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kcm.MN

06-29-2020 21:15:27




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CCCHS77

07-03-2020 12:12:38




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see I'm going to guess at a 4 or 5 speed main and a 2 speed axle on the Mercury. In my youth, sign me up!! Use to love "rowing" those gears! As I have "matured?" A little less.



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BarryfromIA

07-02-2020 19:28:47




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
Be a lot of gear stiring.



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CCCHS77

06-30-2020 18:36:59




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see These appear to be the engines available for the Mercury pickups. The large Mercury trucks had access to "five v-8s" with HP from "106 to 155". So I'm going to guess that the largest engine was the 317cu. in. Y-block.



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Oliver550Dave

06-30-2020 18:37:06




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
Similar load of Oliver Super 55's hauled probably in November 1957 by my brother:

Seven Oliver Super 55 Tractors, Loaded and Hauled by Charles in 1957 from the Charles City, Iowa factory to Leinbach Machinery, Winston-Salem , NC. Oliver S55 Tractors were made from 1954-1958. Charles was sent to a local blacksmith in Charles City for some 5/8” rods bent to make an off-center “V” to clamp the Regis (Stay) and Steering Tie Rods so front wheels were locked from turning which would have resulted in damage on the oil pan on one tractor and steering shaft on other; steering wheels were removed on all but first and last tractor for this method of transport. Factory staff brought running tractors off the assembly/testing line to Charles who drove them on the trailer with use of two short boards to “piggy-back” the front wheels over the rear wheels. Front wheels of first tractor are resting on thick oak boards hanging over the front of the trailer. He had to sign waiver in case of damage or if anyone was hurt, that he would have been responsible. B61 Mack road tractor w/673ci Mack engine, 175 hp; pneumatic starter; air brakes on trailer; 34’ single axle trailer. Charles had loaded tractors in a similar manner at the Minneapolis Moline factory before. Linebach’s took over the Oliver dealership for Winston-Salem area from Brown-Rogers-Dixon Hardware Co. in 1957.

At age 85, Charles headed to Iowa last week with his younger son for a load of grain headers!

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t.r.k.

06-30-2020 18:24:01




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
The last time I saw a picture like that the caption said they were hauled from the factory to Winston Salem NC. The front axle of the front tractor was actually resting on 4 x 8 or 4 x 10 oak planks that overhang the front of the trailer. Oliver made the driver sign some waiver accepting responsibility for the load before they would let him leave.

I think they took the steering wheels off so they would not be damaged.

And back then, I bet 35 mph was considered pretty good time for a truck. Remember, There are some pretty big hills between the factory and central NC.

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Rich'sToys

06-30-2020 10:47:33




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
I think it's a combination of the angle the tractors are loaded at and the angle that the trailer is parked in relation to the camera. The large gap you speak of seems to carry through on all of the tractors. Just more of an optical illusion, I think.



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TimWafer

06-30-2020 10:39:43




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
OK I see that now but still the rear wheels dont seem to align right. The 2nd rear wheel should then belong to the tractor with its first nose up then, right? It just looks too far back & high to me to go with that tractor. Maybe my picture is stretched or distorted or something. looks like its about a third of the wheel out of normal place.



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Rich'sToys

06-30-2020 09:08:08




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

The front one is loaded nose down and the rest are loaded nose up.



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TimWafer

06-30-2020 08:31:46




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
Why are there 7 rear wheels and only 6 tractors? The rear wheels dont align correctly with any of the tractors. How are these these actually loaded. Just doesn't look right.



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RLP in Co.

06-30-2020 08:17:48




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
Too much weight on a single axle truck. I bet he'd be lucky to make 35 miles per hour on a flat road!



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BarryfromIA

06-30-2020 08:15:05




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
Also pre dates the invention of the headache rack on the back of cab. Any body know the horsepower available in that truck?.



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warbaby

06-30-2020 09:21:44




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to BarryfromIA, 06-30-2020 08:15:05  
Three engines were available in the Mercury M-series trucks for 1954:

100 hp 239 cu.in. flathead V8 (last year available in Canada, already phased out in the U.S. in 1953)

115 hp 223 cu.in. 6 cylinder

130 hp 239 cu.in. "Y" block



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jshum40

06-30-2020 08:05:39




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
Super55, Dry shipping weight gas 3145# diesel 3245 X 6=- 18870 gas 19470 diesel



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miangus

06-30-2020 05:31:59




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
I bet it could burn some gas. Is that about 30,000 net on a single.



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showcrop

06-30-2020 05:11:39




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
Looks like Oliver packed them on even tighter than Henry Ford did.



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centerplate

06-30-2020 04:03:22




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
Green wheel Super 55's. 1954 to 1956 production.



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shinnery

06-30-2020 00:44:29




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to kcm.MN, 06-29-2020 21:15:27  
A pherd with a seven tractor load.



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warbaby

06-30-2020 05:06:37




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to shinnery, 06-30-2020 00:44:29  
Its actually a Canadian "Mercury" truck leaving a Ford of Canada dealership that musta sold Olivers on the side. The sign beside the ESSO placard reads "Lincoln, Mercury, Meteor."



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warbaby

06-30-2020 06:19:23




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to warbaby, 06-30-2020 05:06:37  
Oh, now I get the connection- today (30 June) is National Meteor Observance Day!



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Texasmark1

06-30-2020 06:16:01




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 Re: Tuesday Truck Pic in reply to warbaby, 06-30-2020 05:06:37  
Also you can read the Mercury letters across the front of the truck, below the hood. I think I see a '53 Ford car in the background giving support for the '54-56 production timeline mentioned.

Rockefeller, Standard Oil, Esso, Humble, Exxon, how many more transitions? I think I'm missing one between Esso and Humble...Louisiana gas back in the late 50's.....John was it Esso or something close??????

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miner09

06-30-2020 06:40:43




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Think the one you missed was Enco.



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