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My ol Mack

I bought this 1959 B61 in fall of 2001.


I had been watching it sit around many years at the local towing company. I finally stopped and asked about it and struck a deal. Along with the truck I got a big truck load of spare parts he had from the fleet of B models they had over the years. This was the last one he still had/used to haul trailers back from wrecks.


It's still all original drivetrain: non turbo 673ci Mack, triplex(15 spd) two stick tranny, 4.62 gears out back. I put new radial tires on it, king pins, slacks and cans, new hoses/plumbing, etc.

Here it is in 2002, my first road trip(120 miles away):


I've added all the shiny stuff compared to how I bought it(above).
Couple years ago:




I use it pretty exclusively to haul my race car trailer. I've been from Indy to Syracuse, Ny to Bowling Green, Ky without fail. She's a pretty good running ol truck. Not the fastest, but it gets there. Top speed about 62 mph(with trailer).

Right now I'm working on converting the speedo to electronic. I made a reluctor wheel to replace the gear in the back of the tranny and machined the housing for pickup. Lucky I work at a machine shop :



I am also working on extending the frame about 4ft and putting a Freightshaker air ride under it. I have a 42" bunk(free) that I'll be putting on the back too. That will give the g/f something to sleep in while traveling to races. Once the weather breaks around here, I will/should be starting on it.

My friend wants me to lease on to his company


I also used to take it to the local diesel drags when it was in town. I wasn't fast, but I can cut a good light and that put the fear of god into the rest of the drivers:


It's a slow work in process. I stripped/painted the fenders about 7 yrs ago and someday I'd love to finish it. I have a pair of NOS door shells(still in bare metal) and lots of trinkets but I use it too much to tear that far into it.

If anyone has seen the Mack two stick driving vids on Youtube? Ya, that was me. I made them back before Youtube was around and apparently people that saw them musta saved them and posted them. I never claimed to be an expert, but I have fun with it.


Jim's Mack car hauler will be sick compared to my rusty hulk. I drool everytime I see more pics. I met Jim last summer at the Gasser Reunion. I can't wait to see the truck in person!

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Old Mack ! very cool, Gotta love them B16's . . .

mine has the END+T-711 which i thought was a hot rod type thing, but i was informed it was a factory backed up grade and perfectly legit to leave it . . .

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Yes, there was turbo models of the 673. The 711 I think only came n/a but some guys bolted a turbo to them. There was issues with headbolts and headgaskets, but don't know the whole story.

I've contemplated putting a turbo on mine, but it runs really well and I don't want to take the chance of burning it up(with the lack of oil cooled pistons). I keep my ears open for a 237 or such to upgrade to someday.

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237 would ideal oh yea it would . . . lack of oil cooled piston's yup that was of a concern of mine, but it has an engine oil cooler on it the oil stay within spec for temp's engine run's great.

But yea the END-711 was an N/A engine, they had some issues with them it was solved by adding a turbo charger on it . . .

When i asked the local dealer "Madison Mack Sales" about they gave it a look over the guy laughed and told me how he was the one who installed it on that truck 15 years before i bought it

I thought that was cool . . .

It's been running flawlessly so i don't wanna touch it, ya know the old "If it ain't broke don't fix it" deal ?

Truck rolls right along [email protected],00rpm in 15th gear or 5th high split, and it'll run 150K-Lb's down the road nicely the GVWR is 120,000lb's . . .

its the B61T heavy hauler . . .

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Looking good Freight. I still need to get my B61 out of the yard! 8 years in the making!!! thinking about putting a camel back under it and a 285 maxidyne so it will do the new IL speed limits!!!!! you thinking about going to the 2011 ATHS in IN. That will be my next national show I will make in the RS.

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Man, I would love to get up there and get to a race one time, I think it would be fun.

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thats good lookin rig you got there man. mine is FAR from being that nice, we have to swap the cabs off of my truck becauce life down on the coast ate the cab away. its gonna be alot of work but in the end it will be worth it.

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I had to put a full new floor in mine, plus patch up the rear mount area of the cab(typical). I have pics of all that work, just need to find them and get them downloaded. It's solid as a rock now and don't really rattle at all going down the road.

Trent, ya, that is the next show I'll try to drive to. I wanted to fly to Ca. this year, but as typical it's on my first points race weekend (just like last year). Need to get SOMEONE to change their schedule....

I got a 4.10 gear coming for mine so I'll be running a bit faster this summer(I hope). Just hope she has enough snot to pull it?


SmokinCat: the diesel drags haven't been at QuakerCity for a few years. Not sure why, but the turn out got pretty low(I think lack of advertising), but it sure was FUN!! The ol B usually went a few rounds. The first year I took the truck my first time trial I cut a .520 light(really good) and you should have seen the turmoil in the staging lanes . All these guys were pointing at me and talking . They came up and asked how I did that and I told them my race car was over in the pits and this wasn't my first square dance Seemed no one wanted to be around me come first round.

I did make one pass up at Norwalk a few years back during the "Blue Suede Cruise", but Timmy(runs staging lanes) told me I had to run down the shoulder of the track.

I've got some short video from Quaker, I need to get it posted to Youtube.

How about coming to one of our stick shift races? Check out www.UMTRNorth.com for scheduling. We run down south(Pacemakers, Marion, and Columbus), plus Milan Mi. among other places.

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I have heard more than once they dont want the weight on the track, and also being worried about some one not getting stopped.

I would like to try it just once, I can take off in the high side in my GMC, I think it might do okay, and Im up for anything where I can try to tear something up.

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