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Admiral Biscuit


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Story Notes: Peterbilt Glider · 6:26pm Jul 31st, 2019

It wouldn't be Bronycon without at least one Biscuit fic!


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If you read the story before you got here, you won't be surprised to find out that this one's inspired by my drive from Michigan to Baltimore.


Now, i don't know all that much about actually driving trucks, and I thought about waiting to publish until Lord Legion--who's an actual truck driver--could put his two cents in, but he's still enroute, and I'm always a bit impatient, so . . . if there are any major mistakes, let me know in the comments, and I'll fix them.

Lynn is orang111's OC. He likes drawing ponies in trucks and ponies in trains, and that's something I can get behind. I like writing about ponies in trucks and cars, and Celefin likes writing about ponies in trains.

Due to stricter environmental regulations, some companies started offering glider kits. Instead of buying a new semi tractor, you could buy a new semi tractor which had a used, rebuilt engine installed, one that predated some of the regs. (In case you're wondering, they're called gliders because they're built without an engine.) That got popular enough that apparently the EPA is putting the banhammer down on the practice.

Incidentally, before you comment, bear in mind I'm just reporting a fact up here, and would prefer not to have a discussion of environmental policies in the comment section, although if you want to go that route, game on. :derpytongue2:


All the various service plazas are really where I said they are, and are really called what I said they were called. You also won't be surprised to know that there really were a gaggle of teenagers posing on the side of the turnpike (I don't understand why you'd want to), and in the Maryland Welcome Center, there really was a flatbed truck that cheated and parked on the car side, taking up about thirty spots.

Likewise, I heard half of the Nova Scotia conversation on my CB (along with a few others that were interesting).

A lot of trucks have a sleeper on the back, but some that are only meant for local deliveries don't, and they're sometimes called daycabs.

Truck drivers have hours of service requirements, which they aren't allowed to exceed. I don't know if truckers actually use this particular slang, but railroad engineers (who also have hours of service requirements) sometimes refer to dying on the clock, i.e., they've exceeded the number of hours they're allowed to operate the train.


I'm considering offering up the original hand-written draft to the story at the BC charity auction. Dunno if they'd be interested in it, though. Maybe I could bundle it with my books. Maybe I'll see if Aquaman wants to sell it at the bookstore. :derpytongue2:



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Comments ( 47 )

Now I have Convoy stuck in my head. Still big rigs are just cool to see going down the interstate.

5097161
Especially when you put them in reverse so that you can accelerate to FTL speeds.

What do we have, a Cuisineart?

No Sir, we have.

A Kenwood.

Prepare the Rubber Ducky.:moustache:

My favourite reick was working out it was theoretically possible to fold DARPAS published colliding beam cold fusion reactor up so it could just fit in the base of a tractor rig.

1250 HP of soap powed nuclear electric. :derpytongue2:

dam this brings back memory's of years driving a freightliner, cat power is the only power.

the art work is amazing i am just hopping this is not a one shot story.

Okay, so I'm assuming that there is a reason for the thing with the gliders; I can't imagine that salvaging and rebuilding an older engine, nor installing it in a new truck after, is even remotely toward the "cheap" and/or "easy" sides of the scale.

5097251
It's far cheaper to overhaul an old engine to like-new status than to manufacture a new engine. Just replace parts that are designed to be replaced, and off you go. No need to cast half a ton (or more) of iron and machine it. Or just buy the engine out of a wrecked Swift truck, chances are it's the only good part left.

5097239
A Cat C15 or C18 is good. But I'll take an 8v92TT or 12v71 Detroit any day.

Smoke plus Noise equals POWER!
... with a good Rockwell eighteen behind it.

5097265
my truck had the c 18 but it was one of the twin turbo turds that was converted back to a large single.
but dang Rockwell i lover those over a Eaton any day but i do prefer the 13 speed worked better with the cat power curve.
i ran the freightliner XLT Classic for several years there is nothing like having 6 foot of hood in front of you. and a twin bunk 110 inch behind.

5097161
What? No Eastbound and down? :raritywink:

5097356
Ouch. Ripped the guts right out of that Cat, didn't they? But, I concede your point on a thirteen behind a Cat. Don't mean I like 'em, but they're better than a ten speed. Or any twin stick.

