TRUCK RESCUE: LEACH PACKMASTERS
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TEN YEARS OF CLASSIC REFUSE TRUCKS
Yes, that's right...ten years on the World Wide Web. CRT officially launched on July 30, 2004, so this 10th anniversary edition is being posted mid-week to coincide with that date. To further commemorate this milestone, the Gar Wood LP-900 makes its second appearance as the featured truck, only now in color, as opposed to the black-and-white version which was the first ever classic refuse truck.
It's been a great ten years, and a lot has changed since 2004, when old trash tracks were not all that common on the Internet. Today, I'm happy to report that enthusiasts have an endless amount of material available, including a wealth of video documentation, and a growing interest in the preservation of historic vehicles. I'd like to think that this website, and its many contributors and followers, have been instrumental in "mainstreaming" vintage refuse equipment, and I can't thank you enough for making this the enormous success that it is.
Now in the last year and a half, I've not been making regular updates to CRT the way I did in the beginning. Nevertheless, I have still been busy behind the scenes, and the result is available now in the form of an all-new complete history of Gar Wood industries. This is the biggest undertaking in the history of this website, and comprises 22 chapters with over 300 images. When formatted in PDF form, it totals around 170 pages, so you may need time to digest this one!
This project started as the new Heil album back in 2013, but it soon became apparent that the Gar Wood story, which is at times somewhat related to Heil, had to been told in its entirety, so I set about to replace the piecemeal album that existed at that time. As far as I know, the finished product is the first ever in-depth history of the most important player in refuse truck history ever published. From the hydraulic hoist to the curved-shell body, Gar Wood Industries was there, and if not for the company's untimely demise in 1979, it might still have been the most recognized name in refuse trucks today.
So enjoy the Gar Wood story, and let's look forward to another ten years of Classic Refuse Trucks!
(June 8, 2014)
No, this is not a Child Guidance #2500 Loadmaster from ebay; you are looking at a hand-made custom model LM-120 body, which will be mounted atop a First Gear International Harvester S-Series chassis. It is the work of Pete DeRose (aka 800Trashman) and is constructed of styrene and with some balsa wood. It is modeled on a truck Pete used to see many years on Cape Cod, which started out as a white body but was later repainted brown (see lower photo).
Zachary Geroux found this video on YouTube showing a restored Leach Refuse Getter demonstrating the bucket loading operation. This truck was sold at auction in 2007, and this video appears to have been taken at that time.
(Video courtesy of oldSawyer)
This video has been embedded in the Leach Album (chapter 1)
This video has been embedded in the Schaaf page in the Restored Refuse Trucks section
(May 11, 2014)
For all his diligence and tracking down the history of West Coast refuse equipment manufacturers, Zachary Geroux has also recently helped unite several rare refuse trucks with a new owner and a shot at long term preservation. The trucks in question were first mentioned here back in 2012, when Zach discovered them sitting at the LeMay yard in Washington, and include an ultra-rare Pax-It side loader and several Gar Wood Load-Packers. In April of this year, these trucks were shipped east to the Waste Pro facility in Florida, where the best antique refuse truck collection in the United States is being assembled. Additionally, a first-generation Heil Colectomatic body was among those purchased, the only known example currently in preservation.
Zach has some photos of the trucks being loaded, which took ten hours to do, on his West Coast Steel Photography website:
In scale-model news from The Netherlands, Bas Vermond has a 1/14 scale Roto-Press completed, and it is being offered for sale on Ebay. His work was featured in the CRT Collectors Corner back in 2012, and sits atop a Tamiya radio-controlled truck chassis. Click here to see the listing, or search "Faun RotoPress 1/14" on Ebay.
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