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1957 Antique Show Truck - $35000

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1957 Antique B85 Mack Truck Restored

* 25' Oak Bed with Side Boards
* Stake Body
* Gas Powered
* Dual Rear Tires
* Restored interior & Gauges
* Restored Cloth Seats
* Two-Toned Body (Red is deeper in color than it appears in photos)

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"B-85", compartment under driver's door, chrome radiator shell, starter button, switches for emergency lights, and red interior, leads me to believe that this was once a fire truck.

However, it has a long wheelbase and I have never seen a Mack fire truck with two sticks. Am I close?

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Since there were only 77 made, odds are pretty good it's a ex F. D. unit

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Being not a firetruck now this thing isn't far from to be called a one of the kind.

Nice looking rig showing out alot of love invested in it.

Gas power is one more reason to ex-firetruck.

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Years ago, I saw a For Sale ad for that truck and there was a mention of it being an ex-fire truck.

Maybe the long wheel base was for a chassis mounted aerial ladder?

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I would assume someone added the two stick duplex when they removed the hose bed? looks like a 67 series 10 speed with the sticks bent. either way that's a nice truck. im drooling over the nice beige steering wheel myself. I think that truck was for sale in double clutch back in the 90's actually.

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I agree that it must be ex-FD unit based on all of the visual clues. Were there any B-85 units built as something other than a fire unit? I've assumed that all 75, 85, and 95 units from any series E, B or L were fire trucks. Is that a bad assumption?

I love all these details. It is interesting to understand all that every model was or was not from the factory. Cool stuff.

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Years ago, I saw a For Sale ad for that truck and there was a mention of it being an ex-fire truck.

Maybe the long wheel base was for a chassis mounted aerial ladder?

I never thought about an aerial ladder; most of the "B" model straight ladders that I have seen had semi or open cabs. I should have thought about the ladder as I once operated

a "C" model straight ladder.

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I agree that it must be ex-FD unit based on all of the visual clues. Were there any B-85 units built as something other than a fire unit? I've assumed that all 75, 85, and 95 units from any series E, B or L were fire trucks. Is that a bad assumption?

I love all these details. It is interesting to understand all that every model was or was not from the factory. Cool stuff.

Mack nameplate overlap because there were B75 and B85 that were fire trucks and B75 and B85's (B81 style) that were tractors, dumps etc. B95 were fire trucks.

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Just because it has a red interior does not mean it could of been a fire truck, I hated the green on our B so it was painted red like the exterior ,,,,,,just saying.......lol Jack

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If this was a fire truck would the plate or build sheet show it as a B85F. I saw one advertised some where out west that had the designation F on the advertisement, I think. If this truck originally had gas engine would it be a B86 ?. Did all the 80 series that were not fire trucks have the military type fenders and cast bolt together radiators? Now I am really confused, but I was born that way.

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The fire trucks had the "5" in the designation and were gas. The VIN tags would have the "F".

The other 80 series had the military fenders like you said.

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yup the even and odd system didn't apply to fire trucks. most were 707 gassers. some of the last B85 Mack firetrucks were fitted with 673 diesels to. they also made a few B60F firetrucks to I believe that had 464's in them. this is most likely a firetruck with the spotlights and the dual ignition shutoff you can almost see by the steering column. dead give away would be the door tag reading B85F or seeing if the engine has two distributors.

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Two B-85 were Aerial Ladders. One open cab with a 75 foot ladder and one with a 65 foot cab unknown. So that could be it. Also Rockville Maryland ran the extra lights in the headlight panels and the pair of red lensed Perlux style lights under the bumper on all their trucks until the mid 70's. That seems to be particular to that department.

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now im kinda curious if ANY B model firetrucks ever left the factory with anything but a 5 speed? did any have two sticks?

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Good question! I wonder too. Most of the info I have on the B-85 show 5 speed and a few with Allison automatics but I'm sure places like the Pine Barrens of Long Island or New jersey and around Cape Cod could have gotten them. I would think you could get what ever specs your department needed. Yaphanks 1964 B pumper has a 5 and 2 in it.

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