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#1466109 Mon Sep 12 2022 02:42 PM
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Was at a truck stop with a certified scale to get a weight when I heard a Jimmy fire up using an air starter. Are there many of these left?


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Very Few. When I was running a 24 hour road service and truck shop back in the late 1970's, all the Consolidated Freightways ("Corn Flake") rigs ran air starters, but when that company shut down nationwide over a weekend and just left their trucks sitting wherever they happened to be, most of the air start rigs became history. Rumors had been circulating for years that CF was a money laundering effort by the Mafia. Not sure how true it was. One of my former high school students who became a company mechanic used to tell me that if any of my current students were a problem "We've got people" to take are of business! No, I didn't take him up on his offer, even when a bunch of gangbangers threatened me!
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coilover #1466191 Mon Sep 12 2022 11:54 PM
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I only hear air starters at truck shows anymore. Grigg has one on his 4-53T in his project truck. Always cool to hear that thing kick off. Getting to be that you only hear Screaming Jimmies at truck shows, too. But, not too long ago (within the last month or so) when Freyja and I were out on Dawn Patrol (her predawn walk before I headed to work), I heard a 2-cycle Detroit pulling the hill near my house. It was glorious and made me miss my 6-71. I loved running that engine.

At work, we still have a roller (Tampo) with a 3-71 in it. Sounds like the Apocalypse. Haven't used it in awhile.

Around here, its still not too uncommon to hear a 6-71 on the water. Not too many on the road.


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coilover #1466194 Tue Sep 13 2022 12:45 AM
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'Bolter
What's an air starter?


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coilover #1466201 Tue Sep 13 2022 01:26 AM
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Wally, read this.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air-start_system

Our two big emergency diesel generators at the power plant were air start.
Don't remember the HP. But, each one had 14 cylinders and the pistons were about 18 inches in diameter.

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coilover #1466204 Tue Sep 13 2022 01:34 AM
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My Supervisor at work just bought a 77' L9000 with a 6-71 and 13 speed. I get to do the brakes (OhJoy). The truck runs great, love the sound of a 2 stoke at work.


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I put a 4-71 on my V6, will that help? It oughta be fun.

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coilover #1466213 Tue Sep 13 2022 02:47 AM
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There are a couple of Cat Generators at the local wastewater plant that are air start, using the compressed air system that serves the whole plant. I've never heard them fire up though, as I didn't spend too much time there.
Don, those big diesels you mentioned are probably Wärtsilä 14RT-flex35's running at 900 rpm. Thump-thump-thump....... smile


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coilover #1466214 Tue Sep 13 2022 02:50 AM
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'Bolter
I have a 2001 Dodge/Cummins Ram truck. That uses an air starter, right? I just never heard that term before.

Of course, maybe I'm all wet.


1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet [sandeace.com]

29 Years of Daily Driving. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
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Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
Originally Posted by Wally / Montana
I have a 2001 Dodge/Cummins Ram truck. That uses an air starter, right? I just never heard that term before.
Nope, all consumer level diesel trucks like yours use electric starters. Only big rigs had air starters.


Kevin
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
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