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Vintage Truck Dimensions

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Bill Brox

07-27-2017 14:55:17




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Hello,

I see that older trucks are not as wide as modern trucks, and now I am talking about commercial trucks.
I looked at GMC CCKW and Studebaker US-6, and both seems to be 7"4", or around 224 cm wide. While today they are much wider.

Was that 7"4" or 88 inches some kind of maximum width for commercial vehicles around world war 2 ?
I assume trucks for civilian use had the same width as the military ones.

Bill

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ericlb

08-07-2017 17:14:36




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 Re: Vintage Truck Dimensions in reply to Bill Brox, 07-27-2017 14:55:17  
partialy, and i i think its just the styling , older trucks wwll and earlier were still trying to work out what was the best way to haul freight, now there were much more restrictive weight and overall length laws back in the day, 50 grand was a full load, while some states ruled less weight, today a modern tandem dump truck hauls that , when states went to 50 foot overall length, ill and iowa still kept 45 foot, which created problems, trucks are all about maximum use of space, some attempts were made to overcome this, some companies had big break bulk plants in Denver where loads east bound thru ill or iowa were broken into smaller loads, some manufactures attempted to create a truck tractor which compensated, trailers could be up to 40 foot, leaving just 10 feet for the tractor, mack came out with the counture cab B model, aimed at this problem , it featured a scooped in cab back wall, if you were over 5'2 tall it was impossible to drive, the trailers these trucks pulled were special, they featured 2 king pins, 1 at the normal 18 inch setting and another further back, on approaching ill from the east, or iowa from the west , the truck stopped, unhooked its trailer, then backed up to the second kingpin, trailer noses back then were rounded, [ see above post] the trailer nose was then just a couple inches from the rear wall of the tractor cab and inside the scooped out area, that shortened up the overall length of the rig to about 53 or 4 feet most were allowed to roll through that way, but it overloaded the front axle, rode like crap, and was difficult to steer, once past those 2 states the truck was stretched out and the journey resumed

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