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Part way there won the truck!
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Willy-N    Posted 08-18-2003 at 22:06:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I won my Truck for the Water Tender on ebay for opening bid of 4,000.00! It was a 1985 GMC Top Kick Diesel rated at 40,000 lbs with 85,000 miles on it. Had a 20 ft Cooler/Freezer on the bed with 2-230 volt compressers to keep the Box cool. That will come off to be sold to off set the tank cost. Feel better now. Mark H.


Redneck    Posted 08-19-2003 at 03:04:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark what engine/trans have you got in it?I had a 92 Kodiak that had the 3116 Cat with a 8LL trans.Pulled good with 30000# of debris on it but was under powered out on the road.


Bob/Ont    Posted 08-19-2003 at 15:57:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I take it you haven't got the 3116 anymore Redneck but if you do you should make a piece of hose that will go into the fuel return line and has a clear section that will reach into the cab. If you get low on power you can install it and see if there are any bubbles in the return fuel under load. The injectors start to leak at their seats and compression gets into the fuel galley and the other injectors towards the front get foam instread of fuel and you loose power big time.
Later Bob


Redneck    Posted 08-19-2003 at 17:04:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nah,I let it go.It had a Prentice 120 material handler on it and was just too slow to work with.Dependable as all gitout but don't think it was bad injectors,just a small engine for what the truck was.


Bob/Ont    Posted 08-19-2003 at 17:43:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Was that material handler a grapple for logs? I don't do trucks just heavy iron but often have to pull injectors and ream the seats of the copper sleeves. They get their fuel from a drilling through the head that goes through the injector holes and any compression leakage get's into the fuel. The Detroits had a fuel supply drilling and a return drilling and tubes to and from the injectors so they didn't have that problem I believe.
Later Bob


Willy-N    Posted 08-19-2003 at 07:54:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
It has the 3208 Cat Diesel in it with the 5-Speed and 2-Speed Rear end. I belive rated at 225 HP. Just got off the phone with the guy and the Gross Weight Rating is 30,200 lbs on the truck. Mark H.


Bob/Ont    Posted 08-19-2003 at 15:59:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That's a nice looking truck you got there Mark.
Later Bob


Ron    Posted 08-18-2003 at 22:52:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
How big a tank you gonna put on it? Several years ago I tried to donate a few old school buses to local VFD to mount 1000 gallon tanks on. They had diesel engines and allison automatics. I got no takers.


Willy-N    Posted 08-18-2003 at 23:04:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Going for the 1,000 gal Type 3 Tender. They have got picky on the set ups and they have to be DOT approved. Pay is like $895.00 a day plus $24.00 a hour for the driver. You can work 14 days, 12 hours a day then you have to take 2 off. A few weeks on a big fire would be nice except for the fire part. The school buses are not realy set up for the tank and the cab has to be enclosed. More money than it is worth in the end. Also have to re/class the bus for loads not passingers. Mark H.


markct    Posted 08-19-2003 at 09:35:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
so now ya get to have all the fun with dot inspections and stuff, insurance, and of course CDL but i imagine ya already got that. i think that by staying under 1000 gallons ya dont need a tanker endorsment tho, but im not sure where my cdl book is right now so im not sure


Willy-N    Posted 08-19-2003 at 10:04:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have the CDL allready with Air Brake endorsement. Just have to add the Tanker Endosement (written test) needed for over 500 gals. Insurance is around 980.00 for 6 months for what the Fire People want. To pick it up it is only 167.00 for 2 months state min requirements. Truck passed DOT allready but may have to do it in Washington again but the truck also has new tires, brakes and runs great. Mark H.


toolman    Posted 08-18-2003 at 22:49:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
put a plow and a sander on it for the winter mark , work in all year .


Willy-N    Posted 08-18-2003 at 22:55:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Might be a idea but it is not All wheel drive and town is 12 miles away. Every one around me has a tractor to do that with and in town there are a lot of plow trucks. I drive the school bus during the winter. We are suposed to have a snowy winter this year according to the weather man?? Mark H.


Les    Posted 08-19-2003 at 02:44:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is that the same weather man that said we were going to have a wet and mild winter last year? :(


Willy-N    Posted 08-19-2003 at 07:56:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I check the weather by looking out the window in the winter, they seem to have got it messed up lately. Mark H.


Maggie/TX    Posted 08-18-2003 at 22:45:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Congratulations Mark!


Willy-N    Posted 08-18-2003 at 23:06:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks! I thanked my wife also for putting up with my ideas. Mark H.


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