God bless the folks that bring not one truck but an entire fleet of trucks to shows like the ATHS National Convention. The Sid Kamp crew rolled into Des Moines in style bringing seven Mack trucks that reached back to the age of the B-Model straight through to the Titan. They were even nice enough to roll them through the gate in order from new to old. Just about the only bulldog missing was a DM!
While the video you are about to see is fairly decent it was almost a great one. You’ll notice that the B-Model dump has a really great sound to it. Now imagine if I was standing a short distance in front of this truck while the driver laid into the peddle, rowed through the gears and left a giant cloud of black smoke in his wake. Yup, that’s what could have been if I wasn’t so concerned with eating a chocolate chip cookie at nine in the morning. Someday when you can download the visual images of your brain to the web sob stories like this one will be a thing of the past.
Make sure you stop by the Sid Kamp website to see even more great photos by clicking here.
Let us return to the Luber Homes auction held last month and marvel at the lump of steel that is this 1978 Link Belt LS-7400. As I understand this is one of the largest Link Belt machines of it’s era. Powered by a 12V71 Detroit the LS-7400 represented the serious attempt to make an all hydraulic powered excavator in the face of growing competition from Japanese nameplates. For decades this machine sat at the corner of the Luber property and was highly visible from I-690 thanks to its size and traditional LB paint scheme. For sometime the cab had been wrapped in a tattered blue tarp that did little to keep out the elements. On the day of the auction I was surprised to find that this machine actually ran, or at leas the engine was capable of idle. While I was onsite no one was brave (or foolish) enough to attempt a test run on the boom or tracks. Never the less it sold for around 4,500 dollars and since been removed from the property. Passing by the lot the other weekend it was strange to see the entire parcel devoid of equipment except for one sorry looking Drott all terrain crane that was in the process of being dismantled for transport.
There is just something about an Autocar with floats and a 6×6 configuration that looks natural. Here we see “The Goose”, a 1978 DC that has been repowered with a B-Series Cat and a 13 speed trans. Originally this truck left the factory with Cummins NTC 230 paired to a six speed and according to the current owner that combo made for a long day hauling a fully loaded log trailer.
From the first second I laid eyes on this truck I knew it was prime Autocar Mondays material. I don’t think you’ll find anyone to disagree!
Sometimes you just see a truck and you realize that if you had the money, time, and knowledge you would make a similar looking rig. This Peterbilt wrecker pretty much checks all the boxes with a tasteful mix of custom bits and strength thanks to a Holmes 750.
And as much I like the meticulously restored trucks the old survivors are just as eye catching.
Old tow trucks surrounded by old trucks. What a combination.
To say that the most popular brand of trucks based on attendance at the 2017 ATHS National Show was the Kenworth W900 and the Pete 3XX would be an understatement. You’ve seen the video. You know I speak the truth. For that very reason I am going to ignore them for the moment and focus on the Internationals. Surprised? There were many great IHC trucks on hand of the both the heavy and light line. Any show that brings out two pristine L-Series pickups should be considered a success in my book. Of course there were Emeryvilles, Loadstars, and Scouts as well. One stand out that comes to mind is this former fire truck now acting as fun time cruiser.
Sometimes when I see a classic truck with a huge power plant being trailered to and from a truck show I feel like there is something missing. It’s one thing to see a truck start up and cruise over to the show field but in the end I am always left wanting more. I want to see the truck in action as God intended it to be, doing the work it was built to do. Demonstrating that it’s more than just a show truck the most popular Kenworth on Youtube is back to fulfill your classic truck action wishes.
That’s a 125,000lb crusher being pulled up a grade that is steep enough to make you wish there was an escalator nearby. And don’t forget that the Kenworth weighs nearly 24,000lbs on its own. Honestly, comparing this video to some of the more flatland moves by this truck I’ve come to realize that it sounds basically the same all the time. It’s always screaming no matter if it’s loaded or not. That’s a Detroit for ya.
It’s hard to believe that just a week ago today I was busy getting ready for the ATHS National Show in Des Moines, Iowa and now it’s over. Time sure does fly by when you’re having fun.
