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Re: Cummins people.

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John A.

04-06-2013 09:56:37

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f.b., Like T.V. Look in the usual places for problems. You said Full screw tandem. I am sure you meant "Twin Screws" or it is a "Tandem" a single drive axle with a rear Tag Axle.
The old 855cid Cummins ranging in HP from 250 to 435 is a reliable engine.Just about Bullet-proof if treated reasonable. and just like a "Chevy 350" can be rebuilt for not a lot of money at all and no special tools needed. Back in the 80 a rebuild kit was in the 3K range if my memory serves me. I am sure it is higher now by some.
I would say if oil is black, no evidence if moisture. Crack the plug and loosen a couple of rotations to see if any antifreeze drips out.
turbo,leaks, head gasket leaks. It ought to be a solid enough truck I think. Build up air pressure and shut her down, Listen for obvious air leaks, could be problems or just annoyances that are just that or a air line that may have to be fixed in short order Hope this helps.
John A.

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Tx Jim

04-06-2013 10:27:57

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 Re: Cummins people. in reply to John A., 04-06-2013 09:56:37  
Those Mighty 290's are good engines but they won't get you a lot of speeding tickets. At least I never got a speeding ticket in the years I drove one.

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John A.

04-06-2013 13:17:31

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 Re: Cummins people. in reply to Tx Jim, 04-06-2013 10:27:57  
TxJim, Our Cummins was in a 1975 Mack Western COE. It began life as a Formula 290 with a RTO95-13 with Rockwell SQHD with 4:44 gears, mounted up on Hendrickson walking beam suspension. On a 230 wheel base. This old Sow was hooked up the a Bell Gas tanker out of Amarillo, Tx. for its working life. Sometime in that life it got punched out to a full 350.
It was pretty salty with a grain wagon and a Bull wagon. It regularly came across the Elevator Scales @ 94000 lbs Truck, trailer and grain. First Semi-Tractor I learned to drive so that old girl still holds a special place in my heart!
John A.

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