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Chuck Most

Ford Convoy Cabovers... and a few other oddball auto transporters

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Another thread made me think of these. I've got one of these on the "to-do" pile- I've already started modifying a Monogram '50 F-1 cab. But that's about as far as I've gotten for now.

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Convoy Company of Portland, Oregon built a fleet of specialized Ford trucks for car hauling in their own shops in 1952- starting out with 195" wheelbase F-8 chassis/cabs. The cabs themselves were the factory Ford units, but stretched 5" behind the doors to fit the hand-built sleeper box. The chassis was shortened 8 inches, and the rigs were set up to pull the Westland-manufactured auto carriers.

Edited by Chuck Most

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The truck in the bottom picture reminds me of a Corbitt, especially with the 2 windows below the windshield

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Wow they are very unusual .I would not of liked to get those cars on or off there!..... You would need nerves of titainiam :o. They would make a great project though B)

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Special looks on these. What was the cooling like on the truck on the top picture without a grille?

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Gaute, that top one appears like a radiator is mounted behind the drivers wheel. The internet showed other pictures of a bunk down low and stated something about being mid-engined.

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Those actually had two radiators- one behind each front wheel.

Here's something even weirder- not build by or for Convoy, but still Ford F8 based.

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And just for fun, here's a Dodge-based carrier, which resembles the love child of a Job Rated "pilothouse" Dodge and a construction crane.

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Interesting to see the history of car haulers.....From those to what we see, today.....Leaps and Bounds, Man....

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I'm guessing that being scared of heights would not be a good thing when driving that Ford F8 based truck and that Dodge must be great for growing vegetables in :lol:

Fantastic creations, a true fuction before looks design :)

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SO THAT'S why I hung on to that spare F-1 cab... I've never seen these before, Chuck. Thanks for sharing them!

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Those actually had two radiators- one behind each front wheel.

 

Here's something even weirder- not build by or for Convoy, but still Ford F8 based.

 

DeArco-Auto-Carrier.jpg

 

DeArco-carrier-left-side-.jpg

 

And just for fun, here's a Dodge-based carrier, which resembles the love child of a Job Rated "pilothouse" Dodge and a construction crane.

 

Commercial-Carriers-Skyscraper-.jpg

I'm guessing they never considered bridge heights when building these monstrosities.

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