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Radical Argosy COE

Trucks April 9, 2018

Radical Argosy COE

The Argosy COE, popular in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, appeared to vanish from the U.S. market in the mid-200’s. Recently, however, it came to light that the Argosy COE has continued to be produced in North America, as a glider kit. It was not in high demand and therefore was not advertised along with the rest of Daimler Truck’s catalog. An uptick in interest has caused a resurrection of the vehicle in the North American market, after such marketing opportunities as having an Argosy feature in the 2014 film “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and small companies advertising 2015 glider kits.

Three engine options (Detroit Diesel DD15, Cummins ISX/Signature EGR, or the Cummins X15e5 with ADEPT technology), eRail technology, a spacious cab, and swing out steps make the Argosy a practical, yet luxurious option for companies like Wal-Mart, or even smaller trucking businesses. There are also collectors who have chosen to refurbish or alter the Argosy into something worthy of showing off at gatherings across the country, like the 2001 Freightliner Argosy working as a Mobile Surgical Services Freightliner, which received an extreme makeover from its owners, who partner with Mobile Health of New Zealand in order to provide surgical services as they travel around the country.

The vehicle has a 110 inch hi top sleeper cab, with a Cummins Signature Series 500 horsepower engine. The trailer unit was a custom build from Mills Tui, and weighs in at 42 tonnes. It measures 20 meters, and uses a Roadranger 18-speed gearbox. Two drivers take care of the traveling as the doctors, anesthesiologists, nurses, and patients merely show up at the appointed time and enter the bus to prep and conduct surgery.

If you’re ever in New Zealand, you may have the opportunity to see one of these big guys up close and marvel at the alterations that have made it into the medical marvel seen today. If you’re in Canada and the United States, however, the target market is quite a bit different, usually larger companies such as Wal-Mart, who use the glider kit and install their own preferences for engines. Of course, individual owners or those interested need to be aware that the glider kit is only compatible with certain engines. Do your research before committing, as you will need to find an engine that is from 2004 or earlier.

Now that you know the Argosy never left, does that pique your interest in the vehicle? Want to learn more about the shy vehicle that works behind the scenes? You can check out other sites for more information — I recommend reading up on New Zealand’s Mobile Surgical Units, Trucking Info’s article on the “return” of the Argosy, or EcoModder pages to look at more pictures of this unique vehicle.

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Groovy, Baby: The AMC AMX

Trucks April 9, 2018

Richard A. Teague’s AMC AMX design is the height of 1960’s appeal. Its low wheelbase, 2-seat “muscle” body, and long hood evoke a certain mood, one of late evening cocktails, suave James-Bond lookalikes, and  just a whiff of danger and excitement. Aside from its looks, the AMC AMX has the distinction of being the first in a long list of industry standards, including being named the Best Engineered Car two years in a row, using new windshield technology to protect drivers in case of a crash, as well as a new dashboard design that promoted more safety. It also broke plenty of records as well, including 106 speed and endurance records during a test run at Goodyear, which served to promote the new vehicle before it even became available to the public.

The nitty gritty details of the AMC AMX include V8 engines with a range of horsepower (225-390), a 4-speed manual floor shift (this was standard, but a 3-speed automatic on console was also available), a wheelbase of 97 inches, length of 177 (1968-1969) or 179 (1970) inches, and a weight of 3,000 pounds. There were also various models with alterations, or that were offered as part of a special program, such as the Rent-A-Racer program offered by the Hertz Corporation, which lent out vehicles such as the AMX, Jaguars, and Mustangs to drivers who wanted to take a ride on the wild side.

Over 20 AMC AMX’s were also taken and modified by a Denver, Colorado company by the name of Thoroughbred Motors, which altered the AMX to become a drag racing type vehicle, with two sets of air scoops, and a modified hood that allowed for more airflow. There were also special editions of the AMX promoted by the American Motors Corporation, such as the California 500, Super Stock AMC, Playmate AMX, and the AMX-R. The Playmate AMX was painted pink and presented to the Playmate of the Year, Angela Dorian.

At top speed, the AMC AMX was capable of reaching over 120 miles per hour, going from 0-60 in under 7 seconds, and 0-100 in under 17 seconds. It became one of the most popular vehicles (specifically for its high performance) for dragstrip drivers such as Shirley Shahan, also called “The Drag-On Lady”. The National Hot Rod Association’s driver Herman Lewis, the “Godfather of AMX Racing” drove his patriotically painted vehicle to victory in 200 events.

