Monday, September 12, 2011

Truck Of The Day: September 12, 2011

Today's car of the day is M2 Machines' 1958 Chevrolet Spartan (LCF).

In 1955 Chevrolet replaced the COE with a lower profile, short nosed design called the Low Cab Forward (LCF). GMC Had a truck like this as well but it was Just had an "F" added to the model number, so I'm calling them F-models. They are called Two-Ton Trucks most of the time, LCF's were rated up to 26,000 lb GVW & run the tried & true Chevrolet six cylinder engine. The V8 engine was also used in the later years. Of course the GMC used their own inline-6 or V8 engines. Also some of the bigger truck had Detriot Diesels in them.

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Chevrolet Spartan

A great addition to M2's lineup, vintage tractor trailers have been neglected in small scale for far too long.

Advantages of the LCF design was greater cargo area for a given wheelbase, more maneuverable, & the high cab also gave drivers excellent visibility, a real plus in threading a truck city traffic. Also you could get a shorter truck if you used the same size bed as on regular truck or with a fifth wheel.

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