Sunday, June 27, 2010

International Harvester Fort Wayne

Following up on yesterday's comments about the IH Emeryville, it used the Fort Wayne cab as its basis, with some modifications for the sleeper and of course raising the cab, so that cutouts weren't needed on the doors.
The Fort Wayne cab dated back to about 1957, when Ford and GM came out with comparable short tilt cabs for highway and straight truck use.
Since my truck photography only started in earnest in 1966, I was on the tail end of these, which were replaced by the Loadstar tilt cab in 1967-68. As usual the best preserved versions were in fire departments.

1. Charron Transport, of Chatham, ON, operated this Fort Wayne tilt cab as tractor #106. It was single screw with a tag axle. The wipers are mounted low on the Fort Wayne and high on the Emeryville, but otherwise the windshield was identical. July 1966.

2. The all International Windsor, NS fire department was kind enough to identify No.10 tanker as a 1969 model, with 500 gpm pump, and 3200 imperial gallon capacity tank. It was still in front line service August 18, 1990. Other than the wheel cut outs, the doors are the same as the Emeryville, complete with the deep cut vent windows.

3. Quebec City's fire department always painted its vehicles white, and they favoured short wheelbases for their narrow streets and tight corners. Number 68 was a 1965 IH, with what appears to be a Thibault pumper body. From this angle you can see the two rear windows, and sloping roof, which was similar on the Emeryvilles. This unit paused long enough for my picture July 20, 1985.

4. Wilmot Township's New Hamburg, ON Station No.3 had retired their Unit No.39 by September 25, 1995, but it still looked pretty good. It was a long chassis model fitted with a Thibault aerial ladder. Thibault often removed the original truck manufacturer's logo, so the combined IH-V is missing here, giving a sort of noseless moustached appearance.

5. Both Ford and GM built their own versions of the Emeryville (using the small tilt cab on a high chassis) but only IH used the tilt cab components for a conventional truck too. The IH "400" was certainly distinctive! Same windshield, same doors, (but no space behind the seats) and new beefy big hood and checker plated fenders. This was a rare find especially in Bridgewater, NS September 1, 1979.
IH may have been the first to do this, but Scot also did it in its second generation conventionals.

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