Have you ever heard of Superior Truck and Tractor Manufacturing Company? I certainly never had and apparently neither has Google. My buddy Dave shot this photo at a Ritchie Brothers auction in Maryland last month as proof that the company did indeed exist at one point.
At first glance I thought I was looking at a Hendrickson from the final years the company made trucks but then you notice the badging on the side and the front.
Clearly the truck cab is based on the venerable International S-Series. As with previous International cabs like the Comfo-Vision, the S Series cab provided a starting pointing for many niche truck companies including Hendrickson and the last incarnations of Diamond-T.
Very unique find! If you know anything about this company please leave a comment below!
Just a short distance from the endless parking lots of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World you will find the Car Care Center. The CCC is your traditional gas station and repair shop that is typically visited by exhausted parents and children that have consumed far too much sugar while being subjected to sensory overload. I have visited WDW dozen of times over the past twenty years and have always seen the same Florida sun baked International 4700 rollback parked on a grassy knoll of the CCC. From the very first time I spied this truck I wanted a picture but that always proved to be more of challenge than expected. When visiting Florida I usually don’t have a car plus the truck sits in a very unfriendly location for pedestrians. With each passing visit and year I figured that I had seen the truck for the final time but it was always there parked on its little hill watching the thousands upon thousands of visitors stream in and out of the park each day. On a recent visit last month I again saw my old friend and sadly assumed that its time had to be drawing to a close. At best this truck is 21 years old and will probably be phased out soon for an Chinese built electric powered robot operated tow truck. I said a silent goodbye as my bus passed by the CCC. Sadly for you the story doesn’t end there. The very next day while visiting Hollywood Studios the truck was there and in a near perfect spot for a photograph! Fellow visitors glanced in confusion as I snapped a photo in a sweltering parking lot while acres of carefully manufactured fun designed to be photographed laid just around the corner. My family never even stopped walking as they have grown used to this type of behavior.
On the final day of our trip we again passed by the Car Care Center. I expected to see my old friend on the hill but it wasn’t there. Mostly likely it was out on a call but I couldn’t help but think I had just caught a glimpse of the future.
Who ever thought you could write 367 words about an International 4700 and not have it be sales related!?
A little over a month ago I set out for the 2021 ATCA Northeastern PA Endless Mountain truck show on a rainy Sunday morning. I made it a little more than halfway when I had to turn for a minor family emergency. On the way back home I stopped for a few seconds at USA body in Deruyter, NY. USA Body specializes in ag truck setups so of course there were Internationals.
Take a look at this Paystar. Where has this thing been hiding over the past decade to appear virtually brand new?! Keep in mind that this style of Paystar ended right around the same time the Cat CT660 arrived on the scene in 2011. The International truck factory in Garland, Texas that produced the Paystar switched over to Cat trucks production. While officially still available during the early days of the Cat truck you hardly ever found a new Paystar available on dealer lots or anywhere else. They model returned briefly when the Caterpillar gave up on their truck line but never in noticeable numbers and usually only in a SBA form. It’s quite possible this truck is a decade old. It looks pretty darn good!
Speaking of set back axle here is a some form of 9XXX International.
And here is nearly the same truck in a non SBA format.
When life gives you lemons go photograph Internationals!
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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. 😉