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    Great Mid 50's Arctic Mack Truck Factory Movie

    Thought a few folks would like this factory made Mack video from the mid 50's.
    Great movie of the model LRVSW outfitted for the North Pole and the Arctic Dew Line project.
    Love the narration in these old movies.

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    Joe,

    Thanks for posting that video! As an ex HD truck technician I had many thoughts & questions about what could and would go wrong under those Arctic conditions and how they were handled. Would love to know more about the trucks as well! 600 HP diesels back in the early '50's. Can only imagine the work chaining those rigs up under 50 / 50 conditions. Nothing like throwing a chain while under way either. Did you notice the auxiliary compressor mounted up on the right front fender? My guess is that it was used to prime the air system in case of a leak to start the engine. After 12 hours at a few miles an hour they got to shack up in the caboose bunk house! Then, after probably weeks of driving and to add insult to injury they get to unload the trailers by hand!
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    I think it's rather sad that this icon of American engineering and manufacturing is now owned by Volvo.
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    Most of the old heavy Mack line used Cummins power.
    The LRVSW in the movie was powered by a V12 Cummins. Air start. Which is the reason for a compressor that you see.
    Some models from from the 40's 50's like the FCSW & the LMSW, like the log truck photos, used a Cummins HB600. Not giant amount of HP but low speed torque and gearing.
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    Remember the old phrase "Built Like a Mack Truck". How true in this case. I hope FG remembers this kind of weather the next time she thinks it is a "little" cold in TX. Watching this made me cold. I think I will make a cup of hot chocolate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    Remember the old phrase "Built Like a Mack Truck". How true in this case. I hope FG remembers this kind of weather the next time she thinks it is a "little" cold in TX. Watching this made me cold. I think I will make a cup of hot chocolate.

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    That was pretty good!

    If "Ice Road Truckers" were more like that film, I might be inclined to watch it.
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    Awesome video. That
    Thanks for posting. Gotta love the old iron and what guts and determination could do with it.
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    Great video!
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    Thanks blue87fj60.
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