1937 Walter FMD was originally purchase by the Nevada Highway Department. It was later used by the A. Bevilacqua and Son House Moving and Cement Contractors in Reno. The truck is one of the smallest of the Walter line at 20,000 GVW. It features a 100 HP Waukesha engine. I purchased it out of Idaho in 2003 where it had been sitting for about 10 years. It proved to be an exceptionally rust free unit and very complete. I hope to have the dump box back on it this summer and finish the bodywork and paint.
The ACRS and FMD
Video of my ACRS just after I painted it.
July 2008 update photos of FMD paint project
Photo update, Oct 2008, of FMD
Lights supplied by my long-haul trucking buddy Buster- thanks they look great! Take a close look at the pintle hook. It must have taken a few mighty tugs to bend it out of shape like that! And only 100 HP pulling it along.
We are now getting seriously close to picking up some Pennsylvania antique license plates!
This is one of my winter woodworking projects, replacing the door frames on the truck.
Under the paint was a clue to the trucks life after working for the Nevada Highway Department. This would explain the condition of the pintle hook a couple photos above!
This photo shows the huge size of the plow equipment on the ACRS.
Big Chief was asking about plow mounting for the big vee plows. I devised this system for my ACRS. After getting the plows where I want to leave them, I block up the push frame on the vee, remove the pins and chains and it is all set. The tripod is used, with a cable puller, to lift the wing off the ground just enough to swing it away from the front block. The way the plow fits around the nose of the truck it is pretty easy to mount up. Once the truck is setting all the way in the plow, the push arms are lined up, generally needing only a little up/down or forward/back adjustment. after the first pin is in and the chains are hooked up, I raise the plow, allowing the second pin to fall into place. Because the truck is sitting pretty much exactly where it was when I took the wing off, I lift it up with a cable pull and it goes right into place. Removal is real easy, mounting up can take 45 minutes to an hour working by myself. I developed this system so that I can mount/dismount by myself, without the help of a loader (which I don't have).
Here's a nice shot of my ACRS and I-H KB-2.
KB-2 with Knox grain box
ACRS Walter on the move.
Walter Watch Fob
Here are a couple photos of my Walter watch fob. I've only ever seen two of these on eBay over the years and missed the first one for lack of effort. When the second one showed up I was determined to get it, paying dearly. I was told by a dealer that the Walter Company never issued fobs on their own. This is an aftermarket company item (initials LC), but looks good just the same. Bill
The bottom line in this second photo reads "The Walter Snowfighters".