Truck Body & Equipment Association headquarters
Trailer/Body Builders November 1968 cover.
This is 1968 advertisement for UNIC cranes featuring 360-degree continuous rotation, independent hydraulic outriggers, dual controls and more. These cranes were manufactured by Kyoei Kaihatsu Co in Tokyo, Japan, imported by Toshoku Ltd, and distributed by Watson Automotive Equipment and Columbia Enterprises.
Lite it up (Truck-Lite ad)
The lamp that still outlasts them all!
Better body, will travel
Felts Trailer & Equipment Co, headquartered in this “ultra-modern” building in Dothan AL, insisted on distributing utility bodies made by Ready Body Works more than 850 miles away over the bodies made by three other manufacturers in its distribution territory because, as then-Felts president Paul Felts said, “Reading not only makes a top quality body that is competitively priced but it also does one of the best advertising jobs of any manufacturer we work with.”
A Reading utility body in 1968. “Superior quality, competitively priced.”
Another profitable Parker pickup accessory.
Before Photoshop was a brand and a verb, companies like Alcan Aluminum Corporation had to rely on cut-and-paste techniques, and possibly a Styrofoam ball and some fishing line, for “futuristic” advertisements like these.
A bird’s-eye view of the Great Dane Trailers container production line in 1968 in Savannah GA. The line was capable of producing eight containers per day in a new building adjacent to the company’s trailer production lines.
Welding the plank
The aluminum floor planks were seam-welded at this station using an Aircomatic automatic welder traveling on a rail over the work. Longitudinal welding of all seams in the reefer flooring eliminates the need for caulking and the possibility of floor leaks.
A closeup of the Aircomatic welder and traveling mechanism. No part of the welder touches the work, since it guides the rail on which it travels.
Here, at the floor frame jib, the 5-inch extruded aluminum I-beams are riveted on 11.5-in centers to the aluminum bottom rail. Airflow-punched extruded aluminum reefer flooring is then tack-welded in place.
A sides view
Meanwhile, in this photo, complete sides are being riveted up in this fixture in an adjacent line. Here, pre-painted aluminum sheet is being riveted to 2-inch Z-posts on 12-in centers for US Lines containers. The “K” Line order, on the other hand, called for corrugated Type 304 stainless steel side sheets.
Here’s an overall view of the container line, with the floor jig in the foreground, longitudinal floor welding fixture next in line, and then scaffolding for assembly of the van sides. Sub-assemblies are fabricated in bays at left.
This fixture for aligning the rear door assembly, sides and nose assembly maintains the rigid tolerances required for containers. These containers roll from station to station on the inverted angle track shown at bottom.
A bow on top
Roof bows are riveted on 24-inch centers, but the .064-in one-piece aluminum roof sheet is not installed until after foaming. The MFG ribbed panel lining is also installed before foaming-in-place.
Here are the assembled containers, complete except for the polyurethane forth-foam insulation and the roof sheet. The new Carrier Frostmaster unit fits into this open nose, completely filling the entire front. Mounting studs for the unit have already been welded in place using a Nelson stud-welding gun and a template taken directly from the Carrier drilling fixture.
This close-up shows how the stainless steel threaded studs are welded around the perimeter of the nose. Mounting of the unit is simple, taking less than 4 minutes for the first container off the line. The unit is swung into place on the studs, and a tapered washer and nylon locking nut is run down on each stud.
Doing a jig
Containers are jigged outside and inside before froth-foaming. The interior jigging is dolly-mounted to roll into the container on inverted angle-iron track laid over a plywood base. Handwheels and jackscrews expand the jigging to support the walls and ceiling. These US Lines containers have 4 inches of polyurethane in the roof and 3 inches in sides, doors and floor.
Signed, sealed, shipped
The Carrier Frostmaster unit is shipped complete with the interior lining and air-return bulkhead.
Ready to roll
Here’s the completed US Lines 40-foot refrigerated container with the Carrier Frostmaster unit installed. The overall height of these 40-ft containers is 8 feet, 6 inches, with an outside height of 86.25 inches, inside width of 87.25 inches, and inside length of 37 feet, 8 inches. With a tare weight of 10,600 pounds, they have a payload capacity of 56,000 lbs. The front of this container has safely passed a 35,000-lb racking test.
On top of the crane
A view of the 1968 TBEA exhibits as seen from the Telsta Aerial Bucket. This was the 21st edition of the TBEA exhibition, held in Cleveland OH.
Dying breed (ad)
In 1968, Sears said it was “many things to many people,” including supplier of tires and tubes to OEMs. Today, it’s another casualty of online commerce, announcing in November the closing of an additional 40 retail outlets after entering into Chapter 11 bankruptcy a month earlier.
American Plywood Association (ad)
This advertisement touted the benefits of fiberglass-reinforced plastic and plywood walls, which were adapted for van trailer bodies in 1968.
The Snorkel Fire Equipment Company of St. Joseph MO introduced the “Squrt,” a remotely controlled, articulated boom that could be installed on a pumper, at the 1968 FDIC meeting in Memphis TN. The Squrt’s boom system featured a maximum vertical reach of 54 feet and a horizontal reach of 45 ft.
Page & Page, a division of Walter Kidde & Company, unveiled a new lowbed semi-trailer with an overall length of 120 feet in 1968. The “Super steer” was designed and built for Dravo Corporation’s Spokane operation. Through the application of a patented self-steering mechanism, the rear end of the trailer is self-tracking and steering.
Divided we haul
This 6,200-gallon, three-compartment combination transport by the Heil Co in Milwaukee WI was built to handle sulphuric acid and liquid sulfur. The first and third compartments of this unusual round, straight-bottom external-ring tanker are non-insulated steel with stainless steel coverings at the manhole sections for overflow protection, while the center (molten sulphur) compartment is aluminum with full insulation and a steel packet.
In 1968, Santa Anita Mfg Corp of Temple City CA introduced a new series of Venco tailgate loader models with 3,000-pound capacity built for use on trucks and trailers of 2½ tons or more. Eight models were offered, with buyers able to specify PTO/hydraulic or electric/hydraulic power.
Tow both ways
Weld-Built Body Company of Long Island NY developed an unusual double-end wrecker capable of lifting from the front or the rear using one pair of double-drum winches. This was accomplished by anchoring the opposite end to a dead man. The unit features four control points, two on the front and two on the rear.
The Heil Co built aircraft refuelers like this one for the US Armed Forces over a span of 38 years. This 1930 version was a 500-gallon unit designed to supply gasoline, oil, water and air, individually or simultaneously. Thirty of them were mounted on four-wheel drive trucks, and they are believed to be the first units of this kind used to service military aircraft.
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