I went with my girlfriend to get a rear view mirror for her Explorer. While at one of the Ford dealerships in town we noticed a line row of old cars and trucks in the back of the back lot. Turns out the dealership's owner's son buys old junk cars and has them towed to the back. One of the trucks was a very used 48-52 3/4 ton Marmon Herrington truck. It had no engine, but did have the transfer case, front and rear axles, big five lug wheels, and cast adapters on the rear axle. The truck looked very shot. I forgot to look and see if the front axle had been broken and I didn't have a camera. The dealership is Northside Ford in San Antonio if anyone wants to try and chase down the truck. I could probably get pictures if someone wants them.
Maybe I'm the right one to update this story, but hoping I'm not jumping in front of 38 coupe. So here goes. Both Mark (thundersnow70) and I called the Ford dealership to talk to the son of the owner about the truck. Not coordinated, just each of us called. My interest was to add it to my archive of 3/4 ton M-Hs. Neither of us got a call back. So I pm'd 38 coupe. He went back and got a lot of pics that he added to his Photobucket file.
Both of these are fairly early trucks based on their axle numbers. The blue truck has axle #434 and the now TX truck has axle #399. Chuck also has or had axle #404 from a '48. Since these same axles would logically have been used under '47 and earlier one ton conversions there's no telling what the earliest would have been under a '48. All in all my guess is there were a little more than 1000 converted in total using this axle. My '50 has axle #782 and my '51 has axle #1023. I have to believe my '51 is one of the last single speed trucks because it has the late year parking brake on the tranny, and by that time the two speed trucks (R32-4) were the only F-2/3s listed in the M-H literature. Stu
Stu, thank you for updating this thread. I don't get to log in here on a regular schedule. Interesting that you already had recorded this truck. I hope someone gets some good out of it. As it is, the truck is slowly rusting away and looks pretty sad.
Also on the lot are some other trucks that can be seen in the above photobucket link. I personally am fascinated (in the way that is easy since I don't have to deal with the truck myself) by the C-950 tractor. That thing is taller than me!
I've heard of that guy. I have also heard of a guy that buys them from the guys that buy them, only he pays 4 times the money and travels twice as far to get them. True MH road warriors! I already have the Texas logistics worked out Stu, still working on the 4x the money part.
Ya know, we don't hold a candle to Josh. That dead of winter trip to retrieve his F-2 was insanity. But he pulled it off. Maybe he'll speak up shortly, he's got his fingers in a MH transfer case right now. Stu
I dont know, I thought I had picked a good weather weekend but that all changed in an instant. Probably wouldn't have been as bad if the second truck (the chevy) pulling the mh had 4x4 that would have engaged. oh ya and the not being able to see the front of the hood from the blowing snow across Wyoming. Haha
Laying in the snow under the chevy on a mountain pass for a little while and we were back on the road again. Ah good times. I would probably do it again if the need arose.
Nothing formal. I try to keep a record of 3/4 tons I've come across. Mark Mossell has a registry over on his Hub Garage page, and I've shared my 3/4 ton info with him, but probably could do a better job of that. There's a few I haven't passed on info to him yet. Stu