Even if you don’t have enough money to purchase a full-size version of the groovy AMC AMX, you can purchase a 1:25 scale model of the vehiclefrom Jo-Han, or a 1:64 model from Hot Wheels. There are also 1:18 models that are newer and come in a range of options, including the pink Playmate version and a modified “Drag-On Lady” AMX. Of course, if you have the money, this would be a perfect vehicle for a ride up the coast in search of adventure.

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How about a compact TRUCK? Classic COE

Trucks March 13, 2018

How about a compact TRUCK? Classic COE

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal” says the planetd.com. How about a compact truck, yes, just like compact cars, here is the compact Classic COE. Everyone nowadays is concerned about the economy and the state of the planet’s health, so a compact truck may be the way to go, for those whose priority is saving on gas and making their carbon footprint as small as possible. Compact trucks are still versatile in use. You can use them to travel on short trips and to carry small equipment and supplies and you don’t need to worry abut where you’re going to park. Cities are crowded with big rigs, and big trucks and freightliners will always come in handy to carry large loads and large groups of people, but not everyone is in need of a big rig, so it’s’ great to know that compact trucks are on the market.

This compact classic truck located in Florida right now, would be a perfect truck for someone seeking a classic ride. It is a 1948 Custom Ford pickup. It comes with an all steel body and a handmade steel bed. It is also equipped with AC and heating, plus new Goodyear tires and a custom made and designed interior. If you are looking for a classic ride that can also serve a purpose such as, carrying items in the truck bed, this vintage Ford pickup is calling your name. There are still adventures to be had in this compact truck, because it certainly isn’t routinely made.

 

1948 custom ford c.O.E. Pickup truck f600
All steel body with custom hand made still bed
350 chevy with upwards of 400 h.P.
New ididit tilt steering wheel
New phonex 5 speed auto with overdrive
New vintage ac and heating
New goodyear tiers
New custom made hydraulic steel bed cover
New custom interior
New dakota digital gauge cluster
New pioneer custos stereo system with touch screen and rear view camera
New green led interior floor lighting
New chrome front bumper
New custom wood wrapped steering wheel
Custome wood and crome bed
New power front disc brakes
Power steering
Used an 1950 for chassis, 1994 s10 zr2 4×4 rear edn, 1989 ford mustang rack and pinion steering
Mechanically, just gone through from front and back
Entire paint touched up and detailed
A show truck!
One of the best in the country.
Extremely rare!

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Mack Trucks, Over 100 Years of Truck

Trucks February 12, 2018

For a company that’s over 100 years old, Mac Trucks seems to be in the know on how to stay relevant. With markets in North America, Africa, and Australia, plants in South America and North America, and plenty of appearances in songs, television shows, and films, Mack trucks are front and center in the public eye when it comes to commercial vehicles.

Founded in 1900, the Mack Brothers Company produced busses and trolley vehicles as well as railroad cars commercially until World War I, when their military vehicles were favored by the British for their similarities to the robust, pug-nosed bulldog, which officially became its logo in 1922. After World War II, military production ceased and Mack went back to being a civilian.

After its stint in the army, the Mack became something of a celebrity, appearing in televisions shows like King of the Hill, films like Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Vanilla Sky, Cars, and Maximum Overdrive, songs (“Phantom 309”), and in competitions (most notably the National Tractor Pulling Association) as the “Buckeye Bulldog”.

Apart from their dabbling in the railroad business and beefing up their truck production, Mack also had a hand in producing several fire-fighting vehicles, including pumpers, aerials, and attack trucks, starting in 1911 and ending in the 1990’s. There are still Mack fire trucks going on calls today, due to the vehicles longevity, practicality, and easy repair. Mack also provides construction vehicles and refuse trucks to buyers as well as the military, highway, and firefighting vehicles typically available.

ACs, the vehicles Britain enjoyed so much they likened it to the British Bulldog, are a heavy-duty vehicle with a 4-cylinder engine. It was suitable for transferring military equipment, but has also been used for a variety of construction and logging jobs. The other two most popular vehicles in the Mack stable are probably the “B” series (medium-duty to oversize vehicles) and the “R” series, which is used on both the highway and on construction sites.

Now a child company of Volvo (who also bought Renault that same year), Mack still hasn’t changed much from its original design. The new concept, Mack Anthem, has the same stubby nose and powerful build that let to its reputation for dependability and toughness. The new engine, however, burns 9% less fuel, and the upgraded interior (complete with screens) ensures that drivers are safe and comfortable during long hauls.

