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See post 11.If the truck was built around 1990 it may be a leftover from a number of Mack chassis that the military seized for tractor service in Desert Storm as there apparently were not enough 911.747 combinations to support that effort. Mack provided chassis that were built to be coal trucks and made them into tractors. The company that built the trailers stayed open Christmas day to finish on time. I also heard that these manual transmission trucks did not fair well when deployed owing to the poor skill level of the typical motor transport operators deployed. If your truck has a fifth wheel with a 3" jaw that would be consistant with the HETT mission.
Said trailer - http://www.govliquidation.com/auction/view?auctionId=8554393I just found another truck from the Desert Storm Macks. It's a RD888sx sold through GL out of Barstow about a year ago. Ended up going to the North Dakota oil fields.
Below is a pic. If you'll notice, it has the bulldog missing also. I wonder if this was a military requirement (like the Ford script jeeps) or they were just stolen by soldiers as a war trophy.
I'd love to find one of the trailers used behind these trucks. It appears there is one in the background of this pic.
I've never been to the Mack Museum, for all I know they may already have one of them. I have been in contact with them so they do know about the truck. I would consider letting them have it if they could come up with compensation, I'm really not in the financial position to donate it.I know Ithat isn't my place to say, because you bought it and I didnt, but your truck really does belong in the Mack museum. I'm sure the one that went to the oil fields is already destroyed, and who knows where the other 18 are.
I think the write up said that one of the trucks was used, so you may have that one, which would make it even more rare (1 in 48!).I sent the VIN info to the Mack Museum and while they didn't have any info on the military record of the truck they did give me all of the factory info.
They sent me the build sheet, dealer order sheet, owners manual, lube manual, engine rebuild manual, and truck maintenance manual. All free of charge (but they do ask for donations).
The info I got actually provides more questions than answers. Come to find out the truck is actually a 1985 instead of a 1991 as it is titled. I do know the truck only had 861 miles on it when it was sent to Leigh Consolidated Industries in 1991 to be outfitted for the Gulf War. The question is, what did it do from 1985 until 1991 to only accumulate 861 miles? Makes you wonder if whoever ordered the truck decided not to take it and it stayed in dealer inventory for 6 years.
I do know the truck was ordered from Mack of Maine for a customer in 1985 but that's where the info that Mack has stops.
That is super cool. I'm a big history fan and I highly advocate discovering the history of our trucks, no matter how mundane (not saying yours is mundane). On that note, I have a question about some numbers discovered on my truck that I'll post in a separate thread...Just a follow up about this truck. I actually found a picture of it in operation over in the Middle East, and the Sargent who drove it. I’ve reached out the the Sargent but haven’t heard back yet.
The truck has blue paint under the white it currently has. I’m 100% sure this is the trucks, by the way the guy described it on Facebook ( mine was the only Mack over there that was a gold dog).
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