Truck Stop Classic: 1963 REO M35 6×6 Dump Truck – Civilian Job After The Military

In the Netherlands, numerous ex-US military 6×6 trucks were professionally converted into dump trucks during the post-World War II decades. Truck makers and off-road specialists Ginaf and Terberg stemmed from such conversion jobs. A diesel engine swap was an important part of the whole process. Dump trucks like this were still widely used well into the seventies, I remember them vividly from my childhood years.

The chassis got a three-way Netam dump bed. Netam is very short for NV Nederlandsche Tank-, Apparaten- en Machinefabriek.

According to the truck’s registration, the engine is a six-cylinder diesel with a maximum power output of 165 kW (225 DIN-hp). Given that rating my first thought is a naturally aspirated DAF 1160-series engine, an inline-six with a displacement of 11.6 liter.

Of course a DAF diesel engine swap was very common. Power units from other European truck makers, like Mercedes-Benz and Henschel, were also used.

Coachbuilder J. van Eck en Zonen (J. van Eck and Sons) made the steel cab. The company, founded in 1912 by Johannes van Eck, is still very much alive.

Multiple Dutch coachbuilders fabricated truck cabs back then, both for conventional trucks/tractor units and for cabover chassis.

The core business of our coachbuilders was developing and manufacturing buses, coaches, truck cabs, bodies for all types of large commercial vehicles, ambulances and hearses. All pure utility vehicles, so to speak. Fancy car bodies? Nope.

In the foreground the PTO-hydraulic pump combination.

And a close-up of the rear tandem.

Oh yes, in case you might wonder what small truck is parked next to the REO, it’s this 1965 Barkas B1000.

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