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Old 09-16-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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My Other Truck

Well I decided I might as well have a thread for my semi truck as I like to work on it probably even more than I do my Taco!

I'm only 18 so I can only drive locally (intrastate) so it's just a day cab, anyways it's a 1997 Freightliner FLD with a Turbocharged 12.7L S60 Detroit Diesel that puts out 550HP and 1550 FT-LB of torque. Its got a 10 Speed transmission and about 800,000 miles on it! Which isn't a lot for a 15 year old truck!

Here are both my trucks!
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Detroit Diesel
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And here are some pictures of my rig and some from working!
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Loading/Unloading
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6am heading out!


I changed the water pump last weekend, took me about 13 hours of labor but had to run to several auto parts stores, so I easily had 15 hours into it..but it was worth it considering it saved me about $900!
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(You can see the new water pump sitting on the ground in the bottom right)

Here is just SOME of the coolant out of the 14 gallon coolant capacity!
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Replaced the side turn signals with LED



Video of my truck's Jake Brake


More to come..
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Old 09-16-2012, 03:18 PM   #2
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Nice! I love semi's! Especially the ones that people take care of.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:47 PM   #4
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Nice rigs, both of them! I like semi's myself...

What's the story on the semi? How is it that you do the work yourself and you can do all this at 18?
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:56 PM   #5
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Nice! I started driving at 18 myself. Got out of it at 23 because I found what I thought was a better deal. Now I'm in the corporate world. Not a day goes by that I don't miss it and think about going back.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:03 PM   #6
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nice man! and respect to you for doing the work your self.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:29 PM   #7
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Yeah man,i grew up aroud semi trucks! when its in your blood, its there for life.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:26 PM   #8
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Thanks guys!

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Nice! I started driving at 18 myself. Got out of it at 23 because I found what I thought was a better deal. Now I'm in the corporate world. Not a day goes by that I don't miss it and think about going back.
Nice! It's never too late to go back! I could never work a normal 8-5 job..it's just not for me...I love trucking! And idc what anyone says or thinks, it does take a certain level of skill to drive a truck..Think you'll ever go back to it?

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Yeah man,i grew up aroud semi trucks! when its in your blood, its there for life.
For sure man, my dad drove and now owns a small trucking company so I've been around trucks my whole life...definitely can't get it out of your blood. I love it though. Chose to do this and start working hard and making a living for myself rather than go to college. School isn't for me. All my friends have left for school today, so I have nobody around..I work all week then work on my truck or trailers all weekend...Definitely not the life of an average 18 year old..or career path. but I'm happy
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Cheerths Mr. Chad i dig the thread
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:37 PM   #10
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That's awesome man. How many miles do you normally drive a week? And both are great lookin trucks!
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:51 PM   #11
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Cheerths Mr. Chad i dig the thread
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That's awesome man. How many miles do you normally drive a week? And both are great lookin trucks!
Well I'm only local, but usually around 500...But I never where I might get another load to, so it always changes! Like Today I drove 250 miles and I'm gonna have atleast a 300 mile day tomorrow. So I'll be around 1,000 miles this week
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:08 AM   #12
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Oh I gotcha. Do you get paid by the mile or by the load?
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How did you get your Class A? Did you go to a trucking school? Or did your dad help you out?
I've always been interested in getting mine.
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Nice! It's never too late to go back! I could never work a normal 8-5 job..it's just not for me...I love trucking! And idc what anyone says or thinks, it does take a certain level of skill to drive a truck..Think you'll ever go back to it?
Well, every other day I threaten to my wife that I'll go back. I also keep renewing my CDL, physical and TWIK card.lol I've been talking to a company about working weekends hauling recyclables for them. That'll at least give me that feeling back part time. Hopefully that quenches the thirst but somehow I don't think it will.

The biggest problem is the company I work for now pays well, has good benefits and I have a company car so it's not like they're giving me a reason to leave, but I think deep-down I want to go back.
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How did you get your Class A? Did you go to a trucking school? Or did your dad help you out?
I've always been interested in getting mine.
Trucking school!

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Well, every other day I threaten to my wife that I'll go back. I also keep renewing my CDL, physical and TWIK card.lol I've been talking to a company about working weekends hauling recyclables for them. That'll at least give me that feeling back part time. Hopefully that quenches the thirst but somehow I don't think it will.

The biggest problem is the company I work for now pays well, has good benefits and I have a company car so it's not like they're giving me a reason to leave, but I think deep-down I want to go back.

Sounds like a good gig on the weekends for you to start getting back in to it!

I hit the road at 6am this morning and watched the sunrise going down the highway! Bet your other job doesn't offer you that! Haha I drove 8 hours today/356 miles
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Video of my truck's Jake Brake

Sweet rig!

Can't beat the sound of a jake brake...I get to hear it a lot riding around in fire trucks...

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