Autocar Mondays – A64 Tow Truck

I sure do love me a good Autocar. How about this 1972 A64 model? Does it fill the bill for a classic Autocar? This truck is equipped with a Holmes 650 wrecker. The ever popular and ever powerful Cat 3406B can be found under the hood mounted to a Spicer 7 speed. What do you think about that drop visor up top and spokes down below? It’s a good look that works. Subtle. 

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The Show Begins

As I mentioned the other day one of the best spots to take in an ATHS national show is near the registration/unloading zones. Finding a shady spot, setup the camera, and let the good times roll.

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Confused Identity

A friend of mine texted be the other day asking if there were any Diamond Reos at Lexington. There were in fact many nice Diamond Reo trucks. However, I took photos of exactly two. Maybe my speech the other day about not liking to take photos on the show field was misguided. Anyway, here they are.

Here we have an early Diamond-T.

And here we have confused Diamond Reo. Or is it a White? Does it matter? At this point Diamond Reo was under the White Trucks banner and as you can see the parts commonality between the brands was a bean counters dream come true. Regardless of the name, this is one mean machine.

Below, Part 1 of 4 (?) in the series of video’s where I wander the show field looking at trucks. With a bouncy camera and heavy breathing it’s a work of art!

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What goes up. Must come down.

By now you probably know that I enjoy going to truck shows and taking photos. Back in the day it was fine to just walk up and down the line of trucks happily snapping away at everything and anyone. But after awhile I began to realize that the best places to take photos are the locations outside of the actual truck show. Once the trucks are parked next to each other and the golf carts begin to swarm like bees the chance for a good photo diminishes by half with each passing hour. It’s simple math.

When it comes to the ATHS national show one of the first things I like to do is review the show map and figure out the best vantage point for scoping rigs before they make it to the field. This usually means an entrance or an unloading zone. With the Lexington show being spread out over a few miles the opportunities were ripe for good shots. One of the best spots was a little stretch of hill that led to the official spot for show photography. As you can see it could be quite busy at times.

Usually I have to make a choice between taking a picture and filming video. Not so at Lexington. I could film as the trucks went up and photograph as they came down. This 2675 was packing an 8V92 from what I believe. Once the video is processed you will be able to pass judgement with your own ears.

Yes, even in the rain this little stretch of road churned out good photos. There is a reason why movies slick down the roads when filming. It’s like turning your amp up to 11.

Looking the other way you could enjoy the scenes of the registration and working truck parking lot. At certain points in the day you could almost believe you had traveled back in time to any big truck stop that could be found from coast to coast.

Regular program has been temporarily suspended while we enjoy coverage of Lexington 2018.

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GMC “Fat Cab” 900

You know I love some good ol’ Detroit Diesel action so how about this 1950 GMC 900 hauling a 1948 era model. Under the hood a Silver 8V92 makes a rumble so sweet you just have to watch it again and again. And for those that wonder, this truck is not a rat rod. It’s a work in progress. Either way, it’s damn cool.

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2018 ATHS Lexington

Yes, I’m here alive and well. Stay tuned for more….much more.

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Mack Trucks RoadLife

I ditched cable along time ago mostly because I couldn’t stomach throwing away increasing sums of money each month on an activity that rots your brain. After all, the internet is my weapon of choice for that activity nowadays. But one of the things I do miss from cable are the reality TV shows based around cars, trucks, and heavy equipment. The streaming services really haven’t been able to fill that void until recently and even now they are still far behind networks like Discovery and History. The other day I saw an advertisements for a new Amazon Prime video series called RoadLife which appears to be produced my Mack trucks. The teaser videos are short on details so I’m not really sure how long the episodes might be. Or how many there might be. Facts seem to be in low supply all around. It might just end being a glorified commercial. Who knows. Either way, if you have Amazon Prime you can catch the series debut on June 16th.

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Cash Is King

You hear a lot these days about the end of government sponsored currency, aka, the cash in your wallet. The experts claim digital currency (Bitcoin, etc) will be become the choice of payment in the future. Some claim it is already here while other claim it has already failed. At the moment one thing is sure. Cash is still king and as long as it is the armored car will have a place in our society.

Hugh shares with us some shots of new rigs as they leave the their manufacturing facility in Quebec, Canada for their new homes. The handsome fellow seen below sits on a Freightliner chassis.

Hugh tells us the trucks are often placed two per trailer . However they are never mixed with trucks of the competition.

This tandem axle Peterbilt looks like a truck that would be used to carry large amounts of coin or other precious metals from one central location to another. It’s hard to tell just by looking if contains upgrades over the standard Peterbilt cab. The glass does appear to be thicker which would imply that extra steel has also been added to the doors.

Thanks for sharing Hugh!

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Still Working – White Road Boss

Wow. Two Road Boss sightings in about two months time. Where am I? Have I fallen into a dimension where the 80’s never ended? I can think of worse fates to endure that’s for sure. Anyway, the Boss is looking good. As you can expect all all White trucks sporting the corporate cab rust has started to set in above the windshield but thanks to a fiberglass hood this truck has had held up well. Maybe someday I’ll catch it on the road.

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Heavy Construction Action

It’s the dawn of summer and that means construction is back in full swing. Most of the machines in the video below we saw in photograph form a few days ago. There is plenty of heavy iron action here including dozers, loaders, excavators and dump trucks. My personal favorite happens to be the Volvo wheel loader. It has an classic look to it.

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