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  1. Neat detail--anyone else remember the woven rope mat used to catch kegs thrown from the truck?
  2. We left a major insurance company after many years when we found rates increasing because of "loyalty." Loyalty was interpreted as the habit of paying them and probably being too lazy to change, so they could get away with it.
  3. Years ago the word about IH was you couldn't say anything good about them, but you couldn't wear them out either. I had good service from Travelalls, 1/2, 3/4, 1-ton, mostly 4x4, but they did need attention.
  4. RRJordan

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    Thank you Vlad. You are a kind and thoughtful gentleman to remember with us.
  5. Mack, LF, and Lanova caught my attention as I drove that type of ten wheeler for a construction materials company one summer in the mid-1950s. That dumper, probably a 1950 model, looker okay, but had been wrecked and rebuilt and had a bad reputation, so it was assigned to the junior kid who didn't know better. It tracked like a crab, smoked a lot, and was generally poorly maintained, but it pulled well. On hills it would stay with or pass the yard's new B-63s even when everybody was overloaded by ten tons as was usual. On long flats the LF would show 52 MPH when the new trucks could not break 50. Senior drivers made it very clear they were not to be passed, so those contests ended quickly. The Lanova must have been a big one, whether it was original or not. The main 5-speed box was called "backwards" because first and reverse were in the far right slot and second and third in the near left. The 2-speed behind it was a very low "pit stick"-no splitting. If you started in first high uphill, you stayed there until flat or downhill because by the time you got out of first and across the gate to second you were rolling backwards. At least the clutch was not needed except to start. Its a wonder the kid and the truck survived the summer and it is good to know there is another LF Lanova out there.
  6. I can't help with Cooney Coal, but the name is familiar as Cooney Bros. Construction Materials out of Tarrytown, New York. I don't want to hijack the thread, but I spent a summer in the mid-'50s driving for Cooney Tarrytown and would be interested in any word about that outfit. I was mainly assigned a very worn and very overloaded LF ten wheeler with a Lanova that smoked a lot and pulled very hard. Any information or memories to share will be appreciated.
  7. Remember, the Germans invented rust, but after testing, licensed the Italians to produce it.
  8. Noticed solid-looking short, single axle dump wearing for sale sign in Yorklyn, Delaware. That's northernmost Delaware, on Rt. 82. Sorry, no pictures or details, but posted phone number is (302)239-3501.
  9. Gee, it all seemed so simple when we thought 11x22=LF and 12x24=LJ.
  10. Sometime in the mid'50s, I was assigned an LF ten wheeler with a Mack-Lanova diesel. It seemed "heavy" at the time, with a double (or do I really remember a triple) frame. It was registered at 54k, but normally weighed out at 73k. It was a '50 or '52 and very hard-used, but it would run with the "new" B-63s in the yard.
  11. Are these like the Houdaille (hoo-day) shocks that are familiar from the old Fords? If so, Ford literature from the 30s and 40s might be helpful. Flushing is a good approach because it can take a lot of force to disassemble a Houdaille.
  12. Fishbowl, suicide, bubblenose, and some other names! I rode shotgun in one with a friend driving during a strike. It was an interesting place try to stare down unhappy people!
  13. Thanks for bringing back the New York thread and its many memories. Anything about Cooney Bros. out of Tarrytown in the '50s?
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