The Ultimate Test

I’m sure the folks at Western Star believe they make a seriously tough and thoroughly road tested rig. Without question the 4700 series chassis went through countless hours of real world testing before the model went into full production. But despite all those trials I’m here to tell you that toughest test has just begun. Below you see the newest truck in the City of Syracuse plow fleet. Truck 269, a Western Star 4700.

This is the first non International plow truck in the fleet since the days of Autocar DC and Make RM’s. Despite a low level of snow this year has been a hard one for the Syracuse fleet. Most trucks are over 10 ten years old and after the latest storm a fleet of 24 trucks was reduced to just 17 the next day. It got so bad that the NYS Thruway “loaned” the city two of their older trucks. The city has already approved one million dollars for ten new trucks that won’t be ready until next season. I’m not a truck a dealer but can 100,000 thousand really buy you a full equipped plow truck? Looking at this truck I have a feeling it was slated for Onondaga County DOT but was diverted as mutual aid.

Anyway, this 4700 will have it’s work cut out for it with Oregon Trail style streets, copious amounts of roads salt that will go unwashed all season, and drivers shooting at people.

Here is a look at the loaned out Thruway truck.

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AM General M818

I know that the updates to this site don’t come as quickly as they used to but that doesn’t mean I’m not out there gathering material. It’s the processing that takes the time. Plus Preston doesn’t like when I use the computer in his presence. He desperately wants to create his own post or just poke at the screen. Kids these days. It’s like they were born knowing how to use technology.

Anyway, here is a look at a AM General M818 from an Alex Lyon auction all the way back in July!

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At the Dealer – Lonestars for Everyone

Do you remember that episode of Oprah where the entire studio audience received a new car? No? Me either. But I do know that it happened. All 276 people in attendance received a brand new Pontiac G6. What a cruel joke to pull on everyone. I kid. When I first saw this row of day cab Lonestars I couldn’t help but I think of the Oprah episode I never saw. I could even hear her voice saying “You get a Lonestar! You get a Lonestar!” Funny how popular culture works isn’t it? Clip for reference purpose only.

Once I wiped the stars from my eyes I was able to focus on this Cummins powered HX. I can think of two potential futures for this truck based on the front bumper PTO setup. One, a snow plow. Two, a rear discharge mixer truck. The grayish color matches local industry titan Riccelli almost perfectly. When was the last time you saw one of those new in the wild? It’s all front discharge nowadays. Or so it seems.

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Macungie 2019 Revisted

I like looking at trucks. But I like looking at moving trucks even better. Here are some “leftovers” from the 2019 ATCA Macungie show. I really like showing up to Macungie Memorial Park on the later side of things so I can catch all the sweet sweet action of the loading zone. It’s like a show within a show.

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Detroit Diesel Mega Mix III

The name says it all.

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New Master?

For years, maybe even a full decade, the rumors have persisted that VW would enter the US heavy truck market by purchasing Navistar, parent company of International Trucks. The two firms already have a close relationship with VW holding a 16.6% interest in Navistar.

The other shoe finally dropped last week with VW offering 2.9 billion to purchase full control of Navistar. There is much to discuss with this offer among the board and of course the military contracts held by Navistar will come under scrutiny. With Mack and Freightliner already under foreign control the good folks at PACCAR will be the last American owned heavy truck company in North America.

For further ready visit this Heavy Duty Trucking article.

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Mack MD

Hey, look at that, Mack has a new medium truck, the MD.

The video above will tell you all you need to know about the new product line. If you like the Anthem styling you’ll like this truck. Personally I’ve never been a fan.

Mack is assembling this truck a new setup facility outside of Salem, VA. The MD is the only Mack of modern times built outside of Macungie, PA. It’s a sign of the modern truck industry that you can setup shop just about anywhere. As long your suppliers can find the loading dock you can assemble a truck. If you’re like me you probably have a bygone picture of massive integrated factories where engine blocks are cast, frames are squeezed from molten steel, and cabs are stamped into existence. Time to get with it!

Any bets on if we will see a Volvo medium duty truck in the near future?

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Neighborhood Brockway

Would you take a look at this. An old Brockway dump truck hiding in plain sight less than five miles from my home. And a road that I travel on a semi regular basis no less!. Andy spotted this truck months back and reports that it has been hanging around even longer than that. Will wonders ever cease!

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The End – ATHS Reno 2019

Just in time for Springfield 2020!

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At The Dealer – Looking Back at 2019

Dan mentioned the other day he missed the long running part of the website dedicated to checking out the trucks found at the local heavy truck dealers. With little Preston running around I haven’t had much time to scope out the rigs like I used to but I have snuck a shot or two over the past few months.

All of the coverage will be coming from Tracey Road Equipment mostly because it’s on my way home and they usually have the largest volume of activity of any dealer in the area. Up first, this fancy looking 4900 log hauler of Hopkins Forestry. 

The 4700, the default vocational truck of our times. This one has steel wheels. Steel dump body. Steel. Steel. Steel. Destination unknown.

This Freightliner 114SD in neon green (chime in if you know the actual color) belongs to the Onondaga County Water Environment Protection. There seems to be a government agency for everything nowadays but if they come with their own trucks I guess that is the silver lining. 

Peterbilt 220, a truck rarely seen anywhere much less with a sweeper on the back. Village of Herkimer you streets will be clean in 2020.

And finally we’ll end with this Freightliner Cascadia. What stood out to me about this one was, for the lack of a better term, the ground effects. This truck has air fairings around all the lower trim that are just begging to be ripped of at the slightest bump or pothole. Better stay on those perfectly smooth and level interstates. 😉

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