Saturday, May 26, 2018

More 60s Dodges.

More from the David Esau collection.
The Meat Wholesaler's Dodge was quite spectacular in its day, with its bold sign-writing and its bright red wheels.
It was powered by the V6 Chrysler (Cummins) diesel.

The same truck in monotone.

The same truck again, attached to a stock trailer.

Meat Wholesalers also had this Perkins 6.354 powered Dodge.

A couple of shots of O'Connor's Transport tandem drive Dodge.

O'Connors had a single drive model as well.

Nolan's Concrete Products Dodge.

Not sure who was the original owner of this Dodge, but I'm fairly sure it is the same one...
...still being operated by Bill Neumann, some 51 years later.

Dodge light-weights used the same cab as Internationals of that time.

Generally single drive Dodges were V6 and tandems V8, but Wong's Transport specified a V8 for their single drive unit which generally transported cartons/pallets of fruit and veges.

Demonstration of the tilt cab on this model.

Two new tippers for Wairarapa South County Council.

The Dodge chassis were strongly built and were easily capable of arduous tasks like logging, but power would have been lacking compared with today's loggers.
This example was operated by Carter Merchants (Jones) Ltd.

60's Dodge trucks.

More from the David Esau collection. LAD cabbed Dodges from that era.

Masterton Metal Co. bought many new Dodges.

Two new Dodges for Wairarapa South county council.

Concrete mixer has no identification, but I'm suspecting Tom Hullena.
Several photos of a new Dodge for Masterton Metal Co.

Proud new owner Colin Nichols.

Two new Dodges for Masterton County Council....
....pictured outside the Sharples premises on the corner of Dixon and Bannister Streets,
 before they moved to Queen Street in 1964.
These premises are now occupied by  Warehouse Stationery.

From the 60s.

I was recently able to access and scan photos from David Esau who owned Sharples Motors in Masterton. David had a 50% share in Sharples, along with Harry Sharples, from 1961 but then owned it outright from 1972 until 1982 when he sold out to Bruce McKenzie and it became McKenzie Motors. Sharples had the agency for Dodge, Hillman, Sunbeam and Chrysler Valiant.
Sharples plot at the 1966 Masterton A&P Show displays a Dodge truck, Chrysler Valiants, including a V8 Safari wagon and the presence of a Super Snipe suggests they were able to access Humbers as well.

Dodge trucks in front of the Queen Street showroom, with the cab they shared with Albion, Leyland and Scammell.

A line of Dodge trucks at the Dixon Street end of the property.
The building behind was a scout den which was later bought by Sharples and today is the building I occupy every day, grooming cars for Wairarapa Mitsubishi which now owns the old Sharples site.

A couple of press photos of the the fairly rare Harrington conversion of the Sunbeam Alpine.
Very few of these came to NZ.
The spectacular frontage of the Sharples showroom with its hydraulically raised doors which gave
a completely open frontage.
These doors can no longer be raised due to maintenance required on the lifting mechanism.
Current owner of Wairarapa Mitsubishi (Brent Cooper) would love to see them in full operation again.

Masterton Hospital's ambulance service had a Dodge, a Chrysler and a Humber Pullman.
Ambulance drivers in the photo are Stuart (Tui) Pickett and Vern Peters.

A Sunbeam Alpine competing in a Wairarapa Car Club speed event.
With an elapsed time equating to 99.8 mph. the driver must have been gutted that he couldn't quite make the magic ton.

Hillman Super Minx Mk 3 in front of the Sharples showroom. This model superseded the Mk 2 model in 1964 and replaced the Mk 2's wrap-around front and rear screens with a much squarer look, but still retained the 1600cc motor, but now connected to an all synchromesh gearbox..
In 1965 the visually identical Mk 4 was introduced with the 1725cc engine.
The Mk 4 could be easily identified by a 1725 badge just behind the front wheel arch.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

NY and LA.

Some more of my daughters photos from New York city and then Los Angeles.
Slab sided delivery vans seem to be everywhere in the US. They seem to have various manufacturers.
This is a New York ice cream and milk shake seller.

This one appears to be the same maker, but with longer wheel base.
A different manufacturer , I think.
This one in the Little Italy area of New York.
Fire Department New York Ford, in the city.

Custom built chopper on display at the 9/11 National Memorial.

Electric bus in New York.
Bonneted delivery trucks are the normal everywhere.
Freightliner in New York...

...Freightliner and Navistar in Los Angeles.

Hino in L.A.

Freightliner articulated drinks truck.

International Navistar.

Bentley in L.A. with a finish that looks like blue chrome.