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.