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What Am I for Thursday 8/02/12

Posted By Jeff Lakaszcyck 9 Years Ago
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I wish I had a wrecker like this to play with when I was a kid. Actually, I still do !

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I'll go with Brian. Ward LaFrance.
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Ward LaFrance, specifically, the series 4 version, as they were the only Ward Lafrance's with the curved boom. Outside of a closed cab Diamond T, it is the coolest looking WWII truck. Jeff understands my biased position.

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"The impossible will take a little longer" The sign posted above the entrance to the machine shop on the USS Yorktown
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1942 Ward LaFrance M1 series 2
1944 Ward LaFrance M1A1 series 5
1940 Chevy G7112 cargo /dump
1944 Sterling HC 165 tractor (1 of 5)
1945 Autocar U7144T w/ 10 ton trailer
1945 Mack NO7

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Parents are irresponsible to allow children to drive a truck like this.
Proof, these poor children had an accident, destroyed the engine and the cab, smashed the fenders. I almost forget, they lost the radiator cap

However, with a little attention and care (Tlc from Jeff), this old soldier can finally enjoy an happy retirement. For the radiator cap dont be on hurry.

Jeff; It's time to show us this beautiful series 4 from the Swiss army you received 6 weeks ago.
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Jeff:

I see, you tease us with this picture and at the end of the day you will show us your latest acquisition. I believe you will have the only series 4 in the US.

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"The impossible will take a little longer" The sign posted above the entrance to the machine shop on the USS Yorktown
1942 Diamond T 969A
1942 Ward LaFrance M1 series 2
1944 Ward LaFrance M1A1 series 5
1940 Chevy G7112 cargo /dump
1944 Sterling HC 165 tractor (1 of 5)
1945 Autocar U7144T w/ 10 ton trailer
1945 Mack NO7

1 understanding wife

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Here is a picture of my Ward LaFrance series 2, notice the straight boom.

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"The impossible will take a little longer" The sign posted above the entrance to the machine shop on the USS Yorktown
1942 Diamond T 969A
1942 Ward LaFrance M1 series 2
1944 Ward LaFrance M1A1 series 5
1940 Chevy G7112 cargo /dump
1944 Sterling HC 165 tractor (1 of 5)
1945 Autocar U7144T w/ 10 ton trailer
1945 Mack NO7

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John, I'm afraid it is Dan who teases. I would love to be the owner of the only Series 4 in the US, but alas, all I have are a few photos. No big trucks in my garage yet. As for the WAI, Brian is correct, our WAI photo is a 1942-43 Ward LaFrance 1000 Series 4 M1 wrecker. The Series 4 was the last of the WLF M1 wreckers before production began on the Series 5 open cab models John is right, the WLF Series 4 M1 is the only M1 or M1A1 wrecker to have a curved boom. A curved boom could also be found on early models of the Federal and Biederman C2 AAF wreckers. Photos below show a restored Series 4 and a 1943 WLF ad.

http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/68e0882d-2675-4524-90d9-21db.jpg

http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/2e62e688-abae-40be-b0b6-1d04.jpg

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I was able to see John Gott's WLF while it was here in Florida and it is a very well preserved survivor. It saw service in Europe during the War and then went in Belgian Army before being returned to the US as a collector vehicle. I don't believe it has worked a day in its civilian life.

John, I found this photo of a Series 2 in civilian life in France I thought you might enjoy.

http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/9cb44e65-299b-448c-9c83-5a2c.jpg

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