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1970 Autocar

Autocar


Nate Palmer, July 5, 2016:

“It's a 70 Autocar and I kind of feel attached to it because it's the last truck I built with my Dad before he passed away, and he knew he was sick and decided that we needed a better wrecker for long distance hauling, at the time we had a 1956 International “B” model with that set of Booms on it and I was also in the process of getting my house fixed up, so when the Autocar came along we made a little transaction with the well driller to take the wrecker body off the old International, put it on the Autocar and mounted the well drill on the International so we could get the well drilled,... far as I know that truck's probably still somewhere with the well drill still on it. And the Autocar, we bought that from, ah,.. his name's Al Duchaine, and he used it for an over the road hauler and at that time in the early seventies it was one of the better trucks cooking up and down the road, it was really geared right it would roll right along at seventy without really having to rev it up at all, it was such an amazing step up from the old International that could barely get out of it's own way, that really made a nice road hauler.
When we first bought it we were looking at all the work we'd have to do to drill all the mounting holes and we started getting in to it and were ready to buy a brand new mag drill when we realized that this things got an aluminum frame so a mag drill's not going to do us any good.
(A magnetic based drill press that you can hook right to the side of the frame, attaches right to it it's like being able to put the frame rail in a drill press without having to strip it all out,...)
It would have been a cool little deal but with an aluminum frame it did us no good so we just went ahead and bored all of our holes by hand and beefed it up as much as we could and when we first got the truck it was a twin axle which didn't give us quite as much hauling capacity as we'd like when you have a really good size load on it so we had a problem when we, one time we broke the input shaft going to the twin screw set-up and it was actually cheaper for me at that point just to pull the twin screws out of the back of it and put a big old single axle underneath it which made it tow a heck of a lot better just because of the way the whole truck balanced out that way.
It's always been a nice truck, it runs well, and we've done a lot of work to it through the years, put a “Jake” brake on it and all that when we rebuilt it. (It's a Jacobs brake where basically you're holding the exhaust valve closed so that the engine acts like the brakes, oh it's cool as heck, and that really made it tow a heck of a lot easier.)
It's been a great truck, I had a good time, you know when we were running it, it's one of those things, you just can't part with and we just keep it around. We're getting ready to re-home it and put a car carrier bed on it now so we can put her back on the road again,.. it's just too nice a truck to have sitting in the weeds.”


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