Thursday, June 18, 2015

B&W truck pics brought to you in living color.

I've got a new hobby, converting B&W photos to COLOR, As much fun as making a model except the paints are cheaper!!! Here are a couple of examples ---

Here is a Federal COE --

An International and Fruehauf

If you like these, there are more on FLICKR ----Colorized by George Murphey

Sunday, May 03, 2015

It takes a great trailer -- FRUEHAUF on FACEBOOK

  Like the title says, it take a great trailer to make a great tractor - trailer combo. Now you can have the best of both worlds by joining a FACEBOOK group started by Ruth Ann Fruehauf of the Fruehauf Trailer family -- here are some examples of what you're in for --

   You can join in the fun by following this link -- see you there!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ward LaFrance Trucks now on FACEBOOK

Yep, that's right, WARD LAFRANCE TRUCK CORPORATION -- trucks 1916 - 1979  now has its' own FACEBOOK group. 

This group is about trucks built by the WARD LAFRANCE CORPORATION between 1916 - 1979, this includes military (WWII), OTR, and fire apparatus -- "The Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation was an American manufacturer of trucks and fire apparatus founded by Addison Ward LaFrance in 1916 in Elmira Heights, NY. The company ceased operations in 1979. LaFrance was a relative of the founder of the similarly named fire apparatus manufacturer American LaFrance. Ward LaFrance built tank wreckers for the US military, vans for United Parcel Service, over the road tractors, cement trucks, dump trucks, chassis for buses and trolleys, and armored cars. Perhaps the best known Ward LaFrance product was the P-80 "Ambassador" model of pumper, which was used as the fictional Los Angeles County Fire Department Engine 51 on the 1970s television program Emergency!.

So all you need to join is a FACEBOOK account, and a request to --- 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Absolutely awesome AUTOCARS now on Facebook

Looking for AUTOCARS? Well now you can find them in several FACEBOOK groups (if you belong to FACEBOOK.

1st there is a group I started and administrate called "The Autocar -- Trucks from 1909 - 1980" -- this group is meant for Autocars' built before 1980 but a few sneak in once in a while built in the 80's.

2nd we have a group which I co-administrate called " Friends of the Autocar". This group was started by Ted Goldborough and was intended for AUTOCARS built in Ardmore,Pa. and Exton, Pa.

3rd there is a group started and administrated by Alan Sexton for everything AUTOCAR called "Autocar Enthusiast". This group cover all AUTOCARS no matter what year it was built, or by what company.

4th is a new group called "Autocar Truck Nuts for Everyone". This group offers older AUTOCARS, but its' focus is on the AUTOCARS built post 1980.

5th there is a group administrated by Keith Bunner called "Autocar". A fine group that includes all models of AUTOCAR.

Hope to see you in any of these great groups!!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

All about BROCKWAYS ---

If it's BROCKWAY trucks you want, then you're in luck, there are groups and pages on FACEBOOK and a BROCKWAY forum on the WWW --

First let's cover FACEBOOK  groups, there are two called BROCKWAY TRUCKS --

1. Brockway Trucks

2. Brockway  Trucks

Both these groups offer many fine Brockway pictures, testimonials and personal stories -- Then there is a Brockway Page I recommend for owners of Brockways that want to register their trucks, also a good source for pictures and source of a fine publication know as "Brockway Today"

1.Brockway Today and The Brockway Motor Trucks National Registry 

Finally, there is a website that offers a forum and info about the Brockway Truck Preservation Association and the CNY museum that houses the Brockway Museum. They also host the annual Brockway Show in Cortland, NY.

1. Brockway Trucks Preservation Association

I hope that BROCKWAY fans who read this post will consider looking at one or more of these groups, pages, or web sites and sharing in the love of an outstanding truck make -- BROCKWAY!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Yes, another DEDICATED FACEBOOK GROUP for WALTER SNOW FIGHTERS and MOTOR TRUCKS all you need is a FACEBOOK account to join!!! Come on over, this is a COOL group!!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WalterSnowFighters/ ---

From 1931 ---

 Navy Crash Truck USN 274996 as a 1954 Walter-Maxim

Saturday, November 02, 2013

White Motor Truck Group on Face Book --

If you are a fan of White Motor Trucks pre 1980, and you have a FACEBOOK account, come over to our group about these great trucks --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/WhiteMotorTrucks/ !!! Some great pics and good commentary.

Monday, August 05, 2013


All it takes is a FACEBOOK account and you can join in the fun of belonging to a FACEBOOK GROUP devoted to the love of either THE AUTOCAR ---- Trucks from 1909 - 1980. Or if you are a fan of Brockway trucks, try BROCKWAY TRUCKS.

However, if you can't make up your mind (like me, that's why I started two groups) ----- JOIN BOTH!!!

