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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingSeptember 20 - September 26, 2017

A Monster of a Tow Truck

Monster Truck 7-29-13 154 90a50By George L. Nitti

I'm sure it's not uncommon to find a tower who has a passion for trucks, who enjoys driving for the sake of driving, racing for the thrill, and even spending hours getting their hands dirty building that special truck of their own.

It seems to come with the territory.

Some towers, if they aren't rescuing the cars and trucks of others during their day or (night) job, may even flirt with being a kind of daredevil themselves, such as the type you might find at a racetrack entertaining large crowds waiting for the next big moment to take their breath away.

Seth Fisher of Fisher Towing in Monroe, Wash., admits that he is one happy fellow in his uniquely crafted monster truck used to entertain such crowds.

"I'm looking to do it full-time," he said. "I'd like to pare down my tow truck business to pursue this."

At Evergreen Speedway, also located in Monroe, Fisher has opportunities to drive his modified, lifted, transformed mid-'90s Chevy. Like other monster trucks, it is built to do jumps, stunts and wheelies.

What makes Fisher's truck particularly unique, even if it is just for show, is the wrecker body, where you will find a tow boom, lightbar and tow chains, distinguishing it from all of the other outrageous and colorful monster trucks on the circuit.

The graphics on the truck read "Tow Monster," written in bright yellow against a backdrop of orange flames.

Fisher is willing and able to go as far as it takes him, regardless of high fuel expenses to transport it far and wide or the cautionary nature of the sport.

"You can't just put the pedal to the metal," he said. "These cars are easily breakable. You have to land on all four wheels 'cause it's easy to break stuff."

Good thing it's a tow truck ... to help pick up the pieces.

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Wreckers Highlight Hawkeye ATHS Show

0 0a681By John Gunnell

The American Truck Historical Society's annual national convention in Des Moines, Iowa, this May attracted a record 1,269 trucks from across the country, filling the 600-acre Iowa State Fairgrounds with trucks small and large.

On the small side was a 1939 Ford 1.5-ton snub-nose COE wrecker that Vander Haag's brought from its corporate museum. With its 1930s art-deco bodywork, this short wheelbase unit spent its working life at the South Side Junkyard (phone 268) in Sanborn, Iowa.

It features a Ford flathead V-8, a four-speed gearbox and a two-speed rear axle. A three-ton hand-cranked Weaver Auto Crane did the heavy lifting. The truck wracked up 93,143 miles of use.

Parked not far from the Ford was an Iowa-built Hawkeye truck fitted with an even older Weaver Auto Crane owned by C&H Truck Parts of South Sioux City, Iowa. That's the city where Hawkeyes were manufactured between 1916 and 1933 (until the Great Depression took it out).

Compared to these two nicely restored trucks parked inside a fairgrounds building, Barry Reynold's 1957 White Motors heavy-duty tow truck parked outside was eye-catching because of its battle scars and hard-earned patina. On his window card, the Knoxville, Iowa, resident described the faded red wrecker as a "rat rod." Supplying power to the rough-around-the-edges classic White was a Caterpillar diesel that had been bolted in to replace the original "White Mustang Power" engine still called out on a hood badge.

G&S Service has been a specialist in the vehicle-recovery business in Des Moines since 1993. Their tow truck carries a hand-painted flame job on the hood, grille and fenders, and a hefty Holmes wrecker behind.

Big rig wreckers at the ATHS Convention included Tom Bronge's 1975 Peterbilt 359 from McHenry, Illinois, Ernie Vole's 1971 Pete out of Vernon, Illinois, the American Towing Kenworth out of Ruston, Iowa, and Decker Truck Line's bright yellow and red 1979 Peterbilt 359 from Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Some of the graphics on the trucks were those of towing companies that still are in business today. In fact, it appeared that many of the classic tow trucks were still "working for a living." In other cases, the graphics were ones you do not see anymore. Apparently, vinyl graphics companies are getting a lot of business reproducing lettering and logo decals for classic tow trucks being restored.

Editor's note
This story previously ran in the August 2017 issue of American Towman Magazine.
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WreckMaster President Justin Cruse said that the WreckMaster Convention will bring together towers from all over North America to provide a unique and beneficial opportunity to broaden knowledge.
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