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This looks like a real professional conversion. 25 years ago there was a circa 1930 Lasalle fire emergency conversion that I unsuccessfully

bid for at a Quebec auction . It too had a really nice professional conversion with a body tag from "Rochester..Body works?"  Sadly the buyer converted it back to a car!

I am a buyer for one of these "trucks"  if there are any left . Hyman had a lovely Packard tow conversion  years ago, nicely done but more amateurish than this beautiful Lincoln.

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Great photo....just not the whole vehicle. It's all good.

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It's surprising how many Lincoln sedans ended up as service vehicles or tow trucks. They must have had a reputation for dependability as they aged.  These days it seems like the fork and blade con rod engines are treated with a bit of distrust amongst collectors . Or am I misinformed ? There was a tow truck conversion very similar to the  " Johnson's Garage " vehicle for sale recently in my neck of the woods. A proper tow setup ; Holmes or Weaver  if I recall correctly with jack down stabilisers, but the Lincoln itself was seriously weathered.  And a optimistic price tag at close to $10,000 asking. Caught my attention but I didn't go any further than a bit of pondering. I have often thought it would be useful to have a vintage tow truck .

 

Greg in Canada

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I think this Packard was once a conversion/wrecker if I remember correctly....it sat in Oceanside, California....

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I have decided that I need to own a Full Classic tow truck. Very much want something like these. Maybe I'll cut the back off my '29 sedan...

 

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I'd even settle for something awesome like this:

 

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Being a brass era guy I always thought this 1910 - 12 era vehicle had a great look. Not nearly as useful a machine as some of the classic era conversions. Matt that Cadillac towing the bus is a remarkable combination of elegance with brawn.  But long and low with  almost speedster looks and a light duty tow set up for function.

 

Greg in Canada

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1 hour ago, bruffsup said:

light duty? Towing a bus! 

 

Sorry I was not clear, the teens Potomac Garage vehicle looks relatively light duty.  The Cadillac towing the bus is in another league altogether.

 

 

Greg

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I think it came out to Hawkeye's in upper New York State......see this month's CCCA magazine for a long article on him. I think I know the owner...........but not certain.

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I actually don't think the wrecker came from Hawkeye, there was a whole story on that and I don't think it had to do with Hawkeye.  He did have a really neat 28? Packard roadster Pickup Conversion he used to drive around that I would have loved to have gotten.  I grew up spending my Summers in Saranac Lake.  My Grandfather that was building Guideboats at the time knew Hawkeye for many years was going to take me up to see him and his cars , as my grandfather knew I was a car nut and he knew Hawkeye had quite a collection he had seen a few times.  A friend of my Grandfathers who also retired from Boat building went to work as a care taker and was going to show me a bunch of old Cars in a barn at the estate he was caretaking,  but that never came about either.  Too many missed opportunities. 

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15 hours ago, Matt Harwood said:

I have decided that I need to own a Full Classic tow truck. Very much want something like these. Maybe I'll cut the back off my '29 sedan...

 

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I'd even settle for something awesome like this:

 

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I know of a Lincoln you might want to do that to.  Might even be a good stress reliever.  Get Xander to draw you up some plans. 

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I caught myself last night looking at frumpy old Full Classic sedans in need of restoration that I could cut up to make my own wrecker. But since that Packard wrecker is still available... So tempting...

 

I don't know why the desire to have one of these hit me so hard and fast yesterday--I've always liked big trucks and that first photo of the Springfield Cadillac wrecker really talks to me. Now I'm obsessed. How awesome to show up at a CCCA event with that Packard in as-is condition but mechanically fit?

 

If I can sell 15 cars this month, I bet I can make it work. Help me out, guys!

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Not a car based tow truck..but definitely custom and cool.

Cheers,Pat

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49 minutes ago, Matt Harwood said:

If I can sell 15 cars this month, I bet I can make it work. Help me out, guys!

Now if you had bought that Packard and only marked it up a little,  I might have been able to help you out. 

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Not a wrecker but as tow cars go, I love this one,image.png.adf209c03ab23bfdd91d4183b45993f8.png

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Not a Lincoln but I love the tall cab of this Loco in the Tow Museum in Chattanooga.

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33 minutes ago, AHa said:

Not a wrecker but as tow cars go, I love this one,image.png.adf209c03ab23bfdd91d4183b45993f8.png

that is too cool. Chain drive !  What is it? Locomobile? 

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Yes, Locomobile. Nobody has successfully identified the year or model to my knowledge.

Correction: after considering the two cars raced in the 08 Fairmont, I believe this is a 1908 40 horse model I Loco though the rear hub is wrong.

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