Cabovers

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by Wildcat74, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Pablo-UA

    Pablo-UA Road Train Member

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    Yeah, I see, but they use this trailer for many years. This is Jumbo Low boy trailer, really tought and I know that craks may be fixed with welding.

    BTW, this is 6x6 trucktor, looks like road trucktor, but really it is 6x6 version with V8 engine.

    It is funny to see how wheels skid and stop skiddding with ASR.

    but as I can hear, there are some air issues, trailer seems to me looses air, becouse compressor cuts and then starts. I suggest they cant stop to fix becouse they may get in stuck
     
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  3. fireba11

    fireba11 Heavy Load Member

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    I know I'm late coming in on the thread but.... I have several hundred thousand miles driving cabovers, Kenworth, GMC, International, Freighliners, White and here is my take......

    The best fuel milage I ever got with one was 6.2 with a cummins engine in a freightshaker, most you averaged somewhere around 5mpg, of course we used to put 70k on the wagon and head from Cleveland Ohio to Chicago and back. Drove several with the old style Detroit 6L53, 8v71 and 6v92 engines that when you saw a hill you had to start downshifting, fuel milage on these trucks were high 4's

    Actually liked the doghouse in the middle, just need a couple of hours of sleep? lay across one and you will wake up in a hour or two...stiff as heck!

    The GMC Astro I drove had a windows so big, if you had to scratch ur nuts, everyone could see ya! Coupled with the 8v71 you would freeze in the winter even with the heat going full bore, many times I drove with a snow suite on! Of course at night you had to have the pogo stick on the accelerator to keep the rpm's around 1000 just to get heat. If you ever had the rack stick on those early 2 stroke Detroits, you were in for a rude awakening, talk about a runaway engine!

    My dad had bought a 1972 White cabover that had been a old Kroger day cab. The guy who had it before us lengthened the frame, added a conventional sleeper and put a Ford Pinto engine under the sleeper to run the a/c and heat for the sleeper (early version apu!). The truck had a 335 naturally asperated cummins engine and a 13 speed. This was the truck I learned to drive on.

    I too would love to buy a old Pete or K whopper to fix up for fun before I retire.
     
  4. 98989

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    you might be right but those trailer have hydraulically adjusted neck on trailer and possibility to shift weight from axles to neck ....

    i make calculation in my country you would pay 43$ more per mille to have hooked it as drawbar trailer instead of semitrailer for permit because of additional 24tons

    i guess in EU you would pay even more


    as for hook there are 1000t capacity hooks and even stronger
     
  5. spacetrucker88

    spacetrucker88 Heavy Load Member

    the base of the seat where they mount to the floor are all pretty much the same My cabover is a1994 and i put a new seat in it a couple years ago it matched right up
     
    barroll Thanks this.
  6. Pablo-UA

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    yep, I see that cabovers and conv/ truck share many parts

    What cabover do you have?
     
  7. barroll

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    Thanks for the tip. The seats that are in it now are so different from anything I've seen, I had to wonder.

    I'm looking at anything with a ClimaTEK ventillation system in the seat, but all I've found is the giant Admiral series when i'd be plenty happy with something more like a Commodore if it had the heat/ventillation.

    My K100 came with factory A/C, and having lived its life in the southeast its entire life thus far, the system has been maintained very well. However, I consider anythong over 65*F too hot, so i'd like to do all I can to keep from running the system ragged.

    Side question on the A/C system: I've got two vents up on the dash, and it seems they just blow air straight up through a grate. Did these trucks originally come with some sort of snorkel to direct the airflow towards the driver?
     
  8. 98989

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    last two days i spend in changing gearbox/engine rear right carrier ( it is aluminum cast housing and inside rubber block) my father bought smaller one.....so get additional problems

    so question how did you do that on your conventional trucks that must be lot harder i raise cab and tipper and get lot of space for work

    i know that this is one of things which last forever ( this is 25year truck and this is never changed before) but pretty hard to change it
     
  9. Pablo-UA

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    we have a tranny jack. We need it for buses and we use it with US trucks. If you have all tools it is not hard. really not.

    Other way - made of steel table with rollers and truck lifter.
     
  10. 98989

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    ok you have trans jack i use normal 10ton jack and put trailer rim below lift gearbox/engine little bit but this carrier is at top of gearbox inside of chassis rail even now pretty hard to remove there is no place for tools and it was never before unbolted so broke few tools

    but in case if cab would be above it would be almost impossible to remove
     
  11. beltrans

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    Not sure what carrier you are talking about..............
     
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