(first posted 8/7/2016) Along with all the European trucks that we saw before, there was also a wide variety of classic -and more recent- American trucks at the Truck Show in Stroe, the Netherlands. The oldest dated back to the twenties, the latest was a 2000 Show & Shine tractor unit. So let’s see what the Mack Brothers and their fellow truck manufacturing-countrymen brought to the Low Countries.
We start with a compact, a 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Stepside with the 235 c.i. 6-cylinder engine.
1956 6-cylinder Ford F350. First registration in the Netherlands in 1957 (as a new truck).
1990 Mack MH612 4×2 tractor. This series of Mack cabovers, introduced in 1982, is also known as the Ultra-Liner.
American 6×6 army trucks often got a civilian job as a dump truck after their retirement from the military. Not only the trucks that were used during the Second World War, but also the ones that were brought over to Europe in the post-war years. A diesel engine swap was common practice. Pictured a 1944 GMC CCKW 353.
1941 GMC CCKW 353, equipped with a Netam three-way dump bed. When I walked by later on the hood was open, so I could take a picture of its 91 hp GMC 270 engine.
1960 Mack B43S. It’s a camper now, but originally trucks with a body like this were used to transport furniture and such.
1950 Chevrolet Maple Leaf Three Ton with a dump bed. The wooden shoes on the bumper are painted in the current company colors of the truck’s owner.
1966 Mack B61SX brick hauler. The Dutch Floor company (the name on the front of the cargo bed and on the mud flaps) built trailers, semi-trailers and assembled Mack trucks for the European market. From 1966 to 1995 the company also built heavy-duty trucks under the FTF brand.
1990 Kenworth W900L, towing a 1997 Pacton low bed semi-trailer with a military load. The Kenworth is powered by a 14 liter Cummins engine.
1983 Peterbilt 359 with a 500 hp Caterpillar engine and a 15-speed Eaton Fuller transmission.
The Verweij trucking family brought a fabulous collection of classic Internationals to the show. The first is a 1926 International S-26 with the 6-cylinder Lycoming 4SL engine. I know that because the sign in front of the truck said so.
1924 International 43.
1953 International R-150 with the Silver Diamond 220 6-cylinder.
A civilianized International M-426 military tractor from the Second World War.
1949 International KB-5 cattle truck. Although I’m sure that cows are not allowed to use the loading ramp anymore.
1939 International D-40 flatbed truck, powered by the FAB259 6-cylinder.
1957 International S-160, another cattle truck.
The last of the Verweij collection, a 1978 International Scout II Terra with the 345 V8.
1946 Mack LTSW with a 350 hp Cummins 14 liter engine of a more recent date under its long hood.
1992 Peterbilt 379.
1979 Mack F786ST with the 285 hp Maxidyne ENDT-676 engine, a T2060 transmission and an 86 inch High Rise sleeper cab. A one hundred percent pure Bulldog, from the front bumper to the tail lights.
Another Mack F786ST tractor. Same specs, just a bit younger (see the registration plates, XB comes after UB). Both tractors have their first registration in the Netherlands and had the same first owner.
Macks were here to work. And they worked hard. Mainly in heavy-haulage, earth moving, hauling building materials and on the long trips to the Middle East.
1928 Southern, once owned by the Boston Firefighters.
1964 Mack B61SX dump truck with a 190 hp Thermodyne END-673 engine.
It’s showtime ! 1994 Kenworth W900B.
Same Kenworth model, 6 years younger.
1962 Mack C600. Originally this was a tractor, it has been rebuilt into a flatbed truck, towing a drawbar trailer.
1980 Chevrolet. It’s registered as a Blazer.
1956 Chevrolet 6500 flatbed truck, loaded with milk cans.
And with this overview we end the Stroe Truck Show tour, it was the most outstanding and comprehensive collection of classic trucks I saw on one day.