More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he's covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people's belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.
In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a trucker's-eye view of America on the move. Going far beyond the myth of the American road trip, he whisks readers down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains. As he crisscrosses the country, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades, from the hollowing-out of small towns to changing tastes in culture and home furnishings.
Through it all, Murphy tells poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job: a feisty hoarder in New Hampshire; a Virginia homeowner raging when Murphy's truck accidentally runs down a stand of trees; an ex-banker in Colorado who treats Finn and his crew with undisguised contempt; a widow who needs Murphy to bring her archeologist husband's remains and relics to a Navajo burial ceremony in New Mexico. These experiences inspire Finn's memorable reflections on work, class, and the bonds we form with the things we own and the places we live.
Brimming with personality and filled with great characters, The Long Haul is a resonant portrait of the enduring appeal of manual labor in the dark underbelly of the American Dream.
"A touching and very funny account. . . . Thoroughly engaging."--New York Times
Hilarious and heartfelt, Truck: A Love Story is the tale of a man struggling to grow his own garden, fix his old pickup, and resurrect a love life permanently impaired by Neil Diamond. In the process, he sets his hair on fire, is attacked by wild turkeys, and proposes marriage to a woman in New Orleans. The result is a surprisingly tender testament to love.
"Part Bill Bryson, part Anne Lamott, with a skim of Larry the Cable Guy and Walt Whitman creeping around the edges."--Lincoln Journal Star
"Perry takes each moment, peeling it, seasoning it with rich language, and then serving it to us piping hot and fresh."--Chicago Tribune
When motorized vehicles replaced the horse as the modern form of transportion, it wasnt as if everyone owned went out and bought a vehicle to drive, much less to haul with. Rural residents relied heavily on vendors to bring the goods directly to them or their nearest town, and vendors relied on delivery trucks to deliver their food items or services. The idea took on a life of it's own and in 1915 Reo created an entire class of vehicles called "Speed Wagons" that provided the basis for a new generation of delivery vehicles dubbed in Commercial Car Journal as "Speed Trucks". The Speed Truck chassis could provide for a whole range of special delivery-type vehicles to satisfy a growing need for reliability, speed, convenience, and a level of style that would create the right impression for the user to haul goods to its customers. Other manufacturers created specialized chassis and mechanical configurations for delivery vehicles and in addition, companies such as Boyertown Body created bodies to suit the needs of the customer, including vans, panel trucks, and even pick-up trucks. Color, paint schemes, and lettering were crucial to creating a positive image. Some of the major Marques featured in this illustrated history include Reo, Federal, Diamond T, Sterlilng, Divco, International, Fargo, Dodge Chevrolet, Ford, Graham, Pak-Age-Car (Stutz and Diamond T), to name a few.
The truck's role in American society changed dramatically from the 1960s through the 1980s, with the rise of off-roaders, the van craze of the 1970s and minivan revolution of the 1980s, the popularization of the SUV as family car and the diversification of the pickup truck into multiple forms and sizes. This comprehensive reference book follows the form of the author's popular volumes on American cars. For each year, it provides an industry overview and, for each manufacturer, an update on new models and other news, followed by a wealth of data: available powertrains, popular options, paint colors and more. Finally, each truck is detailed fully with specifications and measurements, prices, production figures, standard equipment and more.
BUMPER TO BUMPER(R), The Diesel Mechanics Student's Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations, reaches the forgotten commercial motor vehicle drivers-diesel mechanics who often find themselves behind the wheel of the tractors they fix. It bridges the gap between the mechanic and the truck driver by providing a driver's perspective of the tractor-trailer. Written to give the diesel mechanics student a thorough understanding of how the total unit of a tractor and trailer operates when connected, The Diesel Mechanics Student's Guide shows how and why trucks are to be inspected, maintained, and operated to promote safety and cost effective maintenance programs. It also teaches the safety aspects of driving, working around, and operating a tractor-trailer and includes information about the commercial driver's licensing and testing program, tractor-trailer equipment, industry regulations, and standards. It is designed to meet industry standards for training set by the Department of Transportation and national accrediting bodies. Easy to read, The Diesel Mechanics Student's Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations begins with an introduction to diesel mechanics careers available in the motor transport industry. The next 11 chapters introduce heavy diesel tractors and trailers and their components. Four more chapters explain the handling of tractor-trailer combinations. This is followed by chapters covering vehicle inspections, preventive maintenance, air conditioning systems, and emissions. Over a hundred original illustrations enhance and support the text. End-of-chapter tests and an extensive index are also included.
