Robert Archer Collection

Tracing the life of an ICL 1966 GMC Crackerbox

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International Cartage Lines
This is a picture taken in August 1968. Robert has just met his cousin, Pete Blake, at the Streetville weigh scale on Highway 401. They are about to leave on a trip to Windsor, Ontario in Pete's 1966 single-axle GMC "Crackerbox."

The tractor had a modified 671 Detroit diesel with 5 speed overdrive Spicer transmission. Pete pulled for ICL (International Cartage Ltd.), hauling auto parts from Windsor, Ontario to the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario. All ICL tractors were GMC's as they were a contract carrier. They also had a terminal in St. Catherines, Ontario to serve the engine plant and foundry there. Pete is on the left and Robert (aged 15) is on the right. Peter sold his GMC Crackerbox to Mackies in 1973. Mackies painted the GMC white, changed the front axle from Dayton to Budd and put on the polished wheels. Mackies also chromed the bumper, added the polished tanks and extended the frame by 2 feet. They later sold it to Dick Wiley, who had it painted the red. It is presently owned by Butch Galley of Oshawa, Ontario.

Here is a colour shot of the 66 Crackerbox as it looked when running for ICL in the late 1960's. An old International Cartage Ltd. trailer in the 1960's early 1970's scheme migrated to the Vancouver area where Hank shot it. Hank Suderman Collection.
ICL went to company trucks and drivers for their auto parts hauls. Pete sold his Crackerbox to Mackie Moving of Oshawa Ontario. They repainted it into North American Van Lines colours. While in the North American Van Lines colors, it made a cameo appearance in the 1977 movie HIGH BALLIN'. It was later sold to Dick Willey of West Hill Ontario. It was restored and customized with many chrome and polished items added. The wheelbase was lengthened as well. Here are some views after the restoration.
This photo was taken back in 88/89 at an old Antique Truck Society of Canada Meet in Kleinburg Ontario. If I'm not mistaken Dick Willey had only recently purchased the GM from Ross Mackie. Doug McKenzie Collection. GMC Crackerbox taken at Buffalo, NY. Steve Slocum Collection.
These truckshow pictures were taken in Kleinberg, Ontario.
1966 Jimmy Crackerbox owned by Dick Willey, taken at West Hill, Ontario. Dick Willey Photo. T. Brad Dunkin Collection.

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