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?
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.
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.
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.
Check out this great shot sent in my Jim. As he tells it..
I came across this picture of me and the dump truck “GRAMA” I drove in the summer of 1982. 1950 Mack LJ Dump Truck that belonged to Gene Gates / Gates Trucking Whitesboro, NY. Mr. Gates was a master technician/welder/fabricator who built and restored this “3 stick” truck from the frame up. The truck was equipped with a Cummins 250 engine, Mack Duplex transmission backed by a 4 speed auxiliary transmission, pintle hook and custom built dual exhausts. This thing was awesome! He also built a 1948 Kenworth “3 stick” lowboy tractor from the frame up for Madden Concrete / Madden Construction in Oriskany, NY.
Boy what a site this truck must have been on the roads in ’82! Years later Jim happened across this truck for sale in western Mass. By that time the dump body was missing and the truck was in rough shape.
In the midst of a global pandemic did you forget that we were waiting on a new Western Star model? I bet you did! Behold. The Western Star 49X.
My first impressions of the truck are favorable. I haven’t liked many of the new models that have rolled off the assembly lines in recent years but this one doesn’t immediately leave me shaking my head. While it does looked like a beefed up 4700 wearing a Freightliner cab it still is a handsome rig. Again, you have to look at this truck through the lens of modern styling. It will be interesting to see how these look in the real world.
Props to Western Star for actually having real trucks in the online sales materials and not crappy computer renderings.
So what’s the next truck to keep tabs on? The International HX has some new changes just around the corner…