Feel like somebody hit the brakes on your Diesel Brothers cravings? Discover how you can keep the gas going with this rip-roaring ride behind the scenes of Discovery Channel's popular series Diesel Brothers.In the world of monster trucks, no one builds bigger and more extreme rides--and has more fun in the process--than Heavy D, Diesel Dave, and their crew at DieselSellerz. Their larger-than-life creations and awesome truck giveaways are legendary, but for those less fortunate who haven't had the opportunity to experience a Bros' souped-up truck, this thrill-ride of a book is the next best thing. Learn the epic and inspirational stories behind Heavy D and Diesel Dave's business and personal lives, from the guys' first meeting, to their early adventures building DieselSellerz, to their successful business venture with Redbeard, Muscle, and the rest of the fearless staff. In addition to learning about the Bros' two-year Mormon missions, humble beginnings, and world travels, you'll also get the unforgettable details of their hilarious, most well-known pranks, and the remarkable stories behind the personalities that have made Diesel Brothers one of the fastest growing and most popular reality TV shows. But wait--there's more The book is chock full of essential advice for anyone who'd like to get in on the action. Whether you're a die-hard monster truck fan or just looking for inspiration to upgrade that piece of junk in your garage, Heavy D and his crew are here to show you how it's done. You'll learn how to find the best bargain in the junkyard, how to play hardball with tough-talking dealers, and how to turn that sad sack heap of parts into a badass diesel vehicle. What are you waiting for? Get out there and let diesel freedom ring
Welcomed at end of the 19th century as the solution to the severe problem of horse manure in city streets, electric trucks soon became the norm for short-haul commercial deliveries. Though reliable, they were gradually replaced by gasoline-powered trucks for long-haul deliveries--although a fleet of electric milk trucks survived in Great Britain into the 1960s. Industrial electric vehicles never disappeared from factories and ports. During the past decade, with the availability of the lithium-ion battery, the electric truck is back on the road for all payloads and all distances. The fourth in a series covering the history and future of electric transport, this book chronicles the work of the innovative engineers who perfected e-trucks large and small.
More complex and imposing than any other vehicle in the British emergency services, the fire engine has a long and interesting history. The earliest water pumps had been developed by the eighteenth century--basic manual pumps that had to be hauled around by people or horses, and were often only used on fire-insured premises. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries horse-drawn, steam-powered fire engines, and eventually motorized fire engines, came to revolutionize firefighting, offering far greater versatility and the brigades came to be run by the municipalities. In this beautifully illustrated introduction, Eddie Baker charts the history of fire engines and their variants, and the increasingly complex equipment they have carried, such as high-rise ladders and high-pressure hoses. He also explains the wider history of the fire service and how the engines have been shaped by its needs and, most importantly, those of the firefighters themselves.
Four-wheeling expert and fanatic Jim Allen has long been four-wheelers' most respected and reliable guide. This new edition of Allen's bestselling Four-Wheeler's Bible includes all the basics for getting the most out of your four-wheeler, along with updates on new vehicles, projects, events, and opportunities. The book begins with basic modifications--such as increasing ground clearance and traction with larger wheels and tires--then gathers speed for more advanced and radical mods, from installing lift kits to increasing suspension articulation. Step-by-step photo sequences guide you through whatever modifications suit your vehicles and your needs.
With the best information on the latest Jeeps and other off-road vehicles; the most trustworthy advice on used and vintage models; and the most up-to-date news about events, courses, and competitions, this new edition of the Four-Wheeler's Bible is a resource no four-wheeler will want to be without.
There's something special about an old truck, tractor or implement; they overflow with honesty, durability and mechanical simplicity. When it comes time to repair or restore that equipment, you need the right paint and the appropriate procedures. How to Paint Tractors & Trucks explains the various paints that can be used to give that old Massey or Ford the bright shine that will make you proud. Whether the project is a simple freshening done on a budget, or a complete restoration intended for the show circuit, there are specific paints guaranteed to help you achieve the desired end result. From stripping the paint to the application of the body filler, primer, sealer and final topcoat, each step of the process is explained in detail. In-The-Shop sequences show hands-on how the components are disassembled, repaired, painted and assembled. For anyone who yearns to paint but lacks the paint booth and compressor, the book explains various ways to construct a simple booth that will reduce contamination, and also provide adequate air movement. And if you're a little rusty on your gun handling, complete coverage of guns and adjustments is provided as well. Part of our mechanical history, those old tractors, trucks and implements deserve to be pulled from the grove and restored to their former glory for all to see.