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That's an 18,000lb Telehandler, on a 7000lb+ tilt deck trailer, behind my cute little 3/4 ton.
Disaster strikes again.
The story goes like this. I am towing the 20ft deck over gooseneck trailer at 75mph leaving Bozeman MT. Guy in 1998 Ram 1500 comes up behind me doing like 110mph and just plows into the back of my trailer. Apparently he has some kind of diabetes and was in a seizure or something. Trailer is totalled, truck is banged up. The impact sent the engine fan into the radiator hard enough that the fan shroud broke, and the fan clutch wires were severed. Thankfully the radiator is not leaking. I have recently settled up on the truck, took a total loss settlement but kept the truck. I am fixing what is necessary and continuing to drive it. The trailer is all bent out of shape and doesn't pull remotely straight. It is my roomates trailer, he is not being treated fairly by the insurance company and thus has not yet settled. They are valuing his trailer at $1800. It's a $4500 trailer all day long.
We were able to complete the mission however. Friends loaned us a trailer and we were able to pick up this 2003 QCLB 6spd for $2000 with a hole in the block.
So there we are grossing 20k up the Continental divide at 14mph in 2nd gear just to keep the coolant temps out of the red (fan clutch is dead remember).
Then a trailer tire blew.
Then we made it home. After dropping the new truck, we switched trucks to my roomate's '99 24v auto to take the trailer back to the owner, since, you know, it has a working fan clutch and all. Thankfully no more drama ensued. Here's a pic of the bent up gooseneck being towed down the road. We were driving parallel with the white line, but obviously the trailer was not.
Fast forward a few months. This is me rescuing the roomate's 24v when we had a little flop in the mountains the night before.
And here's a pic I took a couple days ago after washing the truck on a warm mid 30's day.
We are now current. I have a pile of parts waiting to go on the truck soon. I am quite excited.
Parts I have ready are
10mm Exergy cp3
DTT Assassin Lift pump
Pipes and stuff
FTE Resonator (straight pipe with a single is just dumb)
Fast Coolers (won in a contest)
I already have HP Tuners loaded up, haven't done a whole lot of messing with it but it runs okay right now, will need some help once I get this crap installed, to make this thing run right. Quite excited for this year!