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66 Pete with 64 Mercury

Posted By Truck Shop Sunday, June 12, 2016 6:14 AM
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im looking for a 36inch crawl thought sleeper from 1950-1972 for a 1966 peterbilt 351a and 22 bud rims aulm ..i have a 1974 peterbilt 359a missing motor and trans 4 rims and tires need some work clean title..1970 peterbilt cabover 352.18 detroit 13speed runs and drives NO TITLE ..1974 kenworth cabover k123..1693cat 13speed fuel pump needs rebuilt NO TITLE....AS IS WHERE IS NO WARRANTY NO MONEY BACK..NO TIRE KICKERS 18,500 FOR VERYTHING OR WILL TAKE TRADE FOR OLD PETERBILT AND CASH NO PROJECTS I HAVE ENOUGH OF THEM ALREADY ..MY NAME IS CHARLES 620-290-9829
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All I can go by is what the original owner of the truck and the man who bought that sleeper new in 64 told me. I removed that sleeper
in 93 and installed a Holmes 750 on that Pete. The guy I sold the sleeper to was going to install it on an old KW. But that never happened.
It ended up behind the house he rented and turned it into a dog kennel. Later on I did see it--or what was left of it. Smashed at a scrap yard.

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I spoke to a individual that has 9 Mercury sleepers and sent him the photo of the truck. Their is a definitive space between the doors on a mercury sleeper. As Cam stated their are many mercury representatives as thinking this maybe a Willard sleeper or a Hood sleeper which were pretty common in the Pacific Northwest. It would be interesting to see what brand this is as it is a rare piece, thank you for sharing the photo.
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I credit your research on the sleeper. But I met the man who bought it new in 64.
He sold it to the original owner of the 66Pete. The man who bought that sleeper
worked for Brown Line in Mt.Vernon Wa. He told me dierectly it was a Merc.

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There are also other images (possibly Holtzman photos) of a Hayes with a similar sleeper, which I can't locate right now.
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I am certain that is not a Mercury sleeper, as it is not made using the assemblies Mercury consistently used from the late '50s through late-'70s or '80. If you go on the FB Mercury sleeper group, there is a lot of information about all vintage add-on sleeper boxes. There were literally dozens of companies building them at various times in the past 70 years. On this sleeper, the corrugated panels, exterior chromed hinges, forward-opening dunnage door, shape of frame under doors, type of Hehr window and roof cap structure are not Mercury at all. Mercury was not known to use any ribbed material in the manufacture of their sleepers. We have seen a rare box drom which had "trailer siding," but that ribbed pattern is different.

In the Pacific Northwest and possibly Western Canada there were a couple companies making bunks like this one with the ribbed metal. One was TruckTrailer, which had some steel in the structure and sometimes sported "TruckTrailer" emblems. They were distributed by Aeroliner, which also had its own line of sleepers which were popular before Mercury was. Other similar, but not identical sleepers have surfaced, on things like Hayes, which strongly indicates Western Canadian or Pacific Northwest sourcing.

The green sleeper pictured is a TruckTrailer. The Hayes pictured also has a similar, but not identical sleeper which has many of the same attributes. **I apologize for posting his hallmarked image, but we're talking history here, and its the only exemplar I could source* Credit to original poster.This ribbed metal construction with exterior hinges is indicative of Pacific Northwest aftermarket sleeper construction. These bunks are much more Pacific Northwest than a SoCal Mercury.
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I just met an old Herrett driver yesterday while I was picking raspberries of all things. He looked familiar, we got to talking and come to find out we had mutual friends from the Herrett days. When ever a bunch of old boys get together Mel and Homer Waller and Herrett seem to come up!

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In the later years Bob Rogers just held the permits and was a silent partner. The guy who ran the trucking and brokerage
was Art McFarland. I don't know if anyone on here is young enough to remember Herrett Trucking/GEM trucking in
Sunnyside Wa. Mcfarland was a dispatcher for Herrett in the 50's and 60's. At one time Herrett was the largest refrigerated
long haul trucking outfit west of the Mississippi.

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When I was a kid I bucked a little hay for Bob Rogers. At that time he was on the Prine RD in Olympia. The last time I saw the trucks they were in Ellensburg.

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This Pete belonged to me at one time, where it is now I don't know. Made in Oct of 66 was the second aluminum tilt hood sold in the northwest.
I bought it from the original owner. BCIII 625 Cpl, 14613, Pete air leaf on SQ100's and 82 pete outside frame power steering. The sleeper was
built by Mercury in 64, they only made 15 sleepers like this one in 64.

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