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Glad someone had a camera on them that day. Great pic

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Kool Pic!

Wrecker is an H model Mack.

Time to do oil changes on the little trucks...?

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Those little trucks probably only weigh about 10,000 Lbs , I would say the old mack should be able to do twice that ,depending on the boom size and winch ratings

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6 hours ago, j hancock said:

Kool Pic!

Wrecker is an H model Mack.

Time to do oil changes on the little trucks...?

I have in in the file listed as an H63 course G is next to H on the key board. . .:huh:

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I wonder if that rig is still around somewhere. It would definitely be one of a kind seeing as it’s got 2 wrecker arms. I’d love to see it pull off the same stunt again.

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Body would most probably be a Holmes 750 or 850.

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That last one looks like a 650 or even a 500, but a short little bugger.

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On 3/18/2019 at 9:44 AM, gxbxc said:

Those little trucks probably only weigh about 10,000 Lbs , I would say the old mack should be able to do twice that ,depending on the boom size and winch ratings

I think they each weigh a bit more than 10K.  I still carry some of my towing equip/tools on by K2500 Chevy and with my concrete ballast for the blade in the bed it weighs in at 7,100# without the blade. I ran it across our scale at work & it was 3,280 steer, 3,820 on the drive.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Rob said:

All the 850 Holmes bodies I worked on had external bridging straps on the booms. We put this truck together in 1981 on a 1973 Autocar chassis:

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So than the Holmes catalog is in correct?

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8 minutes ago, 41chevy said:

So than the Holmes catalog is in correct?

Couldn't tell you. Never seen anything larger than a 500 without the bridging myself and was around several of them until the hydraulic beds started taking over.

I should have said the 480 series and above had the bridging. The 440 and smaller had smooth tubes IIRC but I've slept since then.

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3 hours ago, Rob said:

Couldn't tell you. Never seen anything larger than a 500 without the bridging myself and was around several of them until the hydraulic beds started taking over.

I should have said the 480 series and above had the bridging. The 440 and smaller had smooth tubes IIRC but I've slept since then.

Never messed with Holmes, Had a few Weldbilts and was a dealer for Century and Challenger in the late 1970s. Not many on Long Island ran Holmes because Weldbilt and Challenger was local.  Did have a C30 1965 Chevy  with an Electric Manley 454 with tunnel ram and Hydro for a chase truck, closed I strayed from  Weldbilt and Century. Maybe the booms with out the bridging was an East Coast thing.

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Holmes through the 1960's and 70's was the most prolific, (by far) around here. The 440 and 480 were the mainstay of that business segment as most towing companies had those at a minimum. The 480 with it's dual booms and split winch were the cat's meow for extraction as you could anchor the truck with one boom and use the other for the pull. Stiff legs were a nice option but not too common. The 500 and up on the larger medium and heavy chassis were popular too, but I really didn't work with too many of those. Of course wheel lifts didn't exist until the early 1980's and I was involved with the add on types where the winch cable still raised them. A nightmare was what those were in the early days.

Don't remember ever seeing Weldbilt until stationed in Norfolk and they were older by then. Still a lot of Holmes in tunnel work I noticed but Century too. By the mid 1980's most was hydraulic. When I went into the car hauling business, carriers were not yet common place around here. Out east there were plenty of course but around here the standard wrecker was still very active with hydraulic wheel lift and dolly wheels. AWD, FWD, and such made all that obsolete and most wrecker services around here now use carriers.

Challenger, Century, Holmes, Champion, all owned by Miller Industries nowadays. I understand the building to customer desires is gone too. I ran a couple of Century carriers, (four vehicle) and the balance were No-Mar which is no longer around. No-Mar was owned by a family in Pocahontas, IA and would build exactly what you wanted without any added frills. They too are gone now but not to Miller.

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