Kinda makes me wish my old Mack could still work the road. 45,000 GCW was a little sketchy for her... until I found a Detroit to shove in it. Still sketchy, just faster.

5097251
It's a response to the increased emissions restrictions introduced in '07. The new, more efficient engines developed to meet the new guidelines allegedly had teething problems (a mixture of actual mechanical problems, resistance to change, and politics), so independent companies and owner/operators started buying rolling chassis and installing the older engines in them. For a small company or individual it is potentially much cheaper to buy a glider kit with a rebuilt engine of a proven design than to buy a truck with one of the newer engines in it. The kits also generally offer more "custom" features at a lower price than a factory made truck.

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5097263

Nifty, thanks for explaining that!

Of course a Pegasus is going to buy a glider kit. Even if she knew nothing about engines, how could she go past the name?

I’ll bet that in her spare time she’s restoring a Plymouth Superbird...

5097161

Now I have Convoy stuck in my head.

Not a bad song to have stuck there, honestly.

Still big rigs are just cool to see going down the interstate.

They are. And I don’t know if this is still a thing, but at night the ones where the owner puts lots and lots of lights on them. . . .

5097174

Especially when you put them in reverse so that you can accelerate to FTL speeds.

That never happened when I drove wrecker.

However, I’ve never driven a big rig, so I can’t assume that doesn’t happen with them.

5097180

What do we have, a Cuisineart?

No Sir, we have.

A Kenwood.

:derpytongue2:

Prepare the Rubber Ducky.:moustache:

Indeed.
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My favourite reick was working out it was theoretically possible to fold DARPAS published colliding beam cold fusion reactor up so it could just fit in the base of a tractor rig.

1250 HP of soap powed nuclear electric.

I dunno if you can fit a cold fusion reactor in a tractor trailer, but Amazon’s got a mobile data transport unit that’s a truck.

5097239

dam this brings back memory's of years driving a freightliner, cat power is the only power.

One of the wreckers I used to drive was powered by cat. Not sure which engine, though.

the art work is amazing i am just hopping this is not a one shot story.

It currently is, sorry.

5097251

Okay, so I'm assuming that there is a reason for the thing with the gliders; I can't imagine that salvaging and rebuilding an older engine, nor installing it in a new truck after, is even remotely toward the "cheap" and/or "easy" sides of the scale.

From what I understand, the biggest advantage is dodging the emissions requirements with an old engine.
5097263 would know the economics of that far better than I.

In cars, at least used ones, remanufactured engines and transmissions (and starters and alternators) are the way to go; they’re cheaper than new and often times perform better (design flaws can, in some cases, be fixed in a reman unit).

There’s prescident in the railroad world, too; one of my local railroads bought new GP-35s (in the 60s) that rode on used Alco trucks. Saved some money that way, and clearly it was a wise investment, since some of them are still running.
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5097265

A Cat C15 or C18 is good. But I'll take an 8v92TT or 12v71 Detroit any day.

Smoke plus Noise equals POWER!

I’ve got a 6.2 Detroit Diesel in my Suburban. It certainly has the smoke + noise going for it.

5097421

The new, more efficient engines developed to meet the new guidelines allegedly had teething problems (a mixture of actual mechanical problems, resistance to change, and politics),

I’m not really in tune with the OTR truck market, but am very familiar with that concept as it comes to automobiles. The thing was, with cars at least, while the initial systems weren’t great, they got a lot better quickly, as the technology and manufacturer experience increased. In the car world, there’s still the resistance to change and politics, even though in most cases with cars those are solved problems. I mean, yeah, I get that you (generic you, not you specifically) don’t understand how the computer system on your car works, but trust me, it’s way better than that Vega you were driving in the 70s.

5097741

My uncle was a truck driver for a while. According to him, at least some companies basically require you to exceed your hours and you just have to hope you don't get caught at it.

Which, honestly, means that that isn’t a good company to work for, but I can’t say that without admitting that I violated hours of service requirements more than once when I drove wrecker. We were local (100 mile radius), so we generally didn’t have to keep as good of records as the big boys--at least, not back in the late 90s--but I know darn well that I wasn’t supposed to be driving a 21 hour shift.

Sadly, it’s not a problem that’s exclusive to the trucking industry, either.

