Commercial vehicle design and styling exists in a parallel universe to cars. It’s not uncommon for a model to run for 20 years with minor revisions to trim pieces. Highly specialized trucks can have 20-30 year lives in revenue service and another 10-20 years on the parts pile before mini-mill reincarnation.
This 1970 OshKosh 4WD Dual Cummins Powered Sicard Thrower is a great example of the rugged utilitarian appearance of vocational makes. Sicard can trace its roots back to the 1920s in Quebec. This unit was most likely made at their Watertown, NY facility.
While this picture was taken in mid-summer, it’s ready to rumble with Old Man Winter shod with a compete set of ladder cam-lock snow chains.
Note the Hydraulic Steering on the rear axle. This allows the operator to crab steer the thrower intake chute into snow bank being cut back.
Amenties? THIS IS SPARTA! Real Drivers don’t need frou-frou such as padding to sit on or insulation. Note the mechanical Wig Wag low air indicator hanging from the ceiling.
Here we see its modern equivalent throwing snow in upstate NY.