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I've brought home some crazy projects, but my friend took the cake here.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Moloko, May 3, 2012.

  1. Moloko
    Joined: Dec 14, 2005
    Posts: 726


    Look what he drug home;



    It's a 1963 Mack B81 with a 711 Mack Turbo Diesel.

    He had it hauled home from Philly yesterday, and last night after work we got it started. Sprayed some PB into the turbo, and broke the compressor loose with a screwdriver. Put two batteries in it and it started up on ether.

    Video of it starting for the first time in 10 years;

    He has no real use for it, doesn't have a CDL, and doesn't really have a good place to keep it. Sounds like something I would do.
  2. You know, the more I look at the cab, the more I like it. The cab has a really good shape to it. That is one heck of a project though.
  3. Moloko
    Joined: Dec 14, 2005
    Posts: 726


    They could have come with a much nicer, rounded nose on the lighter duty models. For some reason he prefers this more bare-bones nose of the heavier models.
  4. mastergun1980
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 1,095

    from Alva OK

    Those are cool. There is a nice one here in my home town. I always enjoy seeing it!

  5. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,921


    Wow, There is not one light weight part on that truck. Very cool though.
  6. Moloko
    Joined: Dec 14, 2005
    Posts: 726


    Here is the nose I like. They are very nice trucks. His looks like it belongs in a horror movie.

  7. The Doddfather
    Joined: Jan 23, 2012
    Posts: 40

    The Doddfather
    from Va

    that is going to be one cool truck, always wanted to own an old B Mack or an old needle nose peterbilt
  8. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,146


    A Mack truck in Allentown? Sounds like a perfect fit to me. Big Ass Trucks rule!
  9. tjmercury
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 589


    The old B series Mack's are one of the sweetest looking vintage tractors there are in my opinion. That is cool that he is gonna save it!
  10. Moloko
    Joined: Dec 14, 2005
    Posts: 726


    Yeah I told him he should drop it off at the corporate headquarters and tell them to give it the ol' once over.
  11. sbakar
    Joined: Mar 20, 2009
    Posts: 37


    Made me think of this project I saw a couple years ago.

    Attached Files:

  12. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,694


  13. Rich Rogers
    Joined: Apr 8, 2006
    Posts: 2,018

    Rich Rogers

    Done up right the B-81 is one cool looking truck. When I was running to the Bronx every day there was one that had been restored with the frame lengthened and a sleeper added, hauling a drop bottom trailer for stone. This thing had 2, 8 inch straight stacks and would flat haul ass. As long as he's into the work, that's one hell of a cool ride....
  14. Cool, reminds me of the log trucks that we had at the mill when I was in high school.

    I didn't get a good look at the rear is it a twin screw? (both axles drive)
  15. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,516


    One of the round fendered models restored and being shown at an ag equipment show in Washington state last fall.
    I think he hauled a vintage farm tractor in with it and stuck the truck in the show too.

    Back when I was in high school there were a number of Mack logging trucks that went by our house either headed to the woods or headed to the mill with a load of logs. That beast that was shown in post 1 could look pretty good all slicked out in factory color or in the color from some trucking company from that era.
    Last edited: May 3, 2012
  16. Back in 1982&83 I drove a B61 Dump truck that my father-in-law had. It had the 711 eng with a 20 spd Quad box. I really liked driving it. It was painted 1956 Olds festval red with a black box.

  17. yetiskustoms
    Joined: May 22, 2009
    Posts: 1,932


    lol, holy crap! thats a big one
  18. kleinbike
    Joined: Dec 1, 2011
    Posts: 41

    from Nor Cal

    Good to know it will be saved. Reminds me of Mad Max-Beyond Thunderdome with the Mack B running on rails.
  19. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,191


    That's a great video!

  20. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 5,870

    from Oregon

    Very cool car hauler! Not sure I'd run it much on ether, not much lubricant in ether.
  21. Terrible Tom
    Joined: Feb 15, 2010
    Posts: 573

    Terrible Tom

    Cool old Mack, but I would have thought you'd blow the head off with all that starting fluid. LOL
  22. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,374


    awesome i like old, mack trucks , id follow a build on one lol
  23. cakes
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 564


    I LOVE IT, I have no idea what I would do with it though
  24. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,133


    It belongs in a whore movie, dig, Mack Daddy!! Cool old beast. ~sololobo~
  25. Very cool to hear it running again! Congrats to your friend, hope he has fun with it. :cool:
  26. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,561


    I belonged to the local chapter of the Antique Truck Assn. of America for ten years & these guys haul these rusted hulks home like they were scooters. A lot of times, they can get them cheap or for free because nobody has the interest, time or space to deal with them. They are also proficient in moving very large things that nobody else has the means, guts or knowledge to do.
  27. Moloko
    Joined: Dec 14, 2005
    Posts: 726


    I'm about to head over there again after dinner. We are going to try to get it to suck fuel.
  28. Black Primer
    Joined: Oct 1, 2007
    Posts: 966

    Black Primer

    Easy on the starting fluid. If it won't run on its own, something is up with the pump or the fuel filter. Diesel fuel is meant to lubricate. Ether has none of that and can cause major damage.
  29. TRIK3R
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 49


  30. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,191



    Holy SHIT!

    (The last one)

    LOL. Glad I don't mess with these old beasts!


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