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j hancock

1945 Sterling HC144 Tractor

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What a beautiful beast! When I was in grade school they used to haul steel beams in a half cab chain drive Mack, you could hear them coming a half mile away!

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Great photo!  I was introduced to this truck by my Dad at the ATHS show in Marlborough Massachusetts back in the early 90’s. If I’m remembering the story correctly Dad had moved equipment around eastern MA with this truck for his uncle, Howard Blades, who was the second owner. Dad knew it was the same truck due to the groves on the capstan winch drum from his uncle using cables instead of ropes.

Is the truck still owned by Ted Valpey?  If I remember correctly Ted had purchased it back in the late 80’s early  90’s from the Blades family and completed the restoration just before the Marlborough show. Ted’s daughter is an artist who created an amazing drawing of this truck. As far as I know my Mom still has a print copy hanging in her home. 

Thank you for the memories!

DavCut

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