(For instance, when transporting around Passover, the food is supposed to have something done to it by a Rabbi, I forget what, every three days. If he takes more than three days to get it where it needs to go, where the Rabbi will do The Thing, they lose the ability to put a Kosher for Passover sticker on the food. But he couldn't feasibly get it there in three days without stretching his hours a good bit.)

Yeah, probably has something to do with Kosher, but I don’t know all the rules on that. Halal is kind of similar, AFAIK.

5098073

Of course a Pegasus is going to buy a glider kit. Even if she knew nothing about engines, how could she go past the name?

I know, right?

When I was knocking out details, I thought they were called ‘flyer’ kits, and honestly, that works with pegasi, too.

I’ll bet that in her spare time she’s restoring a Plymouth Superbird...

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One of my favorite cars ever. :heart:

Oh my God, this was adorable. It's such a fun, atmospheric little piece, and the art was the icing on the cake. :pinkiehappy:. I don't suppose we'll ever get more adventures of Truckerpone, will we?

5101891
Put a turbocharger and a supercharger, and you'll have it.

Huh. Didn't know there was a blog for it. So, yeah. I grew up in trucks. I actually drive a truck. Got driving back in 2015 legally anyway. I bought my truck. She's a 2016 579 Peterbilt with a Cummins 2350, 13 speed manual, an 80 inch sleeper, dual stacks, a headache rack, and a minimum 53 foot flat, step, or RGN trailer dragging behind me.

I feel you pretty much nailed most of what we go through. I am OTR. I'm gone away from home at least one month at a time. Drivers are insane, cops/DOT are pricks most days, Swift and CR England are both full of dummies.

Most of the time we just claim we raced the clock and lost. Parking gets harder and harder to find as the years roll by.

Anyway, great story. It was super cute. Been following Orange for quite some time. Love those cute pones hanging out in the trucks and trains all over the place. Keep being awesome though and thanks for another fantastic read.

5102032

Oh my God, this was adorable. It's such a fun, atmospheric little piece, and the art was the icing on the cake.:pinkiehappy:.

Thank you! :heart:

I don't suppose we'll ever get more adventures of Truckerpone, will we?

I won’t make any promises, but I do like Truckerpone quite a lot.

5102556

Put a turbocharger and a supercharger, and you'll have it.

More smoke and more noise? :derpytongue2:

5105580

Huh. Didn't know there was a blog for it.

Virtually all of my stories have an associated blog post, covering research and other fun facts that people might not know.

So, yeah. I grew up in trucks. I actually drive a truck. Got driving back in 2015 legally anyway. I bought my truck. She's a 2016 579 Peterbilt with a Cummins 2350, 13 speed manual, an 80 inch sleeper, dual stacks, a headache rack, and a minimum 53 foot flat, step, or RGN trailer dragging behind me.

Ooh, sounds nice! The closest I can come is an old Suburban with a 6.2, or an even older P-30 step van with a Cummins 3.9, and the extent of my commercial driving has been little tow trucks.

I feel you pretty much nailed most of what we go through. I am OTR. I'm gone away from home at least one month at a time. Drivers are insane, cops/DOT are pricks most days, Swift and CR England are both full of dummies.

:heart:

Most of the time we just claim we raced the clock and lost. Parking gets harder and harder to find as the years roll by.

Yeah, parking’s one thing that always seems problematic, at least when I roam the highways at night. There simply aren’t enough spaces for all the trucks. No idea what a good solution to that is, either. Lot of places, it would be hard to build more parking where the trucks could go.

Been following Orange for quite some time. Love those cute pones hanging out in the trucks and trains all over the place.

Yeah, I like his art style, and I like ponies and trains and trucks, so it’s a winning combo. There really aren’t enough pick of truck driving ponies out there.

Anyway, great story. It was super cute. Keep being awesome though and thanks for another fantastic read.

:heart:

5106272
More or less... specifically more.

5106589
I’m in favor of both those things.

Right now, the two major fixes I know I need to make are glow plugs and brake lines (also a rear axle seal).

I’ve just had a bunch of projects, and I’m also not a huge fan of fixing cars in my driveway when I can avoid it. I’m considering the options for getting some kind of garage with a floor that’s at least smooth dirt, and maybe even concrete, which would be a vast improvement over pea gravel or grass, but those things cost money. :p

5111526
I can understand all of that. I remember turning wrenches under a little oak tree... it's not so little anymore, and I started with traction engines, but that's beyond the point.

