TurboTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1914 times:
I heard one of many UPS trucks drive by my house in the pass week. When all is quiet and the driver steps on the gas, the engine has an attractive note, sounding like a 70's muscle car. Engine sounds are hard to describe- this one had a low groan type pitch. For a truck its size, very impressive note! Does anyone agree?
NKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1875 times:
...Only when it approaches my house bringing an anticipated package - A muscle car sound?...I don't know about that! It sounds like a ubiquitous 6 banger industrial beast of burden. A, perhaps, ironic note: The Dodge Viper has an exhaust note that has been noted as being akin to "a UPS truck"...and this was not being applied as a complimentary term. Due to the odd firing/exhaust pulse of a V10, it produces more of a monotone "bellow" than the deep V8 like throaty snarl you think it should have. Not a "bad" sound...just weird. Can't argue with the performance though!
Greeneyes53787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
I believe UPS trucks come in several sounds. During Christmas rush UPS uses their standard trucks plus rented Ryder trucks. But other than that their basic trucks are usually powered by Ford inline six cylinder overhead valve gasoline engines. Those are the ones that come to your house. But the larger ones that you may also see in the city have been, and probably still are, powered by Onan diesel engines.
But that familiar sound when the driver lets go of the clutch pedal and pushes down a little on the gas pedal is, I think, kind of mechanically romantic. To me it is special and comforting. Although I do not hear anything throaty or muscley in it.
Iflycoach From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1863 times:
The big UPS ones come to my house, the ones that are about the size of a bread truck.
Also this is also another good sounding one it's a real squeaky brakes and a real loud diesel that they luv to hit the gas with, the Swanson Man, anyone got these guys parading threw yer neighborhood? It really is something that makes me run to the door becuase I mistake it for the UPS! LOL
TurboTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1842 times:
I get the Swanson trucks fairly often-- but I've never heard the engine! Greeneyes- Thanx for the infor about the engines. Now that I think about it, the note is lower than a muscle car, but it sounds very similiar! I think I might record the next one I hear too