Doug Maney Posted February 20, 2006 Share Posted February 20, 2006 Of course being a G model owner and enthusiast, I have heard so many variations of the Mack vs. KW story that I could't remember them all. I have done extensive research on the G, reviewed build records, put together somewhat of a timeline of production and discussed with former Mack employees about the Great Western G. Unless someone out there can offer some proof, there was never a lawsuit regarding the G including some KW type features. My research does support the fact that KW did have a problem with the Mack design and possibly threated a suit if the G continued. No money changed hands, no judgements were issued it seems to have just ended with the introduction of the New F model in 1962. Unconfirmed rumors that Mack hired a designer from KW leads to the similarities between the 2 cabovers. The concerns that KW were upset by were the access door into the left front of the cab and the left and right door design. The access panel offered service to the backside of the dash and pedals where before you had to stand on your head on the floor of the truck to work in that area. KW offered a similar panel at the same time as Mack. To the naked eye a G passenger compartment door and a KW door look identical, there are similarities in their construction but the overall size is different. A KW door will fit on a G but leaves an air gap around the top of the door frame that you could pass a pillow through. With this said, KW vent wing and side window seals will not work on a G door. There have been many antique truckers that have claimed a lawsuit over this deal, I have never seen any proof. At this point I have to trust my research and sources. I always try to explain my position on the subject and usually don't get very far. A lot of antique truckers have an opinion on the Mack vs. KW story, you would think the G would have sold better since everyone seems to have had such first hand knowledge! Quote Interested in Old Trucks? Check out: www.antiquetruckclubofamerica.org Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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