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  1. Thanks for the link, I stumbled onto it sometime ago and have the decals. The AMT kit came in the mail today so I’ve started taking the two to make one. I finished the trailer last weekend. So many thanks to everyone!!! If anymore pictures turn up I’d really appreciate seeing them.
  2. Interesting story! I did some hard digging and was able to find a book titled “50 years down the road” The History fo Smith’s Transfer. Excellent reading. Inside the book was a business card with a personal note from the President of Smith’s (Jake had moved on to the Board of directors) to an employee name Mae which I felt was neat. In the book they talked quite a bit about the take over of Bell Lines, where dad worked, and that’s how he wound up at Smith’s. Unfortunately the only picture of a U model in the book is one of the early road tractors as the book was published in 1980, just before deregulation. I’m doing the same thing you did, using a DM model kit to try and recreate the U model he drove. many many thanks to everyone. Wayne
  3. Holy cow guys! Yes! This is great. Exactly what I was looking for, especially the single axle tractors. I have been waiting for a notification that someone had answered my question here, wasn’t aware I needed to log in to see if someone had answered. I think with what I have here I can make a decent representation of Dad’s tractor. I had forgotten about the “jiflock” tractors, I remember him “talking” about breaking the tractor apart and putting it back together. For years he was a city driver running the east end of Huntington Wv then he bid on running the East side of Kentucky, better described as a regional route, and did that for several years. I’m thinking he was assigned a jiflock when he took that route as he would pull doubles down into the Paintsville, Prestonsburg area, break them apart and peddle off those trailers or drop them off at a destination. He would then run around all over the east end of Kentucky making pickups, hook it all back up and drive back to the Huntington Wv terminal and go home. He really enjoyed this route as he had road driver rights, was on his own all day not outside the city driving around in some of the most beautiful country in the states. This project is bringing back a LOT of memories! Many many thanks to everyone. If anymore photos or info turn up I would be so grateful for them.
  4. Hello all. My name is Wayne Clagg and I’m looking for some info on the fleet of U model Mack’s that Smith’s Transfer bought back in the 70’s. My late father drove for Smith’s for 23 years before they folded up in 1988. Recently my family and I were talking and we realized that we didn’t really have much to memorialize his life, he went to work and did his job then come home, there are no pictures, only a few pieces of memorabilia, a jacket and that’s about it. I decided I would like to build a 1/25 scale model of the tractor that was assigned to him, 4292, but I have no pictures or info to go by. There were many many combinations of exhaust pipes, air cleaners, bumpers wheels and so forth and need to know what combination Smiths purchased. I want the model to as representative of the real deal as possible. I’ve sent Mack Museum emails, posted questions on other forums, looked online extensively, bought the only book about Smith’s I could find and have not found one picture or detail on the single axle city tractors they purchased so many of. Is there anyone on here that knows anything about this? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Wayne Clagg
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