I got it all up. The hard part was holding it , and starting the nuts.
Note; I'm usually working by myself, so i use clamps, tarp straps , etc...
Tires.. the truck had 11x24.5, all bad or rotten.
The previous spring, I started changing my work truck over to wide base singles.. the tires I took off were LP 24.5. I had left them at my tire place to see if he could sell them and the aluminum rims. The rims were hub pilot, so they wouldn't fit. He had only sold 1 tire and 2 rims. While getting this done winter came.. snow.
The deal with Gary (NAPA) was that I could park there (free) but he didn't plow out back in the winter (inside the fence).
Well, the work is done till spring.
This is winter 07- 08...