Re: Whitmore and Kingvale are Caltrans Maintenance Stations on Donner Pass: link
Author: George Andrews
Date: 08-07-2018 - 20:44
Yea -- Thanks Graham. I still grimace whenever I look at the CF Pusher Truck photos. WHAT A BALL - BUSTER that must have been to drive !!! Short wheelbase Cab - Over, single drive axle, iron springs on all 4 corners, maybe even a spring - loaded driver's seat and Armstrong Steering if it's old enough, and those goddamn Diamond 3 - Railer tire chains -- yuucckk...
That big box above the rear axle was full of concrete, to add weight for traction. The front bumper had a 4 foot high A - frame angle iron padded push bar sticking out from the bumper. Keep in mind the Freightliner Cab - Over was originally designed & built by CF ( the Freightways tractor ) to be light AND cheap, and it was a big aluminum box with the drivers' seat directly above the left steer tire; picture yourself trying to drive a basketball for 10 hours !!!