Power Wagon '36
Another Smart Trailer Equippage From Baillargeon's Shop
ANOTHER new and modernistic trailer conception has emerged from the enterprising body shop of the J. B. Baillargeon Express, Ltd., Montreal, a 1,200 cubic foot traveling warehouse van constructed for McCormick's, baker and candy maker, who sell and deliver their products from the trailer body.
This striking looking job, as illustrated in the three poses above, is of advanced style, with tractor and trailer close coupled of the same height and construction, giving the appearance of a single unit. Outstanding in the cab construction is the eight window arrangement, two windows in the front, and three on each side, presenting almost perfect vision for the driver.
This attention-arresting unit is furnished on a rental basis to McCormick's who find especially useful and efficient a specially built air conditioning system designed to keep baked goods in good condition for many hours during warm weather. This particular design consists of lining the interior of the body both top and sides with Insulite, leaving a space of two inches between the lining and the outside frame. This space permits the circulation of air and keeps the inside of the trailer body at an even, cool temperature.
"During very hot days" reports Mr. Baillargeon, "we use dry gas. However, we have only about two or three weeks of very hot weather, which means that the maximum length of time air conditioning is required is about a month during the year."
The special cab body is mounted on a 131 in. Ford chassis, and the trailer is a Dominion model 24 ft. long with compensating fifth wheel. Loading capacity is 8 tons, height is 10 1/2 ft., and overall length is 33 ft. Weight of tractor is 7,700 pounds and of trailer 7,280 pounds.
Both units are attractively finished in aluminum paint, the lettering and decorations being in Chinese red and vermillion.
Over 90 units are operated by the Baillargeon company, the bulk of the business being in furniture moving and warehousing service, but regular scheduled motor freight service is provided between a number of principal cities between Canadian and United States points, regular routes being operated between Montreal and New York, 423 miles, and between Montreal and Boston, 332 miles.
Patent for the body design here