Wednesday, January 25, 2017

It's a DODGE not a WHITE

So, I've been doing some colorizing of old black and white truck photos and the subject of this post is one of them. According to Hemming's Daily where I found this picture it is a WHITE. When I posted the picture on my WHITE face book group one of the members came back and commented that it was a DODGE, specifically a KH-32 from 1934.

Well, somebody did get it wrong. After some research, I found a picture of this in the January 1935 issue of the COMMERCIAL CAR JOURNAL ----

Clearly stated after the build by Coca Cola, this beautiful vehicle was built around a 1934 DODGE K-32. A 1934 issue of POWER WAGON indicates the body work was done by H. McFarlane and company of Chicago,

Below is the colorization I did in typical Coke colors, although another person has done the vehicle in white.

Start spreading the word all -- IT"S A DODGE!!!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Greyhound Bus and Van Lines --- On Facebook

For anyone interested in anything relating to Greyhound Bus and Van Lines, also Grey Van Lines please consider joining this FACEBOOK group -- GREYHOUND BUS and Van Lines -- Get your GREYHOUND fix!

This FACEBOOK group is about anything that relates to GREYHOUND, buses, depots, toys, ads, anything GREYHOUND. We even have Robert Gabrick, author of " GOING THE GREYHOUND WAY - The Romance of the Road" as one of our members. His son Ross serves with me as an administrator.

This is an "open group". and requires you to have a FACEBOOK account.

Here are some examples of some pics you might see when you join --- Your ticket is waiting, come along for the ride!! Click on the links in this message.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Need a HUG?? Get yours on FACEBOOK


A little about HUG from Coachbuilt,com --

"C.J. Hug was a road builder who found that none of the trucks on the market satisfied his requirements as they were too low geared and lacked suitable bodies, so in 1921 he built a prototype of his own design, and went into production with it early in 1922. Powered by a 34 hp 4­cylinder Buda MU engine, the Model T had a Warner 3­speed gearbox and Clark spiral bevel rear axle, giving a top speed of 45 mph, a high figure for even a 1-tonner in 1922, let alone a 2-tonner which the Hug was. It had pneumatic tires and open cab and the choice of a rectangular body for dry loads or an inverted trapezoidal body for wet mixed concrete. For 1925 the T was joined by the 3 ½ -ton Model CH, followed in 1927 by the 4-6-ton Model 88 powered by a 43 hp Buda KUBI engine with Brown-Lipe 7-speed transmission and Wisconsin rear axle. By the early 1930s Hug Roadbuilder trucks were getting larger and larger; the 1937 range included 6 ½, 18 and 20-ton Roadbuilders with 6-cylinder Buda gasoline or 4-cylinder Caterpillar diesel engines. These were 4x2 or 6x4 trucks with shaft drive, but for quarry work there were 6x2 and 6x4 chain-driven models, the chain-drive units being made by the Six Wheel Co. of Los Angeles who made even larger trucks themselves under the name Maxi. A long overhanging shelf, serving as a roof, was built into the front of the dump body as a shelter for the driver. Chassis prices for the quarry trucks ran as high as $18,320 for the 120,000 lb GVW Model C99MA, the largest Hug ever made. A special option for the 6-wheelers was a J. Walter Christie detachable half-track to loop the tandems for work on soft ground. For 1939 a general change from Buda to Waukesha gasoline engines was made, though diesels were still Caterpillar. Hugs were widely used in roadmaking, housing estate construction and dam building; one of the most important customers was the Tennessee Valley Authority who bought 29 of the large 6­-wheelers which were made from 1929 to 1940.
Although Roadbuilders and quarry trucks formed the major part of Hug's production, and earned the company fame as they were the first purpose-built trucks of this kind, there were also a number of highway trucks called "Xpress" in 2, 3, and 3 ½ -ton sizes, powered by 6-cylinder Buda engines. Some of the tractors had sleeper cabs when these were far from usual, and there were some cab-over tractors powered by Buda gasoline or Cummins diesel engines. The 1938 Model1610-ton cab-over tractor used a 468cu in Caterpillar diesel engine.
In about 1938 the Hug Company began building rear-­engined bus chassis, and also undertook the conversion of standard truck chassis. For a brief period Hug offered completely assembled buses, with a body design of sectional construction which was the basis for the later "Mate" series of bodies built by the Wayne works - not surprising since C.J. Hug's office was in the Wayne factory at Richmond, Indiana.
After war broke out in Europe Hug built eight of the Model 50-6 cargo trucks, 6x6 7Y2-tonners powered by Hercules engines and generally resembling the Marmon­-Herringtons of the period. These went overseas under Lend-Lease. After 1939 the number of giant truck models was reduced, and Hug built a series of highway trucks looking identical to the 1941 round-nosed Reos since they bought sheet metal from Reo. Most of these were sold to the Pet Milk Co which, over many years, had bought a total of 177 trucks from Hug. The last Hug truck left the factory on June 10th 1942, ending a 20-year production run of 4,014 units, including about 50 trailers. Hugs were widely distributed, being sold in 41 states and 7 foreign countries including Mexico and South America."

In case you missed the link -- HUG TRUCKS -- and of course we need a HUG -- 1937 model 20 ---

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 have a FACEBOOK account, then send a request for membership 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.