| May/June 1987

  • Tank truck

    Joe Spell
  • Tank truck

    Mr. Over-ton

  • Tank truck
  • Tank truck

3650 Green Corners Road, Meta Mora, Michigan 48455

In 1949 I bought this F 6 truck for $1700.00 plus tax. I had a milk route where I picked up cans of milk from farms and delivered them to a receiving station where they were picked up and shipped to Detroit in tank trucks.

By 1955 due to farmers going out of business, I sold this truck and it was bought by the local fire department.

I bought it back from the fire department in 1986 and as the pictures show, the truck looks better after 37 years than I do. This truck was maintained all this time by Frank Noakes, who operated a one man garage for over 50 years and is still open half days, 6 days a week.

I will build or buy (please see wanted ads) a flat deck for it and use it to haul engines or tractors to our local shows.

Today a Ford F 600 with 2 speed axle would cost $22,000.00. In 1949 farmers received $4.75 a hundred for their milk. Today they receive $12.50. Of the 32 farms I hauled for in 1949, there is only one producing milk in 1986.