Heavy Construction Action

It’s the dawn of summer and that means construction is back in full swing. Most of the machines in the video below we saw in photograph form a few days ago. There is plenty of heavy iron action here including dozers, loaders, excavators and dump trucks. My personal favorite happens to be the Volvo wheel loader. It has an classic look to it.

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Human Engineered

Can you tell I’ve been watching a lot of videos on Youtube recently? Here is another great one from 1969 featuring equipment rollovers, product testing and of course, amazing period correct music.

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Custom Construction Equipment

With the royal wedding coming up (HA!) it’s only fitting that I share this photo of the Queen Mary.

What. Is. This?

This past weekend while travelling back from Palmyra, NY there was a nasty accident that closed RT 31 in both directions. The detour just happened to run behind the Wayne County Highway Department garage. A few seconds after driving by these machines I knew a U-Turn was order. What you are seeing are two home made road wideners. This first, The Queen Mary, appears to be built on a Mack chassis based on the style of spoke wheels upfront. A 6-71 Detroit is reverse mounted while the operator sits to one side. I don’t know how old these machines are but they have to be pushing 50 years based on the visual clues of their former truck bodies. Perhaps the spreaders are newer? Anyway, this kind of equipment is a wonderful throwback to when custom equipment was often home built by towns and counties.

Both machines seem to be in well maintained shape with clean paint and well labeled operator consoles. The Wayne Spreader even seems to have some form of old Continental gas engine under the sheet metal. Any thoughts on the original make? I’ve got nothing.

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Cat Diesel Power

From the Texas Archive of The Moving Image enjoy this classic title. The first three minutes of this video are nothing but pure gold. It’s full of trucks of many kinds with great sound. After that point it gets a little dry if you don’t enjoy scenes of engines being rebuilt to disco music. 

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Ford C8000

Ahhhh, the truck show that really isn’t a truck, the annual Palmyra truck and heavy equipment auction. You can always count on at least one old rig to make an appearance. In years past it was Brockway and Autocar. This time around it’s the long livedFord C8000.

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Rando Construction

I often neglect my heavy construction equipment fans and for that I’m sorry. Enjoy these random shots I collected during my lunch break today just for you.

I’m not sure why the parking lot isn’t being hauled out as it is removed but I’m sure we’ll find out.

Back in the late fall I made many trips up to “the hill”, the name bestowed upon the campus of Syracuse University, in a vain attempt to catch the demolition of a few buildings. The buildings are long gone and a big hole that will eventually transform into a foundation has begun to form. A nearby parking structure offers some decent site lines. Maybe I’ll make it back up there from time to time.

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Hire the Classics

Not too long ago I was in the market for a new driveway. The good people at Pro Pave were right at the top of my list with a very competitive quote and I figured they would my company of choice. After all, they run well maintained classics like two Ford LTL 9000 and these Aeromax twins. How could a self proclaimed truck lover such as myself choose anyone else! Well for some reason I did hire a different company and it’s a shame that I’ve carried around ever since.

I don’t have any complaints about the company that eventually paved my driveway. They did a wonderful job and the service was fantastic but as I watched a brand new Freightliner 108SD dumping a load of blacktop I just couldn’t help but feel I had made the wrong choice.

Hopefully, in time, the classic truck community can forgive me. Until then, look at this Diamond Reo again.

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What About Joe?

What do we know about the average Joe behind the wheel of your everyday tractor trailer? We’re about to find out that while some things have changed many others have not.

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Tempting Fate

Sure has been a nice string of weather recently. Let’s tempt fate by looking at plows. 

We’ll start off with a true power couple, a pair of Onondaga County 6×6 Paystars. In the winter months you can find these trucks with V-Plows busting the drifts of the hill country.

On the topic of Paystars, how about this custom unit from the City of Syracuse? I’ve never seen it on the road.

And lest you think all plows around here date from the ’90s here is a pair of soon to be snow fighters. The only time Macks show up at the Freightliner dealership is to be upfitted with bodies and such.

Hopefully many of these trucks have seen their last runs for awhile including this blower from NYSTA. My quick once over of this unit didn’t provide any clues to the builder. Anyone know?

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Autocar Mondays – 1967 A75564T

The model number on this old girl is mouthful but it sure is easy on the eyes. Matt wisely took a few shots of this ’67 Autocar at the Lakeside Sand and Gravel show from a few weeks back. It’s a custom hauler for sure with plenty of details to soak in.

Great looking truck all around. Thanks to Matt for the share!

Do you have an Autocar you would like to see featured in Autocar Mondays? Email eric@dailydieseldose.com today!

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