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Story-(Not about Clipper}
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New-Gen    Posted 06-11-2004 at 13:54:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
This one is about my first road trip in a big truck. The dealership I worked for had single-axle C-Series Ford truck with a 26' tilt bed, which was reffered to as the cabover falcon. It was a major POS!
They sold a combine W/ corn head and platform it a farmer in Seiverville, Tn, a distance of about 375 miles. I was 19 at the time, too young to legally be crossing state lines with anything bigger than a pickup, but I didn't know that at the time. Actually there were a lot of things I didn't know at the time!
The boss borrowed a tri axle trailer to load the combine and corn head on, and the platform went on the truck.
Even in my youthful cockiness, I was a little unsure of myself, so I asked the boss if maybe he could send another guy along. He was glad to oblige. Only--I was thinking more along the lines of maybe one of th eolder guys--not the 17 year old parts department trainee!!
So off we went--headed out at about 2AM-two kids and a tempermental on a mission!!
Our first discovery was that the way the combine was loaded made it impossible to get over 45 MPH withoug the trailer trying to pass the truck!!
Then when we got to Kentucky and crossed the Elizabethtown scales, we heard fot the first time those words every trucker hates to hear: "Pull 'er around back and bring in your paperwork!!"
But the problem was, the only paper we had that said "Kentucky" was the roadmap!! 3 tickets later, we were on our way.
About the time we crossed the Tennesee line, the muffler on the old truck got tired of living and shattered into tiny little pieces along the interstate. Of course this happened on a downgrade, using the engine to hold us back--brrrrRRRRRRR!!!
As we pulled into Seiverville, and started readin our directions, we looked in th emirror and saw blue lights--uh oh--well, this turned out to be a good thing, the farmer was a friend of the police chief and had told him to be on th elookout for us.
So we got a police escort to deliver the combine! {Impressive huh}
After we got it unloaded, the parts trainee and I decided we'd enjoyed about enough of that whippin trailer for one trip, so we loaded it up on the tiltbed for the trp home. This also didn't turn out to be the smartest move, as the weight on th eback of the truck made the front end a little on the light side.
But we managed to make it home safely (they say God looks after fools and kids with trucks}
In retrospect, I can't imagain doing that nowadays.
Those DOT rules we all complain about do one good thing, they keep people from pulling stunts like that!!

Steve from TN    Posted 06-11-2004 at 14:39:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I remember right, you went up and down some pretty good hills on that trip. You are probably a better driver because of the load to TN.

Mike in tn    Posted 06-11-2004 at 14:26:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good story, reminded me of my first summer job at 16 years old. Started to work at a sawmill and the next thing I knew I was driving a 2 ton flatbed all over middle Tennessee delivering barn patterns. First trip learned how to grease the runners under the lumber and put the two speed axle in high, take off backwards as fast as it would go and stomp the brake. The first time that truck stood almost straight up was really a rush. Sure did unload fast. Bet the front end in trucks today wouldn't stand up under that kind of treatment. You are right, good thing God watches kids.

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