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Remember Continental Truck Towing?????

Posted By hanks1961kw Monday, May 10, 2010 1:53 PM
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I agree Steve, If the Monson is an old continental, I am thinking the longer support was added with the underlift. It looks like it ties into its superstructure. Also if you look at the attachment welds for the longer supports (they can be seen better in this pic) they arent as good as the welds for the rest of the superstructure. As a fabricator I would say they were added after. I'm asking as I havent seen photos of any of the other continentals with supports that run that far back at all. Most seem to be hidden behind the bedsides. Who knows the Monson may be a knockoff.

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I see some differences in the structure just above the first "dropdown" on the bed. The Monson has 2 braces dropping down to the back and the Continental only 1.

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So I have a question for the old (former, not saying you guys are old) Continental drivers. I have always heard that after the pennant line broke on 36 and killed the operator, they scrapped the rig. I know the accident happened not sure about the scrapping. I came across some pics labeled as an old continental wrecker. The bed and boom superstructure, looks like the ones on old #36. Anybody have any input on whether 36 was actually scrapped, or is it possible this is 36 still in use? I don't remember ever seeing or hearing anything about Continental having any underlifts, so I would guess it was a later add on.




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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

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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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