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Brutus took me to our first MV show since 2014. The RedBall Express at Gilbert PA. Six miles from my house. It was loosely organized. There were no major vendors. The food was DISGUSTING. Other than that we had a great time. Brutus is in the first pic in the middle. This five ton single axle gas tractor got my attention. It was really heavy duty. It pulled an equally cool single axle equipment trailer. There were a bunch of WW 2 Deuces in really nice unrestored condition. The last picture is for Mullaney. A five ton gas wrecker. All cable. It had three tall levers that were used to control everything. It also had winches front and rear. We could not figure out the make and the owner was never around to ask. On the way there, Brutus and I took a wrong turn and ended up driving up the steepest, curviest two lane road we've ever been on. No place to turn around and I had to take it in third gear all the way up hammer down. Going back down I saw the sign. It warned folks of the 8% decent ahead. We were both a little bit worried. This was not a good road to have a brake problem on. I will avoid it at all cost in the future.
.It's not a Deuce thing as such, but the single axle tractor in my post above is an International M-426. It was also made by Kenworth and Marmon-Herrington. It was rear wheel drive only and had a 450 ci 125 hp International gas engine. It was used by the Red Ball Express and in the Berlin Airlift and in other theaters up until 1950. The top speed was only 38 mph! Eat my dust!
Time will tell if it really works or not. I get full sun all day so it should.That’s a pretty cool charger. I also hooked up my 24V battery mender I slid the plug out beside the steering shaft to plug it in, but first I had to evict a squirrel he had started to store nuts in my battery box I removed a dozen hickory nuts. And put moth balls in their if that don’t work I’ll use a rubber snake.
Beautiful installation work by you and great pics!Took her for a 2 hour ride today, ran perfect. Also finally got my pulse tech 24 volt solar charger hooked up. And did winter battery maintenance. Filled with distilled water and electrical greased all terminals. That pulse tech charger is the bees knees.
Mounted the pulse module under the passenger bench seat with my 12v inverter.
I then mounted the main charger/tester in the driver’s side tool box. That’s where my dump bed pump is located as well. Last picture shows when you push the button the lights light to test the batteries.
I didn’t mount the solar panel. I have no clue where I’d want it. So for now I ran the wire along the bed and put the solar panel on the tailgate. I suppose the best place to put it would be on the roof but I really don’t want to drill the roof. So for now it’s just unhook one wire and set it to the side when I’m using the truck.
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I feel your pain! Hope it all goes well for you.
I can only imagine how nerve wrecking that can be. Glad nothing bad happened and no one was hurt. Maybe a good idea to invest in a dual circuit brakes.Well, Brutus and I had a rough day last Friday. We were driving to Lowe's (about 14 miles from home) to pick up some landscaping blocks and decorative rock, when I again had a total hydraulic brake failure while stopping for a light. We got lucky again, because there was almost no traffic, I was on flat ground and I was already going slowly enough that I could get into second gear. Fortunately for us my rebuilt handbrake system worked flawlessly and I was able to find a long wide shoulder to pull off on. The right front wheel cylinder totally let go spraying Dot 5 all over the engine block, suspension, and tire. I had to have Brutus towed with a heavy wrecker. Luckily my best buddy was nearby and quickly showed up to help and drive me home. That's the second time in two years I've had a total brake failure. It's got me worried because I can't drive a 1/4 mile up here in the Poconos without encountering 3rd gear grades up and down. At the bottom of every steep decent seems to be a stop sign. Each and every drive is an adventure. Parts are on order, but I'm really beginning to question whether or not driving a heavy vehicle with a single line brake system is a good idea up here. I am seriously bummed out.
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