The ATHS set a new personal record by jamming over 1200 trucks into the fairgrounds. They also attempted a world a record of the most simultaneous diesel engine starts and most truck air horns blowing at the same time. The later was called off for fear of upsetting horses that were also on the property but the other was a success. With so many trucks on hand it was not possible to see them all unless you were one of the volunteers that helped with parking and even then one or two could still sneak in when not watching closely. With so much to see I put together a drive by of the show from early Saturday morning when peak truck was reached. I would estimate about 90% of the trucks at the show were captured in this video but there were a few spots that a golf cart couldn’t go that somehow were parking spots for big trucks. Fortune favors the bold.
Yesterday when arriving at the ATHS National Truck show my eyes immediately settled on this Mack M45SX prime mover. It was parked at the edge of the unloading zone and being my jaded and skeptical self I assumed it would never be moved again until it was time to bring it home. As usual I was wrong. After wandering around for a bit I came back to the unloading zone to find that the Mack had been moved and was in a line of trucks waiting for the gates to open the following morning. Guess who at the fairgrounds bright and earlier with one goal on his mind? This guy.
I actually milled around this truck for nearly a hour waiting for it to be fired up. To sweeten the deal not only is this truck Detroit powered its 16V71 powered. Oh yeah, air start too! Can you ask for anything more? For decades this truck hauled electrical transformers, nuclear power plant parts and pieces of aircraft carriers. It once made a run from Boston, MA to Erie, PA and averaged 22MPH empty on the return trip. This truck was never a trailer queen and always drove under its own power to a job. Too cool.
And this is why I go like to go to the national show. There is always something unique to bee seen.
When in Rome, I mean Iowa, head to the I-80 truck museum! Before diving into the national truck show taking place in Des Moines I traveled two hours east to the World’s Largest Truck Stop, the one and only Iowa I-80. On site there is dedicated truck museum full of the industry titans like Mack, Peterbilt and International. I was pleasantly surprised to find many other name plates and bizarre models that I never knew existed before my visit.
I know before my visit I had never heard of an Available. The low amount of these trucks around shouldn’t be a surprise as only 2,500 trucks were produced over a 40 year period before the company was purchased by the Crane Carrier Corporation.
This late 30’s Fageol is believed to be the last of it’s kind in existence. It’s truely an amazing and unique truck. It is complete with a Cummins Model H, a 4+3 trans and Timken worm gear drive axles.
The collection is very diverse and well worth the visit. Some of the trucks were missing as they were brought down to the show in Des Moines. We’ll see some of them later.
I’m not sure how I feel about these photos. While it was exciting to finally be able to explore the Luber Homes property they also represent the end of an era. Long time visitors probably recall a post the earlier days of this site regarding the expansive collection of old equipment right past the NYS Fair Grounds. If not, click here to visit. For as long as I have been alive these machines have been a welcome site. Not once did I pass by and not marvel at the collection while wondering what they looked like in their heyday. As you read these words no doubt some pieces have already been moved off property to their new homes. Soon there will be nothing but empty lot left behind and the Syracuse area will be just a tiny bit less intriguing.
Anyway, there were nine Terex scrapers (with one still wearing the Euclid nameplate) up for action this past Saturday. All but the two used as parts machines were operational in the fact their 12V71 Detroit Diesels fired up with a shot of starting fluid into the air breather. With all seven machines running you could hardly hear yourself think much less see the sun which was obscured by clouds of white smoke. I can hardly think of a place I’d rather be. But don’t take my word for it! I made a video.
By all accounts that rigs with the dual exhausts were the machines used ten years ago on a 20 million cubic yard job. And to go even further the auctioneers stated that twice a year factory representatives would show up and service the machines. As you know I rarely hang around for the bidding to start on these items. Simply too much screwing around on small crap. However, I can tell you through hearsay that the scrapers when for about 3,800 a piece. Will they be saved? I choose to believe yes.
Believe me when I say there is much more to come from this auction but it happens but I also am leaving for the ATHS national show in Des Moines today so it might take awhile to get around to it. Feast or famine! It always happens this time of the year.