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Still in use
« on: December 23, 2015, 04:52:59 PM »
I went out to my local yard to search for some parts for the coupe today, (before the snow flys this weekend). 'Ol Jim the owner had just moved a cab with old Tower(1941). It's one of those old trucks still in use that you just get use to seeing and think nothing of it. He has been using it pretty much daily around here since he opened up the salvage yard in 1966. It's usually chained up, but he said he just broke a link. I asked him what happened to the antique personalized tag he had,(Tower) he said that it fell off somewhere and DMV wouldn't replace it because it had already been issued. ::)

Any body else still have old work horses around? (Or just Sixball) ;D

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Re: Still in use
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2015, 08:27:50 PM »
That,s downright cool. That is a serious weight on the front of it.

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Re: Still in use
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2015, 10:28:59 PM »
Several years ago I borrowed a '46 dump truck from a friend. It was a beat up old ranch truck that had a stout later model 292 six in it. It came up my road with a full load of gravel in 3rd gear. I have no idea what it could have done in the other 2 lower gears. He still has it but has not used it i a while. At about the same time I had a 1040 International with a 16' bed. I hauled several loads of lumber from a barn we salvaged in Lodi California over Carson Pass in the Sierras. 45 mph up or down hill. I just sold it a couple of years ago. There are quite a few old trucks on ranches around here. I'll try and get some pictures.
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Re: Still in use
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2015, 11:53:00 PM »
Ghost he has lifted some heavy stuff with that old truck.  I'll go out in the yard looking for him and he will have poles up on Tower with a car or truck dangling straight up on the rear bumper taking out a rear diff or trans. lol

Sixball, people will ask how can that old truck(or equipment) do this or that. I tell them that they were made to work and work well! America was built with trucks.

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Re: Still in use
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2015, 01:33:20 AM »
My old Firstnational had a 261 overhead six, a two speed axle and a 5 speed transmission. 5th was overdrive. On the flats it would go 65. It came from central California. It had a full set of stock racks and a loading ramp. It had a pintle hitch and vacuum brakes for a stock trailer. I hauled a few horses in it a couple of times and I suppose with all those gears it could have pulled a loaded trailer too. It would have taken a long time to get up to speed. It did very well with 3 tons of hay but had a hard time stopping with a big load of railroad ties. It steered easier than the  my '53 or my '68 flatbed. My wife liked driving it. She just didn't like loading and unloading it.
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Re: Still in use
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2016, 07:04:37 PM »
This is a cute little fella! My buddy came by this morn with another COE. Haha, they went to go pick up a Gremlin  ::) and his wife spotted this. So the Gremlin will have to wait for the next trip. The 'ol boy was using it to move logs at his small farm sawmill. Everything works on it and is running on propane. The old business name on the door is too far fadded to read except something "transportation". Straight as all get out and no rust at all that I could see.

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Re: Still in use
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2016, 07:13:22 PM »
Now that is a cool old truck!  What are the plans for it?
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Re: Still in use
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2016, 07:15:41 PM »
That truck is gorgeous...reminds me of when I was a teenager never thought much for the looks of the 58 Chevy and mostly likely had the same feeling for those COE trucks.

Now I love both of them! ;) ;)
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Re: Still in use
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2016, 08:32:57 PM »
That would make a great car hauler.

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Re: Still in use
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2016, 08:36:17 PM »
I like that.

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Re: Still in use
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2016, 09:09:43 AM »
 Tom, he doesn't know yet. A clean up for sure, then checking everything out. He said the guy had it running off his BBQ grill tank. I'm guessing his local Co-op wouldn't refill the original tank untill resertified? 
 I have just never seen one so short  before (except for mobile home movers) Something neat about that little horse shoe shapped bed. I'm going to have to check out the pto winch closer, it has a really cool (massive) 3 chain (gear reduction type) drive, dual spool.
 Ed, I used to be the same way. A '58 looked like a '57 got fat, sat in the sun to long and melted the sharp edges down. ::) but they have grown on me since.

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Re: Still in use
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2016, 11:59:02 AM »
Old trucks are just cool. They were the working class, the ones who really did stuff. There were so many speciality rigs that spark images of thigh jobs being done. They sound like nothing else. They even smell like work. 8) This is a great find. I hope it doesn't get gussied up. ::)
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Re: Still in use
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2016, 10:33:40 PM »
Wow!  :o  My buddies Ebay auction just ended, unbeliveable. I guess that makes up (and then some) for the loss on the old cab chassis chevy truck he swapped for that 32 pos ford p.u.

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Re: Still in use
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2016, 10:56:54 PM »
Wow...some one wanted that COE .....Good deal for your friend 

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Re: Still in use
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2016, 07:26:47 AM »
There was a couple of people who really wanted it, that's what makes an auction, congratulations to him

 


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