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Discussion in 'ABF Freight System' started by canaryinthemine, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. MikeJ

    MikeJ Well-Known Member

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    Right there with you the old Volvo just took a dump. Starter motor sized up already phoned in a mayday to customer service told them to call up all the customers and let them know we're 1-2 hours behind.
     
  2. vongrimmenstein

    vongrimmenstein Well-Known Member

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    Old time thought. I used to haul quarter panels out of truck & bus in Indy to Janesville, WI 3 times a week for Jackson Transportation out of Plainfield, IN a burb of Indy. GM final assembly plant in Janesville had the best cafeteria food up stairs in the front of the plant I have ever had. It was run by a guy who had a couple of restaurants in town. About the best food I ever had the pleasure of eating while on the road. The panels were in load racks that had to be delivered in what they called a ‘Wedge Trailer’. I think the trailer was like 13-9’ or 13-10’. I believe @ the time the plant did final assembly for the GMC Pick-Up & the Chevy Impala. That was a good gig while it lasted.
     
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  3. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I believe that they're all wedge trailers today.
     
  4. 00mustang

    00mustang JUST LIVING THE DREAM

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    I hear ya Mike ,the starters in our Volvo's don't seem to last very long, The '15 I had before had 3 put in within 4 month's. But it may have been because the shop used "aresol overhaul" starters (paint them black and send them back) finally they changed to putting new ones instead of overhauled, haven't had any problems with the'16 frtliner I have now except the seat is a little thin on cushion. (I'm sure this will get some remarks started) "nuff said time for bed
     
  5. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    Yep, Mike,....and they called FleetNet , and they're frantically searching the phone book for the cheapest vendor they can find within 100 miles of you........Get ready for either a young guy with tattoos on his neck and earrings in his nose..........or a replica of Poop Deck Pappy,...who'll tell you he's been doing this since " '58......or '68..... can't remember.."...

    You'll have to help him open the hood.......

    Good luck , Brother. I hope you're warm, and close to a restaurant........and maybe a library......
     
  6. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    Hah! .. Someday I'll tell you the story about how I was loading brand new Porsches off the ground at Port Wilmington in the rain.....

    And it was so slippery I had to get a running start backwards to get up the ramps........

    Everything was fine as I powered up the ramps.......tires spinning.....onto the trailer..across the top....

    Then I made a sharp left hand turn...
     
  7. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    OOohhh boy, do they fire you for that? I mean...a Porche? I hope it was only a 914.
     
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  8. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    Well, I didn't get fired,.......probably because they felt sorry for me after the two broken ribs I suffered.....

    But I did get barred from loading Porsches at Port Wilmington for life......No problem.....right across the pier was Mercedes Benz.....

    But , I'm probably the only person who could tell you that they wrecked a brand new Porsche,............and my car insurance didn't get cancelled.......
     
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  9. ABFer

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    Banned for life? What's your picture on the wall there or what? A 'NOT WANTED' poster or something? I hear that broken ribs hurt bad, how'd your head make out?
     
  10. MikeJ

    MikeJ Well-Known Member

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    We did even better, they brought out a donor truck we aired my truck up with the donor truck and then did a pull start and then swapped tractors, what was the icing on the cake was my boss called our fleet shop because my company tries to do most of there maintenance in house and our fleet shop all the mechanics are brand new my boss calls them for tech support and they said "Oh geeze that's to much for us call Springfield Warehouses fleet shop instead." He called them and talked to 3 different mechanics and every single one of them had a different opinion of the proper way to use one truck to air up another.

    Last time my truck was in the shop for maintenance our shop looked at it and said "To much for us." They got in it and drove it straight to the Volvo dealership and had them figure it all out. GFS does actually try to do PM's on stuff they legitimatly actually do try to do them, there very good abut tires actually that's the one thing they try very hard to keep up on, anyhow they do try, I can't imagine what our fleet maintenance budget is the amount of money must be astronomical, fuel, tires, other pieces parts cause GFS does fix stuff you tell them something is broken they will fix it. Cosmetic stuff too, my truck was in an accident over the summer and they did, they replaced my front bumper didn't think they would do that, but they did.
     
