Circle Back

I don’t know if this was a strategic decision or not but back in 2019 the Town of Groton decided to list two Brockway trucks at auction…..with an end date on the very weekend the Brockway National Truck Show took place. For those not up on the Upstate geography Groton is just a hop and skip down the road from Cortland. Could you possibly pick a better time to sell a Brockway in the backyard of Huskie Town than the second weekend of August? I think not.

This 1974 351 sold for $3,650

While this 1975 361 sold for $3,050
There also was a 1947 Walter FGBS for bid. The condition of the truck was extremely poor. It was missing the drivers side door while the passengers door was held on by a thing strand of goat hair. Despite its decrepit condition it was still an impressive looking rig with V-Plow. Final sale price $810.00

And with this post I have fulfilled a promise I made back in 2019 to share these photos!

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Gerhart’s 2020 – Part III

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The International HX

It’s hard to believe it but the International HX is already set for a refresh.

Launched in 2016 the HX line of trucks is Internationals new approach to heavy duty trucks. Of the many redesigned elements of the 2020 refresh the most noticeable is cab. All International trucks now share the same style cab. The venerable but tired “paystar” cab is now a thing of the past. The HX looks very modern now and on looks alone can easily compete with the latest offerings from Western Star and Kenworth.

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Gerharts Truck Treasures

A wander through the truck relics of Gerharts Machinery.

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Autocar Mondays – Patriotic ACL

There was a time when I didn’t look at the Autocar ACL with kind eyes. I viewed it as a modern plastic truck not worthy of the Autocar name. I thought it was a truck that resulted when a Swedish car company bought one of the great American truck nameplates simply as a vessel to promote their own brand.

Obviously there is much wrong with the previous statements. I think the ACL line of trucks have aged very well over the years. The calendar worth photo by Clarence seen below proves my point.

Now that years have piled on we find that Autocar has come full circle by returning to American ownership while engineering the new line of DC named trucks. What a world!

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Still Working – International Mixer and Mack Dump Truck

Today we have a two great old trucks to enjoy thanks to David. Up first is this International 1988 Paystar 5000 of Oak Orchard Concrete. Thanks to the engine mounted PTO the bumper on this truck sticks out nearly one country mile. According to the driver there are more like this old beast in the fleet.

Also on the job was this old R-Model Mack. 

Hmmm, time to schedule some heavy duty home improvements?

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Gerhart’s Mack Days – Loading Up Dump Trucks

Take a look at this video if you like vintage iron loading vintage iron. Oh if only that Euclid had been Detroit powered! That B-Model Mack is a nice runner as well. I was surprised at how quiet it was when running the grade fully loaded.

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Gerhart’s Mack Days – Part II

If I heard correctly over the public address system near the end of the day the total count of trucks was well north of 250. Amazing!

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Gerhart’s All Mack Day – Part I

Gerhart’s All Mack Days truck show in Lilitz, PA is one of the best truck shows around and it just so happens one of the few shows that took place in the wonderfully amazing and sensationally stupefying year of 2020. This was my first time taking in the show and all day I couldn’t help but wonder why I hate waited so long. If this year has taught us anything it’s that you can’t wait to start living. Enjoy what you like now. Don’t wait for future dates that might never arrive.

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Traton Reaches Deal to Purchase Navistar

The shoe that has been hanging for nearly a decade finally dropped last week when Traton announced it had reached a deal in principal to acquire the remaining shares of Navistar for 3.7 billion dollars. Previous purchase agreements were always under the specter of failure by Carl Icahn, billionaire investor and majority shareholder, who has resisted offers he believed to be too low. Traton is one of the largest commercial vehicle builders in the world that has yet to establish a foothold in North America. The purchase of International will now allow it to compete with fellow competitors Daimler and Volvo.

While the International brand is likely to continue on it will no longer be a truely American owned company.  At the height of its power International was truely one of the world’s greatest manufacturing concerns. It produced leading products in trucks, farm equipment, construction and mining equipment, heavy duty engines and even light consumer products. And of course, who could forget about their pickups and 4×4 vehicles.

Over the decades poor economic fortunes, misguided technologies, and the retreat from global markets reduced the company to a shadow of its former glory.

Only time will tell how this deal will unfold by as you can see by this stock DDD photo, the VW logo is a natural fit on older International models. 

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