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This ain’t your grandfather’s tractor….or maybe it is?

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Northwest 180D Shovel

Do you like to see rare one of a kind items? Of course you do. Especially when that item is heavy equipment as seen here in the form of a Northwest 180D.

This particular unit worked constantly from its manufacturing date in 1963 until 2017 at a limestone quarry in southern Indiana. That’s right, 54 years of hard labor and it’s still around. The 180D still is running its original Murphy V-8 diesel with twin turbos on each exhaust manifold. Power for days!

Yup, this is a big machine, 267,000 pounds big. The 180D was the largest shovel offered by Northwest over the years. This particular machine has a five cubic yard bucket but for intensive earth moving operations a 10 yard bucket was also available.

If you have free time this weekend (May 18th-19th) head down to the National Pike Show in Brownsville, PA to see this machine in operation. Yes, you read that right. The 180-D has been fully assembled on site and will be moving earth along with numerous other shovels and vintage equipment.

I’ve often thought about attending this show but never got around to it which is sad because there is both a spring and summer show! Do yourself a favor and visit youtube and search for National Pike show. You’ll like what you will find. Just don’t expect to get anything done for a few hours.

Thanks to Matt Folsom, Mr. Northwest himself, for sharing these photos via new owner Larry Padulo. I’m putting this show on the calendar for next year!

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The Comforts of Home

With a baby it’s a little hard to get around and check out trucks and heavy equipment. Luckily for me they objects of my desire have been coming directly to my door step.

Living in the middle of a farm field for the past two years I’ve been trying to capture some tractor footage but I’ve never been home when the farmer hits the fields. The other morning that finally changed. Only I can consider it good fortune to be home when it’s time to spread some good ol’ fashioned manure. The hard kind. None of that super stinky liquid stuff.

The next morning “Papa’s Toy” paid a visit with more brown gold. The International 3788 is one of the fastest looking tractors ever produced. It reminds me of a race car. This one has definitely seen better days but until recently it was hoodless so I guess we’re moving in the right direction.

As you can tell I’m actively participating in the slow sprawl of suburbia. The growth of the development has been slow but yesterday I was able to catch some good action just by looking out my front window. That’s a view that can’t be beat!

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Autocar Mondays – Return of the DC

The DC Autocar is back! I can hardly believe the words I just typed but it’s true. Somehow the talented folks at Autocar Trucks managed to keep under wraps one of the biggest heavy truck stories of the century! By now you might have heard about the release of the DC-64R, the first conventional styled Autocar truck released in over three decades. If not, feast your eyes on the truck below.

Not bad. Not bad at all. You’ll notice the front clip draws heavy inspiration from the original style DC of the early 50’s, a style that we took a look at in last edition of Autocar Mondays. Along with the round head lights it’s not hard to imagine that this truck represents the continued evolution of the DC/DK Series had a series of mergers and acquisitions not put the storied line to rest.

The DC-64R is a serious re-entry into the conventional truck market with an all new designed cab. No cabover rip off here. The all steel cab is designed to be the strongest on the market. The frame of this truck is even stronger featuring 160,000 PSI frame rails, the heaviest in the industry. Power is supplied by the Cummins X12 producing up to 500 HP and 1,700 foot pounds of torque.

Everything about this truck is designed to tailor to the waste industry. Autocar has already started to accept orders for this truck that will be built at the Birmingham, Alabama factory.

Autocar Mondays typically lives in the past celebrating the long lived DC, DK, and AT line of trucks. With the release of the DC-64R I have a feeling we’ll be seeing many more modern trucks on the pages of Daily Diesel Dose. It’s good to live in a time when a conventional Autocar truck is in production! My hat is off to Autocar for taking their time to produce a truck that we can actually see instead of the usual vaporware and computer generated images that seem to be so popular in the auto industry nowadays.

I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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Old Cats

I have quite the old cat collection. As a matter of fact I have three. The first is a 2007 model tuxedo. The general condition is good with only a few missing teeth in the mouth. The second is a 2008 tabby in excellent condition that is still capable of high-speed operation. The third is another tuxedo of an unknown vintage due to a missing data plate. If you haven’t figured it out by now I’m not talking about caterpillar equipment but actually cats of the feline variety.

I’ve been eyeing this old grader for a long time now and even stopped for a picture a few times but either the light or my laziness conspired to ruin the photograph. But, finally after years of trying I was able to capture the near perfect photo of this old girl.

Right next door is a more active loader. This one gets around town and possibly has been on this site before. I’m a busy man and haven’t had time to check.

On the old scale this loader is the newest of the bunch but certainly up their in years. It was working with a drill rig to place large steel pilings along a city street. Reason unknown.

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Autocar Mondays – Broken Back

The DC line of Autocar trucks has a long and storied career. My personal favorite happens to be the earlier models with the rounded grill and classic Autocar hood emblem. This old truck looks like it is ready to roll out of its exile but a nasty crack running running the length of the frame probably means it will continue to sit and watch the wild flowers grow.

This particular model of DC also rocks the old style dash with white faced gauges. Perfection!

Do you have an Autocar you would like to see featured in Autocar Mondays? Email today!

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Tired Western Star

This old Western Star and your favorite truck website have alot in common. They both are not being used to their full potential. 

But hope spring eternal. Lord knows I have plenty of cool rigs to share with you all but I just can’t seem to find the time. BUT… I’m going to keep on trying if you’ll keep on visiting. Truck show season is just around the corner!

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Mack Truck with a Detroit Diesel

Not all Mack Trucks have a Detroit Diesel under the hood but some do. We call those tracks awesome. While it might seem sacrilegious to some there were more than a few bulldogs that left the factory with something other then pure Mack components. In this case the pedigree was mixed with a 318 Detroit Diesel. This means the truck never wore the vaunted gold bulldog on the hood but the screaming Jimmy more then makes up for that exclusion.

The plans for this truck are many. Stay tuned to see how they turn out.

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Autocar Mondays – How Much Wood

How many cords of wood can a Autocar DC 9964 haul? I’m not sure of the exact answer but it’s probably much more than a woodchuck could chuck.

Current power in the truck comes from a 335 Cummins paired to a 5+4 gear box. Heavy duty rockwell suspension and rears complete the idea dump truck formula.

Check out that rock body. All solid steel. During the warmer months this DC hauls crushed green stone for tennis and basketball courts.

Thanks to Clarence for the pics! If you have any Autocar you would like to see featured in Autocar Mondays email today!

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Still Working – International Transtar II

Well would you look at this, an International Transtar II still working in 2019. Or at least parked. Andy came across the pair in a local parking lot where they have sat for most of the winter. It’s uncommon enough to see the 9670 on the highways but the Transtar II is clearly a relic and most often seen at classic truck shows nowadays.

All in all it still looks road worthy. Both trucks wear lettering of Lighting Services Inc which by their own admission happen to be the premiere manufacturer of track, accent, display, and LED lighting systems.

Most likely their presences is tied to the nearby state sponsored hi-tech manufacturing plant of LED lighting products. I will say nothing more on that topic for fear of sounding like political obsessed boob.

Great catch Andy. Thanks for the share.

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