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loadstar 1600


This is Dad's Loadstar that has been helping with chordwood chores since about 1980. She has little or no brakes and is home to some number of rodents but starts and runs reliably every year. A small gas can is set on the running board and held in place with some old wire for safety. It has a 345 V8 and it sounds just like the old school buses did from days past. This was a septic tank truck with a big flat bed and a monorail, winch and tackle set to lift and lower tanks into place. A five speed transmission that used to get stuck between gears is still in service with a two speed rear that has not likely been shifted since I used to practice the manuver in the mid '80's. We would drive it out to various locations and load the dump body with wood but when the brakes failed we stopped going over the road. We used an old B model, whcih I think was a 42 for a few years after that. I wish I had that B model now as it was decent, runing and roadworthy. It may still exist at the junk yard but may have fallen victim of the giant shear...Ouch.

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  • Taken with Apple iPhone 4S
  • Focal Length 4.3 mm
  • Exposure Time 1/20
  • f Aperture f/2.4
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