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Re: brockway cabs of the '50's and early 60's

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Steve s. in PA

09-22-2015 18:27:43

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Here is a brief rundown on Brockway cabs: between 1935 and about 1949 there was basically only one cab, most easily recognized buy a chromed steel windshield frame that could be swung open. Around 1949 the "Deluxe Cab" was introduced, this cab was wood framed like the basic cab, but was wider, with a three piece windshield that did not open. From this time until the early sixties, two different cabs would be available. In 1954 the steel windshield frame was replaced by a gasketed windshield in the basic cab . This windshield did not open. This began the transition to an all steel cab. By the late fifties the Deluxe cab was also changed over to all steel construction. This cab would continue in use until the mid seventies. The basic cab with the gasketed one piece windshield was dropped around 1966. The "Mack cab" as it is known, was built buy Sheller Globe, but was not the "same" as a Mack cab. There were numerous differences. The Autocar Driver cab was never used on any Brockway. By the way, Mack bought Brockway in 1956.

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09-26-2015 20:01:14

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 Re: brockway cabs of the '50's and early 60's in reply to Steve s. in PA, 09-22-2015 18:27:43  
thanks steve that helps, i also didnt know Mack bought Brockway that far back, i thought it was 1973 or 4, i guess thats when they started using the 'mack' cab on Brockway trucks instead if the Brockway cabs, i was thinking about the driver cab due to the beltline on the Brockways doors which looks similar to that on the driver cab, no telling how long that basic cab was used all over the industry, i drove a ;97 western star heavy haul truck which had the cab on it, parked it near a dead '69 white which externally had the same cab on it, im sure the old whites interior wasnt near as nice as the western star's but no telling, time had sort of removed the whites interior, sad to see the brockway go, the few i was around always seemed like pretty stout and well made trucks

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