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By geo dirt - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 2:30 PM
Hi, does anyone know the number of kt powered freightliner conv. that were built?

Haven't been able to find much info on the number built.

By geo dirt - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 5:10 PM

Same pictures as the attachments

1978 WFC, 120inch BBC, factory KT 450 - With factory Jakes, 15 SPD, 4.11 Ratio, 18FT, 44 Rears, 236 Wheel Base, Wheel Base
By Hayes Clipper - Friday, December 13, 2019 12:08 PM
Sorry, I cannot help on numbers. Nice find, especially if the rest looks as good as what you have shown. That looks like a very early one. I wonder if Vancouver was a lower volume plant than the US ones. If so, and Freightliner had all KTs built in Vancouver, perhaps some of the BC members might have the answer.

In their day KTs were not plentiful. I will go out on limb here and speculate that of all the Cummins powered trucks sold for logging in BC in that era, not more than 2% were KTs or KTAs. Everybody wanted the power and their jaking ability, but not the weight and other problems. The handful we had around here had injector issues mostly, and were despised by mechanics used to the NTs. Most of the Cummins faithful bought 400s until the 444s arrived. Yours does not look too bad to work on. We had one here shoehorned in a regular W900(A). The others were long hood W900s, IH 4300s, and Stars.
By geo dirt - Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:32 AM
Not sure which plant it was built in the truck has 116,000 miles on it runs and drives real good it came from the US government [our tax dollars at work] has a water tank and pintle hitch to pull a drill rig for the US geological survey department or interior. the truck is in very good shape no rust and is all original equip. the worst thing is the condition of the hood,repairable but it will take some work. if any body knows where to find a right fender that's real nice would love to get one otherwise the truck is really clean. thought some freightliner expert might know some info on how many were built, thanks for any info anybody has.
By Newto - Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:10 PM
Totally off topic sorry but here's some pics from the '80's where we took a short hood LNT Ford with a V903 and moved the cab back, purchased a brand new LTL Hood and jewellery and then fitted a KTA-600 that I purchased in Vancouver.....this beast hauled triple road trains for many years down here in Australia.....I love the KT's.....shame about how much they weigh!!

sorry for hijacking your topic........just couldn't help myself & thought you might find this interesting maybe?

By Newto - Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:12 PM

I love your White/Freightliner!!!!!!!!

By geo dirt - Wednesday, December 18, 2019 4:33 PM
pretty cool LTL looks good, one question why didn't ya make it lean like ford did, just kidding never really knew why ford did that I had 3 L9000 trucks and they had the engines tipped to the right??????? did ya raise the cab up for a little extra room? what part of Aus. ya from ive made a few friends from down there from sprint cars. one has a trucking co.down there Anthony Foster Foster Transport came back this summer for the Knoxville Nationals he ran a 360 car a bit. nice guy and likes the same things I do
By Newto - Saturday, December 21, 2019 9:38 PM
Hi Geo

I don't know your mate Anthony but when I lived in Sydney I lived across the road from the guy that manages Sydney Speedway where your mate probably runs.

I'm now in a town called Tamworth....Country Music Capital of Australia.

As for the LTL....and quiet a few LNT's, we raised the cabs and hoods by putting 2" spacers under the cab & hood mounts so the engines could stand straight upright.

By geo dirt - Sunday, December 22, 2019 5:50 PM
Always liked the LTLs a lot just never owned one, figured ya raised it up a bit the KTs are pretty tall. I just had a chance to own a K powered truck so here we go and im kinda a Paccar guy but really like the aluminum hood freightliners!!! I have another one its an 1984 heavy spec truck 220,000 for miles with an 8v92 Allison ht750 and its extremely clean old truck came from California the KT powered one came out of New Mexico so there not rusty like all the poor old trucks up here in guys down under don't have the rust problems we do. just love the old trucks of any kind!
By Geoff Weeks - Monday, December 23, 2019 2:02 AM
I'm about 80 miles west of you near Lyman, IA. Worked on a few KT's in construction equipment, but never owned one. Even doing heavy haul the fuel was a killer with K's. One of the O/O where I was leased had one, and his fuel useage was always 1.5-2.5 mpg less than the rest of us with Cat and Cummins 400's
Nothing light on a K, everything big and heavy.
Worse I ever got with my 885 was 3.75 MPG and that was around the best he ever got!
By Newto - Monday, December 23, 2019 9:48 AM
Are you taking the K freightliner over to Springfield Geo for the show??
By geo dirt - Monday, December 23, 2019 9:38 PM
didn't really have fuel economy in mind to much when I bought a KT powered unit, not planning on makin a living with it just thought it was a cool old truck in pretty good shape! but it will get used a little as a dump truck on nice days, I am planning to get a couple trucks to Springfield Ill. and that's one. Never really had time to go to the big shows until they had the one in Des Moines and went and really enjoyed it my kids went and are hooked now they didn't really get into it [trucking] growin up it was just work to them. tried to avoid me cuz I would put em to work! The 2 older kids work with me now and enjoy it!!! WOW didn't see that one coming.
By Newto - Monday, December 23, 2019 11:32 PM
Great Geo.......

I'll be in Springfield too so I'll look you up.....

Past 2 years shows i've been a volunteer on the truck registration lines & looking to sign up for that again so if I don't catch you there I'll come looking for you after, I'd like to get a look at that gadget of yours.....never had them down here!!

By geo dirt - Tuesday, December 24, 2019 9:50 AM
Springfeild is a very nice old fairgrounds lots of room a lot of campground area,pretty good amount of hotels that are close, I know were all lookin forward to it. did ya get to the Des Moines show there were a few guys from down under that I talked to.i didn't take any of my old trucks but 2 of my brothers took a few. we just got an old 1974 Pete 352 that we finished up right before the show it turned out nice and my brother built it to use not just a looker,he works it almost everyday.
By Newto - Tuesday, December 24, 2019 10:50 AM
yeah I did Des Moine......hung out a bit with my mate Rick McClerken who had the 1 millionth Peterbuilt there that he won.

Did truck registrations there as well & went out to Iowa 80 too.

By geo dirt - Thursday, December 26, 2019 1:54 AM
My brothers,nephew and friends had been tellin me to get to one of the big shows for years! and I was just to busy, then they had one 15 minutes from home! sad but that's what it took to get me to one! I was almost ashamed about it.... but better late than ever and now that my kids work with me and are really getin into it its gonna be a lot harder to make an excuse. I know my brothers helped with parkin the trucks when they came in and my nephew did something with the show sponsorship with VanderHaags he worked there at the time. probably saw ya there or maybe even talked to ya but it was just pretty overwhelming never bein to one before.
By Newto - Thursday, December 26, 2019 10:53 PM
well that you've confessed your previous aversion to all things histerical (historical to most)......welcome to the addiction.......see you in Springfield in May.