Life on the line...

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Love a good story.

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GRRRRR.........Sat here for an hour writing and the dang thing would not save post......will try again!

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As Homer Simson says DOE!

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going to try and post photos....... :huh::blink:

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So how the heck does a non-computer guy get pics from photobucket to here........?????

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That worked. Some nice photos.

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Thanks Jim....how the heck do ya get the pics here though...instead of just a link???

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Actually, it's pretty easy.

Log into Photobucket, then go the the album where the pictures are that you want to post. Once you get there, hover your curser over the picture you want to post. When you do that, you'll see a drop-down menue that has several different links. The one you want is at the bottom of that menu, and it the "IMG code". Place your curser over that link and LEFT click. It will then say "copied". Come back to the Forum, and paste that link into your post. You will ONLY see the link code, not the picture at this time. Hit enter a couple of times to put a line space below your link, and do it for your next photo. Once you have all of the pics you want, post as you normally would, and you pictures will be in the post so you can see them.

Hope this helps.

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Frame Station...just before the chassis goes into the prep booth for final masking and prep.

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Found this sign while the chassis was at Frame Station

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Cab Line...most of the interior is already installed

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Sleeper Line...not finished just yet...

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This is how Carsten first seen the motor before our chat...

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Now this is a "Signature" motor!!

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Transmission Station...more signatures

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the other side...

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Yes...this is inside the bell housing!! I do not know how long Dave's name would last...but he definately left his mark!!

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All these pics were taken with my old 35mm, so the quality is not that good, I tried to lighten and clean them up.

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Every motor that was very last one for that series, I would write the day of install.

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One of 5 signatures for me on the truck, years of service and employee number.

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Myself, John and Terry who dropped motors.

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In the Cool Down Booth...waiting for her debut....

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Rolling out of Cool Down....

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On the left is my Leadhand who is sitting on the primary chassis line, you can see how close the two lines were....

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As the engine is getting installed, prep for fuel tanks is started. You can see how empty the line is back through the cool down booth, under normal circumstances, it would never be that bare and quiet.

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Cab and Sleeper drop.

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Bolting everything down...

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This pic should have gone before the last one, hood is ready to be installed...

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All fired up and ready to roll.....

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Coming at ya!!

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Out in the daylight for the first time...

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"Angie" and myself....

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Great story & great pics. That's a nice looking Star!

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Cool! and sad both.

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Show trucks...every year, the orders came through and we built whatever was called for. Back in 1986(?) they had a show truck that they gave away (called the Midnight Star?) through some promotion at the truck stops. I was told this thing was ALL black, except the tanks, mirrors, bumpers...whatever was usually chrome was powder coated gloss black. Interior was done up in some sort of tan leather from England(?), Brazil(?) and was the only one ever done. The guys who worked on this, said it was a very sweet looking truck...not sure what ever happened to it?

Found this yesterday in Gary Mortons collection on Hankstruckpictures

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Thanks Ron....that is the exact truck I was talking about!!! I only seen a picture of the tractor...did not know that there was a trailer done up to match...that is one bad looking truck!!! I wonder what ever happened to it.....???

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I've been looking for a pic of that truck. I remember when it was touring the country and all the ads in the magazines. If I remember right at the end of the tour they give it away in a drawing. It was pretty unique in those days now the blacked out look is common at truck shows. Would love to know the story on this one. Italeri's Heritage kit might be the base for a model of this special star.

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Wow talk about a tear jerker :'( great stories sad ending! Not many people get to of had a job that was as full filling as your. I know it was an honor for you. W.S. was your extended family and I'm guessing it felt like someone died in that family when that last truck rolled off the line.

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