Anyone ever drive a cabover?

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  1. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    I grew up in Texas and New Mexico, and never dreamed there was such a thing, folks would have thought a guy was nuts to go to school to drive a truck. I got my license the week I turned 18, maybe there was and I just had never heard of them.
     
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  3. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    We had a 76 Pete CO up until a couple of years ago. The guy that drove it got it when it was brand new and he didn't want to drive anything else. He was a good hand, never any trouble out of him and he made money for us year after year. If he wanted to keep the CO we figured he might as well. He drove it until he retired. Forty years on the same truck.
    By then about the only original parts were the cab shell and the data plate. Everything else got repaired or replaced over the years. Just normal wear and tear, the truck was never wrecked.
    Even when we started to switch over to conventionals and offered him a new one he wouldn't get off of his CO. We lost track of how many miles it had on it .
    It was set up as a west coast style truck and trailer with lumber bunks and rollers instead of a solid bed. Some of you old timers might remember those.
     
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  4. Buckeye 60

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    the old ford cabovers were a high riding truck your head was about 13 foot off the ground. .... was highest truck i was ever in , ........ gmc general conventional day cab was by far the worst riding truck i ever drove ..... the cabover peterbuilts were the best riding quiet and comfortable. .....
     
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  5. starmac

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    The smoothest cabover I ever dreamed about was one of those cl9000 fords, or what ever that broke in the middle one was. I generally disliked the way those trucks handled, but the guy that owned this one double shocked the cab and it wa smoother than any mercedes you have ever sit in.

    I like smooth riding trucks (bad back) and my 310 inch W9 on nuway is smooth, but I think that cabover might have had it beat.
     
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  6. whoopNride

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    I made a few trips in a Ford cabover when I first started driving. You aren't kidding about riding high in the saddle, they sat up higher than any other cabover. And with those fancy cab air bags, every time I went in a curve my booty would pucker up, felt like she was going over.
     
  7. starmac

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    The one that he had double shocked the cab cured that, it sat there just like a real truck, but smoooooth on the bumps. He had also pulled the interior and insulated it, was very quiet compared to most trucks.
     
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  8. LDLWells

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    There's a dude in Northern Colorado still running a cabover hauling oil. I'm not sure how he's not too long because his frame is stretched and he's running a 3+1 trailer
     
  9. ButterBean556

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    I'm still running mine, stretched out to 188" with a Airliner cutoff and air ride cab it really rides good, it surprised me really how well it rode
     
  10. BackwoodsGA

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    Started in a 1971 international transstar.Back in 1984..loved it.
     
  11. aussiejosh

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    I didn't even know they existed anymore in North America, in the period of time that I drove trucks through the United States I never encountered one single cab over. On the contrary when driving trucks in Australia also 98 % of all overnight express freight trucks were cabovers with all kinds of makes and models, including but not limited to Freightliners, Kenworths, Macks, Iveco's, UD's, Hino, Mercedes, Scanias. Volvos, Mans, most if not all were towing b- double trailers of over 24 m (70 ') in length and needed to be at the right legal length as a result very few bonneted trucks could measure up so all transport companies running doubles had to use cab overs to meet the legal length requirements.
     
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