Old (pre 2000) Trucks vs New Models

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  1. Bret1984

    Bret1984 Medium Load Member

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    I didn't say don't comment. Definitely do that too I'm just trying to divide and conquer, attack from different angles.
     
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  3. Bret1984

    Bret1984 Medium Load Member

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    I like your uncles style.
     
  4. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Have better luck playing golf with your governor/senator than anything actually available to us if you want your voice heard. And even then, if your senator isnt the top 3 in each party, forget about it
     
  5. Bret1984

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    I'm not much of a golfer but I happen to like my senator Cruz, I will write him about this and if I ever got a chance to golf with senator Cruz I'm there all day!
     
  6. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Road Train Member

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    So are you going to at least try and be heard? Either on the FMCSA comment section or the petition?
     
  7. Bret1984

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    I'd recommend both plus a letter to your congressman and senator however anything at all is better than nothing. I'd even support a shutdown I just need to know dates well enough in advance so I can plan a vacation during that time.
     
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    Lol this turned more into a political movement than helping me decide on a tractor to buy but I'm cool with that. I'm always up for a fight.
     
  9. Dino soar

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    Caterpillar has power but it is a very expensive engine to rebuild. If money is no object make sure you get the big Pete with the big cat and stretch it out so when you park with everybody else you stick out 20 ft in front and you look like a UFO with all your chicken lights. If you really stretch that thing out you'll be surprised at how incredibly maneuverable that truck is, you'll love it! You will fit into places with that truck that smaller trucks can't even get near. The supertruckers told me that. Whatever you do don't forget the belt buckle.

    By the way I saw a used hood I think for a 389 for $12,000. Someone said hey that sounds like a lot of money and all of the answers were that's nothing. A good quality aftermarket is $17,000 and if you buy it from Peterbilt it will be over $21,000. If you don't have $21,000 for a hood you don't belong in this business. Inflation and the price of fuel and rates dropping like a rock is meaningless when you have the big Pete with the big cat! The Brokers do pay you more, right? Yes OP I know you're in the oilfield...

    If you're looking to be a realistic person the series 60 is not that expensive to rebuild. Excellent engine but you have to take a little bit of the strut out of your step when you walk into the truck stop.

    And if you're one of those silly folks that actually looks at what things cost and runs a business as far as what is going out and what's coming in and the cost of operation and just likes a simple engine that's very inexpensive and does what it's supposed to do, there's always the big cam. The in frame kit is around $1,200 plus gaskets.

    By the way for the price of that petro bilt Hood, just the hood, you could rebuild the big cam more times than you would ever need in your lifetime and you could replace your transmission as many times as you could ever need in your entire lifetime and still have plenty of money left over to take many tropical vacations and enjoy the island girls attending to your every need...

    Nah, better to spend the $21,000 on the hood and when the big cat needs to be rebuilt just take it to the dealer and it'll be like $40,000. That makes more sense.

    And by the way what's going to end up happening is more and more people are going to hold on to the older trucks and more and more people are going to be restoring them they will not have speed limiters they will not have pollution controls and eventually the government will just outlaw them.

    Sad but true.
     
  10. Bret1984

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    Okay, I need to thank you twice. Once for the laughs and again for the good information between the laughs. I'll definitely be looking more into your suggestions. Thanks again for both the information and the laughs.

    While the super trucker jokes are funny I'm not one to pick on Pete's. A lot of guys like those trucks and hey, it's their money. As for CAT's I agree that they are expensive and not well known for fuel efficiency. They are strong pullers though. I have met quite a few D60 fans also so I'm not discounting that engine at all. I'll definitely look into the big cam.
     
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  11. skallagrime

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    Oh, i did comment, but im just being realistic about what it takes to effect meaningful change. The petition, no, i dont do those, theyre chain letters for social signalling, intended or not, well meaning or not, they are 99.9999% ignored, and if looked at, only mentioned by politicians to curry favor for re-election, never for action
     
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