Monday, May 3, 2010

Historic Trucks: 1918 Mack Dump Truck

Well, I may be a sucker for polished chrome & custom grills, but there is something to be said for these old faithful trucks that are still around today. I do like vintage cars, vintage trucks even better, and this 1918 Mack dump truck caught my eye while I was attending a birthday party.

I'm glad I finally get to blog about Mack! I've repeateadly sat down to try to include the story of Mack trucks in my big rig chronicles, but their history is so long with so many changes, it is taking me awhile to get my thoughts wrapped up and sorted into a blog ... (it'll happen some day ... you just wait & see...)

Of course, I hadn't brought my camera that day! I guess that should teach me to leave the camera at home because you never know when you'll run across interesting blog material!
Well, I made another trip out there, purely for the purpose of photographing the truck. Once I'd seen it, it didn't want to leave my mind!

This truck is displayed at the Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park. The museum consists mainly of trains, but they did make room for a few cars, and amont them this truck.

The following information is taken straight from the information sign that the museum had posted by the truck:

'This Mack Truck has special significance for Southern California. Unlike most Mack trucks of the period, it did much more than haul the usual loads of gravel, bruck, and logs. It was used during delivery and installation of the telescopic equipment at the Solar Observatory, which stands atop Pasadena's Mt.Wilson.

The Mt. Wilson Observatory, founded in 1904, contains two solar telescopes, one of which is a 60-inch reflecting telescop - the largest in the world. Our 1918 Mack truck was one of the several trucks used to haul the parts of the telescope up Mt. Wilson's winding toll road of dirt and gravel. The trucks, often wider than the road, had to make their way up a 12 percent average grade carrying the parts of the 4 1/2 ton telescope.

The 100-inch reflecting telescope was in operation by late 1918. Although it was closed in 1985, due to its costly operation, it remains a unique part of Los Angeles' istory, as does this 1918 Mack dump truck."

Here are the photos I took of the truck:

1918 Mack Dump Truck

1918 Mack Dump Truck - front tire ... don't know about you, but I just can't help
but compare these tires to the tires today's trucks are using... Maybe the evolution of truck tires
should be a blog topic some day.

1918 Mack Dump Truck - front crank. Funky stuff ... lol.

1918 Mack Dump Truck - nice side view

1918 Mack Dump Truck - rear view

1918 Mack Dump Truck - rear tire

1918 Mack Dump Truck - front

1918 Mack Dump Truck - side view

1918 Mack Dump Truck - shot of the grill

Certainly doesn't look bad ... for a 92-year old :) It hasn't aged a bit, its only problem is that time kept on moving and so did the evolution of trucks... oh well :) Still looks good to me!


Fam. Verkaik said...

Yes, that vintage stuf is veryvery nice ain't it

Laila said...

Absolutely! Love it! & Love comparing it to what I see on the roads today ... :-))

forestry trucks said...

Yes the Tyre story could well be the center of a story and a huge interesting attraction.They have evolved so much with the ages and innovated and developed o be one of the best in the market.

digger derrick trucks said...

Good to hear about the history.The car looks vintage and of course the tracking down of the wheels is amazing.They are one of the leaders no doubt today.

boom trucks said...

Awesome vintage the looks of it.The trucks have become very expensive and can hardly be seen ...good to hear and understand their history.