A good shop is a must have, even if it's just "good enough".

5111532
That’s the one frustrating thing about working as a mechanic . . . I’ve got access to hoists and an air compressor and all that where I work, and of course a toolbox full of expensive tools, but while the boss is understanding about us fixing our daily drivers on an as-needed basis (and off the clock), he doesn’t want to clutter the shop with our own projects, so I try to do only the things I really have to at the shop and the rest at home.

Plus, it’s hard to motivate myself to get greasy on my own car after I’ve spent nine hours working on customer’s cars. I’d rather kick back and write some ponyfic.

5111540
I can feel you there. Granted, I've got all of that at my disposal now. And I'm getting too old to use it.

5111552
I’m not at that point yet, but I am starting to think about if I want to consider a different career while there’s still time to change fields.

5111603
Yeah, I had six of those. I always drift back.
So, sooner is better if you're going to do it.

5111811
I do have a fallback option, although it’s a longer commute and slightly lower pay. Better benefits, though, and it’s easier on the body.

5112227
Full-time at the mental health agency I work for . . . not sure exactly what my job description says, but it’s basically responsible adult at the group home. Do the meds, and be a good role model.

5112248
Well, that sounds less physically taxing. But talk about mental strain.

5112262
That’s my one concern. A couple days a week, it’s not bad, and I can just roll with the blows. Full-time, forty or more hours a week, it might get stressful . . . they say that the average length of time somebody does the job is two years, and I can understand why. Still, I’ve been doing it part time and occasionally full time since 2007, and thus far have been able to deal with it. Also, on chill shifts it lends itself to writing or editing ponyfic, which is a nice bonus.

I love, in the first image, the license plate says "BDSMLEWD".

Das lood.

5101891

I didn't know your suburban was a diesel! I should give you some jet fuel for it, it's good for winter starting.

5113380

I love, in the first image, the license plate says "BDSMLEWD".

Das lood.

Heh, I hadn’t noticed that. :rainbowlaugh:

I didn't know your suburban was a diesel! I should give you some jet fuel for it, it's good for winter starting.

It is!

What would be even better for winter starting would be if the glow plugs actually worked. That would help a lot.

Also, in terms of driving it in general, having working brakes would be nice, too. Right now it’s got no rear brakes and one of the front ones is locked up. Can’t remember which, but probably ought to replace both while I’m at it.

I remember a while ago coming across a Youtube video in which a truck driver gave a tour of her cab, in which her cat also lived. Quite interesting, I thought.
[searches around]
Ah, pretty sure this was it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLwLwGdhe6Q

5195195

I remember a while ago coming across a Youtube video in which a truck driver gave a tour of her cab, in which her cat also lived. Quite interesting, I thought.

Truck tours are always interesting; it’s like a house tour but it’s small and portable, and it’s also the workspace. Plus, they’re mostly small inside, so you gotta figure out what you really want and what you don’t.

I’ve watched a few van life/stealth camping videos and those are interesting, too. If you don’t mind crowded spaces, you can make a small home inside a minivan (at least for one). I’ve been thinking about adding at least some amenities to my own minivan, and maybe I will this spring. I’ve slept in them a few times (usually with just a sleeping bag and pad) which is way more convenient than setting up a tent and all that business.

Ah, pretty sure this was it!

Ah, that was interesting! Thanks!

5195566
"Truck tours are always interesting; it’s like a house tour but it’s small and portable, and it’s also the workspace. Plus, they’re mostly small inside, so you gotta figure out what you really want and what you don’t."
Aye, I can imagine.
Though I still expect very few feature live-in cats.

"I’ve watched a few van life/stealth camping videos and those are interesting, too. If you don’t mind crowded spaces, you can make a small home inside a minivan (at least for one). I’ve been thinking about adding at least some amenities to my own minivan, and maybe I will this spring. I’ve slept in them a few times (usually with just a sleeping bag and pad) which is way more convenient than setting up a tent and all that business."
Neat. Good luck if you do!

"Ah, that was interesting! Thanks!"
You're welcome! Glad I was able to find it again. :)

5195658

Aye, I can imagine.
Though I still expect very few feature live-in cats.

Probably more than you’d think have cats or dogs. A lot of people want travelling companions.

You're welcome! Glad I was able to find it again. :)

:heart:

5196609
Hm. That does make sense, now that you mention it; thanks.

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