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    Quote Originally Posted by caretaker123 View Post
    ...and anybody that don't believe a truck can run over a hundred ,,,they just didn't run with right crowd...
    Or have them run by them... *snicker*

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    New subject ...did any body remember the old bridge at Vicksburg,,,where you had to pull your mirrors in if you met another truck because it was so narrow... AND,,,,,Mississippi was 73280#
    That bridge was before my time, but there was a low one we had to go under in Clemson, SC that my antennas used to tap on the way under that scared me every time I went under it! *lol*

    I only remember all to well how Mississippi was, and wasn't Indiana and Illinois that way too? You could load to legal on either coast and be over in ol' Miss. 73,280 gross, 32,000 on the tandems. Most of the time westbound loads were loaded specifically for being legal in Mississippi so in a very real sense one state was dictating what you could and couldn't do. Not to mention having an effect on the price of goods because there would be less product per load. All over what? 155 miles of I-20 and less than 80 on I-10.

    Getting around Jackson wasn't that big a deal, Meridian took you a little further out of your way though if I am remembering right... Seems like we'd come out in Cuba, Alabama.

    At one point I kinda got to know the scale masters and the schedule they worked. There was one guy that worked Meridian at night that, ummm, enjoyed eating somewhat. I discovered that if he was working I could pull into the scales and not cross them, but pull in behind the building. If no one was around I would take a box of whatever produce I happened to have on the back of the trailer, carry it in to him and say something like; "Bossman I'm about one box of _____ too heavy. You mind if I leave it here?" and he'd say "Sounds good to me.", then I'd be on my way. There were actually several of us that did that on a fairly regular basis. We figured out what kind of stuff he preferred and would actually try to buy a box of that to give him if weren't hauling it.

    I guess it was corruption and bribery when you think about it, but at the time it seemed harmless enough. And paying for one box was worth being able to carry 6,700 lbs more on a piece rate load.


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    Works great. Liked the video.

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    Anyone remember the long, skinny, twisty bridge before you got to York, Ala? Before 20 was finished from B'ham to Ms, you had to get off and run the old road, and cross that narrow bridge. Two wide cab trucks had a hard time passing each other on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakey1946 View Post
    triple digits is a drivers imagination at work...there has never been an authenticated big truck that ran over 100mph, unless it was a highly modified track truck and i seriously doubt even they could break 100..according to the computer in my last truck, she would or had the potential to run 93 mph..shakey
    The truck pictured below has seen over 150 mph on the long straight at Pocono, and lapped Rockingham consistently in the high 120's. I worked for the trucking company that owned this truck and another just like it. (As well as about a half dozen other donor trucks that got hauled in from all over the south east to use for parts to build the two race trucks.)

    Then of course there's Les Shockly and "Shockwave", a 6,000 hp jet powered Pete conventional (*cough*cough*) that has been clocked over 375 mph.

    Seeing triple digits isn't that difficult with an over the road truck. You just have to have a big enough motor to pull big enough gears on tall tires. *snap* Piece of cake. *lol*
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    Hey y'all ,, The Vicksburg bridge was before my time too,,,but on one trip going out they routed all the traffic across the old bridge because of a bad accident on the big bridge,,,, I remembered back when I was working at my wife's dad's produce house in montgomery,,early 60's,,,drivers would come in and tell storys about that bridge,,,The bridge I hated most was in New Orleans,,the Huey P Long bridge...

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    The reason Shaker and Strawberry Wine ran so fast was simple,,,,,Cummins KTA 600 a set of Sticks and 355 rears,,,,They had the real KTA600's not KTA 450 turned up..like Snake Doctor ran............ Before Eddie had the KTA 600 he told me he ran Cat 1693's ...And So did I,,, before going to 3406B model's,,,, My 1693 blew black smoke so black and heavy,,,,,it would fall on the ground,,, lol....I ran a Spicer 14 speed Air Shift,,,with 370's tapped out at 92 mph,,,,But it would puuuuulllllll.....When we left Bruce's in Bakersfield with 800 boxes naked lettuce,,,nobody snatched my doors on Techachpi...good motor if you could get by 3 1/2 mpg,,,,now days you have to get 6 to make money....If you look at the video the picture of Eddie when he was younger shows his Pete with the V8 cat with the regular pete sleeper,,,,then he went to the BIG sleeper Pete,,,I don't remember what motor he ran in it but it also had a set of BOXES... During this time Janice was on the truck,,she handled a set of BOXES as good as any hand I know out there...I lost touch with everybody when I had a bad accident near Van Horn 1989..
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    Quote Originally Posted by caretaker123 View Post
    Link to Southern Shaker Video I hope It workshttp://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhj9g6y_u8g
    I have not seen Eddie in many years but I noticed in the video Eddie has gone back to KW's in his older years...I wonder what's under the hood...
    I also noticed he's not not pulling his,, trademark,,,, STAINLESS GREAT DANE trailer...if any of you carolina boys see Shaker tell him to get online...and touch base with some of us from "back in the day",,
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    Quote Originally Posted by MUSTANGGT View Post
    According to a trusted source of mine the man who claims to be Shaker is alive and well, though no longer driving.
    He is supposedly a member of the Gantt family, who owns that chicken hauling outfit, Gantt Trucking of Lexington SC.
    Eddie Gantt I do believe..

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakey1946 View Post
    if Shaker is alive and well, by my calculations, he would most likely be in his very late 90's..Shaker ran with the real renegade truckers of the 70's..my Dad was among those guys (he drove for Monfort) and he was born in 1911.so, he would have been in his mid sixties..Shaker most likely was in his age group, that would put him at or about 100 ish..shakey1946.
    I know Eddie and I would guess him to be in his early to mid seventies, do your math, I started driving in 1970 and I'm 62 and still driving a truck that will do over 100 mph although I seldom do it anymore. I haven't seen Eddie in several months but he now has a red extented hood A-model, before it he had a black A-model and yes he does still pull a stainless reefer with a new carrier unit he had put on to pull ice cream, but only pulled one load of ice cream. The last time I sat down and talked with him he was running to the Chicago area. Oh by the way most of us from the southeast seldom ran the same lanes as the Monfort trucks,but occasionally we would, and yes they ran well for company trucks. Oldtimers didn't get old being dumb. Have a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puncher View Post
    I know Eddie and I would guess him to be in his early to mid seventies, do your math, I started driving in 1970 and I'm 62 and still driving a truck that will do over 100 mph although I seldom do it anymore. I haven't seen Eddie in several months but he now has a red extented hood A-model, before it he had a black A-model and yes he does still pull a stainless reefer with a new carrier unit he had put on to pull ice cream, but only pulled one load of ice cream. The last time I sat down and talked with him he was running to the Chicago area. Oh by the way most of us from the southeast seldom ran the same lanes as the Monfort trucks,but occasionally we would, and yes they ran well for company trucks. Oldtimers didn't get old being dumb. Have a good one.
    Puncher thats good info on Eddie ,,,the reason I thought he switched was the video shows him pulling a white trailer behind the KW with the painted fuel tanks...Maybe you can get him on the forum if you see him

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