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Old Recovery Photos ~ Very Old Post ~


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Topic Originally Created by Mr Waialae Chevron on Tow411 in 2005


Found these while surfing the other day. The web site said it was ok to dowmload images for non-commercial use.

CF truck number 10-297. A body tank pulling a pup misses the curve near Libby, Montana in July of 1966. The tanks were empty at the time of the accident. The Ford pickup is CF's Missoula, Montana bulk commodities terminal pickup.









1950's CF Truck chained up on it's side








Da Wash Boss said:

nice pics,,,,, and to think no rotators there no air bags no wreckmaster professionals and wow job was done. just real men who knew how to do things right. nice pictures thank you for sharing.
Dan Cassello

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Army Rotators go well-back to the mid-1950. Mounted on five-ton Army M62 series wreckers. Sixty-five year's ago, work was conducted off a rotating platform where its technology has morphed into the monster rotator rigs of today. To think the tow truck in the bottom two photos looks more to be that of a logging truck, maybe a hay-buck truck; there's no five axles, outriggers, booms reaching to the sky, etc.  Like Da Boss said ... "Just real men who knew how to do things right."  I remember working those days where towing and recovery WAS a lot different.  The industry's certainly come a long way. Thanks for sharing your old photos.      R. 

Randall C. Resch

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