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Iso help to identify the model and hopefully the year of our new family project wrecker we are restoring, I have searched everywhere on the interwebs to identify with no success....

Any and all help greatly appreciated!

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It looks like a holmes 440. I dont know about the wheel lift though. I have never seen a wheel lift like that. possibly home built?? I am 90% sure the wrecker body is a holmes 440


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Do you know Gabe Rygaard, he was a ax man star  formerly starred on the reality TV show “Ax Men,”and he 

died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in a motor vehicle crash near Port Angeles, Washington, according to multiple news sources. He was 44.

The three-vehicle crash occurred on U.S. Highway 101. The State Patrol report stated that Rygaard was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Peninsula Daily News. There were no other fatalities.

Rygaard and his family owned and operated Rygaard Logging. He was featured on seasons two through nine of the History Channel’s “Ax Men.” The show documented the methods of logging crews in several states, highlighting the dangerous situations the loggers encountered on the job. The series was canceled in 2015.


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5 hours ago, Chuckud said:

Looks more like a Holmes 480/500 imho.
Holmes 440's were single winch.
Appears to be an add on wheelift.


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Your right chuckud, I stand corrected.440"s were single winches. 


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Here are some more images found in the archives.

 

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Here are a couple shots of my Fentron Wrecker. We bought the truck in Oakland CA, had it trucked to PA. It was a 78 Chevy 4X4, it was a great truck, we parked it in the summer and ran in during the winter months. It was rust free! It was a nice truck, liked the auto idle for the winches, was a beast in the snow or off road. It was totaled out Jan of 08 when a wreckless driver plowed into the rear of it while I was working a wreck on the interstate. I almost lost my leg, but the truck took a hard it at 60mph. I loved those older Chevys, was a good wrecker I worked it hard!

 

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They went out of business in the late 1970's. They started out being called the Oberg Hydraulic (twin-boom) Wrecker. The same folks who do the Oberg Racing oil filter. Then they changed the name to The Fentron twin-boom wrecker Mfg'd by Fentron Hi-way Products. They were manufactured in Lynnwood, WA. north of Seattle, WA. Due to the high cost of labor in the Seattle area compared with that of Tennessee they just couldn't compete.

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I'll have to see if I can prompt Danny Cassello into this topic as he has more images.

 

 

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Well I learned something new. I have never heard of Fentron wreckers. I wonder how many I have mis - Identified over the years. They do have that holmes look. 


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I'll let someone much more knowledgeable than I explain the recovery mechanics  for the split booms. I never used one, but they were for side pull recoveries. A Wrecker Driver/Operator would swing the booms, side to side then tie off on one side while winching off the other. Sort of an early day rotator or simply side puller.

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I wonder what they were called before Fentron.  We have a wrecker called a Twin Boom and the boom heads look identical.  Ours is a 25ton unit.  Dad told me they were made out west.  The one we have is all mechanical I wonder if Fentron bought TwinBoom then built the hydraulic version.

It's for sale.

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Nick Schade

Tony's Wrecker Service

Louisville, KY

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