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Holmes model identification


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I have a new to me wrecker with an older chain driven twin spook and hydraulic cylinders. The boom does not telescope which seems to be really rare.


The wheel lift is a 3 stage that appears to be pretty heavy duty. I need some parts and cannot figure out a model and year range of my setup. ANY help would be appreciated.





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Hard to say, seems very nicely done. Problem is right now I need some parts for the 3 stage wheel lift/underlift, main part being a new pin assembly for the t bar pivot.

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Todd Peterson said:

Looks home built with Holmes 600 winches and a early formula 3 underlift


Michael Myers said:

Could be a Spenco? With a Holmes MD10 or early model Century F-III under lift.



Mike Whitaker said:

blue steel still sells those lifts;


Resource for these replies: Vintage Holmes Wrecker Group

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If that is the truck I think it is, it was at towing company near me several years ago. It is a Holmes 600 winches and gear box with a homemade boom and add on Holmes or Century wheel lift. When I looked at it, it did not have a counter balance valve for the boom lift cylinders and the boom could be lowered without the PTO engaged. It was just gravity down. It also had 2 PTOs, 1 for the boom and wheel and 1 for the winches.

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Sounds like you’ve used it before?? Seems to be a pretty nice truck. 

Ripped the truck apart to do some upkeep. One boom cylinder is getting repacked, new sides for the bed, new updated rear differential/brakes/ratio, rebuilt wheel lift, new paint, polished aluminum wheels, etc.


I haven't used the truck yet so to the major hydraulic leak. What doesn’t have a counter balance valve? Did it not work as it should? I could always add to the update list! 

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