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Re: Name that "bus"
« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2009, 05:58:10 PM »
BK and Jack, did anyone ever make a nice looking cabover truck.
 Dad bought 50 new Frieghtliners in 1962 when White owned the Co. and I was in his office one day and he was looking for drivers so I ask did they quit because he never had a turn over in drivers he answered no I just have 11 drivers out with kidney stones. true story
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Well Clifford they sorta did, KW built the Aerodyne back in the late '70's or early '80's. (I was a huge fan of "BJ & the Bear", & I thought his truck was down right cool!  8) but then again I was like 11-13 yrs old then too!)

And remember the "Century, T-2000, & 387" were actually conventionals that had the look of an extended hood cab-over! 

I harassed many a driver about his "ugly little extended cab-over, and wanted to know if it would shrink or grow if it got wet!"
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Re: Name that "bus"
« Reply #31 on: November 13, 2009, 02:44:45 AM »

Well Clifford they sorta did, KW built the Aerodyne back in the late '70's or early '80's. (I was a huge fan of "BJ & the Bear", & I thought his truck was down right cool!  8) but then again I was like 11-13 yrs old then too!)


Speaking of such things, isn't TomC's truck the same as the one Arnie drove in the second Terminator movie?




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Re: Name that "bus"
« Reply #32 on: November 13, 2009, 06:32:21 AM »
All I can add it that this guy truly owns a "Land Yacht"!

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Re: Name that "bus"
« Reply #33 on: November 13, 2009, 06:49:54 AM »
My first impression when i saw the "wings", which are supposed to light up by the way, is that it reminded me of some of the cruise ships that advertise on tv, like maybe Carnival Cruise Ships? 
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Re: Name that "bus"
« Reply #34 on: November 13, 2009, 09:25:58 AM »
Jeremy- that's an old style Freightliner cabover.  Mine is a shorty Kenworth Aerodyne-like the bigger version used in BJ and The Bear.  They used the 112", mine is a 90".  Back in the 80's, the overall length of the trucks were restricted to 55ft.  By using the 86" (at first) or the 90" Aerodyne, and keeping the wheelbase to a short (rock and rolling) 151", you could pull a 45ft trailer-which was important in the furniture moving industry.  When I quit, I had a relatively short 235" wheelbase on my 90" Aerodyne with a 96" sleeper behind, and pulling a 48ft'r behind gave me an overall length of 68ft.  With a 53ft'r, that would have been 73ft overall.  I have a friend that has a KW square nose conventional with a big 144" sleeper behind on a 320" wheel base.  That puts his overall length at nearly 80ft pulling a 53ft'r!  Bigger and bigger they get! Good Luck, TomC
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Re: Name that "bus"
« Reply #35 on: November 13, 2009, 01:40:45 PM »
Ok. To my untrained eye the Freightliner and Kenworth look amazingly similar from that front view at least.

I would say that 99% of trucks here are cabovers, incidentally, which I've always assumed was because of length restrictions. The only people who use conventionals are those specialising in moving abnormal loads - I don't know whether that's because their trucks typically have bigger engines that your average over-the-road truck, or whether they operate under licences which bypass the usual length restrictions.

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Re: Name that "bus" Answer: Genesis Thread updated
« Reply #36 on: December 31, 2009, 07:24:20 PM »
Ed Hackenbruch forwarded me some more pictures of the neat vehicle.

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Re: Name that "bus" Answer: Genesis (Thread updated)
« Reply #37 on: January 01, 2010, 05:59:40 AM »
That is amazing Jim!

Where does this guy live?

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Re: Name that "bus" Answer: Genesis (Thread updated)
« Reply #38 on: January 01, 2010, 08:08:21 AM »
Paul, I hope that Ed will chime in here.  He knows more about the vehicle than I do - I have just been passing on the photos.

I started to modify my last post and got interrupted.  I was going to comment on the very strange arrangement of the front fascia.  First, how it is separate from the front of the cab, and secondly how the radiator surround is just not in keeping with the rest of the stylish exterior. 

Would sure love to see it in real life. 

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Re: Name that "bus" Answer: Genesis (Thread updated)
« Reply #39 on: January 01, 2010, 09:06:28 AM »
They are hanging out in a park in Benson Az. working on refurbishing it right now, and are supposed to be coming to Q-site for the gathering. :)
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