City Brand flatbed?

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by oneperfectrun, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. The Admiral

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    You got it. An R-8 relay valve mounted on each tank. 1/2" ports. Controlling front and rear axle. 2 hand valves in the cab. When you moved the control valve handle in the cab it was the same action as when you put your foot on the brake petal. My set up was an antique compared to what guys were using later on. Bigger valves, lines and 3 instead of 2 air bags. The air bags are 3/8' standard and we would open them up. I think some started making air bags with bigger openings.
     
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  3. special-k

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    Used to love to see some of the setups those Ohio steelhaulers had. As soon as you saw the bottom of those big propane tanks hanging below the frame you knew he hauled heavy!;-) one guy I saw had his fifth wheel pivoting like a yard dog with a small air bag. The bag was at the front and the pivot was on the rear. Said it helped get weight on the front axle. I could just imagine the conversation with the weighmaster about that setup lol
     
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    A friend of mine had an airbag on the front edge of his fifth wheel. He could put quite a bit of weight on his steer axle when he wanted to. I was told once by the OHP that I had a trailer engineered to defeat axle scales. Most of the weight guys did not know what they were looking at. Some did not care. But then there were the guys who were going to try and ruin your day.
     
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    Lol ya like I said I used to pick those guys brains about their setups. There was a few guys with air ride 4 axles but the 3rd axle was spring ride so it would pivot around that axle easier when they were jacking the weight with their hand controls inside the cab. We were always at a disadvantage because in Canada technically that was illegal. could only lift it up or down not adjust the air pressure from inside. As soon as you saw multiple air line lines going to the trailer you knew what was up lol
     
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    This thread is 3 years old. Sorry have to add to it. In the 80's and 90's there were two sets of City A trains in Ohio. Dollie doubles. Owned by my father. Spring Air lead and Air spring pup. With the air bags ahead of fifthwheel. 31k light weights. Man did they pile the iron on.
     
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    As weird as it maybe, this week I found these on truckpaper. I know they were my dads because I painted the city emblems blue with gold letters to match his tractor. The lead has the ramped out fifthwheel plate that John Keller built in Tiffin Oh. Tractor had a box with firestone bags in it to push up on the trailer. I am not sure if the dollie is original. I dont think it is, but I see a fifthwheel lock in there. It was a brake chamber that shoved a pin up threw the fifthwheel plate in to trailer to help backing up. Lots of people were amazed when they watched him back up dollie doubles. Someone added container locks.
     
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    This an old thread but I'll revive it. My dad still has his 87 48x96 City weld he bought brand new and it's still got 5 inches of arch in it. And I'm currently looking at a 94 City weld to buy for hauling coils. Joe Marinelli was one of the owners, he told my dad, if you could fit Youngstown on his trailer it would hold. Most we ever had on his was 107k gross, so roughly 77k payload and it never flattened out. They were the best trailer in their day and still sought after by old iron haulers.
     
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    That the name. I could remember Joe, but not his last name. I was a child. Really wish I could get a new one. Not to sure I would be confident in a trailer from the 70,80s currently. But some are still on the road.
     
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