TWICE THE FUN AND IT'S FREE --- well sort of free, you are expected to contribute pictures!!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Gilmore Streamliner --- UPDATE

Thanks to someone I only know as "GILMORE", his handle on JUST OLD TRUCKS, the 1935 Gilmore has been POSITIVELY identified as a WHITE ---


Most likely candidate would be this WHITE COE from 1935 --

Also identified is the driver in this picture of the Gilmore/Mobiloil truck --

The man in the photo is A. F. Bach, long time employee of the Gilmore Co. He worked for Gilmore for more than 20 yrs and then for Mobil, after the merger with Gilmore in 1945. In the 1930's, Bach was the assistant to Gilmore engineer E. J. Sanders. Bach appears in many racing related photos from Bonneville to Daytona (Fla), from Ascot to Indy, filling up Gilmore cars with gas/oil.

Until I know your name -- THANK YOU "GILMORE"!!!

Update 06/11/13 -- "GILMORE" is Jeremey Gilmore, amateur (so he says) Gilmore Oil historian and collector. 

Sunday, June 02, 2013

1935 Gilmore Streamline COE Tank Truck -- Mystery Truck

It was 1935, the height of what was known as the Art Deco Period,  trucks didn't escape that influence. Canada's LaBatt's had their "stream-liner" bear truck, and now Earl Gilmore wanted something special for his Gilmore Oil Company. That is why he approached  Advance Auto Body of Los Angeles where W.E. Miller was employed to design a unique tank truck that would subsequently be used to promote the 1936-39 Gilmore Gas Trials.

The design was given over to Standard Auto Body Works, Inc. where a group of craftsmen created a one of a kind absolutely beautiful creation -- the 1935 Gilmore Streamline COE tank truck. As mentioned, this truck was used in the early Gilmore Economy Runs, and made trips between LA and Yosemite during these events. The following picture shows the truck in Yosemite.

Whatever this truck was based on (we'll get to that latter) it was originally a single axle to which a tag axel was attached by Six Wheels Inc. I believe that since the design didn't allow for the cab to tilt to get to the engine, the designers came up with a solution already being used in two COE's of the time -- White and Mack. Both these truck companies had trucks that utilized a slide out engine tray that slid out the front of the truck -- as in the White and Mack COE's
 shown below.

So, remember I said we'd get back to what the stream-liner was based on? Well, very little was written about this build. W.E. Miller could not save his design notes from Advance Auto Body. The only thing I've found is a partial article from the November 1935 issue of WESTERN TRUCK OWNER that thanks to Alden Jewell and the late Fred Crimson I share below --

I have done some extensive searches for the rest of this article. My first search took me to the publisher of HEAVY DUTY TRUCKING. In 2012, they had done a 90th anniversary series in their magazine that mentioned there ancestral lines as coming through WESTERN TRUCK OWNER, the magazine changed titles through the years becoming HEAVY DUTY TRUCKING. The fellow I spoke to thought they had bound copies of all the issues of WESTERN TRUCK OWNER, however the company had just went through a corporate change and some one threw them all out. 

My second search took me to the Library of Congress, very nice folks, where after three days they notified me that they did not have what I was looking for in thier holdings. They were kind enough to check WORLDCAT, a catalog of the holdings of 40,000 libraries wold wide -- they had one hit. That hit led me to Nick Wilkenson of the OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY. Nick found the issue I needed, but initially could not find the article or the pictures I needed. I had however attached the partial article and the photos I was looking for for reference.

Are you sitting down?  After going back through the issue, Nick determined that the article and pictures were removed by someone other than Library staff. Now the library is caught up in the same search as I am, trying to replace this issue.

So, let's take a breather here and get back to Gilmore Oil and the truck. In 1945 Gilmore Oil Co. was bought out by Saucony Oil in LA. Subsequently, they would become Mobiloil and Mobiloil would continue with the Economy Runs started by Gilmore.

What wasn't known, until I found this VERY RARE picture on FLICKR, General Petroleum/Mobiloil acquired the Stream-Liner and it was used into the 1950's.

It is rumored that in the early 50's Mobiloil scrapped this truck. Unfortunately this is probably true as no other pictures exist and there is no record after that time -- it is gone!

Earlier I made mention of the late Fred Crimmson, author of many fine truck related books. Apparently Fred had this picture and according to Alden Jewell that is Fred's handwriting below the picture that is below --

It says, 1935 WHITE built by Standard Auto Body Works, Los Angeles. I think Fred knew something I'm still trying to find. He had the "proof".

It's a White -- one BEAUTIFUL WHITE!!!!

The following photo was sent to me by a friend. It show's Earl Gilmore showing off his tuck circa 1939 --

And I am VERY jealous of whoever has this fine model --

 thanks to ----
 Alden Jewell for photos
 The Fred Crimson Collection
 and the fellows on JUST OLD TRUCKS for their input --