Flatbed options

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by NYCgorilla, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. NYCgorilla

    NYCgorilla Light Load Member

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    Hi guys

    Still looking for a big cam 1 through 3 tractor to do regional flatbed work (~250 mi radius)

    Just curious about other options... Can an old Mack R model or Superliner still be capable with modern loads? Would I have any issue scaling a 48k load on a 48 ft step deck with one of these old tractors? Maybe with an E6 engine...

    I understand the camelback suspension is pretty stiff...Maybe it's worth the tradeoff to have a solid truck?

    Bottom line, I'm looking for a good solid mechanical truck....big cam or E6.

    If not, i'll settle for an N14.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    What about a CH with E-7? Just about as tough as the old R and superliners.
     
  4. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    The old trucks can still do the job. Remember they were doing the job back in the day. The old Mack engines were extremely reliable
     
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  5. Brettj3876

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    There was a superliner in the truck paper somewhere out on the island for 20k. 300 maxi 13sp & air ride

    300 maxidyne puts out 1425tq at something like 1050 rpms
     
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  6. NYCgorilla

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    I'm trying to remember which engine was beginning of the mack electronic engines....


    I thought the e6 was the last fully mechanical. I'm looking at superliner for sale in Pennsylvania as well.

    Daycab but the price is decent.


    44k rears....camelback
     
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  7. Dave1837

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    @MACK E-6 could probably shed some light on that topic...

    There's plenty of old R models rolling around where I live, more tri axles than tractors though. I'm not sure what their tare would be though, considering they're not aluminum cabs. I'd second the CH or CL with an E7, they were pretty strong trucks for what they were and I'm sure you could pick one up for a decent price
     
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    What is a modern load?
     
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  11. NYCgorilla

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    I thought it was pretty cool too. Can I make it functional though?

    Standard flatbed and stepdeck loads off the load boards....
     
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