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CACHman

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Cabovers aren't dead
« on: March 15, 2008, 08:21:58 AM »
Hopefully this picture will please our COE fans out there.  International COE, definetly an ex Fleet truck.  Any ideas?  My guess is ex Walmart.

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Cabovers aren't dead
« on: March 15, 2008, 08:21:58 AM »

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DAVID350

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Re: Cabovers aren't dead
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2008, 11:20:40 AM »
Yeah Wal-Mart

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Re: Cabovers aren't dead
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2008, 08:02:35 PM »
Those Look Sad  :cry: :cry: especially that Mack Vision  :cry: :cry:

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Re: Cabovers aren't dead
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2011, 05:50:40 AM »
why the 3/4 bumper on the cab over?? seems like its lost the side parts, and could do with sections to guard the tyres.

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Re: Cabovers aren't dead
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2011, 09:13:19 AM »
The cropped bumpers were common on fleet trucks of this vintage.  The thought behind this was if you were in an accident the steel bumpers would not fold into the steering tires causing a lack of control of the vehicle.

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Re: Cabovers aren't dead
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2011, 09:18:30 AM »
why the 3/4 bumper on the cab over?? seems like its lost the side parts, and could do with sections to guard the tyres.

Bumpers are cut off for a reason, and believe it or not it's for safety.   In the course of doing their jobs, trucks sometimes hit things.  The thing that a truck most often hits is not another vehicle, but an animal.  If you hit a deer with a truck with a full bumper there is a good chance that the impact will bend the bumper back into the tire.  This will lock the steering and cause a loss of control.  (I have sometimes heard this style of bumper called a "deer bumper")

With a chopped bumper the deer hits the tire and body directly, but the steering is still free and the driver can maintain control.  At that point, you're in for a front end alignment, possibly a headlight bucket and quarter panel, but definitely less than totalling the truck.

In the late 70s, GMC came up with a compromise: bumpers with breakaway ABS plastic ends.  These were quite common on Astros, Generals and Brigadiers of the era.  If you see one with the license plate indentations on the corners of the bumper, it's likely one of of the breakaways.  If the metal was unpainted, so was the plastic, ahd the grey plastic of the breakaway ends shows clearly.  As an old LTL guy, I've always liked the "lean and mean" look that that a chopped bumper gives a truck.  As a plus, if you're using the truck in a weight-sensitive application, the short bumper saves a few pounds.

Chopped bumpers are not as common as they used to be, largely due to the advent of set back front axles on highway trucks.
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Re: Cabovers aren't dead
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2011, 03:04:04 PM »
i like the chopped bumpers on cabovers better than on a conventional, does give it a mean look.
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Re: Cabovers aren't dead
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2011, 03:32:27 PM »
thanks Gary :)

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Re: Cabovers aren't dead
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2011, 12:18:22 AM »
Here is a picture of one of the GMC breakaway bumpers.   This one is on a Brigadier, but it was the same bumper on all 3 trucks.

http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/dfaust/churchill/churchill_gmc_dbls_effingham2.jpg
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Re: Cabovers aren't dead
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