Tuesday, November 16, 2010

FWD Trucks (part 2)

There are some FWDs that defy categorization in my collection. Here they are with a word or two about each.
1. Lévesque Construction Inc of Beresford N-B operated a rare cab over FWD. Photo taken January 16, 1987. This truck may have been a Department of Highways surplus vehicle or a converted snow blower. It has an odd wheelbase and a huge fuel tank for a dump body vehicle.
2. Here it is next to a more common (once) conventional FWD (with Dodge cab.)

3. Gabriel Raymond Inc of Baie-des-Sables, Comté Matane, QC were in the housemoving business. I would like to have seen that derrick in action, but housemoving was slow on August 19, 2006. A 6X6 with typical Dodge cab, but its fibreglass hood and fenders were certainly more refined looking than the usual heavy duty construciton types seen on snow plows.

4. I saw this tuck only once even though it was operated by John's Crane Rentals of Halifax. This type was common in the US for carrying concrete block and even for transit mixers. It also has an FWD cab-far roomier than the Dodges of earlier years. December 22, 1990 (it was not going to be a white Christmas that year.)

5. An FWD 6x5? A home made cab and hood graces this one, but it still carries a few vestiges of its ancestry. I think it was used for crop spraying, but it wasn't going anywhere on this day, September 11, 1982, in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.

6. Not exactly a homemade cab, but certainly a shop modification. The Truro depot of the Nova Scotia Department of Highways rebuilt a number of FWDs with Louisville cabs and shop fabbed sheet metal. I believe the cabs came from the Scot truck plant in nearby Debert, which had ceased production, but had inventory in hand. Photo taken June 1989.



  1. I won't say the plows in the first two pictures came from CFB Chatham, but we had plows just like those in the late seventies.

  2. Photo 1 is a cab made by the FWD Kitchner, Ont plant. I believe the large tank may be for de-icer. These cabs were used mostly on airport snow removal units. There were two additional variants, all with differences with the cowling below and forward of the windshields. Some oif these starred as "menacing" plows in the movie airport.

    Photo 5 is a little know FWD model know as the "Blue Ox." These were more or less industrial based units, apparently built to compete with the Unimog's. Nit much of a seller their place in history was short lived.