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1957 Mack B61 TT in Tennessee


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Default 1957 Mack B61 TT in Tennessee

Went to a tractor salvage yard auction a couple weeks ago. Not only did I pick up a McCormick Deering and Farmall F20 for parts I also drug home a 57 Mack diesel truck. Hasn't been licensed since 1996. Should be able to get it running but it'll take some work to get it road worthy.

I haven't worked on an old Mack before. Starting to learn all kinds of interesting information on these things.

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It'll be awhile before I get to tinker with the Mack. So my wife Susan and I moved it to the end of the driveway and I covered it with LED lights and using it as part of the outdoor Christmas decorations. A photo sensor on dusk-till-dawn settings is installed.

I'm thinking the lights may have to stay on long past the holiday season.







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The lighting is deluxe! I always liked the chrome hub caps on those Macks and it looks pretty clean and not all beat up.
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I think we can pretty up those hubcaps again.
The truck is pretty rough and it's had some bondo repair in it's past.
the floorboards are 80% gone.
But... it's still a 57 Mack and I think I can make her run
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Very cool!!! I want to restore an old truck soon. Not sure how to pull it off with the wife. She does not get the beauty in that stuff. I do have 13 airplanes but hangers keep them off her radar.
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Very cool!!! I want to restore an old truck soon. Not sure how to pull it off with the wife. She does not get the beauty in that stuff. I do have 13 airplanes but hangers keep them off her radar.
A truck may fit in the hangar as well. Good for towing aircraft.
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I took my road test in a B model Mack, back in 1973. Had a triplex trans. Lots of parts out there for them and the parts and service manuals are online. I just sold a B61 to be restored. Good Luck, Nice looking Mack glad you saved it. Phil
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Very cool!!! I want to restore an old truck soon. Not sure how to pull it off with the wife. She does not get the beauty in that stuff. I do have 13 airplanes but hangers keep them off her radar.
Just tell wifey you bought a tug for the planes. Put a receiver hitch on the front to make it formal.
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Nice truck and ornament. Thanks for saving her and sharing.
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Thanks guys. Can't wait to make this thing run again. If it runs out alright the initial plans will be floorboard repair, broken glass replacement and of course tires. 10.00-22 on it now. Will probably stay with the same size. Maybe look for some used tires on craigslist.

Gotta have horns. Someone robbed them off the top of the truck. What's an old semi truck without dual horns on top of the cab?
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I own two old clark tugs already. WWII aircraft carrier tugs.
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Nice truck and ornament. Thanks for saving her and sharing.


Had no intentions of bringing home another project. Let alone a truck. But I really liked the look of the old Mack. Why not throw out a bid, just goofing off, see where it would go. At the least thought I'd bid up to what it would bring in scrap price. Was surprised when the bidding stopped at 600 bucks. I don't think I got hurt too bad. Not to mention, if I change my mind about building it I can make my money back selling it.
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Don't stop now !
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Not mine (regretfully) ... just food for thought.
A small dump bed would be cool too.


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That would look cool with a 5-6 yd dump bed on it.
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Looks like it is on a 1 ton chassis. A 5/6 yard bed would be a load for it empty.
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Have FUN???? You can make her look good again!!
I did one.
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Default Re: 1957 Mack B61 TT in Tennessee

P Schmidt, now that's more like it. I always cringe when I see those embarrassing "customs". What a sad end for a onetime real truck. My first full size truck, back in the mid 70's was a 1956 Mack B 7-something tandem tractor with the 707 gas engine. With any luck it would make 1 mpg but the thing was insanely powerful. If the outside temperature was anything above about 40 degrees it had to be about 130 degrees in the cab. I used the old girl to pull a lowboy or a quad axle dump trailer. Sure do wish i had her back.
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Hi

If that has the MAC diesel in it you will find it an interesting engine and not hard to work on. I use to maintain on in a bus.

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