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Here is my favorite morning coffee stop. 1945 Ford cab mated to a 1970 Chev chassis. I know purists won’t love the marriage of the two Marques, but the way I see it, it’s been saved from the crusher. Any other working antiques out there?

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There's another green Citroen just like this one on the other side of the ice rink, but we didn't try to get over to it. You can barely see the roof. Oddly enough I've seen several of these Citroens in Midtown Manhattan. The Sunday before Christmas was packed. A mistake I won't make again.

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You can see the Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree in this photo

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The registration for this Ford said it was a 1954.

 

Not sure if you count fire engines, but my hometown maintains a vintage truck. I don't think it fights fires anymore. It's always the end of our Christmas light parade.

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Not a real antique, by what I term an antique, but we still use our '75 Chevy C65 dump in our construction business. 45 years young, rode hard and put away wet, but still on the job, although, the old 427 is getting a little tired!

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13 minutes ago, Restorer32 said:

Nanty Glo?  Where in PA is Nanty Glo?  I live in Jacobus, PA which everyone has heard of...lol

Near Johnstown, I too was curious.

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58 minutes ago, Mike "Hubbie" Stearns said:

I’m just wondering what the true definition of antique is? Everyone that I talk to has a different opinion 

 

"antique" is one of those relative terms !! like hot, cold, early, late, etc... depends on who you ask

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The term 'antique' can be a relative term. In my statement about the truck not being an antique, as I would look at an antique, simply means that it doesn't feel like it's old enough to be 'antique' to me. While it falls into the 25 year or older category, I was a young man in 1975, purchased my first new vehicle, a 1976 Chevy p/u and started restoring my 1928 Ford p/u. So to me, a vehicle of this vintage, still feels like a 'newer' truck or just a truck. Maybe it's just the coming to grips about getting older; my kids call me 'antique'!  When I was a teenager, the'50's cars were still just 'used cars'! But by AACA rights, it is an antique vehicle, and we do get some comments on it from time to time. 

   Restorer32... Nanty-Glo or the original spelling Nant-y-Glo is a small coal mining town just outside of Johnstown PA. It's name ,in Welsh, means Streams Of Coal.

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I remember when generically we called all loaders steam shovels as well as steam rollers!  I see the chain drive but is that the original drive train on that dump truck, it seems the wheels and tires are too modern looking.

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New Haven Pizza Truck ,1946 International H.

Brick oven onboard to.

Great Bday party favorite and get togethers for any reason..

The biz  is called "New Haven Pizza Truck..."

There are a hand full of usually green painted late 40s early 50s ,large size GMCs and Chevys operating in well kept shape in Connecticut..

We still see the open cab-no doors  step sided , with the bank if jingle bells across the windshield header ice cream truck every summer.like a 61 or 62 Chevrolet. 

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A local architectural salvage company had a 1937 International 2 ton truck for some 20 years. Mostly as a display by their entrance but did use it from time to time, along with a fifties Dodge Power Wagon. Haven't seen either in a while.

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Yesterday the Maine Forest & Logging Museum's 1928 Lombard dump truck actually earned its keep (somewhat) I am sure the amount of fuel we burned offset the value of the work! Its amazing how much ethanol free gasoline that big Hercules will suck down. One of these days I will have to calculate out the fuel burn rate.

 

Anyway, the University of Maine Construction Engineering Technology students were working on several projects including putting new roof's on the Sawyer House and the Blacksmith shop as well as repairs to a privy and improving handicap access to some of the buildings. One team was tasked with taking down a couple of trees. We used the old beast to put tension on the rigging to ensure the trees fell in a safe area. Since we had to go back up the hill anyway we decided to take a load of branches and brush. It wasn't as fast as the students using the pickup and trailer but it was a lot more interesting!

 

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Lew Crosby directing me back to the brush pile.

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Better than unloading by hand! One of these days we will fabricate and install the upper boards and tailgate and get the locking mechanism fixed.

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