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By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:10 PM
Here is an unusual truck. Emblem removed. Photo from Don MacKenzie.

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By Bill White - Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:14 PM
Wolf Wagon
By Jack Amaral - Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:29 PM
I'LL GO WITH BILL. IT'S A WOLF WAGON.
By clyde318 - Sunday, July 24, 2011 4:05 PM
No doubt WolfWagon,especially with that drawbar on it. Highway Products made a similar truck,minus the drawbar.
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Monday, July 25, 2011 3:14 PM
Wolfwagon it is, with Bill White out in front of the pack. I don't think this truck resembles what most of us would consider a "wolfwagon", but this play on words was a clever marketing ploy for the Wolfe Engineering Corporation of Dallas, Texas. L.J. Wolfe of the St. Louis Car Company designed and managed the production of the Wolf half cab trucks. A series of Wolfwagons could be connected together under the control of one driver. Each truck had a front mounted drawbar which was stowed vertically. Both 2 and 3 axle Wolfwagons were built, with two 3 axle units sporting a 40 ton GVW together. Although trucks in pairs were the most common arrangement, up to 6 trucks could be hooked together. All manufacturing was done by the St Louis Car Company in St Louis, Mo. between 1956 and 1964. Our WAI Wolfwagon is about a 1961 model, while the 2nd photo below is from 1957. Thanks to Don MacKenzie for the WAI pic.  

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By Wolfcreek_Steve - Monday, July 25, 2011 3:27 PM
I remember some Swifts Premium trucks around here back in the early 60s, but I remember full cabs. (White compacts?) They also had the tow bars, and I believe all units could be controlled remotely so all units in a string were powered
By John Frances - Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:04 AM
from Google Books: Swift called these "Swiftandems"; they had 55 of them ("more are on order") with Cummins JNF-130 diesels and Allison 6spd automatics.
By chocko - Tuesday, July 26, 2011 1:27 PM
Interesting truck. What was the purpose of towing them? Joe D.
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Tuesday, July 26, 2011 1:32 PM
Joe basically they were "truck trains". The throttle, brake, and transmission controls for all the trucks were connected to the front truck through a series of cables. Up to six trucks could be run by one driver. They were only built for 8 years so apparently the idea wasn't too successful.
By Bystander - Sunday, July 31, 2011 11:24 AM
my thought would be that they were a maintenance headache and as soon as the longer trailers became legal, well, money talks.
By Bill White - Sunday, July 31, 2011 12:59 PM
Bill Mackey in Denver bought the ones there from Swift. I helped drive them home