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Re: Some log truck pics
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2013, 11:22:27 PM »
When I was 10 years old, I had the great privilege of meeting a gentleman named Ray Vigue, of Waterville Maine. He was 77 years old at the time. My dad worked for the Morning Sentinel newspaper at the time, and above other things, he wrote a column known as "Lock, Stock, and Barrel" about guns, shooting, and gun-smithing. The same newspaper was home to veteran outdoors columnist Gene Letourneau, who regularly wrote about hunting, fishing, etc. Gene, I believe, was the gentleman who either introduced my dad to Ray, or else referred him to him.

I promise this is about trucks. . . .

I went with my dad when he went to interview Ray Vigue at his home in Waterville. We were there about Ray's shooting career-- he was an expert marksman from his youth, especially with revolvers.  Even at the time we spoke with him, he had a firing range set up in his basement where he could fire his .22 revolvers 50 feet. Using a mounted scope, he would shoot the letters off a printed page, the spots off playing cards, or whatever. He often used old calenders as targets. He found it was too easy to shoot a hole in a penny without breaking the rim, so he started shooting two holes in a single penny without breaking the rim, and without the two holes touching. My dad wrote quite a nice column about him. We went back and talked with him more several times.

Anyway, Ray was a semi-retired engineer. He had spent most all his adult life in the woods designing trucks and trailers. Talking about his shooting exploits kept drifting off into logging, trucking, construction, and engineering exploits, since it was all intermixed in his life. He told how he had helped to design some of the log trailers that tracked all in the same prints as the tractor, along with many other designs he had helped with or come up with. When he saw how interested I was in it, he put together a photo album for me, and an engineering album too, showing many of the things he had seen and worked on in his career. I still have those two albums somewhere in my collection, but unfortunately not all my stuff is easily accessible right now. I know he worked for Mack trucks at some point, but not necessarily exclusively. I'm not real sure whether Mack was involved with trailer design and building or not, and whether he was working for a different company when he was designing those trucks. Although he was based out of Maine, he worked all over the US with his design work, as well as Canada, and even overseas. He had a lot of tall tales to tell-- and the pictures to back them up! If I ever dig those albums out, I will see if I can scan some of the pictures and post them on here.
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« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2013, 10:38:03 AM »
Okrafarmer, I'd LOVE to see that!!!  Some of the things that have been done...and without all the computers and all that crap, I might add.... are amazing! 
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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2013, 02:15:30 AM »
John, the guy that owns that self-loader has 5 of them. He treats his drivers well and they stay with him.

There's lots of configurations for attaching and loading the trailer. Seems the designers keep having better ideas. Whatever type I get in, the driver has his trailer up on the truck and ready to roll in 5 minutes.
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« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2020, 04:36:55 AM »
Bringing up an old tread with some new pictures. 

Start of Summer here and that's the best time for logging, less mud, 

Moody weather shot of local truck parked up at the end of the day, heading through to mill or Port in the morning. 



 

 
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« Reply #24 on: December 12, 2020, 08:06:50 AM »
What nice logs. We see trucks here with 2 steering axels on some concrete mixers and crane carriers .

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« Reply #25 on: December 12, 2020, 08:17:23 AM »
Never seen snorkels on a hood truck before.  


That 350 cummins pulling over 5/8 of a million gross on page 1 is just incredible.  Absurd but incredible. 
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« Reply #26 on: December 12, 2020, 08:58:22 AM »
Wonder how “fast” it pulled that load?  
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« Reply #27 on: December 12, 2020, 09:09:14 AM »
Looking back at these posts. Hardtailjohn looks like he did some serious log hauling back in the day. On some sketchy roads 😂

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« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2020, 09:38:13 AM »
Lets just say youd wanna be infront of it goin up the hill, and far far away coming down it!


Honestly i cant imagine how bad the 7th car would be swaying all over.  The fedex wiggle wagons are bad enough and thats just doubles full of cardboard and coffeemakers. 
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« Reply #29 on: December 12, 2020, 03:35:14 PM »
Those are nice looking logs, I have never seen a load quite like that. I saw a highway rig with lift axles on the truck and tridem trailer the other day, I didn't think that is legal here. :o

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« Reply #30 on: December 12, 2020, 08:46:36 PM »
Nice load. Do you know what the point of those snorkels is? It looks to me like the visibility would be horrible with those things in your field of view.
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« Reply #31 on: December 12, 2020, 08:56:27 PM »
More air flow. In those parts the seem to like to do that 





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« Reply #32 on: December 12, 2020, 09:02:16 PM »
More air flow. In those parts the seem to like to do that
Plus the say for the dust there

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« Reply #33 on: December 12, 2020, 09:34:56 PM »
Fed x wiggle wagons? That's funny. Remember when UPS drivers where Buster Brown?  Those air intakes remind me of 2 cb antennas pointing forward.

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« Reply #34 on: December 13, 2020, 02:58:41 AM »
On a 4X4 it’s for deep water fording, but yeah, on some other apps, because of the dust. Think of it as a “pre” filter of sorts.
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« Reply #35 on: December 13, 2020, 11:44:28 AM »
I should of stated my question differently...I understand what snorkels are for in most applications, I just can't understand why you would have them in front of your windshield like that. Also, our trucks operate off road a considerable amount, and we just have regular airboxes without any issue.
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« Reply #36 on: December 13, 2020, 03:29:09 PM »
From what I've read, the higher air intakes are to avoid dust. Especially in places like Australia where they cross the scorching hot dry desert, and traveling behind someone you'd be in a dust cloud. It also may draw somewhat cooler air by being up higher. Part of it probably is the "show truck" look too. As far as "wiggle wagons" go, that's a common term for doubles and triples I heard driving on the turnpike. These are not as big as they do in Australia though, as their "land train" or "road train" trucks commonly hook up more than three trailers in a row. :o
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« Reply #37 on: December 14, 2020, 12:49:47 AM »
From what I've read, the higher air intakes are to avoid dust. Especially in places like Australia where they cross the scorching hot dry desert, and traveling behind someone you'd be in a dust cloud. It also may draw somewhat cooler air by being up higher. Part of it probably is the "show truck" look too. As far as "wiggle wagons" go, that's a common term for doubles and triples I heard driving on the turnpike. These are not as big as they do in Australia though, as their "land train" or "road train" trucks commonly hook up more than three trailers in a row. :o
This is video from a local truck driver. I see their black KWs on the road pretty often, although they are based a couple of hours South.
But it shows the gravel roads that they often have to operate over, and those ones are not particularly dusty.
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« Reply #38 on: December 14, 2020, 01:07:04 PM »
"I was toten my pack along the dusty Winnamucka road when along came a semi with a high and canvas covered load", I've been everywhere, Hank Snow, others. This song is not really ours. It was adapted from Australia . Good video.

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« Reply #39 on: December 14, 2020, 01:55:41 PM »
I looked up the lyrics for the Australian version:

"I've been to Tullamore, Seymour, Lismore, Mooloolaba
Nambour, Maroochydore, Kilmore, Murwillumbah,..."

WOWZERS! :o 
My hats off the guys that can sing that without messing up, I'd have trouble just reading it off a page!
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