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By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Sunday, February 05, 2012 2:12 PM
Special halftime edition of the WAI.

Big custom tank truck. Emblems removed. Photo from Brian Kelly.
By RICKY352PETES - Sunday, February 05, 2012 2:14 PM
By Bill White - Sunday, February 05, 2012 2:14 PM
By Wolfcreek_Steve - Sunday, February 05, 2012 2:20 PM
38 GMC
By clyde318 - Sunday, February 05, 2012 2:54 PM
No doubt here. GMC.
By AUSSIEWHITE - Sunday, February 05, 2012 3:50 PM
1938 Streamline GMC tanker
By PZ 1 - Sunday, February 05, 2012 3:55 PM
By Bruce Ohnstad - Sunday, February 05, 2012 5:10 PM
sure looks like the GM Futuremobile,

By Dieseldoug - Monday, February 06, 2012 2:03 AM
SWAG...  Diamond T
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Monday, February 06, 2012 2:51 PM
Most everyone has this right from the get-go, this beautiful streamline tanker is a GMC. I believe this truck was actually built in 1937. The tank is from Garwood but I am not certain who built the cab, GMC, Garwood, or perhaps an outside body builder. This truck did not resemble any of GMC's other models, but they were obviously very proud of it, featuring this truck prominently in the 1938 ad from Dan Souday below. Ricky352petes had this first but Bill White was only 6 seconds behind, a virtual tie ! Thanks to Brian Kelly for the WAI photo. And yes PZ1, that certainly is a TWA DC-3 being fueled.
By clyde318 - Monday, February 06, 2012 3:01 PM
I wonder if this cab came from Montpelier? Never knew them to do much GMC work. Maybe one of the GM guys knows.
By Gordon_M - Monday, February 06, 2012 8:24 PM
Now Jeff you know I'm a foreigner, and not one to argue, but if that is a 1939 ad isn't it more likely to be a DC-2 ?


By tamangel - Tuesday, February 07, 2012 2:20 PM
DC-3's first flight was in could be a 3 in the ad..

By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Tuesday, February 07, 2012 2:40 PM
It is definitely a DC-3. The DC-1 prototype first flew in 1933, followed by the production DC-2 in 1934. The larger Douglas Sleeper Transport (DST) was introduced in 1935, but would soon become better known as the DC-3. If I am not mistaken TWA was one of the first customers for the DST. Besides being slightly smaller, the DC-2 had two very prominent landing lights in the nose which the DC-3 did not share.
By Gordon_M - Wednesday, February 08, 2012 10:43 PM
Thanks for that, happy to be corrected - didn't know about those lights.

I'm assured this is true, but don't bet on me.  Some time post-WW2 there were piles of wrecked DC-3 somewhere in the far east, and someone salvaged one by fitting a DC-2 wing to one side to allow it to fly, despite the fact the wing was noticeably smaller.
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Thursday, February 09, 2012 2:38 PM
Gordon, that is a true story, I read it in a book on DC-3's many years ago. I don't recall the details but a DC-3 had a damaged wing and the only wing available was from a DC-2. It was a one time flight to get the -3 to somewhere it could be repaired properly.  
By tamangel - Thursday, February 09, 2012 4:21 PM
this story maybe?

By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Friday, February 10, 2012 2:24 PM
Thanks Mike, that's a great story. It's unbeleivable they flew a full load of cargo on it too !