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What Am I for Tuesday 10/04/11

Posted By Jeff Lakaszcyck Monday, October 03, 2011 2:59 PM
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Ready for the body builder. Emblems removed. Photo from Don MacKenzie.

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A Sterling example

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I'LL GO WITH BRIAN. STERLING
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A Sterling example indeed.

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The first thing that came to my mind was parts!
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Ken, wouldn't it be wonderful if our parts trucks had brand new parts like this one ? Of course, then we would just drive them instead of parting them out. I think the chain drive on this truck was a dead diveaway for most. This is a 1930's Sterling FC. Perhaps Warren will chime in with the rest of the model number. F model Sterlings were built from 1931 to 1938. I don't know what this truck was built for, perhaps an off highway dump truck where cabs were optional at the time. Brian Kelly had this 1st. Thanks to Don MacKenzie for both of the photos; the FC100 ad is from 1931.

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 Posted Thursday, October 20, 2011 3:31 PM
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This side view of a Sterling is actually a photograph of arather unique truck.  According to “TheSterling Chain Drive Motor Truck” published by Sterling Motors on May 1, 1949this chassis was a Model FC135 “of special design” to be a “narrow track”version.  As a result of the overallwidth restrictions in place by 1933 it was necessary to place the rear springsunder the frame in order to use tires of a suitable size to carry thecapacity.  This truck was one of fourbuilt for carrying milk in New York City and utilized 10:50-24 tires where therestriction on overall width was by then down to 96 inches.  These chassis were equipped with 4 inch widesprings with slipper type ends and had V-type radius rods mounted outside ofthe frame.  This description referred tothe top view that I’ve included here. This photo was retouched (for the book apparently) from AP1457, which Ihappen to have a poor copy of, and which is reproduced here (as well as theillustration used in the book).  Notethat the AP number (AP = American Photo) was the adjacent number to that of theside view included in the WAI puzzle (AP1456). A study of both photos  shows thatthe tires are the same and both were photographed in the factory with whitepaper or a sheet behind them.  This hasbeen entirely retouched or trimmed away in the illustration used in the book.

This chassis design was developed into the HC147 by 1938 aswas described in the book.  It should benoted that the HC147 had shackled spring ends, not the slipper type (flat endthat slid on a metal shoe) as shown in the FC135 special.  The HC147 was never popular in New England,since evidently the width restrictions were not quite as severe or weren’tenforced (102 inches in CT although Mass showed as 96 inches in a 1935 copy ofAutomobile Facts and Figures – published by the Automobile Manufacturer’sAssociation in 1935).  The HC147 waspopular elsewhere, NY and NJ in particular. In New England, the wider HC144 (same chassis gross weight rating of36,000 lbs.) gained prominence which had its springs outside of the frame (3”wide springs) and were up to 101-3/4” overall width when fitted with 12.00-24or 101” with 11.00-24 tires (according to existing spec sheets).  The HC144 used a different trick to keep theoverall width down, it was fitted with tubular radius rods which werepositioned under the rear springs, so they didn’t add to the overall width likethe triangular radius rods did in the HC145 or HC147.

“Shortly thereafter” according to the book, “it becamenecessary to develop a larger chain drive chassis to provide an overall widthof 96” using 11.25-24 tires”.  Thus wasborn the HC170 which later evolved into the HC175 (by 1938).  The larger HC170 also utilized round (tubular) radiusrods which fit under the springs and thereby did not occupy valuable width realestate.  Only the chains and sprocketsneeded to fit between the frame rails and the tires on these heavier trucks.  The HC170 & HC175 had a 45,000 lbs. GVWR.

I’ve also included here a photo of the rear of the chassisof the HC144 and the larger narrow track HC170 (very similar to HC175) forcomparison.

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Warren, thanks, as usual, for the "rest of the story". I had no idea this truck was so special.

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