We’ve got a literal parking lot full of trucks to look at today, folks! We really love all things mechanical here at The Hollow, and in particular we love antique things. During the summer of 2011, we had a chance to spend the day with our best friends, the Mudpuppies, at the BC Forest Discovery Centre, and we came home with a bag just full of images to share with everyone. Please feel free to check out the entire series “The Toad’s Tonka Toys” to see the previous posts in this set.
Without any further ado, let’s get to the pictures!
One of the first trucks we encountered after the train ride to the central display area at the facility was this gem here. No markings were readily evident, so we were unable to tell what type of unit this was, but we DID discover that it was pretty great! Years spent deep in the forests on Vancouver Island servicing the logging industry have taken their toll somewhat on the appearance, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we thought it was absolutely gorgeous.
What did surprise me was the way the trailer connected to the semi, via one big and long log. It goes to show how strong wood truly is, fully loaded this rig would have weighed tons. And yet, the coupler is a big log! Steel work at the time was readily available, as evidenced by the chassis design, so the use of the log was a conscious decision that was made for a reason. This image really tells a story to me, of what I’m not entirely sure, but the story is there.
Nearby sits a covered area that is home to several great rigs. Mr. Mudpuppy and I believe this structure is designed to house these units due to them being rather rare. This particular truck is a piece of utilitarian wonder. No surface is there to produce any form of aesthetic interest, the entire vehicle is designed from the ground up to do a job, and to do it well. Again we find that years of service deep in the forest has resulted in a ton of rust coming out, but to us this just adds character.
In these two images of the back of the truck, we really get a strong sense of the textures that have emerged over the years from the rust taking hold. We can almost feel this texture in the wheels in these photographs, but we also have no doubt that structurally these wheels could be put into action today and would be absolutely fine.
And our final truck for today’s post is the fabulous old Pacific Diesel unit. Once again, we find incredible textures here in both the weathered paint and the rust. This truck looks like it was designed in the late 50’s or 60’s to me based on the front headlight and grill design. I love these old classic trucks, there are wonderful lines in the body and design to take in.
Well, that’ s wrap for this post, folks, thanks so much for popping by! Please feel free to leave us any comments you may have as we truly love to hear from all our visitors!