Like anyone with a regular commute you probably take the same path home day after day. I am luckier than most as I usually get to see a nice looking Autocar during my drive.
No matter the kind of day I have or the conditions of the traffic I always kept an eye out for the 6×6 Autocar tow truck at the Syracuse DPW headquarters. It has maintained a regular parking spot on the north side of the massive garage where trucks are stored and serviced for years. It was also a friendly face that I looked forward to seeing on a regular basis. At some point this early spring the truck disappeared for days. And then weeks. And then months. I figured the worst had occurred and the truck had been sold at auction. But how could this be! I follow Auctions International with a religious fervor. With a new mayor elected this past fall a new DPW superintendent took charge and seemingly began to clean house of old trucks. I dug back through the records at AI but couldn’t find any listings of the Autocar. Being the eternal optimist that I am when it comes to trucks (pessimist all other times) I envisioned the truck undergoing a full restore. Well, I’m here to tell you that positive thinking does work. Here is the DK wearing a fresh coat of paint all the way around including new door decals in case you think someone is trying to make the truck look better for an upcoming listing.
I’ll miss the old yellow and blue paint job that was the hallmark of every Syracuse DPW truck but I’m glad this beast will be around for at least a few more years. Now I can start saving to buy it when it actually is put up for sale. 😉
*Update* Sources of true knowledge have concluded this is a DK model.
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Wow. Can you imagine doing a jump in a stock 1940’s Dodge Truck with over 5,000 lbs of cast iron blocks rocking and rolling in the back? The human back must have been stronger all those years ago. Join us as the pitch of a life time is presented to why Dodge Trucks are superior to all others. From cradle to delivery, this video has it all.
The time is almost upon us, the the 19th annual national Brockway Truck show. As you can see from the flyer below the weekend is jammed full of activities for all to enjoy. This year the Huskie Drive will trace a route similar to the one used to test trucks from the factory. It’s quickly becoming a must attend part of the weekend. Parades, auctions, fireworks and trucks. How can you go wrong? Make plans to attend.
Well, another year has come and gone in which I was unable (or willing) to attend the Empire State Antique Truck Association annual show in Stafford, NY. BUT, as in years past I’ve had people nice enough to fill in and share some photos. This year my dad made the trip out and grabbed some great shots.
I know the ATCA Uncle Sam show has earned the reputation of having the most Brockways in a show outside of the National Brockway Show in Cortland but I think the ESATA folks are starting to give them a run for their money!
There has been much discussion about GMO’s and how they impact the food we eat and the crops we grow. Clearly this farmer has been messing around with Big Agra a little to much as his field has started to grow the Autocar DC model of truck.
My dad snapped this shot I assume somewhere near Canandaigua, NY this past weekend. I wasn’t with him but I know this because I saw the same truck in nearly the same field a few years back at the Pageant of Steam. In fact, this truck was an Autocar Mondays feature back in 2014. This time around the field wasn’t as closed in and my dad was able to get a better picture than I did.
A few months back when I went on a road trip looking for snow plows. As you can see below I found more than just plows. Check out this late 50’s Diamond-T dump truck that was the first ten wheel dump truck ever owned by Barney and Dickenson. For a truck that has been sitting in the weeds for God only knows how long it looks great. I’m thinking with a little work it could be back on the road. What an awesome truck. You just don’t see anything like this anymore.
And here is a rig we’ve seen before. You can see the evolution of the Diamond-T design after it was folded in with Reo when the brands flew under the White Motor Company flag. I would say these trucks are separated by about twenty years.
Despite their age they are still with us! Legendary toughness right there.
When you bring up the Corbitt name the truck below is not what comes to my mind. Instead, I envision a single axle truck, spoke wheels, gas power and only enough accessories to get the job done. So imagine my surprise when I spotted this tandem axle Corbitt crusing the show field at the 2018 ATHS National Show. This truck probably has a bunch of interesting stories associated with it. On the door the logo for the U.S. Department of the Interior still remains with the subscript Office of Youth Programs. Around the other side of the cab the Job Corps logo. Up front an interesting set of red lamps. What it used to train people how to drive truck? Fix truck? Blow up truck? Something truck related no doubt.
I’ve been told my folks that are serious about building truck models that they can never have enough angles for reference purposes. Maybe that’s what was in my mind when took shoot after shot of this old L Series Mack.
If the end of summer arrives and you have not attended a truck or tractor pull did you even really have a summer? A demolition derby will also suffice. If you don’t think you are going to make one of these fine American summer traditions fear not, I have your back.