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About Howard_P

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  1. Good urban legend. Didn't you ever hear of fleet trucks, all built the same?
  2. It's the result of spending 30 years working with the stuff. I plan to be there if the creeks don't rise, etc. I'm scheduled to be a guide on a tour bus in the early afternoon, hard to tell where I'll be the rest of the day. Ask around and hopefully we can meet up.
  3. Probably would not be of a lot of value to you unless you have IH trucks of that age to service and are familiar with the IH specification codes. FYI, here is the type of info you would see on them. If you don't have a use for them, I would be interested in them as I do answer a number of questions online about IH trucks and having the specs would be quite useful. I have the Scout SURs and make use of them. Howard
  4. In the early 60s, there was a DCOF-405 marketed as a "Toll Road Tractor" rated for GCWs up to 127,400#. Standard engine was a Cummins NTRO-335, optional DVT-800 advertised as 375 hp.
  5. Howard_P

    Lee Iacocca

    It doesn't seem likely that Iacocca was even considered for the IH job. In 1977 when McCardell was hired, Iacocca was still flying high as President of Ford and I don't think IH had enough money to even make him look. Ford fired him in 1978. Then he might have been interested.
  6. With the interest in steam engines here, I thought this item that was posted on FB might be of interest even though it's not on a Montana farm. I certainly wouldn't recommend it. One of those "hold my beer and watch this" moments I think.
  7. What Dr Evil describes was common within most any computer system as they developed in the 70s. We were doing similar messaging within the Truck Div's computer systems at that time. But even if I had his terminal ID, there was no way to send him a message from my system. There was no connection. You had to be on the same mainframe. What the internet did was supply protocols for connecting his system to mine and to everyones through servers and a standard for addressing that message so it became an email that had some hope of getting to where it was intended. This started with the ARPANET system in 1969, but didn't develop into the "internet" for 15-20 years.
  8. Howard_P

    Loadstar 1700

    The 494-495-496 versions (there were 3 generations of the 5 speeds over the years) had a problem with inadequate amounts of lube getting to certain areas until a flipper was added to get more splash. I don't recall that the problem was related to the lube used.
  9. Howard_P

    Loadstar 1700

    That shows the IH built T-496. There were 3 variations of the IH 5 speed, a T-494 that had a .82 overdrive in 5th and a T-495 that had a lower 7.17 low gear. You have what was called the close ratio version with 6.21, 3.43, 2.05, 1.11, and 1.00 gears.
  10. The MV was built from 1974 thru 1984.
  11. Howard_P

    Loadstar 1700

    It seems likely you have an IH 5 speed (but perhaps not). To know what it was built with, you need a copy of the lineset ticket. You can order them from Super Scout Specialists https://www.superscoutspecialists.com/store/p-406-line-setting-tickets.aspx or from the Wisconsin Historical Society: McCormick-International Harvester 816 State Street Madison, WI 53706 608-264-6484 E-MAIL: askmccormick@wisconsinhistory.org Cost is $20 from either one.
  12. At least none of them seem to be laughing hilariously!
  13. I was in IH Truck Product Reliability when the V-800 was introduced, but heard little of it after that although I have no numbers. I'm sure the number produced was quite low and it wouldn't surprise me if that was the only surviving one.
  14. You might also need to have your batteries tested under load. As they age, they may show 12V on your Fluke meter, but as soon as a load is applied, they may drop to just a few volts. This may be a bad battery or just not fully charged. Watch your Fluke while someone tries to crank the motor.
  15. Engines are started from batteries. There are multiple batteries to produce 32 or 64 volts usually. Engines are often left idling to avoid startup procedures that are more complicated than just pushing a start button and as temperatures approach freezing, it is necessary as most have only water in the cooling system. Perhaps air was tried, but I've not heard of it.
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