88. BC Vintage Truck Museum

88. BC Vintage Truck Museum

Yes, cars again in my blog. Well, actually trucks.

This rainy Saturday I decided to visit British Columbia Vintage Truck Museum, located in Surrey, BC.

The museum tells a history of trucking in BC before 1951. It exhibits many trucks, trailers, gas pumps, tools, and many other items that were a part of every day’s life of a trucker in BC over 50 years ago. All trucks here are restored carefully to what they looked like when they were hauling cargoes.

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1946 Fargo. It was hauling cargoes between Vancouver and Seattle between 1946 and 1953. 6 cylinder gasoline engine, 80 HP.
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Only basic necessary instruments. Trucker’s job is extremely hard, and back then it was even tougher.
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Fargo at work. Notice the road, it is not even close to the highway you travel today on same route.
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1946 Chevrolet Maple Leaf. It was purchased in 1946 by Bob King. This truck is brand new, it has traveled only 124 km (77 miles).  6 cylinder gasoline engine, 92 HP.
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1937 International D40. 6 cylinder  gasoline engine, 100 HP.

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1935 Chevrolet.
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1936 Indiana. It belonged to owner-operator Andy Craig, who started his trucking company hauling loads to Penticton, BC. in 1986 this truck was the first commercial truck driven on Coquihalla Highway.
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Gorgeous 1937 Mack EQ.
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Something on this picture can be found on modern-day Mack trucks. Do you know what it is?
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Every Mack truck has bulldog on its hood. Mack uses bulldog as its symbol. Mack got this nickname during WWI from British soldiers.
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1932 International A4.
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Old manual gas pump. They can still be found in remote areas of BC.

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1929 White Model 59.
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1955 GMC fire truck. It has been in service in Hope, BC for many years.
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WWII army truck

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1951 Chevrolet, a workhorse for telephone line company of BC, restored with great attention to details.

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Hand-made model trucks
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Trucks moving first Surrey City Hall in 1938.
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Heavy duty logger truck in BC.
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Vintage trailer.

It is an amazing small museum, run by people who are really passionate about trucks and who are ready to share it with others. I was amazed how much effort has been put into restoring these trucks, keeping them ready to drive today!  There is no entry fee, but museum accepts donations and even offers guided tours!

Don’t miss this nice and warm place to spend cold and rainy day!

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