Last Sunday, I visited the first major truck show since more than two years, and it was delightful. Every serious gathering in that period of time was cancelled, sometimes months in advance, for obvious reasons. But before strolling along modern and big (sometimes downright colossal) rollers, the spotlight is on a duo of classic US tractors.
Starting with this magnificent 1964 Mack B-61 6×2, which means the rearmost axle is a tag axle. Actually, it’s liftable too, as can be seen here.
According to its registration, there’s a six-cylinder diesel engine under Mack’s hood, rated at 140 kW (that’s 190 DIN-hp). To my best knowledge, that must be the naturally aspirated Mack END 673 engine, as all turbocharged ENDT 673 diesels went well over 200 hp.
That about wraps it up, as they say. Old Mack was first registered in the Netherlands in February 1998, so it has been around here for a while.
Meet the young one, a 1995 Peterbilt 379 6×4 tractor, imported near the end of 2003. This series of Peterbilt conventionals and the similar Kenworth W900 are quite popular here as show-/hobby-/promotional mastodons on wheels.
Pete wears the colors of its owner, the Heisterkamp hauling company, and it’s rated at a GVM of 22,700 kg (50,045 lbs).
No need to guess here, this says it all. Back in the days, Fuller transmissions were also used by several mainstream European truck makers, like DAF, MAN, Iveco and Berliet.
Much more to come, as there is plenty in stock now.