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Posted By Old Roadway Truck Tuesday, September 07, 2010 7:05 PM
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Old Roadway Truck
 Posted Sunday, September 12, 2010 6:42 PM
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I had a 1984 Mack "R" but I don't know what motor it had. I was a newbie to those things at the time. We also had "CH"  tractors that had come off the road. Roadway would keep tractors 20 years then sell them off. Roadway made sure they got their moneys worth. I had a road driver tell me he had a door disappear during a snowstorm while running across Michigan. It was an old "R".He said he had on his snowmobile suit so kept on going. They had some of those R's on the road until the end. At that time, the door gaskets were gone on a lot of the road horses. Road drivers would carry duct tape and seal up the doors.

I had a 84 White that they finally retired at 21. It was a good truck still. Most of the time, the trucks were shot. After 2 mil+ miles plus retirement in the city, there wasn't much left.

All of that old iron is long gone. As of last fall, they got rid of anything at 12 plus years. That's how I got my truck.


Paul
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 Posted Sunday, September 12, 2010 6:09 PM
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does any of those old roadway macks with the 318's survive???????????

everyday is a good day some just a little better than others
Old Roadway Truck
 Posted Sunday, September 12, 2010 3:57 PM
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I have heard about them from some of the guys that are closer to retirement. They were gone from South Bend, IN before I got there. The first truck I drove at Roadway was a Ford "C" cab for my road test with a pup. My first day on the job was driving a White from about 1980. It was an old road horse retired to the city. Air assist steering had been added to the manual steering. It was loud...a Detroit 6V92 with a burned out muffler. Hot... heat poured through the floor and under the dash. The holes in the floor from the a/c unit that was pulled out when it was put in the city helped too. Didn't turn well... air assist sucked all the air out so the worn out compressor couldn't keep up, plus the assist worked erratically. The motor was about shot with lots of blow by coming out the breather tube under the truck and sucking right into the cab. I was sweatin' bullets with a migraine by the time it was over that day. Had a lot of days like that ...

The good ole' days....its a miracle I kept with it now that I think about it!


Paul
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Any of you Roadway boys drive the White Road Boss tractors I used to see all over New England back in the day?


Jim B.
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Welcome to the crowd.  Just 'nother Mack guy here.  Hope to meet you in Indiana next summer!

Larry
I'm no expert........but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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 Posted Thursday, September 09, 2010 4:54 AM
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Both my Tractors have ex Roadway air-starters on them... You just about can't wear them out! I bought two complete set-ups off the 1st generation Volvo-White-GMC day cabs that were being cut up. The price was less then one rebiult electric!
Old Roadway Truck
 Posted Thursday, September 09, 2010 4:03 AM
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I am going to mark myself I think with this info.....I also like MACKS!

Now I have a Mack story...I was volunteered to go with the terminal manager to get a former road tractor from the Chicago area. After surviving the trip into Chicago with him driving [he only cut off 3 or 4 people in traffic] there sat an idling '84 Mack R Econodyne with the fairing still on the roof. It had a bent up and rusted front mini bumper, rusted out doors, faded blue, and orange that looked burned. It had been on the road for about 16 years. So off through rush hour traffic I went. Lets just say I had enough to bond with the old girl. Once back at the terminal in South Bend, I shut her down. Then I thought I better move it to a better spot...air starter didn't work. Now I knew why it was running when I picked it up!

Well, I asked to be assigned to that truck. After it came back from the shop, it looked like new. They took of the fairing, gave her new doors and bumper,new paint, even new tires! I cleaned up the inside and kept the outside clean [dollar general furniture polish work great]. Yeah, it was slow up to 60mph, but once it was there, it would hold all day. It was a great truck that never had any issues.

Roadway sent it back to Chicago in 2003 and I never saw her again....


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Paul:

Welcome aboard.  I'm a relative newby here as well (three weeks?).  You'll find this to be an excellent group of old truck fans. ("Foamers"? :)  ) Shame about driving for Roadway. (Only kidding.)

And speaking of the Mack foamers, here's a true tale from my OTR days back in the early 70's...

I had stopped at a truck stop in Tennessee.  While there, I was... (ahem)... perched on the throne... taking care of business.  While thusly seated... my eyes began to wander and began to browse the words of wisdom on the stall door/walls.  Amid the various bogus names and phone numbers for women of negotiable virtue, this one made me chuckle:

"Attention Truckers: The minimum speed for trucks on Tennessee interstates is 55 MPH.   Mack drivers keep to the right and do the best you can."

:D

Old Oakie

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Terry Tombaugh
 Posted Wednesday, September 08, 2010 12:21 PM
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Welcome aboard!  I am one of those Mack guys you have been warned about.  What part of northern Indiana?  I am in Churubusco and My wife works for YRC at Ft Wayne.

T.


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 Posted Wednesday, September 08, 2010 11:25 AM
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Reading your obit. I couldn't help thinking about a trip I made into Yellows Buffalo yard last fall to get a couple pups a friend bought at auction.

 Up against the fence sat  72786 the 9200 International I drove before I retired. It had been an American Freightways with M11 too.

It had gone up for auction, and was waiting to be picked up by the buyer. I never expected to ever see that one again.
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