We have been showing lots of “save” videos recently. You know, the ones about someone pouring time and effort into a vehicle that others have left for dead. This is another of those videos and while it may have a couple of years on it, the content is awesome and the subject of the work is really good as well. You are about to see a guy and his pal bring a classic Mack Model B61 back from the dead and turn it into a working truck once more. The kind of work actually makes this whole program even more neat that it would already seem.
The neat thing about old rigs like this is that they are all mechanical. From the fuel injection to the brakes, transmission, and whatever else you can dream up, these things are not governed by ECUs or VCMs, they are governed by air compressors, transmissions that could survive a direct nuclear hit, and engines that are low revving grunt factories designed to last multiple lifetimes. In fact, when this truck gets saved we see that the heads came off the Thermodyne engine but the rest of it stayed in the truck. Maybe some valve springs, new seats, and a valve job were about the only thing that the hunk of iron needed to be content and back on the road.
The video has a good mix of still photos and video in it, especially towards the end. We’re here to tell you that this old girl sounds pretty bad ass through those straight pipes. We love this truck and the effort that went in to putting it back on the road!