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 08-03-2006, 09:45 Post: 132920
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Back in 78, I was crossing I-80, heading East and I was stopped somewhere in the Midwest. My wife and I both saw a tractor trailer heading West and the funny thing about the tractor was it was a Wedge shape and was lower than the trailer, the driver seemed to have had to drive while somewhat inclined on his back.
Does anyone have any info on these trucks, I would like to find a photo on the internet, but have had No luck searching "odd photos of 18 wheelers etc" maybe if I had a name I could find it better.
Thanks.
Several years ago I was told they are still being used in England, I think.






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 08-04-2006, 14:39 Post: 132974
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I saw one in Mechanic's Illustrated back in '76 or so. It was in the UK. This type of truck allowed a shipping container to sit on top of the cab and the wheels behind the cab. I could have been a semi-truck trailer too---if that were the case there would have to have been a retractable road wheel which wouldn't be needed if the semi-trailer tires were in use.

In my creative/inventive stage in my life I sketched something like it that had the "cab" as a self-propelled, self-contained unit that turned the semi-trailer box, suspension and tires into a truck once the "cab" connected to from underneath to the 5th-wheel pin. I came up with other ideas that used 4 steering wheels instead 2 with a caster in the back.

To do a search you prorbaly need to use the right nomenclature that fits the UK such as lorry or lorey for truck.






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 08-05-2006, 09:23 Post: 132997
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Earth

Thanks for the info,m good points. I will try a search wit your recommendation.
I spoke to someone who thought they may have been built by White's, do you have any idea who may have made the ones used in the U.S.?
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It is still early, probably by the 10 th post or so, it will become hostile. SMILE






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 08-05-2006, 15:42 Post: 133002
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WW: It was a european company that was featured in either Popular Mechanics or Mechanics Illustrated. mIt was one of thise little blipstowards the rear of the mag that took up enough space for a 2x2" photo and a caption. As I reacll the truck was about 4 feet tall or wahtever it would take to fit under a european semi trailer. I t was touted as a space saver for the crowded city streets since it didn't need a tractor out front to pull it.






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 08-07-2006, 07:54 Post: 133046
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Weyerhauser plywood had some odd looking trucks out that were crossing the country about that time in an effort to increase fuel economy. I can't think of who made them but I ran across them about a year or so before that on the highway. I know they caught my eye as looking different from anyone elses or anything seen since!






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 08-07-2006, 08:17 Post: 133047
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Earth & Art

I am still searching and have no luck as of yet. I know they exsisted, I saw the dang thing.
Thanks for all your input.






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 08-07-2006, 13:26 Post: 133067
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There were some other make companies like Hendrickson back then and it might have been with a Strick trailer. It might have been in Popular Mechanics that I first saw one when I saw it I believe it was in Chicago area and they only worked the west coast.






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Art I believe you're right it was a Strick trailer.






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I know it was a different configuration then anything I'd seen and it was at a toll booth and the talk on the CB at the time was that they only ran the west end of the country. It sure was a lot lower then the 2070 International that I was running a the time.






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