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1966 Concrete Mixer Photo

Posted By Bill D Wednesday, August 13, 2008 3:11 PM
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The readymix company I drove for two summers, first summer between my Junior & Senior years of college, and then the following summer after graduating. First year drove a year old Diamond REO, nice truck, just underpowered, 208 hp Triple Nickle Cummins hooked to a 6-speed Allison automatic and a 3-spd Brownie. Second summer drove a 10 yr old '66 White with a 7 yrd Smith mixer, 165 Cummins and 5+4 trans. Also underpowered, but the engine drove a BIG hydraulic pump sticking way out in front of the hood.
Company had two '70 White Construktors also with 7 yrd Smith mixers, both had all Super Singles, 185 Cummins & 5+4's, that 20 extra HP made quite a difference in performance, but the super singles did not grip slick muddy ground on construction sites like duals did. It was actually a pretty decent job, always something interesting you poured concrete on. As driving jobs went it was better than most.
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Here is a picture of some of our trucks about 1966.  The second one from the left, with the oilfield bumper is the B-42 I am restoring.  It has a 6 yard Challenge mixer on it, so maybe that mixer is a 6 yard unit.

That White, Reo or Diamond T in the UNM picture appears to be a gas powered unit because I see no diesel stack and the mixer has its own, separate engine.  The diesels of that era had drive off the front of the trucks engine's crank that went back through drivelines to run the mixer.  Gas engines didn't have enough power to run both the truck and the mixer.

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I'll say 7 yd also. Looking at the setback axle, I'd guess REO or White or Diamond T derivatives of the Reo model

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I think it has to be a 7 yard mixer, very few people were running 5 yard mixers in 1966.  Whiteman and I think Smith mixers were short and fat.  Maybe it is one of them.  AGP always had modern equipment, so that also makes me think it is a 7 yard mixer.  Those short, squat mixers often don't mix as well as long, slim mixer.
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Is that a 5 yard drum or a 7 yard drum?  Guessing 5 yards.

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Attached is a photo from my University of New Mexico alumni magazine of the building of UNM's basketball arena called "The Pit".  It shows a concrete truck in the hole in 1966.  It looks like one of Albuquerque Gravel Products trucks and I think it is a White.  Their slogan was "AGP, the Concrete Giant" and they had a picture of giant construction man.  Notice AGP ran singles in the back even in the 60's.  AGP is now owned by Vulcan.
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