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1935 ford wrecker

Posted By wayneterry Tuesday, July 31, 2012 9:39 AM
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did ford build a wrecker at the ford factory or did someone take a ford truck make it into a wrecker
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I don't know of any manufacturer that made tow trucks "from the factory". Nash in the 1940-50 period might be the exception, but the were most likely built by a company for Nash. Most tow trucks "back in the day" were hand built by the owners -- it was sort of your "business card" -- it showed your mechanical ability.

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In more recent times, there are jobbers and factories that put bodies on chassis. Seems to me I heard about one near Louisville, Kentucky? When they started would be a good question. The accessories and body builders got cranking in the 1920s, and when companies got big enough to start a business installing them would be interesting. Similar to the oilfield and service body equipment.

The tow truck museum in Tennessee would be a good resource.

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We can remember a few of the riggers around OKC.

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Clymer's book on Model A Ford shows factory options of flatbed, stake bed, open express (delivery hack), dump box, and even ice box. No mention of wrecker, but a couple extra pages detailing the dump truck, which Garwood, Anthony may also been factory. There was a standard and heavy version. They werehydraulic and a pto gear drive hoist was still available.

Weaver was any early tow frame, hand cranked. I suppose PTO wreckers for small trucks started in the early 1930s.

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The tow truck was invented in 1916 by Ernest Holmes, Sr., of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was a garage worker who was inspired to create the invention after he was forced to pull a car out of a creek using blocks, ropes, and six men. An improved design led him to manufacture wreckers



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