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What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« on: July 20, 2008, 01:30:06 PM »
I thought I would address this question right away. While this may change as the site develops, I will at least state what our intent is.
 
-A Straight Stack truck is NOT a pickup. There are plenty of great sites to show and discuss old pickups, this is not one of them. We are big fans of pickups also but if it doesn't have a capacity of at least 2 ton, please post it somewhere else.

-A Straight Stack truck is an vintage truck. I'm not going to say what is old enough because everyone has their own idea of old enough, but I am going to say that if has a sloped nose for aerodynamics, it's not old enough.  ;)

There's a couple "rules" for where we would like Straight Stack to go. Feel free to add any of your ideas. We want this to be your site!
« Last Edit: July 20, 2008, 01:31:59 PM by rcowan »

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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2008, 06:36:45 AM »
Beings as I can be a bit of a "truck snob"...

Straight Stack Trucks DO NOT have:

- air spoilers / dams etc. on the roof
-  sloped noses
-  OEM mufflers
-  high roof sleepers (exceptions for first generation KW Aerodyne and Mercury / Double Eagle)
-  No trailer queens / show boats.  It better crank up and go down the road! 
- no square cab marker lights or  square horns
- no outrageously low drop visors
- no stainless steel covers, light bars, stick-ons, goo-gaws etc. on trucks older than 1985
-  no late model big sleepers behind little 50's-60's cabs
-  no billet aluminum addornments on trucks older than 1985
-  no fancy aluminum cabguards, flatbeds, drom decks, tool boxes etc. on trucks older than 1980

Straight Stack trucks DO have:

- a pleasing exhaust note
- a defroster fan mounted on the dash
- two sticks
-   at least a single air horn right in the middle of the cab roof.  Loggers mounted on the sides of cab roof above doors
-  Cab marker lights: at least two, as many as five.  Extra points if the center lenses are green.  Glass lenses, please.
-accessroies that are appropriate for the age of the truck.  If guys weren't doing it within ten years of the year of the truck, it is too new.
- a single oil-bath air cleaner.  Duals allowed if the truck came with them or if it has big power  (1693, 12V71, NTA)
- a Luber-Finer on the cowl opposite the air cleaner
- a black rubber floor mat
-  a 22-inch ivory steering wheel
- if Cummins powered pre 350 needs to have a compression release
- tube-type tires unless newer than about 1975.  Extra points for five hand-hole aluminum.  Early five hand-hole aluminum tubeless wheels are acceptable 
- a low air wig-wag
- fuel tanks, battery box, etc. are of the same manufacturer as the truck; ie. no hookadook Mack, Freightliner, Cornbinder tanks on Kenworths!
- vintage-correct sleeper if desired (but not necessary)  Extra points for Mecury, Aeroliner or other interesting aftermarket manufacturer that is no longer arround
- a butterfly hood
-   shutters
-  no metalic paint on trucks older than 1965.  Extra points for a nice period correct two-color paint scheme.  Even more extra points for an OEM four color paint scheme on 70's-80's trucks
- original engine, transmission(s)  updated suspension and fast rear ends are acceptable
- back drop manifold if applicable, 590 turbo also encouraged
- and of course, one (or a pair) of straight stacks.  Lose a point for a resonator under the cab, lose five points for a full-on muffler under the cab.  Straight-cut or mitre-cut tips preferred.  Curved tip may be acceptable in some instances.  Vintage Riker mufllers allowed with no loss of ponts.

Striaght Stack trucks have a few bugs on the bumper and rock chips in the fenders because the guy (gal?) that built it, washes it, greases it, wrenches on it, loves it, gets it out and drives it!

Okay, start throwing rocks!

Scott

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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2008, 12:26:44 AM »
 Scott; I have to agree about this but old daycab cabovers are cool too! Kenny

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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2008, 09:48:02 PM »
I know I stepped on a bunch of toes with my post / manifesto.  I am a little disappointed that more of you haven't jumped my s^%t on this one!

Scott

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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2008, 12:05:27 PM »
 ;D Hey Scott - No toes stepped on here. Straight Stack = Old School = Great Trucks!!  ;D
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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2008, 04:42:34 PM »
I was disappointed this didn't stir up more replies also. You actually said a lot of things I was thinking. Being Admin and all, I decided I should probably tone down my original post.  ;D

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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2008, 11:12:25 PM »
I think that scott said it well. all the chrome and billet crap on old trucks would be like building a rat rod and using the same theory . it just aint' right

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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2012, 09:24:33 PM »
This probably goes without saying, but, above all no ECM.

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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2012, 12:49:12 PM »
Beings as I can be a bit of a "truck snob"...

