UNSOLVED MYSTERIES
(#BWP083) UNKNOWN CIRCULAR FRONT LOADER




Photo from late 1950s or early 1960s, believed to be Southern California. Fleet of Reo and International trucks with Bowles front loader bodies, except the 5th truck from the left:




Close-up view of 5th truck in line reveals what appears to be a circular body, with a hydraulic cylinder protruding from atop the cab shield. This may very well be a "one-off" special built by a local company.




UPDATE: 3/8/15 Another view of the circular front loader, from the drivers side, gives a better look at the packing cylinder. This is very similar in concept to an early square-bodied Bowles half-pack, having two angled cylinders which extended over the cab of the vehicle (See the Englewood-Littleton front loader in chapter 5 of the Bowles album). The fact that our mystery circular body is nestled among a fleet of Bowles bodies adds to the possibility that this may be a Bowles creation.

Contact CRT if you can positively identify this or any of the trucks shown on these pages, or if you have pertinent information on them, or would like to add a different truck to the list


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4/28/13 (updated 3/8/15)

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