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A. Sadowski Produce

This old sweetie is a GMC (630?) with a four cylinder GM diesel (nick-named a 4-banger) It had all of 145 h.p.(and they were GM horses, which were more like ponies). This is on the hill up out of Fort Qu'appelle, on #35 in Sask. with 30,000# on, at about 5 m.p.h Note the jewellry on a prairie truck! Loading at Western Produce in Melville, Saskatchewan.
Loading field corn in Leamington, Ontario. Escanaba, Michigan on US2 in the U.P. We are westbound here with a load of corn ex Leamington, Ontario. Note the high-tech refrigeration system. This bunker-blower arrangement was wide spread at the time. The bunker would hold about a ton and a half of ice and only lasted a few hrs. with field-loaded corn. If you look behind the driver, Abe Heibert, you'll see that the cab had no interior liner - just 1/8th inch foam rubber glued to the inside of the skin panels. And naturally, one heater for the whole cab! Brass monkey trucking come winter!!!
Snortin' Norton going like a bat outta hell westbound on US2 east of Crookston, Minn. Passing Al Joyce's KW on Arrow Transit Lines (bought out by Kingsway).
This is the ferry that ran between Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. and Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. The roof of the car should give you an idea of how big it was. This is the ferry slip on the Canadian side. The first time I went on this "boat", we were right up to gross ( we were actually 59,000#). When the steering axle rolled onto the deck, the ferry's other end almost came out of the water! It would only carry 2 rigs, and they had to be one on either side of mid-ships and right down the centre. We're sitting at the New Orleans in the summer of "60, waiting to get a load of shell eggs destined for Mexico unloaded. Wellingtons were very popular with drivers back then as were drivers caps. Note the Man. CT plate,which designated owner's own goods. We hauled all over North America with it until the Man. Transport Board shut us down by contacting every jurisdiction that Man. had reciprocity with advising them that we were illegal. The name on the door was Trans-Nation Produce and was George Smith's first attempt at start - a produce trucking company.


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