As I mentioned the other day I first learned of Dobbins Auto Parts through a Facebook group. One of the pictures that caught my attention was a yellow Brockway 776 wearing an old NYS DOT logo. I knew right then and there I had to make the short drive (as Billy Fuccillo would say) up 81 to see the trucks in person. Saturday I had my chance and was able to find four trucks that once belonged to a much larger fleet. I had no illusions to the conditions of these Brockways. I knew they were far beyond gone but they still were awesome to see.
Out of the four it’s hard to say which one was in the worst shape. I give my nod to the 776 shown above but it really could go to any of the group. All suffered from severe floor pan rot. Seriously. The floors were gone. As you can see the axles, drive line components and body panels have been removed. Scattered through out the yard I found a few fenders and grill assemblies. On three of the four trucks the gauges, switches, and other parts of the dash had been completely removed and replaced with very large bird nests. Only one truck looked complete and by that I mean it still had a plow frame, dump body and both doors. It was still missing parts of the hood and set of tires. Trying to assemble one complete truck from the four would be a fools errand.
Despite the horrendous condition I was thrilled to see these Brockways. The old DOT logos really set me off. I guess I am just that easy to please. From what I know these trucks were not part of the auction. Their future plans are unknown.
Looking back at the day I realize I didn’t do much to determine engine or transmission specs. My bad. Maybe someone can piece it together from these videos.
More to come!