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Below, a truck that the new generation of truckers may have never heard of is the STUDEBAKER, a car manufacturer that had the first totally aero (space ship) design in 1949.
Diamond "T" took over the REO truck manufacturing, and changed its name to ------"DIAMOND REO"
A pretty rare sight, seeing not one, but two DODGE BIG HORNS in the same show.
Another Deceased brand (above) is the Texas built MARMON truck name.
Another favourite for tight turns and maneuverability is the 3000 White tractor, with driver vision galore. Lets not forget that the trucks in that era all had "Armstrong" manual steering. Definitely not what this new generation of drivers are familiar with.
Another lost brand name is the BROCKWAY. A truck that for many years had a cab frame made of wood. Along with the wooden steering wheel came the ROSS Cam & Lever steering. It was a manual steering that acted as though it was power steering. A great, tough truck in its day. (all good things come to an end, so it seems)
GMC left an indelible impression on the trucking world. They were great innovators experimenting with all kinds of weird and wonderful mechanical ingenuities. Usually ahead of their time, then bombed out. Years later (generations) the ideas were resurrected by others and are in service today, touted as the greatest advancement in the trucking world.
And then there is MACK, the most revered name in trucks, (in their day). Tough was their motto, and they lived up to it. These photos include the famous "B" model in various size and configurations. Such as the "B"-61 series that went on for years. Then there was the "R" model, which was their entry into the new advanced world of trucking. The green tractor below is the "U" model, which is just an offset cab of the "R" model. It was a specialty model for cement mixers and certain steel hauling configurations. Then there was the heavy duty "B"- 83 for float work or anything off road. The "R"-700 was equipped with the MACK V-8 engine, with various configurations and horse powers.
I really did not know that MACK had come up with a trucker retirement version tractor, specializing in golfing. MACK only thinks of its drivers comfort in their retirement.
Tom Blackwell is a well experienced trucker who appreciates what trucking in the past was all about. He himself has restored an old "B" Model Mack cement mixer, and has plans to show it at the local truck shows when the occasion arises.