Field of Values – Part II

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Filed of Values

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Autocar Mondays – A Familiar Face?

This past Friday I went to an auction at the Suit Kote facility in Homer, NY. The company was clearing out some of their older rigs and as we have seen over the years they have a nice collection of nameplates including, Brockway, White, Ford, and of course Autocar.

While browsing the lots this Autocar stood out as a past entry on the website, predating the Autocar Mondays tradition. I was sad to see to see it in its current condition but time does have the impact on us all. Here we see it back in 2012.

It was only after returning home that I was able to look back upon my old photos and realize that I had in fact NOT seen the same truck. The easiest and most telling clue was the fleet number on the bumper. 2212 and 2207.

It wouldn’t shock me at if we were to find out these two trucks rolled off the assembly line one after the other. I’m happy to think that truck from my 2012 photo is still out there and that the fleet numbers didn’t change over the years. 😉

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2021 ATHS National Meet – Harrisonburg, VA

That’s right. We’re still doing coverage from Harrisonburg!

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Macboston 18 Truck

I was sitting at my desk the other day slowly dying when I heard what my brain could only interpret as the beautiful music of a Detroit Diesel. I was alive again! With no visual proof of the sound the logical part of my brain quickly took over and determined it be an over active fart can style muffler on a Subaru. Sadness returned.

As it turns out my ears were correct! Parked outside was this beautiful 1980 American LaFrance tiller truck on display at the NYS Fire Chiefs Association annual meet held in downtown Syracuse. The MacBoston 18 Truck is a rolling tribute to all the fallen fire fighters since the groups inception in 1996. You can learn more about this beautiful truck by clicking here.

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Military 5-Ton Truck with Crane

I usually get frustrated by stop lights but once in a great while you want one to flash red. This was one of those times. What more needs to be said about this beast other than it’s awesome?

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A Real Food Truck

Food trucks have been all the rage for some time now but can you really say you have a food truck if you are using anything less than this Ford 9000 rescue truck?

Toss N Fire is rocking this old truck as a mobile pizza kitchen. If you haven’t had a wood fire pizza yet please stop whatever you are doing and go find one. It’s that good.

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Autocar Mondays – An ACL by Any Other Name

Yesterday we took a look at a Duplex truck that clearly was an International R-190 in everything but name. Today we have a similar truck in the form of this 1988 WhiteGMC. We all know by this point in time the White and GMC heavy truck brands were under the umbrella of Volvo. This also included the Autocar nameplate. 

When John sent me this photo as a candidate for Autocar Mondays I thought it was fairly obvious suggestion until I actually read the details of his email and looked closely at the truck. You’ll notice it has no Autocar badging despite clearly being an ACL model.

As you can see this 1988 model is still going strong and is in amazing shape. Around this time you could still buy a new Autocar DK so I’m guessing when that line was eventually retired, along with the WhiteGMC moniker, this truck became the default heavy duty Autocar truck.

Nice catch John. Thanks for the share!

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An Duplex by Any Other Name

Is than an R-Series International? At first glance that answer would be yes.

But wait. What is this on the other side of the hood? A Duplex emblem!

Now we know that International offered the Comfovision cab to a host of manufacturers over the years including Diamond-T, FWD, and others. But rarely was the sheet metal of an entire truck copied from front to back as it was this model of Duplex. And if that wasn’t enough the Duplex trucks also were referred to as R and L models. This particular truck even uses the International RD501 gas engine. The door tag indicates it’s a K-501 model.

At some point you have to ask the question what makes a Duplex and Duplex. If you have any particular information to share on this model of truck please share with a comment down below.

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The Good Stuff

Waaaay back in the very early spring of 2019 Riccelli Enterprises had an auction to help clean out some of their older rigs, many of which came from their buyout of Northern a few years prior. This auction had some real neat old iron. The kinds of trucks that are quickly disappearing from the road if they not already gone. Just look at this line up.

It’s like an antique truck show!

As expected most of the older iron went for 2 or 3k max. Some of the later model trucks (not pictured) brought in very high prices. Is it normal to pay nearly 20,000 for a dump truck with almost a million miles? They were well used. I’m sure prices haven’t improved any nowadays.

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