I started this as a series of thee parts, but have revissed that and extended it to four.
(Regrettably all these are scanned from colour negatives, which have degraded and do not do justice to the original blue colour.)
This long hood R model might have been the inspiration for Bud the Spud.
Typically the trailer was paired with the truck.
MO # 567 , trailer # 5567
Western Stars (post White) were also popular amongst M-O drivers.
There were very few short hood Western Stars so this was a rarity.
M0 # 573
More typical was the longer hood, and in this case longer chassis with big mid-rise sleeper.
MO # 556
This one look similar, but has a different paint style.
MO # 620
One particular Western Star first caught my eye in 1987 and unbelievably I followed it until 2004:
It must have been fairly new when I first saw it in Glenholme in 1987.
MO # 583
Two year later some changes had been made. The stacks were moved back behind the sleeper and an illuminated letter "G" added to the grille.
With trailer # 5583
By 1990 there were still more changes. More lights, a more regular "G" and raised air cleaner intakes with chrome extensions.
Fast forward 11 years, and there is a different trailer, with its own illuminated "G". There's also a different bumper with some different lights, and deflectors on the sleeper trailing edge. Also heat shields on the stacks below the sleeper.
By 2004 - and the truck is at least 17 years old - it is starting to show some age.
These are the last pictures I have of it, and I can still spot some changes, including the Mustang on the hood, just above the headlight. And yes despite the straight stacks it apparently does have a muffler, sort of.
MO # 583
End of the Series - No really - there will be another coming soon