Room with a View

We had a bit of snow last week. It was more than enough to coat the roads and bring out the plows. Usually this is the type of weather that would send me searching for action but with a newborn in the home it just isn’t the best idea at the moment. Thankfully the Town of Sullivan Highway Department follows a fairly reliable schedule that happened to coincide with one of the many feedings and diaper changes that now make up my life. Here we see one of their Mack Granites making a turn at the end of my street.

As suggested in the past by some witty individuals maybe I should change the name of this website to Daily Diaper Dose?

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Autocar Mondays – New England Trio

Back in the good old days every other heavy duty vocational truck in New England was either an Autocar or Mack. The numbers have changed dramatically over the years but you don’t have to look to hard find an old rig still working away or resting in the weeds. Hugh recently found three such trucks in the same location that help bolster my wild claims.

This old tri axles seems to have been parked for more than a few days.

Of the three this ten wheeler seems to be the one still able to bring home the bacon on a regular basis.

Classic New England trucking right here. Despite being parked they don’t seem that far away from full time working status.

Thanks for the awesome find Hugh! If you have an Autocar you would like to see feature in Autocar Mondays email today!

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Preston – The 151 Line

Preston, the 151 line. While the company is now a fallen flag it once had a service territory that included much of the country found east of the Mississippi River. It was difficult to travel any stretch of interstate and not see their name in large block letters traversing the length of a trailer. As with many LTL companies pup trailers, doubles, and even triples were the preferred combination.

Here we see the mudflap of Preston truck. In the early 1930’s it was determined by ownership that a tag line was needed to help differentiate the company from it’s competitors. It was observed one day that 151 pieces of equipment made up the the growing giant that was Preston. The rest is history.

Remnants of the company can still be found at a local moving company in the Syracuse area. They must have bought the entire contents of the local terminal as they have no less than 30 trailers around the property wearing the once proud Preston name.

All that history brings us right up this moment in time. You have may have noticed that content on this website the past few weeks, months, and most of the year has been slow to appear. The reason being? A baby. For the past nine months my wife and I have been anxiously awaiting the birth of our first child, a son. As you might have guessed, his name is Preston. Now I never set out to name my kid after a defunct truck company but one fateful day my newly pregnant wife crossed paths with a flight attendant named Preston. She came home with the name on the shortlist and when I mentioned that it was also the name connected to trucking history Preston just continued to hang around while other names fell off one by one.

It became official this past Sunday, 11/11 at 9:40AM when Preston joined our family.  Please continue to hang in there with me as navigate early parenthood and find away to keep a few post a week on this aging part of the internet.

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The International Lineup

Earlier this week International unveiled the final truck in their completely revamped lineup, the CV. As we’ve discussed before the CV is a joint venture between International and GM with both companies receiving their own unique model to sell through their respective dealer networks.

The CV comes equipped with the International 6.6 diesel engine which from what I understand is a Duramax tuned to International specifications. A six speed Allison automatic will be the common transmission of choice. A tilting hood, similar to those found on larger trucks, allows easy access to the engine bay. With the addition of the CV International now produces a truck model through all classes of heavy truck, 4-8.

This lineup of new or heavily refreshed trucks represents the final phase of International’s rebuilding program following the disastrous Maxxforce engine years in which the company saw market share decrease while warranty claims exploded through the roof. By all accounts the plan is working as market share has increased 2.7 points over the previous year while it’s share of the 13L engine market, the all important Class 8 market, has more than doubled.

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2018 ATCA Northeastern PA – The Photos

You might have seen the videos from the 2018 ATCA Northeastern PA classic truck show but have you seen the photos? The answers is no because I have not posted them until this very moment.

Better late than never is the moral of the story.

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The Class of 2018

Here they are folks, the new plows of 2018. Below, a Western Star 4700 for an unknown recipient.

The Town of Dewitt Highway Department is located .3 miles from the Tracey Road Equipment HQ. Here is their brand new 114SD.

Many miles away and many months ago I spotted this Volvo VHD at a dealer. It appears to be spec’d the heaviest of the three trucks.

Someday I’ll start to take a closer look at these trucks. I might even get out of the car and record some of the details. Until that day your imagination will have to suffice.

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Autocar Mondays – Sanford and Son

The sun might be setting behind this Autocar ACL but it hasn’t set on it. This truck is still working hard for the Town of Sanford, NY and looks to be in great shape. I can’t tell you much about it as I spied it quickly at a local Volvo dealer in the Southern Tier.

Spokes up front, recovery chains hanging from the plow gear and by now it probably has the blades mounted up and ready to go.

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Fix Or Repair Daily

Check out this old Ford that was keeping the Brockways from yesterday company. It has stripes that only the late 70’s or early 80’s could produce. I hope it is never repainted.

And like the Brockways, Suit Kote still runs more than a few of these old Fords. They even have a few LTL 9000s on the road. This one appears to be playing the spare parts donor roll at the moment. Look at the perfect grill.

I’ve always been partial to the Fords with the round headlights. Even better when the are in the setback axle configuration.

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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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