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wow,,,that thing looks really clean,,,thanks for the post....bob

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Nice old picture. And cool to see the truck is still in the perfect shape.

What are the fuel tanks? An aftermarket convertion? Is the LH one for hydraulic supply?

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1 hour ago, alex g said:

Good pic when men were men. No hard hat no vest no problem. 

Yep. He is rockin khakis, a sweater vest, and a twill ball cap. He has the look of a man that knows how to get stuff done. I like it.

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You say mid 50’s. That’s before my time but that car sure looks like some sort of 60’s model??  Someone can probably tell what it is. Cool picture.

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There used to be some of those old heads around that still worked a full time gig. They were all serious motor grader and/or scraper guys. They had built interstates and major airports all over this country.  No laser, no problem, they were experts at their craft. A pleasure to watch them work. I guess they are just about all gone now.

 

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Redhorse a cable shovel and a cable dragline took a lot of skill to operate, both hands, both feet all the time. It helped if you wore a size 14 shoe. In 1975 I was working on a sewer crew putting in storm sewer  on a road project, we had a Northwest Model 6 cable hoe digging. One day a new Cat 225 showed up. The operator who had never run a hydraulic backhoe before, outside of a Ford tractor backhoe, was digging faster than before by the end of the first day. The rest is history.

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7 hours ago, TS7 said:

Redhorse a cable shovel and a cable dragline took a lot of skill to operate, both hands, both feet all the time. It helped if you wore a size 14 shoe. In 1975 I was working on a sewer crew putting in storm sewer  on a road project, we had a Northwest Model 6 cable hoe digging. One day a new Cat 225 showed up. The operator who had never run a hydraulic backhoe before, outside of a Ford tractor backhoe, was digging faster than before by the end of the first day. The rest is history.

For sure on the skill level.  We had a T-6K Michigan backhoe.  I think that was the smallest of the Michigan truck  cranes with a single axle carrier.  I would drive it on road but never "allowed" in cab.  The boom and dipper were like 10" dia. pipe.  Had a Continental gas engine.

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