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  1. 8 hours ago, twostepn2001 said:

    Was this style of cab a IH or Chicago Cab build? Back in the 70's when putting cotton in modules first started, most of the module hauling trucks were this style of IH cabover. Don't know of any particular reason why, just was that way. And a majority of those had a IH gas V8 and a column shift 5 speed transmission.



    The one with the wide fenders is the CO-Loadstar which had the column shift 5-speed for only a few years in the early 60s, it proved to be too troublesome.  The Cargostar with the wider cab replaced the CO-Loadstar in 1970.  The cabs were built by IH as far as I know.  I think Chicago Cab disappeared from the business around this time.

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  2. 3 hours ago, jeeper61 said:

    I remember these

    Was there one after for White?



    White did follow with another low CO in the 70s, the Trend, which never was a big seller like the 3000.  It had a fiberglass cab as I recall and was promoted as having the ability to quickly swap bodies.


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  3. 5 hours ago, Art From Coleman said:

    I believe this is one of the White/IH cabs (Florence, CO)


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    That is an IH VCO-190 to 220 series.  The White 3000 while similar in general appearance is a completely different cab.  Diamond T did have a model that was the same as the IH.  I believe Diamond T designed the cab and IH purchased the design for their own production.

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  4. 9 hours ago, jeeper61 said:

    Thanks for the history on the cabs!!

    Did IH happen to buy Chicago Cab?

    Looking at the Hendrickson truck photos there are what looks to be newer cabs than the ComfoVision cab

    Pretty much seems to follow the progression of IH cabs through the S series 

    IH did not buy Chicago Cab or Chicago Manufacturing which I think was their actual name.  I do not know what happened to them, although as the number of truck manufacturers declined through the 50s and 60s, I'd expect they either closed down or moved on to other products.  It does seem likely that IH may have been providing cabs to some of the others by the time its use ended.  IH built their last ComfoVision cab in July, 1974, having started in 1953.

    Fleetstar A and S-series cabs were sold to others as noted.

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  5. 10 hours ago, twostepn2001 said:

     Did IH build cabs for Diamond-T or vice versa?


    Actually, that cab that IH called the ComfoVision cab was originally a product of the Chicago Cab Company.  IH began using the cab in 1950 in the L-line.  After 3 years of puchasing cabs, IH began manufacturing their own cabs.  Chicago Cab continued manufacturing and sold to many manufacturers.  13 manufacturers besides IH used the cab:Canadian Car, CCC, Cline, Coleman, Dart, Diamond T, Diamond Reo, Duplex, FWD, Hendrickson, Leyland (Canada), Oshkosh, Reo, Sicard.  I don't know if IH sold cabs to anyone.  That was probably Chicago Cab's market.

    But IH and Diamond T did build some trucks for each other.  In the 1950s, Diamond T was building some of the heaviest R-line construction trucks in Chicago for IH while the Diamond T version of the IH CO-VCO was running down the assembly line in Fort Wayne intermixed with the IH versions.  I know one man whose first job at IH was to install the correct logos on those trucks as there was little other difference.

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  6. 22 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

    I guess i was envisioning the jeep it would be bolted to being a pretty big ground plane, I guess I understand even less than I thought🧐

    your both saying it needs a large flat area at the base, not just lots of iron? 

    Yes, in theory your ground plane should be all around your antenna or you may experience some directionality toward where the metal is which is why many mount their antennas in the center of their roof and it should be at least 1/4 wave in length (about 19"). 

    Practically, it may not be all that critical as I use some strange mounting points such as a mag mount mounted horizontally on the back of a pickup cab for clearance purposes for my 2 meter ham radio, but don't notice great improvement when moving it to the top if the cab and many folks mount them on a corner as you are looking at or on the edge of a roof (clamped to a rain gutter--remember them?)

    That Cobra antenna would be a good choice.  Their specs say it is tunable up to 161 Mhz so no problem at 154.

  7. If you're planning on connecting your radio to the bottom of a 4 or 5' mast as it sounds, you will not have a good impedence match for transmitting.  You can buy longer antennas with matching coils at the bottom, but these are not cheap.  If I were doing it, I'd make a way to mount a 19" quarter wave antenna on top of your mast for some height or you may find using a mag mount on your hood will work almost as well with less work.

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  8. Very few were imported into the US because of the "chicken tax" a 25% tariff on light trucks imported to the U.S., imposed in retaliation for European tariffs on American chicken imports. The tariff was imposed in 1964 in an executive order issued by President Lyndon Johnson.

  9. Yes, the smaller IH trucks were always built in Springfield.  The exact dividing line varied according to what was needed.  Loadstars at one time were built in Fort Wayne, later in Springfield.


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  10. On 6/9/2022 at 7:32 PM, Old Binder Guy said:

    My wife has Multi Infarct Dementia and I'm her care giver. In recent times, I've had to learn to sort of cook, do laundry and other household things I didn't grow up doing. But my most important one is keeping her meds sorted correctly. I didn't know I'd have to be doing this at this late age. Gary😉

    Gary, you're not alone.  My wife has developed some serious mobility problems and our house sounds a lot like yours.  One of the effects of the "golden years" I guess.


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  11. If you look at others' selfies, they are always reversed.  The selfie camera is built that way although I would think they could easily program in a correction although I don't think many people even notice.

  12. Doing a little searching, I find the 1450 thru 1855 of the late 1970s were built by Snapper as W30Lee said and by others after that.  But the MF name is licensed by Agco to Simplicity who has built them since the 1990s.  Interestingly, both Simplicity and Snapper are now owned by Briggs & Stratton so they are related.


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  13. That would be just US production.  IH Canada was a separate company and their records were kept separately and not saved until the 1970s when it was integrated into the US company.  They did build the same models. 

    I am not surprised the RF-170 shows fairly low production as I'd expect someone needing the tandem rear would go with the heavier RF-180 instead.

  14. The Dam Busters photo is a British AVRO Lancaster bomber, not a B-24,  as the dam busting was a RAF project, not US.  The bomb was not a depth charge, but a cylindrical bomb that was designed to bounce across the surface of the water avoiding underwater defenses against torpedoes, etc.  until it reached the dam, where it sank and exploded.  It was designed with dimples like a golf ball to accomplish this. 

    Google Dam Busters or Bouncing Bomb to read the story of the development of this weapon.  It is quite interesting.  And it was quite successful, causing major flooding in downstream.

    And I've talked to folks that lived along US-24 where those Thorco-Fords and huge trailers for the day traveled.  When you saw one coming, you were wise to get off the narrow two-lane highway as it was their road and they were coming through.

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