How many different models of package cars are there?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by mixyo, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    One of the trucks I drive is a workhorse 500 where the steering wheel blocks the whole dash display. Can't see the speedometer etc. Poor design but love that little truck. You can turn around in any driveway.

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  2. Xexys

    Xexys Retired and Happy

    I was once told that UPS gives the contract to the lowest bidder every time they need new package cars. This accounts for so many different makers.
  3. Catatonic

    Catatonic Nine Lives

    When I was involved in the car order for the US back in the 90's, the analysis of which vendor to select was based on the total cost which included mechanic training, parts stocking, gas mileage, etc. as well as the cost of the car order.
    But indeed, cost determine the vendor selected.
  4. jim_flint

    jim_flint Member

    When I have to drive one of those, I drop the steering wheel down into my lap for the trip to and from the building, when I most need the speedo, then up into the usual position on area so I can get in and out of the seat smoothly.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    But you can change the color of the backlight and tilt the steering wheel.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    Eh? Training? We don't get that until maybe a year after the equipment is already in service, if at all.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    A trained eye will give you a fair idea one of them is badly underinflated by the bulge of the sidewall.
  8. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    Old habits die hard. I would still prefer the kick of tire.
  9. Catatonic

    Catatonic Nine Lives

    Models always assumed perfection ... not reality.
    Ask the drivers about time studies. LOL
  10. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Perhaps. Staff Member

    Your new avatar looks like Captain Kangaroo.

  11. Catatonic

    Catatonic Nine Lives

    I've had many older people tell me that ... I guess it's better than Mr. Ed.
  12. Harry Manback

    Harry Manback Robot Extraordinaire

    Who's that?
  13. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Perhaps. Staff Member

    Now that you mention it:

  14. mixyo

    mixyo Dispatcher

    i havent learned much from this thread.
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  15. Catatonic

    Catatonic Nine Lives

    Pretty boring unless you are a driver.
    Different cars can whip your butt or make your day depending on design and ease of egress and entry.
  16. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    You match Mr. Ed's personality better than Capt. Kangaroo's.
  17. wayfair

    wayfair Well-Known Member

    I drive a CNG p1000 now... I miss the Workhorse p1000 I had with the 8.2 L Chevy big block
  18. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Perhaps. Staff Member

    Smoke 'em if you got 'em?
  19. Catatonic

    Catatonic Nine Lives

  20. 'Lord Brown's bidding'

    'Lord Brown's bidding' Well-Known Member

    Reduced Engine Power

    Causes truck to go no faster than 10 miles an hour, until it kicks into 2nd gear after 3 mins, in which case it will almost make 20 mph. What is it? In addition, the lights on my car flicker while I am driving down the highway, and if I close the door or something heavy falls in the back, the hydraulic brake assist kicks in-the whine one hears when they put their foot on the brake pedal-and the tail lights come on, all with the car off and I may be away delivering a package. I've seen the flickering lights on a couple other package cars, and even on some other non-UPS delivery trucks as well.

    What's up with these things? Brown Mechanic, other mechanics?