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Remember Continental Truck Towing?????

Posted By hanks1961kw Monday, May 10, 2010 1:53 PM
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These pics sure bring back a lot of memories. I worked for continental from about 1973-1975 and learned a lot while I was there. It was my first heavy duty towing job after I left the marines. I can remember washing, waxing and polishing my rig weekly. I remember that one oil drinking / screaming 2 axle Detroit tow truck and a couple of recovery wreckers. Still have a couple of continental coffee cups somewhere around here. Does anyone remember that one long legged, 2 stick( cant remember if it was a pete or kw ) that they trained new drivers in?
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Circa 1977

Lifting 3 axel cab over tractor off flatbed trailer, Vernon CA.

Picture kind of looks like the graphic design on 1980's #94 Continental drivers T-shirt, sorry the picture is out of focus, I must of moved when I took the picture.

~Don
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Here's more pictures of my time at Continental, Circa 1975-77

Rear view of #40

Front view of #48

Undecking of Job at Mack tek

Los Angeles, lifting piggy back off truck

Rear towing trailer that was losing its rear axel, Commercie CA

Rear towing tanker trailer that was losing its rear axel off the I-10 FWY, Colton CA.

Then Loaded on Low Boy trailer

I think the one truck I hated towing was the trash trucks. There was always goo, muck and maggots dripping down on me when under them to remove the drive line

-Enjoy the pics

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Wow !, This post has pictures of Continental Wrecker units, that I've never seen pictures of before. That Number 68 Emeryville COE, looks to have a Holmes model W45 unit on it. Thought just about all those units were "Big Sticks". Thanks for posting these different trucks.

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Those are great pic's Don thanks for posting them if you have any more that would be great:w00t:
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May 27, 2016

I worked for Continental Truck and Towing from 1975 until 1977, at that time they were located on 25th Street between Alameda and Santa Fe in Los Angeles. It was my first commercial truck driving job after getting out of the army. I live in Inglewood CA then. Clarence lived around the block from me. He drove #48, one of the big 3 axel boom wreckers. Clarence helped me get hired on there first drove #66. A cab over KW, 3 axel with a tag axel, it had the A frame set up. #62 was my favorite truck, 220 Cummins 13 speed transmission. It had a great turning radius. I was offered to drive #56, a 2 axel early 1960's KW conventional. It had a 220 Cummins, 4x4 two stick transmission. It didn't have Jake brakes. It didn't have brakes on the front steering axel and it didn't turn worth a damn. Those pictures of that orange or red, 2 axel KW conventional sure looks like old #56 to me, except when I drove it. It was white and didn't have the light bar on the top of the sleeper. All the wreckers and tow trucks had P.T.O., mechanically operated winches, no hydraulics. You climbed up on the bed and operated the winch with an up and down lever and a foot pedal clutch on the driver's side next to the wench. One day Jake called me into the office offered me #40. Jake was dispatching at that time. He said he thought I was ready to learn the boom wreckers. #40 was a big 3 axel cab over Pete. It had a 335 Cummins, 5x4 two stick transmission 18 or 20 K front steering axel with air assist steering, it was a brute to drive. When backing and turning to get into position to a wreck or to line up to tow you would run out of air and have to stop and build air. When Clarence left Continental I took over #48. It was a 3 axel cab over, KW, nice white paint job, lots of chrome, it had a Cummins motor bumped up to 280 and a ten speed trans. with a 4 speed main box. It was surprisingly easy to drive and maneuver compared to #40. The guys I remember are Jake, Clarence, Berry, Mike, Denny, and Carlos aka "Space Man". Carlos was king of the two way tows. He drove a cab over 2 axel ford. I think it was #74. Bill and his son were the mechanics that kept the fleet on the road and of course Will and Anita all were great people to work with. Above are some pictures of the Continental Trucks.

Enjoy.....Sincerely,

Don Secord
Friday, May 27, 2016 10:54 AM by DONSecord
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just a nther pic of the fleet.http://forums.aths.org/Uploads/Images/76b1bb3f-f891-45ea-9ed1-9f9c.jpg
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My Dad was probably behind the wheel of most of those pic's posted. He worked for Howard Summers in the early 60's. Tex convinced him to not only come work for him, but for us to move to Covina and be near him. Tex and Dorothy were like extra grandparents. My grandfather even dispatched in the late 60-early 70's.. the truck labeled " City of Covina" was a tribute to my mom. Continental was instrumental in keeping the freeways open back in those days. I can't tell you how often we would watch the work on the evening news. Unlike current times, a wrecker was always ready to roll on the urban grid each rush hour. The Continental crew got there, got the disabled rig off the freeway and traffic flowing asap. If a truck in the desert had sunk onto a soft shoulder, that had to wait till the weekend. And that meant a little tortoise hunting while the work was done. Wreckers daily focus was freeway triage. The first time I ever saw my mother cry, was the morning Tex died. The sleeper was the hang out for us 3 girls when a field trip was in order.
Tex loved to take us to the famous.. " Northwoods Inn" on Friday nights after a long week. His dog George would try to save us before we drowned in their pool. As we dove in, his nails would scratch our heels, as he was coming in right after us. Their grandson was near to our age, and even spent summers in Big Bear with us. Have not heard from Will and Anita for a couple years. I was so tickled to see these postings... hope some more pics show up.
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Thanks for the reply. I don't remember Matt, but their were five of us leased to IT in Redding, Ca. at one time in the 80s. We were like family, the IT drivers, we always helped each other. I sure miss that.
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Anybody remember IT or International Transport from Rochester, Min? Western Division in particular.

George


A few years ago I had a long wheelbase Freightliner Powerliner that was bought new by a Matt Orrigo in Central/Northern Cal. It turned out that it he ordered it new to be a Western Division IT tractor. It was quite fancy for the time.

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