||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.