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STERLING HC 165 (1942)

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I can  now officially  state that I am a member of the STERLING chain gang with the purchase of a  STERLING HC 165.
Here is the back story; at this past years convention in York I met Jeff L (in person) along with Warren Richardson and Kenny O. Between talking with Warren and Jeff, I became an admirer of Sterling trucks. So the hunt began for a truck. Many were looked via the internet and Kenny even went to check out a truck in person. Many phone calls were made to Warren who offered his vast knowledge on the brand.
Fast Forward to July 12 of this year when Kenny and Warren were attending a truck show and there was a Sterling in attendance. How fortunate I was to have a leading expert on Sterling trucks ( Warren) there to check the truck over and take many pictures. After much consulting with Warren, Kenny and my broker in Florida (Jeff L aka Orlando Superpower Sales),  a deal was struck with the trucks owner.
Warren advised that according to his research, only 116 HC 165 tractors were produced and this was the only known survivor with a Waukesha gas motor. This truck was purchased by the US Navy for the Bureau of Docks and Shipyards and saw post war service with HEFFERMAN Bros house movers.
Warren saw this truck back in the early '70s in a building through a window.
Gary Sylvester bought out HEFFERNMAN Bros and this truck was included in the deal. I bought it from Gary.
It still has it's original Waukesha engine with a 5 speed main box and 3 speed aux trans.

So a huge thanks to Warren, Kenny and of course Jeff L, for if I had not run into him at the convention and then met Kenny and Warren, this deal would have never happened.

I did not purchase the trailer (yet)

John G

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Wow, one of one left! That is pretty special, glad to see it in good hands. Congratulations!



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John, I am always glad to help a friend spend his money. That is a great truck you have there, a real one of a kind. With it's Navy history it fits right in with your other stuff. I'm glad it went to a good home.

John didn't mention it, but it is believed that Heffernan Bros was the first civilian owner of this truck and it has been garaged ever since. It is a wonderful survivor.

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Truck looks in great shape. It definitely looks like big boy tires 24" tube type.Good Luck Joe D.
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Was 12.00 by 24 the biggest size in 24s back then ?
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The M 26 dragon wagon came with 14:00 x 24's

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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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Nice save, thats a serious unit there.


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John the truck is going to be lonely without it's trailer. If you had it you could haul some of your stuff to more shows.

Trevor Sylvester of Falmouth MA owns your truck's big brother from Heffernan Bros Building Movers of Warwick RI. It's a 1944 tandem Sterling rigging tractor with 12.00 24's. I'm sure Jeff has pictures of it from the West Springfield Show.



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The big brother to John's new truck is this HCS297H dual chain drive monster, another beautiful survivor that has been garaged most of its life. This truck is for sale also. I have heard the figure 100K mentioned.

Trevor and Gary Sylvester are the same person. He runs a building moving business on Cape Cod and got both trucks when he bought out Heffernan Bros a few years ago.



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Those tires might even be 14.00 24's on the monster. I knew they were way bigger than the 11's on my truck.


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