Dinosaurs

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by TooTechie, May 24, 2014.

  1. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    My new route has a 1986 iron dinosaur. We don't have many of them left in our center and my on-car claims I'll have a new truck by the end of the year (yeah I'll believe that when I have the new fob in my hand).

    I'm curious...as of this point in 2014 how many of you are still rockin' these iron dinosaurs with the high step and no power steering?
     
  2. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    We have 2 of the old 8's left. One isn't too bad if you keep it full of oil. The other one's clutch is so stiff it is hard to keep it in at a stop light. No more old 1000's.
     
  3. Pooter

    Pooter Active Member

    Only for temp replacement. They seem highly unsafe for every day use. (I'm spoiled).

    Is this truck always been tied to the route or did someone switch
    while route was up for grabs?

    I would complain to get something with at LEAST power steering.
     
  4. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Have pity on a dinosaur.

    Hand me my hat excuse me man but where's the door.
     
  5. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    The gas ones were good for backfiring if you turned the key off, then back on quickly. If the rpm's were high, it could make quite the boom!
     
  6. Tough Guy

    Tough Guy Active Member

    I don't know about the whole building but I've seen quite a few in our center. And there's a bunch parked outside. Getting out of the building in those things is a real pain. I took one out early for early am and it was nearly impossibly to snake by the other trucks, especially with a pole directly on my side
     
  7. 9.5er

    9.5er Well-Known Member

    Be careful what you ask for. Once you get the new truck they will add 10 to 20 extra stops. Those auto-opening doors save sooooo much time ya know. (dripping with sarcasm)
     
  8. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    The time allotted to select a package went from 15 seconds to 7 seconds with keyless.

    Yet management can't figure out why everyone is suddenly over allowed.
     
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Not everyone. :)
     
  10. If I had to steer one of those I'd just go out on comp.
     
  11. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    I remember in the late 80's when those 800's were new they were considered the cat's ass as far as trucks go.
     
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  12. mrbrownstone

    mrbrownstone Active Member

    Still have these at my center also. I'm not exactly sure how many but at least a few. I got stuck on several occasions driving one when I was doing PM Air. They really suck. The ones I drove were 4 speed manuals that were a bitch to get into reverse, were dogs going up hills and have clutches so stiff my left leg was beat after a 4 1/2 hour shift. Not to mention walking off the high step was a hazard on it's own.

    I still can't figure out how guys spent half or all their careers driving these things.

    I'm sure they will keep at least one around even after every other truck is automatic just as a way to test new hires.

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  13. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown


    Nah, this truck has been assigned to this route forever.

    Those who came before me had to drive these things and worse (wooden shelves anyone?) so I'm not going to cry about it. I certainly won't refuse a new truck though :)
     
  14. BrownTexas

    BrownTexas Well-Known Member

    We have one at the center I'm from. It's the car I had a runaway accident in. Make sure you put it in 1st and not second when parking. Still pending on if I will get my job back since I got fired from it.
     
  15. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Poor, sweet babies. Gotta drive an old truck.
     
  16. Jack4343

    Jack4343 FT DR Specialist

    We have many of the old, high step P1000's in our center but the ones that are left have power steering. The route I'm on has one and it's beating the heck out of me. Had a back injury last year that had me on light duty for 4 months and that getting into and out of that truck is a back jarring experience. Been told that a new truck is coming....I pray I live long enough to see that. LOL! I'll give these beasts alot of credit though. They are practically bullet proof. They take a lickin' and keep coming back for more. I drove the non-power steering ones for a couple of years when I first started driving. Horrible pick-up and practically died going up hills. 1st gear was too high and 2nd gear was too low. I remember driving up a hill right past our corporate offices and seeing the employees walking or driving out of the office and them watching me slowly and agonizingly climb up the hill. I always yelled at them to give me a push. Parking those things in the center was another pain. Always hoped to be back before my driver neighbors on the line. If not, I practically ripped my shoulders out of their sockets twisting that wheel in such a short space to get it angled in. Ah....the good ol' days.
     
  17. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    Read my post 2 posts up from yours again...
     
  18. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.


    I'm not picking on you, but all the other newbies that come on crying about the equipment.

    I didn't get my first decent truck (International 700) until I was 18 years in.

    Life (and work) sucks, but the alternative is worse.
     
  19. Pooter

    Pooter Active Member

    I'm sure he means me :)

    I'm spoiled (lucky) since most routes in my center have autos or standards w/ PS assign to them. Thus it's hard to go back to old ones. Again, spoiled and grateful.

    Ill shut up now.
     
  20. Alleycar

    Alleycar Member

    I had a 10 cube with a straight 6 on my route when I started. It was much better in the winter than my current era truck, though. I think the taller tires and ability to bog start in 2nd was useful in the winter. Was a shoulder killer though.