(#Z312) 1978 FIAT, ITALIAN GAR WOOD LP-700-9 HYBRID
This is a 1978 Fiat which was auctioned off in 2013, and is presumably long gone now. The body is pure Gar Wood/Sargent 9-series construction with the classic slant pillars. The packer blade is pure Gar Wood LP-700, a massive pivoting slab with same reinforcement pattern. But the rest of the tailgate is something else altogether...there is no rotary sweep panel or chain drive as on the Gar Wood 700, and a whole different shape to the hopper. It almost appears as if there is a hinged or elevating hopper (Like a Heil Colectomatic or Ochsner), but the mechanism which feeds that big panel is still a mystery.
UPDATE: 9/17/17 via Dana Gregory
"I am certain that the packer blade is fed by a 90-degree pivoting drawer with a curved spill shield, similar to the Haller and Unimatic loading systems. You can see covers in the hopper protecting the pistons which would pull the drawer up to meet the packer blade. This is a continuous loading system. If you look carefully at the side of the hopper, you can see bearings for the mechanism. I find this to be an interesting adaptation of the Garwood 700-9 body."
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