There are also other newer Mack options available, such as the Pinnacle, which is so versatile it can switch between highway and off-road jobs, the Granite, which is a lightweight, heavy-duty vehicle known for its agility, and the TerraPro, which was made for refuse collection and construction jobs.

If you’ve ever been remotely interested in trucks, or gone on a super long road trip and got so bored that you started counting semis, you’re likely familiar with the Mack: a tough, comfy ride for the hard worker that keeps the economy going. Has this piqued your interest? You might want to look at a list of films featuring this big guy and see if you can spot him in action. Either that, or catch him hard at work on the road.

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Diamond Reo in the Rough

Trucks February 12, 2018

Diamond Reo

Not to be confused with either the REO Speed Wagon or the bands REO Speedwagon and Diamond Rio, the Diamond Reo Trucks Company began with a merger under the White Motor Corporation. Diamond T and Reo Trucks pooled their resources and names together to become Diamond Reo Trucks in 1967. Both Diamond T and Reo Trucks came into existence during the early 1900’s, thanks to the founder of Oldsmobile, R. E. Olds and C.A. Tilt.

Throughout the early part of last century, Diamond Reo found itself creating not only commercial vehicles, but military vehicles as well, particularly for war efforts during World War II.

Times changed, and both companies found themselves in financial difficulties. It was deemed advisable to join together under the White Motor Corporation. This did not last long, as Diamond Reo was purchased in the early 1970’s away from the White Motor Corporation. Without their capital and facilities, however, Diamond Reo found itself once more in trouble and had to declare bankruptcy.

It was once again rescued (most likely due to its excellent reputation and quality vehicles) and production was moved from Michigan to Pennsylvania, thanks to two men, Ray Houseal and Loyal Osterlund, who purchased the right to keep using the Diamond Reo label. Their Class 8 trucks rolled out two at a time, up until the mid-1990’s, in spite of the factory being capable of producing up to ten trucks a day, for a total of about one hundred and fifty trucks a year.

The trucks run on diesel (options are either a Caterpillar or a Cummins diesel fuel engine), with the choice between an Allison or Eaton transmission, and axles by Meritor or Dana. Once the new century arrived, it was thought that a truck that hearkened back to a vintage design would be quite popular with truck enthusiasts and operators. There were also options for owners who preferred a long nose or short nose cab, though the long nose was more familiar to older enthusiasts.

Unfortunately, not even a special edition of the Diamond Reo could save it a third time, and the company quit producing vehicles and parts in 2010 and 2013 respectively, shutting down all offices and facilities in 2015.

Fortunately, however, the remains of the company live on under the name T-Line Trucks & Chassis, which provides vehicles to North America and Europe. By extending its repertoire, so to speak, and offering glider kits, made-to-order trucks, and promising to reinstate Class 6, 7, and 8 vocational vehicles for sale to commercial customers in the very near future, it seems that Diamond Reo isn’t dead yet.

With its classic long nose, powerful engine, and updated technology, the Diamond Reo truck just might just be poised to make a comeback. There are still hundreds of adoring fans around the world who would love to own one of these big beasts and show them off at festivals like the ATHS National Convention and in magazines like 10-4.

Staving off extinction thrice is not something many vehicles can boast, which makes the Diamond Reo motto a perfect fit. It really is the toughest truck.

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Terex, Thunder on Wheels

Trucks February 7, 2018

Terex, Thunder on Wheels

To me, “Terex” sounds like a cross between a Triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. If it were a vehicle, perhaps it would resemble some sort of kid’s toy, like a Voltron or Transformer. While the Terex vehicles aren’t some dinosaur vehicle hybrid, they are gigantic, powerful vehicles named using the Latin words “Terra” and Rex”, which mean “Earth King”. Fitting for the company that produced the first off-road dump truck.

Apart from dump trucks, Terex makes a multitude of other machinery, including off-road vehicles equipped to handle materials, lift objects, and make themselves useful in several industries, including mining, hauling, construction, recycling, shipping, and refining. The Terex brand has a variety of both rigid and articulated haulers, as well as cranes and equipment made for airports, construction companies, and ports of entry.

Terex appeared on the scene in 1933 on the East Coast of the United States (the official headquarters are still there, in Westport, Connecticut). It remains an American company, but it has a global reach, partnering with Scotland as its place of production, and has teamed up with Russian company GAZ Group to equip Russian workers with vehicles that can handle a myriad of jobs, including those in the forestry, mining, and utility sectors.

