A pair of heavy truck chassis were donated to the Welding/Heavy Equipment and Trucking Program at the Olean Career and Technical Education Center by Mr. Wayne Stephens, owner of the Wayne Paving Co., Shinglehouse Pa. His generous donation will allow the students to work on real heavy truck components for years to come.
In the photo above, Jeff Beeler of Olean (left) and Nick Prozeller of Portville (right) are holding the "walking beams" from the rear suspension of the tandem axle chassis. The walking beams recently had new bushings installed by Southside Truck and Tractor, Lewis Run Pa. Southside Truck and Tractor has been very generous in allowing us to use their 100-ton hydraulic press to push out many of the pins that were seized up when the class disassembled the truck chassis.
In this photo Dave Weart, Welding/Heavy Equipment and Trucking Instructor, is shown with all of the parts removed from the truck chassis. These parts will be cleaned and reused to reassemble the truck chassis.
John Brunner, a senior from Portville, is shown above with the disassembled power divider he removed from one of the rear differentials. The students are disassembling and reassembling all of the chassis and axle components to see how they operate.