Really Lost

Stare at this photo long enough and you will find the hidden Euclid bulldozer. Hard to believe such a fine and expensive piece of equipment was relegated to a junk pile but there it is. I suspect this to be a Euclid C-6. As you can see the blade is controlled by a cable hoist at the front of the machine. In latter models the cables would give way to single and rather large hydraulic ram. Without question a Detroit Diesel resides under the rusting sheet metal. Shame! Shame! Shame!

Now it’s possible I’ve shared these old military trucks on this page before but I can’t clearly remember if that is true. I’m a busy man and can’t be bothered to check. However, if you have the time on your hands or a better memory please feel free to let me know the error of my ways. Note the enclosures on the back of each truck. One can only wonder at what agricultural purpose these once served.

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The Super Puppy

The other day I was just cruising along when all of a sudden a wild Mack Superliner appeared. What else about the Superliner needs to be said that hasn’t been said? I’m guessing that in past years this truck was owned by Lan-Co, it just seems like their color scheme.

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Road Boss 2

Well, I was going to make a joke about the name Road Boss 2 sounding like a movie squeal title until I realized I already made that joke four years ago in this post. I guess it’s time for some new material. Based on the two tone greet paint job I would peg this truck as a former Suit Kote tractor. It’s possible in its later years with the company it was converted to a dump and probably used a site truck. Or maybe the dumper came along with the second or third owner. Yet another mystery of time and space that will go unsolved.

For all you White GMC/Volvo experts out there can you tell us if the green pencil graphic on this truck was a factory scheme or was that Suit Kote original? Here we see it on another truck of their fleet.

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New, Newer, Old

The age of the Star Car as the plow chassis of choice continues on, unbridled by no man or force of nature. Here we see the latest edition to the Village of Minoa DPW fleet. They picked up a WS 4700 with a Heil packer about a year ago and I’m fairly certain a year before that a 4700 single axle plow truck. This particular truck comes equipped with American plows and a Strong Box (?) brand roll off body.

Back in early March when snow was intolerable but still expected I came across a few trucks from the Town of Manlius Highway Department. I’ve been trying to get a decent shot of this little International of theirs for sometime now.

And my personal fav, one we’ve seen many times, truck 212 of the Syracuse DPW. Here we see it parked on Salina Street a few days before St. Patricks Day. I was hoping to catch some street cleaning action for the yearly parade but low and behold the night shift guys took care of it. I’m very disappointed. This new level of efficiency and common sense is cramping my style.

And here is a bunch of other stuff that is self explanatory. 🙂

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Still Working – International 2574

That old Loadstar from yesterday was a nice looking truck but personally I like this one a little better. The Town of Verona is still rolling with this nicely preserved 2574. The black strip up near the hood ads at least 5 mph to the top speed. The clear lights on the tab of the cab are also interesting. I would almost suspect to find them on a fire truck of some sort. Perhaps this truck is in it’s second municipal life? The old style detachable goose neck trailer out back is a perfect companion to this old truck. In fact, this would be a great setup to haul old trucks around to various shows. Keep an eye on those auction sites.

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The Infamous Loadstar

THE International Loadstar. Say that line like your an Ohio State football player introducing themselves on Sunday Night Football and will make sense. I came across this old truck a few weeks back on a farm outside of Rome, NY. This a later model Loadstar and represents one of the most popular and successful truck lines ever produced by International. Over the decades it could be had in a variety of gas and diesel powered option with numerous frame lengths and weight combos. It was THE medium truck of its time. Like this one, many can still be found working on farms across the country.

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Autocar Mondays – Lucky 13

When you see a still working Autocar DK from the land of rust you just have to stop for a picture even if old Mr. Sun is blaring directly into your lense. Overall I would give this truck a 9 out of 10 for general condition. The Town of Lyons is keeping this truck in excellent condition which is no small feet considering it is at least 30 years old. Besides this old Autocar, Lyons NY is also notable as being the birthplace of Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim.

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NYSDOT Diamond Reo

In the name of economy and tracking assets old trucks like this NYSDOT Diamond Reo don’t often hang around 30 years after their active service time.  Nevertheless NYS still has a hand full of these rigs lurking around the downstate area. One of them still rocks a V-Plow and dump body while this truck patently waits for…something.Thanks to Newman for sending in these cool shots of a bygone time.

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Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman

Big Rig Racing is back! Of course well all knew that but it looks like it’s about to hit the main stream. You may or may not be a fan of those reality tv shows were a group of high strung individuals build cars, motorcycles, and trucks under ridiculous deadlines with little budgetary concerns. If so the name Aaron Kaufman might ring a bell, after all he was the bearded wonder from Gas Monkey Garage. Turns out he has his own show now by the name of Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman. For the fourth episode in the series he begins building a honest to goodness race truck out of Sterling with a Series 60 Detroit. Sounds like this is right up my alley! Oops, I dumped cable years ago so it’s a no go for me BUT if you still have service check out this episode. I’m sure it will be a goodin. For the rest of us the video below will have to suffice.

Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman | Semi Truck Racing

Oh man… now this is the definition of extra.Aaron Kaufman is dragging a big rig into Arclight Fab tonight on Shifting Gears. 10/9c on Discovery.

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Coop by Ryder

We are living in the age of the gig economy. You can rent your home, boat, car, even yourself out through a variety of online apps like Uber, AirBNB and GoShare. Ryder is taking the next step by allowing you, the fleet owner, to rent our your idle commercial vehicles through Coop, their in house developed truck sharing app. Like the old saying goes, if your wheels arent’ turning you not earning!

Now before you go thinking that your 18 wheeler can be rented out by some guy looking for a cheap thrill, don’t worry, the app is designed for business to business use and comes complete with physical damage and other insurance coverage.

Hmm, maybe I have to pickup a few cheap trucks at auction and start my own rental business?

Coop by Ryder

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