Of course, being as old as Terex is, there have been some accusations and scandals that have broken out over the years and become headline news. The biggest one, courtesy of the New York Times and American businessman Richard Fuisz, intimated that Terex was building military vehicles in Scotland to be used by Iraqi military at the behest of the USA and the UK. A few years later, Terex hit the New York Times with a libel complaint, the result of which was a written apology from the Times, and no legal charges filed from a federal task force investigation. However, that did not stop the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung from reporting that Terex was still sending rocketry materials to Iraq.

Despite the scandal, Terex has maintained a strong, steady business with countries around the world, with the help of their 22,000 employees. They have also acquired several properties, and some quite recently, like the “Heavyweight Champion of Wood Waste Grinders” company CBI (Continental Biomass Industries). While Terex no longer participates in the mining industry or the road building industry, their focus on handling and processing, aerial platforms, and cranes. The properties they have sold only made up about 5% of their revenue, so their renewed focus on their biggest sellers is sure to increase their profit.

Terex has managed to avoid becoming an industry dinosaur by focusing on present clients’ needs, working with other global companies, and providing their employees with a safe environment. While it might not be the most glamorous set of vehicles at work today, they are definitely hardy enough to last quite a long time, and definitely have what it takes to evolve into whatever is needed in the future. If you aren’t familiar with Terex, you can read their history timeline on their website, and there’s also quite a bit of content on YouTube. Marvel at these big monsters and dream about the future when someone does make a dinosaur-human hybrid. Perhaps it’ll be Terex.

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Totally Toterhome – Cowboy’s Huge Towers

Trucks January 18, 2018

Toterhome

Purchasing a vehicle from Cowboy Cadillac is like designing your own vehicle just the way you desire it to be. You will be able to get exactly what you need depending on what you plan to use the rv, motorhome, or customized vehicle for. Whether business or pleasure, these motorhome vehicles will supply all your travel needs. You may be a business that wants to advertise your services while traveling, with Cowboy Cadillac you can do just that. If this vehicle is for personal use, such as family travel or hauling equipment, you can do it in total style. Families can even design these vehicles for personal travel and feel safe and comfortable with the quality that Cowboy Cadillac provides. You can choose your colors and the design according to the needs of your family or business.

These toterhomes are great for hauling large pieces of equipment for teams and bands or any other large group that requires room for their supplies while traveling. You don’t have to worry about extra features you don’t need. Cowboy Cadillac will make sure that you only have the features you need for your travel experience. If you need a toterhome for a business conference or event for your company, Cowboy can create a vehicle that will not only be functional and attractive but also equipped for events and conference fairs. Personal or business, there are really no limits to what Cowboy Cadillac can create for your specific needs.

You can see our gallery for this one below. All the images on our website expand when you click them, so you can get a better look.

For more from Cowboy Cadillac, find them indexed in our vehicles, trucking and RVing directory. You can search for the company’s name and look for suppliers and dealers in an area near you by looking at our regional headers. And to see more Trucks, click here.

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Cowboy Cadillac Makes Huge Haulers

Trucks January 18, 2018

Cowboy Cadillac Makes Huge Haulers

Cowboy Cadillac makes huge haulers for all of your needs. You can purchase kits of all kinds that service your business needs. These huge haulers are built with quality materials and also a comfort level for the driver that surpasses all others. There are RHD conversion kits that can be purchased among many other types of hauler kits.The prices vary for each kit but still competes in the market with the best and affordable prices. The main thing to know is that when purchasing from Cowboy Cadillac you are getting the best around. With a wide variety of plans and layouts anyone can create and design the vehicle of their needs. And these haulers are not just for business purposes but families can make great use of these custom haulers as well.

You may want to haul equipment with you on long vacations and getaways and with Cowboy Cadillac you can have the hauler that makes sense for your family and friends’ needs. From Perterbilt to International parts-only kits, there is no end to your choices with Cowboy Cadillac. Whatever your needs may be, there are designs and kits that will fit those needs. From a little over $7000 to just under $13,000 you can have the hauler that is designed personally for your business or family needs, or both. Also, you can advertise your business on these large haulers, so while traveling, you are also marketing. With Cowboy Cadillac your hauler is yours in design and creation and there is no other exactly like it because it is built for your own personal style and requirements

You can see our gallery for this one below. All the images on our website expand when you click them, so you can get a better look.

For more from Cowboy Cadillac, find them indexed in our vehicles, trucking and RVing directory. You can search for the company’s name and look for suppliers and dealers in an area near you by looking at our regional headers. And to see more Trucks, click here.

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