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  11. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    They've got to, Mike,.......for both esthetic and legal reasons. All trucking companies have a moral and legal obligation to the public to provide a safe piece of machinery..

    The only difference between good companies is how much of the responsibility of reporting and repairing they place on the driver.

    I always tell our guys that the only reason they pay us the.....ahem..."big"..,bucks in trucking,.....has nothing to do with our driving skills........and everything to do with our willingness to take responsibility for everything once we cross onto public streets and property.......

    You've probably been at a food warehouse and watched some 300 lb. young lady driving for an .....unnamed trucking company, whose initials start with "J.B."........take a half-hour to back into a wide open dock?......Well that "J.B." company could care less about her driving skills.......all they care about is.......did she deliver the load, and did she incur any liability? ......Other than that, they could care less if she wobbled down the road weaving from side to side at 45 mph with her high beams on......(...and we all know many companies employ people just like her...).....

    Esthetically,......to repair the cosmetics, signals to all the ambulance-chasing lawyers out there, that your company does have some sort of a maintenance program...

    To drive a large truck down the road with fenders flapping.,...or missing...and smoke pouring out from underneath........well,.....that truck is " low hanging fruit" to a lawyer with a client involved with that company for a claim....
     
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  12. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    Yeah, broken ribs hurt.......

    But my head?.... I've been hit on the head with tie-down bars , sandstone rocks, boxes of glass Lenox figurines,.......spare tires, spare change, and spare ether bottles......

    Other than a battered , damaged and weathered appearance.......my head is fully functional.........solid as iron.......
     
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  13. 00mustang

    00mustang JUST LIVING THE DREAM

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    That's why the call him "Iron man" or in my case "Rockhead" lol
     
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    After all those hits to the head you need to enter my Protocol Leave Program. 1st you have to mark off sick & apply for the Family Protocol Leave Act. Once you have completed said paperwork, go home, fluff the pillows, pour some Knob Creek over ice & look for the check in the mail box each day, Sunday being your only day off from that chore. After 3 weeks or when the bottle is empty, you will have successfully completed my Family Protocol Leave Program. You may now return to work. von
     
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  15. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    If I'm home with my family three weeks straight,.....they may leave me,... no protocol needed,...especially if I'm being my old curmudgeonly self.....

    We're trying to work out the details of my impending retirement..........High-level negotiations similar to the Arab Peace Accord.....
     
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    vongrimmenstein Well-Known Member

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    Now this is funny. How did that peace accord turn out?
     
  17. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Details? What details? Do you mean like when and how long you stay at each loving child's house? Or are they busy writing your will for you already?
     
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  18. MikeJ

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    Last night we had a snow storm blow in to our east side suburbs and it was a mess on route 2 and I-90 and I-271 merge.
    Anyhow, one of our drivers was finishing up his route and was stuck kind of at his second last stop, but managed to get him self free, then going to his last stop he, was concerned he wouldn't make it through the customers lot, because it wouldn't be snow plowed properly.

    Well I told him "Do not pull onto a lot, you can't get out of and if it's too snowy don't pull in and get your self stuck."
    Well he pulled into that lot and got him self stuck. Then he couldn't raise anyone in management on the phone, until about 6:45pm when he was finally able to get someone. Then one of the bosses called me and said he was far away in Akron, Ohio and asked me to go out there and try and get our man and truck free and he would be on his way as well.

    Well long story short the truck is still out there all plowed in and I extracted our driver. Of course it took all night, I left my house at 7:00pm and got our driver back to our yard after midnight. The bosses had to call there boss and ask if we could tie the truck down till Monday when the bosses will go out and free it.

    It's all part of the fun!
     
  19. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Sometimes things just need to be learned the hard way. On one hand he should have heeded the advice, on the other hand how does one really figure out what a truck will go through and what will stop it?
     
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  20. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    I've always wondered why trucking rhymed so closely with a dirty word.......
     

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