Doc, I totally agree. Some time back there was a beautifully restored Marmon Herrington F-7 wrecker floating around Wisconsin. I first saw it when the owner had it in his shop having the finishing touches put on it. It was an impressive truck. Later I heard the guy had to break up his collection and I saw the truck in numerous locations throughout the state, first starting at a price of $12K, then $10K and the last time I saw it it was sitting in the parking lot of a used car dealer for $9K. I thought you could never build a truck like this for $12K and the $9K was a steal. Not for me but for someone with deeper pockets than I. I talked to Chuck, at Chuck's Trucks about it and he said he knew about the truck but even though he agree it was a rare truck rarity didn't play a big part in the value of the truck. A truck like that needed more maintenance than a simple little F-1 pickup, it cost more to move it anywhere and it also cost more to store it. Look at the trouble Keith has with finding a place for his fire truck.
These big trucks are fun to dream about but the reality is they are way too expensive for most of us to operate and properly store and take care of. I have a friend who owns the '48 sleeper cab semi and he's told me that he avoids taking it any great distance because it can't keep up with modern traffic. He told me the few times he's taken it any great distance he gets his doors blown off by modern semis that are fully loaded and he's running empty. On my trip in my F-2 down to Doc's I couldn't keep up with traffic and had to take back roads and I can imagine my F-2 could out perform any of those old big rigs.
Old trucks, it's a sickness-one I hope they never find a cure for!
Bob Jones--Fat Fender Aficionado--FTE member since '96
49 F-2 pickup/48 F-1 panel truck
48/51 F-4 flatbed (2 in 1)/49 8N tractor