Andy sent me this photo a few days ago. It’s a GMC COE commonly referred to as a crackerbox or sometimes a slab cab. Looking at the photos it’s clear where this name came from. The more I thought about it the more I realized I had no idea what the real GM model name was for this truck. Nearly every resource online refers to them by their crowd sourced nickname. Google GMC Crackerbox and then google GMC DLR. You tell me which one produces more viable results.
Either way, as of three years ago this GMC was working in a boatyard on Cayuga Lake. Check out that hoist. Huge. I have no confirmation but I would guess this truck is Detroit powered. Past life as a Yellow Freight Lines rig?
The cab still wears the truck number from a previous life.
The GMC designation for this truck was the DF-Series. The one shown is probably a DF7000. A DLR is a diesel (D), set-back-front-axle COE (L) with an air-ride suspension (R). The DLR7000 had a 6-71 engine in it while the DFR7000 (diesel (D), set-forward-front-axle COE (F) with an air-ride suspension (R)) had a 6V71 in it. Eventually the “R” was dropped and the single axle became the DF7000 and the tandem axle was the DFW7000. These both had spring suspnesions. If the truck had an 8V71, then the designations were DF7100 & DFW7100.
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