The New Ford F-650

It has been just about a year since Ford jumped back into the Class 6-7 with their newly revamped F-650  and F-750 offerings. As the world turns I have seen more of these trucks creeping onto the road. With a V10 gas engine and a six speed automatic as the standard options the entry cost to the average buyer is lower than competitors offering larger trucks with diesel engines. As one might expect U-Haul was an early adopter of the new chassis but now larger national fleets are getting into the game.

Ford should have about another solid year of sales before former competitor GM rejoins the 6 and 7 market with their new truck developed in partnership with Navistar. Check out the spy shots here. It’s going to be hard to beat the coolness of the Nathan’s rig. 😉

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Autocar Mondays – Old 97

I can only imagine the look on the eyes of a tire dealer when one of these “Michigan Specials” rolls into the shop. I’ve often wondered how this unique trucking combination came to be and why some many axles are utilized. A straight foward answer comes from

Michigan has a unique system of truck-weight law based on maximum axle loadings, not gross vehicle weight (GVW). Gross vehicle weight includes the weights of the truck, cargo, fuel, and
driver; axle loading is the weight on a single axle. Maximum allowable axle loadings are the same for a standard truck in all states, but Michigan allows use of more axles in combination
with lower axle loadings, for a greater gross vehicle weight than other states.

While the maximum weight for nearly every state in the Union is 80,000 lbs trucks in Michigan can legally haul up to 164,000 lbs. One can only imagine how many maximum capacity loads this old Autocar hauled over the years but it’s safe to assume the average load was near capacity each and every time. As you can see, John found this truck in Munising, MI back in 2012 when it was for sale. If you hail from the mitten state send me a line with the status of Old 97.

Thanks for sharing John! Do you have a truck you would like to see featured on Autocar Mondays? Email today!

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Walking with Classics

I’ll start off this post by apologizing for the lack of updates to this site over the past few weeks. I’ve been in the middle of home move and I just haven’t had the time or the energy to process all the material from the ATHS National Show in Des Moines. Now that I am somewhat settled in my new place let us go back to the very start of the show with a walk through the long line of trucks waiting to enter the fairgrounds from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning.

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Autocar Mondays – Running in a Pack

Well it ain’t Monday but one thing is for sure this beauty is an Autocar! This 1951 DC100 powered by a Cummins NHRS diesel was just one of many spectacular rigs of the Autocar nameplate found at the ATHS National Show in Des Moines, Iowa. Believe when I say this truck had a really great sound to it.

Based on the gallery below which one is your favorite?

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Cabover Cornucopia Part II

Part II of the cabover cornucopia that was the ATHS National Show in Des Moines begins…NOW!

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Cabover Cornucopia

Spend enough time talking trucks and eventually the conversation will turn to cabovers. What happened to cabovers? Are cabovers safer? How come cabovers are still popular in Europe? Do cabovers ride better? Cabovers! Cabovers! Cabovers!

I don’t have answers the questions posed above but I can tell you that plenty of COE ‘s were on display at the ATHS National Show in Des Moines. Freightliner, International, Diamond-T, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Mack, White. I think just about every major brand of truck ever sold in the U.S. was represented in cabover form at Des Moines.

Below, Part I of II represent the high rise condos of the open road.

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The Light of Day

Everyone likes a good barn find story but what about a mine find story? You’re looking at a Euclid R35 that has rarely seen the light of day. For decades this truck toiled inside Danby Quarry, the world’s largest underground marble mine found in the Dorset Mountain of Vermont. Twisting over one and a half miles into the earth this mine has been producing high quality marble for over a century and currently has the capacity to produce up to 4,000 feet of slabs per day.

By now it’s probably dawned upon you how large this Danby Quarry really is if a R35 has the room to operate in there. If you haven’t already checked out the link near the top of this page to see more photos of the mine and equipment at work I suggest that you do. You’ll be amazed.

Now that Euc has been set free from the marble pit it resides just over the border in the capable hands of our friend Clarence. Below are some photos of the truck as it made it’s way home.

A few weeks back we took a look at some Detroit Diesel V-12 powered Euclid/Terex scrapers at a local auction. If you watched any of the videos you know how loud and smokey these engines are. I hope hearing protection was mandatory in the mine as this old beast is packing the same engine. I can’t image how loud it must have been in the confined hallways one mile into the earth!

The truck fired right up after a fresh set of batteries were installed. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

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Autocar Mondays – Familiar Face

When traveling it’s always nice to see a familiar face like this 1972 Autocar DC9364 owned by Don Berch.

As you might recall this DC still packs it’s original NTC 355 and 13 speed Fuller while riding on a late model air ride suspension and rears. No doubt those later mods made the journey from New Hampshire to Iowa much more pleasant.

Above we see Don on the first of many miles home outside the truck museum at the Iowa 80. Thanks for sharing Don!

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Roadside Attractions

While visiting the Iowa 80 truck stop I took a moment to cruise the parking lots full of hundreds of trucks. While many rigs were the typical soulless OTR fleet trucks there were a few worth noting, or more specifically their loads.

While that 745C has big tires there was a truck carrying a set for an even bigger dump truck.

A truck that probably is based around this frame.

On the way out to the truck stop I passed by a closed weigh station that had a fully assembled dump truck of this size on a lowbed. I made a note to stop on the way back but it was gone when I returned two hours later. I never would have figured that it would hit the road during the day but what do I know about heavy haul.

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Hendrickson Trucks

Here on the east coast Hendrickson trucks were always something of a rare bird and now with the passage of time that statement has only becomes more true. Heading out to the ATHS show in Des Moines I knew that if I was going to see Hendricksons in any significant quantity it would take place in Iowa. As you can see the hawkeye state did not disappoint.

The truck above was constructed by using an International cab that contained an integral sleeper. Don’t worry, Hendricksons of this time period used the Comfo-Cab popularized by International Harvester so no historical value was lost. I’m not sure but I assume Hendricksons packed larger than average power based on the seemingly endless hood and external air cleaners. Great looking trucks indeed.

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