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By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Saturday, April 28, 2012 6:33 PM
Some interesting dump trucks. Emblems removed.
By Autocarjim - Saturday, April 28, 2012 6:36 PM
By Mike Garrett - Saturday, April 28, 2012 7:45 PM
I'm sure it's a Pete.
By Don MacKenzie - Sunday, April 29, 2012 3:55 AM
With out a doubt. PETERBILT.
By clyde318 - Sunday, April 29, 2012 4:08 AM
Agree. Petes.
By Eric Reiber - Sunday, April 29, 2012 10:57 AM
Peterbilt. Sure look strange without front fenders.
By Stretch - Sunday, April 29, 2012 11:42 AM

Front fender delete. But they kept the semaphores!
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Sunday, April 29, 2012 1:37 PM
Not much difficulty here, these trucks are both early Peterbilts. These 2 wartime dumptrucks appeared in a 1943 SKF bearing ad. It would be interesting to know if the fenders were deleted because these trucks were to be used off-highway, or if it was an effort to save steel during the War. It also looks to me like the front bumpers are made of wood. The headlight buckets look chrome though, which doesn't fit in with the austere look of the rest of the truck. Autocarjim had this 1st. The color photo is from Robert J. Notice this early Pete is chain drive, perhaps a model 364 ? And it looks to me like the early Pete in the other b&w photo has a wooden bumper too.
By John Frances - Sunday, April 29, 2012 8:03 PM
from "Peterbilt: The Class of the Industry" at Google Books here :

"With the emergence of the first postwar Peterbilts came subtle changes in appearance. While the cab, hood, radiator shell and fenders stayed virtually unchanged over the next few years, the bumper was the subject of continuous experimentation.

The earliest trucks sporting the egg-crate grille were fitted with a smoothly rounded bumper. Next came a utilitarian style, featuring a straight steel channel. In some cases the open end was turned outward and covered by a hardwood board.

Later, an all-steel bumper came into use. This was characterized by a row of four round holes, allowing increased airflow to the radiator. Finally this style was replaced by a type sporting four horizontal slots in place of the holes."
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Monday, April 30, 2012 11:09 AM
Thanks for the info John. Great shot of the s/a Pete too.
By Autocarjim - Monday, April 30, 2012 3:24 PM
The Peterbilt bumper with wood were a reversed steel channel iron with the wood bolted in.The chain drive Pet was originally in a California ship yard with a large low boy.In later years it was owned by Tom McCaffery in Sonoma, Ca. with a gas powered Gradall on it.I think it is 9.5 to 10 ft.wide,also I think it has a Whaukashaw gas engine.