Anyone ever drive a cabover?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Lab work, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. Lab work

    Lab work Medium Load Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    How many miles have you put on it? Other than regular scheduled maintenance did you ever use fuel and oil additives?
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  3. DougA

    DougA Road Train Member

    Dec 16, 2013
    Retired,In my shop in Md.
    When I first bought that we were all still using straight grade oils,30w summer,20w winter. Wasn't long after the came out with diesel multigrades,first one I can think of is Rotella 15w40,which is what I used religiously,oil changes every 10k,no additives,wasn't many back then. I used to get right at 400k,on an overhaul,do an inframe in my shop over the weekend if I didn't need any counterbore work. Parts were less than 2k. 3 heads recon@200. each,sleeve kits were about a 100. times 6. Bearings,gasket set,oil,filters,etc. another 3 or 400.
    During one of my overhauls,I noticed I was losing the facing off of a cam lobe. Put a new cam and followers in,I think the mileage was around 800k. Forgot what that cost,was less than a 1k.
    In 1985, I built a new 4300 Eagle Glider,used the engine,trans and driveline out of the 77 Eagle. Just had the itch for a newer bigger double sleeper truck. Ran that truck and same engine till 1997,was running great when I sold it. Engine was 20 years old,had well over a million and a half miles,crank never out of the block,almost no measurable wear. I in frame overhauled the engine probably 3 or 4times, I don't really remember. The black 4300 was my glider I built.
  4. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2011
    The Village, Portmeirion
    Your butt is right above the front axle. Hope you like the pounding.
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  5. Getsinyourblood

    Getsinyourblood Road Train Member

    Jul 5, 2014
    Retired. North Texas
    Yes I drove one early in my trucking career. This is the truck and me at the Monterrey Inn in Laredo. I just wish I was that skinny and had that much hair today.

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  6. Buckeye 60

    Buckeye 60 Road Train Member

    Apr 19, 2018
    maybe I just thought it rode rough because I didn't weigh enough to hold my self down ....... that's not a problem anymore
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  7. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    Does a Ford Taurus count as a conventional these days?
  8. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2011
    The Village, Portmeirion
    Too much time is one of those has been known turn people into Quasimodo. Good thing you got out soon enough. :)

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  9. whoopNride

    whoopNride Road Train Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    I remember riding in the Road Commode well. My granddad had one, I rode many miles in the summer. He used to buy a bag of ice for me to put my feet on, the floor board would get terrible hot.
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  10. Hulld

    Hulld Road Train Member

    Oct 19, 2015
    Upstate NY
    It’s been over 30 years since someone called my truck a road commode lol.
    She was quite truck with her 335 cummins and her 13 speed under drive transmission and no power steering.
  11. Mattflat362

    Mattflat362 Road Train Member

    Feb 18, 2015
    Avon Lake, Ohio
    I didn't real all of this but I can imagine the responses. All I can guess is that "cabover" is a broad term. I am sure some sucked bad! But my air ride Pete 362 usually feels the same as hood trucks I have driven. I say usually because if you are a abnormally crappy road you will pay for sure! Like I71 from just North of Columbus all the way to Louisville KY and beyond! 3rd world country right now....

    I have freezing cold air and I have shut off valves to my heater core that really do the trick! And I still have vent windows! LOL.
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