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1972 Peterbilt 359M With Caterpillar 1693TA, Cold Start, Part 1

Starting the Legend on a beautiful fall day. By the way it starts you would think it is 20 degrees outside. It was in the mid 60s this day. You have to use the preheat glow plugs even when the temp is in the 70s. The system works very well when used properly. I have started this truck in below zero temps without being plugged in with no problem.
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  1. CDurham1
    December 21st, 2010 at 03:07 | #1

    woooooooooooooo I love it.. I want one to piss off the neighbors hehehe

  2. zaxsouthern79
    December 22nd, 2010 at 01:47 | #2

    beautiful truck….tnothing can beat the sound of an old pre-combustion chamber diesel

  3. peterbiltfan389
    December 23rd, 2010 at 02:17 | #3

    What a beautiful Peterbilt!!! I like the older one’s than the newer ones!!

  4. peterbiltfan389
    December 23rd, 2010 at 02:18 | #4

    What a beautiful truck!!! I like the older Peterbilt’s better than the newer ones!!!!

  5. stockwood1
    December 23rd, 2010 at 05:00 | #5

    @peterbiltfan389 I agree!! I drive a newer style cab for work and it doesn’t have the leg room and the cab is narrower than the 72. Also the gearshift has alot more throw and play than the 72. The 72 shifts like a hurst corvette gearshift, the throw is very short and precise,, it just about clicks into gear! With that engine and trans combination it makes driving this truck a real thrill!

  6. speedyproductions100
    December 24th, 2010 at 00:01 | #6

    Great truck!

  7. JEZITSHARDTOSIGNIN
    January 17th, 2011 at 23:51 | #7

    Nice truck I have a truck like this but it is a short hood with a recessed firewall for the 1693

  8. babouinga
    January 18th, 2011 at 01:04 | #8

    mosquitos killer .

  9. stockwood1
    January 18th, 2011 at 22:11 | #9

    @JEZITSHARDTOSIGNIN I didn’t know you could get the 1693 in a short hood. That has to be a rare truck. Thanks for the compliment.

  10. JEZITSHARDTOSIGNIN
    January 19th, 2011 at 05:42 | #10

    @stockwood1 Yes sir . it came out of new Jersey. a custom order for a steel plant that is all the info i can find on it . It had custom made wiring harness on it from the factory. thats info i got from Pete anyways it was ragged out when i got it . but i,m working on it slowly

  11. HawaiianMachinist
    January 22nd, 2011 at 18:10 | #11

    The only thing I’d like better in this rig is the 5X4 Dana Spicer twin stick set up &
    a compression release. These were the engines used on the D-9 bulldozer &
    that’s why they kicked major ass on the highway…especially in the mountains.
    J.M. Tanaka had a 351 with a 1693 in it & gave the 12V-71′s that Volcanite Ltd.
    had in their Pete’s action on our hills here on the island of Hawaii.

  12. dalekrueger
    February 4th, 2011 at 04:50 | #12

    how is the 1693 related to the 1674 caterpillar?

  13. stockwood1
    February 8th, 2011 at 14:25 | #13

    @dalekrueger It is a smaller version of the 1693TA. They both share the double overhead cam and precombustion chamber design and are also turbocharged and aftercooled. The 1674 is 638 cubic inch and the 1693 is 893 cubic inch. The 1674 is rated at 270hp but will walk all over a Cummins NTC 290.

  14. dalekrueger
    February 8th, 2011 at 15:08 | #14

    @stockwood1 the big rusty pete from duel supposdely had a wore out 1674 cat in it,so they found another pete for a backup,but was cummins powered

  15. dalekrueger
    February 8th, 2011 at 15:13 | #15

    did they use the 1674 or the 1693 in anything else besides trucks?

  16. stockwood1
    February 9th, 2011 at 14:49 | #16

    @dalekrueger Yes, but they had different designations. The 1693 was called a D343 and was used in generator sets and marine use and probably earth moving equipment. I’m not sure what the 1674 was called but it was also used in similar applications.

  17. termite692
    February 9th, 2011 at 19:23 | #17

    WAY CLEAN….Are the air breathers original??? Don’t remember paper back then. My ’72=359ST 119″All original drivetrain…350SC,4×4 not married,QHR@4.63 on extended leaf.Factory a/c Still sports the 10.00-22′s. Love these old Petes!!!!

  18. stockwood1
    February 16th, 2011 at 23:40 | #18

    @termite692 Wow, sounds nice. This had the 10;00-22s but we went with the tubeless when we started running it. Your right about the air cleaners, it had a single oil bath, but went with the dual paper after a few years. It gives it a more symetrical look. Had a couple of original oil bath I found off of another 72 but they were rotted beyond repair. Would like to have the dual oil bath. They are a little smaller than the single oil bath.

  19. termite692
    February 17th, 2011 at 01:47 | #19

    @stockwood1 Yea,I don’t run mine every day so I keep it original. Sure gets a rise out of some old timers to see one like it was 30+ years ago. I’ll have to post some pics of it and my ’50 350…Cheers

  20. nokiaicon
    March 28th, 2011 at 23:30 | #20

    How do this engine compare against the Big cam cummins

  21. seabulls69
    April 5th, 2011 at 18:52 | #21

    My step dad drove one of the first 1693TAs. What an engine!!

  22. stockwood1
    April 26th, 2011 at 21:58 | #22

    @nokiaicon A lot smoother and more powerful in the same horsepower rating. You will also get more mileage out of them. Drawbacks are their weight and they are a little harder on fuel.

  23. nokiaicon
    April 28th, 2011 at 00:03 | #23

    @stockwood1 ok cool nice rig keep the videos coming

  24. rawwwrrawr
    May 18th, 2011 at 00:05 | #24

    @stockwood1 cats have always been fuel guzzling motors, but they do have the power when you need it, if you could afford the fuel it burns lol

  25. soksavik
    August 6th, 2011 at 13:39 | #25

    That truck looks fantastic! I love my 379, but I’d love to have one of the old 359s as well. You seem to be taking really good care of it!

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