Brockways Revisited

It was a long hot summer around these parts. When you look at this photo of a Brockway 361 cooking away in a field outside of Homer, NY you can nearly feel that heat. The cool weather has just settled so it’s a little early to wish for it to come back.

This particular truck belongs to the once extensive Suit Kote Brockway fleet. The company still has more than a few Huskies around their various properties and even brings three restored trucks to the Brockway Truck show each year. Look, here is another 361.

And here is a 359…

See, I told you SK had a few Brockways lurking around. Still not impressed? Ok, how about these two set up as mobile pug mills?

So, by my count that is five trucks plus at least another three just down the road from this location. Home turf advantage I suppose.

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Autocar Mondays – Expedite This

If you’ve ever spent any time travelling Interstate 81 North or South between Syracuse and the Canadian border you know that there isn’t much to see. Just about the only thing that keeps you awake is the constant threat of State Police and U.S. Border Patrol lurking in the turnarounds. Besides the trees there always seems to be a steady stream of new trucks heading south with Peterbilt being the most common nameplate. Apparently if you head a few hundreds miles to the east and visit the border crossing near Champlain, NY the Peterbilts transition over to Autocars. That’s where Hugh spotted this brand new Xpeditor.

It’s an interesting setup with what appears to be a tag axle out back. The majority of the time these are destined for the refuse industry but perhaps this truck is heading down a different road? If you have a guess drop a comment below.

Thanks for the photo Hugh! If you have an Autocar you would like to see featured in Autocar Mondays email today!

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Hendrickson HME VT100

For over a century the Hendrickson nameplate has been associated with heavy duty trucks and heavy duty truck parts. The final models to fly under the banner where the VT100 line of trucks as seen below.

John came across this truck while make a journey through the upper sections of the great lakes region.

Like it’s predecessors this Hendrickson is a long nosed brute and like so many of the trucks that came before, this one is equipped with an International cab, in this case the long lived S-Series.

Big hood. International DNA. Green striped paint job. What more could I ask for?

Thanks to John for the share!

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Case Agri King

The Case AgriKing….now with 451 cubes! I’m sure it sounded better in the focus groups. Once again I’ve come across another bit of equipment that I can’t really tell what direction it is heading. There are plenty of abandoned tractors around these parts but the paint is too fresh and the weeds are too low to be truely forgotten about. With the subtraction of the cab glass this tractor has nearly become vandal proof.

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Government Surplus

By now you know I love kicking around the auction lots looking at trucks that I have no intention of bidding on or buying. With the attention I pay some of these trucks I’m sure I have convinced more than a few that I’m doing some serious homework and will be bidding hard and fast. But, more often than not, I leave before the hammer falls on the first lot!

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Carpenter Rigging

As usual, a few classics were on hand at the Tracey Road Equipment open house. How many? At least two. I can tell you for certain that this Hendrickson was one of them.

I’m fairly certain I saw this truck last year at Allied Spring at the start of its restoration process. Back then it was solid blue but now it has been repainted in the livery of Carpenter Rigging, a long time industrial rigging company of the Central New York area. Click here to see one of their Hendrickson delivering the annual Christmas tree to Clinton Square.

Anyway, I don’t believe this is the same truck due to the front hub configuration. My mind is blown that there were at least two Hendrickson trucks in the Syracuse area. The good old days indeed!

Anyway, I guess it might be hanging out at Tracey’s for an eventual display at the Annual Highway Expo slated to occur….today!

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Personal Truck Show

Tracey Road Equipment held their annual open house last week. Usually this is an event circled on my calendar but this year I wasn’t able to make it for a variety of reasons. Once the weekend rolled around I found myself with some free time so I stopped by to feed on the scraps and wound up be pleasantly surprised by a few of the trucks still on display.

I was able to cruise through the lot and never get out of my car. Nothing could be more American! Drive thru truck show….it might just be the next big thing.

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Autocar Mondays – Stay Strong

As I’ve stated before I’m an optimist when it comes to old trucks. While some might seen an old truck fading away I see a truck that is just ready for restoration. I certainly hope I’m right when it comes this old Autocar.

Ed spotted “Big Blue” a few weeks ago in Gloucester, Mass and despite the pouring rain just had to stop and take a picture or two.

The rounded grill up front puts this truck in the mid 60’s at the most. Despite the rough edges this truck is still an attention getter and let us hope it gets the attention it deserves.

Thanks for the photos Ed!

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International COF-5370

The COF-5370 was introduced in 1976 and has the unique claim as being the only new truck introduced by International that year. This is a notable event as during the 1970’s the International truck line was extremely diverse with a wide variety of legacy trucks still being offered along with the next generation of trucks starting to emerge in the form of the S-Series.

At first glance you might be inclined to refer to the COF-5370 as a Cargostar but in all regards this model eclipsed its lighter brother. From the start the 5370 was designed to accept the largest bore diesels of the era and was exclusively 6×4. With a GVW rating in the range of 50,000 to 70,000 life in the refuse industry was the near exclusive domain of this model. But, as you can see from this photograph there are many roads that lead to hard and heavy work. Outback a 8,000 gallon fuel tank produced by SNVI of Montreal, Quebec resides. A specially mounted exhaust system beneath the cab speaks to work as an aircraft refueler.

If you have the book International Trucks by Fredrick Crismon you’ll seen an exact clone of this truck on Page 503. Who knows, it might be the exact truck!

Thanks to John for sharing this photo!

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Autocar Mondays – 1959 DC102

Someday I’ll make it down to the Gerhart’s All Mack Truck event but until then I can count on the kindness of strangers to share photos of some of the great trucks. While the show is titled as “all Mack” all brands of classic trucks are welcome. While Mack is clearly the native truck son of Pennsylvania we can’t forgot about the other brand that called the Keystone state home for many decades.

Here we see a 1959 DC102 powered by a 250 Cummins with a 4×4 Fuller trans your gear mixing pleasure. 

Check out this awesome interior. Autocars of the era had one of the best looking setups of the time if you ask me. Check out the low air “wig wag”. Vintage cool.























Thanks to Brian for the great share!

Make sure to check out this beastly DC200 also seen at Gerhart’s a few years back.

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