What’s better than owning one Autocar? Owning two!
Interstate Safety Service of Clarks Summit brought two fine examples of the Autocar nameplate to the 2019 ATCA Northeastern PA truck show in Harford. The crane truck is a 1982 DC64B. It has aluminum rims all around and a Galion crane powered by a Detroit!
The tractor is a 1988 DK64B and is setup as your classic east coast heavy haul truck. For those of you with a long memory you might recall seeing this truck at the 2015 ATHS National Show in York, PA. It looks just as good moving as it does standing still.
Back when these trucks were new I probably wouldn’t have given them a second look but now that they have aged they are more worthy of a photograph. The yellow Freightliner was a former Onondaga County DOT unit. It’s been out of the fleet for at least five or ten years now and it still looks pretty good. It must have been a real steal.
By now must of us are familiar with the vintage training video Shake Hands With Danger produced by Caterpillar in the early 80’s but what about the The Gambler? No, we are not talking about the Kenny Rogers song. Perhaps laying the ground work for SHWD, The Gambler blazes a similar path to safety by recreating more than a few shudder inducing scenarios when it comes to the inherent danger of operating heavy equipment. As a new parent the scene of little boys playing under a raised bulldozer blade was almost too much to watch. Take a look. The life you save might just be your own.
Oh boy. Can you feel it coming? That’s right…fall is around the corner. Pretty soon you’ll notice more of these old tractors popping up in your local farm fields. Luscious waves of green are steadily turning a light brown. Deep stands of corn are falling to the combine. And yes, pumpkin flavored treats are now available in every coffee shop across America. All you can do is embrace the unrelenting march of the seasons.
IHI????? That’s what I thought when I saw this machine a few weeks ago at a local ski center. At first I thought it might be the name of the company that operates this excavator but other markings indicated that IHI was indeed the brand name. Google doesn’t turn up much for this nameplate other than some links to mini excavators under the Kato U.S. website. As it turns IHI is a Japanese industrial concern that makes just about everything. If you’re so inclined you can visit their website here.
Now you can tell your friends and family you saw an IHI.
The crane is complete! Somehow when you are standing near the base of this behemoth you fail to realize its true height. It really only struck me when I was traveling north on I-81 last week. Shortly after the Nedrow exit the hills give way and provide for an unobstructed view of the city. The crane dominates the skyline at this point. It’s hard to believe what your eyes are sending to the brain.
Most likely this will be the last comprehensive coverage of this crane for awhile. As the photos show it’s darn near impossible to fit into frame from any of the typical vantage points. Maybe we’ll get lucky and I’ll swing by when they are flinging steel through the sky.