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the single track machine with Jasper James Tucker at the wheel, notice the spiral machine in the background, moving forward with a new design.
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something for the weekend outing, fyi, it is a tucker
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Very neat pictures!
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something a little more modern, yet i think it might be interesting, better you will be able to see it at, CATS MEOW JAMBOREE next april, they family is very committed to attending, they tell scott and i that they will also bring a new "big" tucker!
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Nice freshen up without removing the history.
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WOW!! Please add my name to that ride list :) That is going to be a highlight!
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Here's the ole' gal just a little bit stuck . . . I have to say- If that was to happen to me (the front end just dropping out from under me), I would have turned around and gone home.
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You can still see where the pontoon rotated enough to hit the box.

Curious that the lights were removed in the B&W photos . . .
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You can still see where the pontoon rotated enough to hit the box.

Curious that the lights were removed in the B&W photos . . .
The lights were added when She returned home. The crossing was during the '57 '58 winter. No lights required, 24 hours full sun. Low temps in the
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fyi, the tucker folks are doing a nice job of preservation and bring the freighter back to operational condition. they are putting in a very serious effort to do it right, good for them.
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Here's the ole' gal just a little bit stuck . . . I have to say- If that was to happen to me (the front end just dropping out from under me), I would have turned around and gone home.
That may not have been an available option. According to the National Geographic article in the Jan '58 edition, they had packed enough food, fuel, and supplies to weather out a second winter once they reached their destination. If they did not complete the 1000 mile crossing in time the ships that were set up to pick them up would be blocked out by sea ice. As they used up their supplies they abandon the Massey Tractors and the Bombardier Muskegs which have since become a permanent part of the Ice Pack, as wood anyone trying to back track. This operation was almost entirely funded by BP, and their green LOGO can be seen on all the supply barrells of Gasoline being towed along. They performed a type of crude sizemic testing where they dug holes in the snow, set off exp[losive charges and read the echo with specialized equipment that loosely resembles sonar equipment. What they found was that the South Pole is a massive rock, with Ice up to 2 miles thick, sitting on top, but no OIL! One of the other Tucker Freighters from this expedition sit in a BP Museum.
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Here's the ole' gal just a little bit stuck . . . I have to say- If that was to happen to me (the front end just dropping out from under me), I would have turned around and gone home.
scott and i did a total tear down of the engine, replacing two pistons that damaged and stuck, honed the cylinders, ground the valves, new rings, new clutch, resurfaced flywheel, water pump, carb, etc etc etc and cleaned like crazy to preserve it, other than the new gaskets peeking out, tried to leave it as original looking as humanly possible, what a true piece of history
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What brand and displacement engine is that?
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Wow, what a great piece of history you have there! I would love to attend the Jamboree if for nothing else than to get a ride in the ole' gal. Not to mention meeting a lot of great folks who keep this forum very interesting.
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What brand and displacement engine is that?
Chrylser industrial hemi, 331 cubic inch
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Thanks! Hemi! Looks like they have ports or something in the valve covers--kind of like the newer engines that have the spark plugs deep inside. Maybe that 331 is set up to adjust the valves without removing the covers? I've never seen such a setup.
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the head/valve cover set up is kinda the trade mark of a chrylser hemi's, the spark plugs are deep inside, sadly the valve covers need to come to adjust he rockers, great engines
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Wow! That is really something!!!!! That is one of the Kings of old machines!!!


Thank you very much! It's really fun to see your photos! Outstanding!
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Was the cold start system a Tucker option? Or special to this build? I don't recall seeing that on any other vintage machine.
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