Straight Stack Trucks DO NOT have:

- air spoilers / dams etc. on the roof
-  sloped noses
-  OEM mufflers
-  high roof sleepers (exceptions for first generation KW Aerodyne and Mercury / Double Eagle)
-  No trailer queens / show boats.  It better crank up and go down the road! 
- no square cab marker lights or  square horns
- no outrageously low drop visors
- no stainless steel covers, light bars, stick-ons, goo-gaws etc. on trucks older than 1985
-  no late model big sleepers behind little 50's-60's cabs
-  no billet aluminum addornments on trucks older than 1985
-  no fancy aluminum cabguards, flatbeds, drom decks, tool boxes etc. on trucks older than 1980

Straight Stack trucks DO have:

- a pleasing exhaust note
- a defroster fan mounted on the dash
- two sticks
-   at least a single air horn right in the middle of the cab roof.  Loggers mounted on the sides of cab roof above doors
-  Cab marker lights: at least two, as many as five.  Extra points if the center lenses are green.  Glass lenses, please.
-accessroies that are appropriate for the age of the truck.  If guys weren't doing it within ten years of the year of the truck, it is too new.
- a single oil-bath air cleaner.  Duals allowed if the truck came with them or if it has big power  (1693, 12V71, NTA)
- a Luber-Finer on the cowl opposite the air cleaner
- a black rubber floor mat
-  a 22-inch ivory steering wheel
- if Cummins powered pre 350 needs to have a compression release
- tube-type tires unless newer than about 1975.  Extra points for five hand-hole aluminum.  Early five hand-hole aluminum tubeless wheels are acceptable 
- a low air wig-wag
- fuel tanks, battery box, etc. are of the same manufacturer as the truck; ie. no hookadook Mack, Freightliner, Cornbinder tanks on Kenworths!
- vintage-correct sleeper if desired (but not necessary)  Extra points for Mecury, Aeroliner or other interesting aftermarket manufacturer that is no longer arround
- a butterfly hood
-   shutters
-  no metalic paint on trucks older than 1965.  Extra points for a nice period correct two-color paint scheme.  Even more extra points for an OEM four color paint scheme on 70's-80's trucks
- original engine, transmission(s)  updated suspension and fast rear ends are acceptable
- back drop manifold if applicable, 590 turbo also encouraged
- and of course, one (or a pair) of straight stacks.  Lose a point for a resonator under the cab, lose five points for a full-on muffler under the cab.  Straight-cut or mitre-cut tips preferred.  Curved tip may be acceptable in some instances.  Vintage Riker mufllers allowed with no loss of ponts.

Striaght Stack trucks have a few bugs on the bumper and rock chips in the fenders because the guy (gal?) that built it, washes it, greases it, wrenches on it, loves it, gets it out and drives it!

Okay, start throwing rocks!

Scott

Well hell...guess I'm not welcome...all my trucks "work" for a living so lightweight is where it's at, so the twin sticks never were there (I spent plenty of time on them in working trucks before the single boxes became popular, and a few since, when weight wasn't a factor). I've got OEM mufflers, stainless guards and covers, aluminum cab guard (Whitlog), plastic lenses in my marker lights, tubeless tires (24.5), glass hood,  air fan (shutters went away long ago),  Holset turbo, non-original paint, and mufflers with curved tips and I'm sure the nylon air lines and a whole bunch of other stuff excludes me.  Ohwell... didn't realize I needed to "qualify".....
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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2012, 08:40:09 PM »
Yeah John, they are a little tuff on me too with my homemade pre 72 Pete. Oh well, I have been thrown out of places before. I made a living driving trucks for many years and really like the old iron. I feel my truck is a contribution to the old school type of trucks but I guess not all agree. Oh well.
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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2012, 09:54:56 PM »
Hey Scott, How about LOW PRO bandaid tires, do they qualify LOL?
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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2012, 11:16:58 PM »
LOL on the donut tires...I wonder if Scott dodged all those stones!!! Besides that John he has 13 sp. in his pete!!  ;D  I'm not sure my cabover meets all those requirements either cuz battery box is of 96 and bolted uo in same holes and some of it I can't remember where it came from!  LOL

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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2012, 10:03:42 PM »
I got western star tanks on my kw, and air ride wating for it (but that is the EARLY kenworth 64 - late 60's-early 70's 4 bag set up with cast alluminum mounts  8) ) , But it has single horn, single straight pipe, tube type tires 5 hand hole on steer), traction sanders (in the shed) and a set of sticks  :)

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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2012, 10:30:52 AM »
What is Scott doin? Sittin bak lafin his a#@ off at the stones flyin by OR  Changin tires.
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Re: What is a Straight Stack Truck?
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2012, 01:34:09 AM »
Think he is at the union gap show this weekend.