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  1. I posted this over in the general forum, but thought I would also post here. Does anyone have any stories or pictures to share of Apgar Brothers in NJ? Apgar Bros. was well-known to me as a kid growing up in NJ in the 60's and 70's. My Dad drove for them for a year or two in the mid-fifties (~1955) before moving on to a career with NJ Bell Telephone. Since I hung on every word of his, I feel almost qualified to speak for him now (he's now 91, and will still share truck driving stories if I get him started). They were almost exclusively Mack - Dad primarily drove an LF, after starting on one of two White 3000s that were in the fleet. Once in a while, he was entrusted with the newer B-61 - he told me recently that he snapped this picture when he was sent to pick up a brand new trailer. The White was powered by a gas-engine, with a 5 speed and 2 speed rear. Both LF and B-61 were 5 speed main + 2 speed aux, Diesels as you know. He mentioned a pre-war E model Mack used as a "drill tractor" in the yard. Overall, he said the White was easy driving, with the Macks being a bit more work. On Saturdays, a driver could pick up a few bucks washing his tractor - which kept Apgar Bros. trucks looking great! Honestly, I could go on and on with these stories. As I said, I hung on every word from this great man. He may have only spent a year or two at this, but I have run these beautiful rigs for 50 years now - in my imagination! Jeff
  2. Apgar Bros. was well-known to me as a kid growing up in NJ in the 60's and 70's. My Dad drove for them for a year or two before moving on to a career with NJ Bell Telephone. Since I hung on every word of his, I feel almost qualified to speak for him now (he's now 91, and will still share truck driving stories if I get him started). They were almost exclusively Mack - Dad primarily drove an LF, after starting on one of two White 3000s that were in the fleet. Once in a while, he was entrusted with the newer B-61 - he told me recently that he snapped this picture when he was sent to pick up a brand new trailer. (hope I posted it correctly) The White was powered by a gas-engine, with a 5 speed and 2 speed rear. Both LF and B-61 were 5 + 2, Diesels as you know. He mentioned a pre-war E model Mack used as a "drill tractor" in the yard. Overall, the White was easy driving, with the Macks being a bit more work. On Saturdays, a driver could pick up a few bucks washing his tractor - which kept Apgar Bros. trucks looking great! Honestly, I could go on and on with these stories. As I said, I hung on every word from this great man. He may have only spent a year or two at this, but I have run these beautiful rigs for 50 years now - in my imagination! Jeff
  3. I cannot answer your question on originality, but I will say the dual Strombergs look pretty slick. Also, downdraft Strombergs should be pretty reliable, rebuildable, etc. On the other hand, being totally original is certainly a worthy goal. Do you have an air filter that fits this setup?
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