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Globe Gasoline: 1936

Globe Gasoline: 1936

May 1936, somewhere in Indiana. "Auto transport at gas station." Everyone has a nice hood ornament here. Photo by Carl Mydans. View full size.

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Load Capacity

The car carrier lists the load capacity at 1 1/2 tons. There are two cars on it which I'm guessing each weigh 3000 lbs if not more making it WAY overloaded. Maybe that's why its gas tank is so close to the ground.

Round Corners

The windshield on the truck has round corners so it is a 1936. The 1935 truck had much straighter vertical sides and the corners at the bottom come more to a point than a curve. Also, it is an early 1936 model because the small visor above the windshield was not found on the later 1936 trucks. Photos below for comparing the two years.

The Standard Catalog of American Light-Duty Trucks states that 1936 was the first year for hydraulic brakes, later in the year all-steel construction was introduced (early series 1936 did not have steel roofs), and that 204,344 trucks were produced.

Aunt Evelyn

My aunt had one of those Buicks, or a very similar model, when I was a youngster. I watched my Dad replace the original bulb & reflector headlights with sealed beams. She bought it from an older family who had driven it less than 20k miles. It was still shiny and like new 20 years later. Someone ran into her, and they totaled the car, giving her a pittance. No value even with the very low mileage. I always thought she was not treated fairly.

Love the old trucks

The truck is a '35 or early '36 Chevy. '34s didn't have the skirted fenders. The easiest way to tell the difference between '35 & early '36 is by the hood sides, which have obviously been removed to help with cooling. Would love to see more of the Holland Motor Express truck in the background.

The Bumpers

Neatly wrapped.

All in the family

General Motors, that is. The truck hauling the new 1936 Buicks looks like a 1934 Chevrolet.

No Bumpers

They must put the bumpers on (as shown in the page from the 1936 Buick catalog) at the dealership--unless they are an option.

[Cars were transported without the bumpers installed to avoid damage in transit. -tterrace]

Who Made The Truck?

Looks like a fresh load of Pontiacs on top but who made the truck hauling them?

[The cars are Buicks. -tterrace]

Tanks for nuthin'

The fuel tank looks awfully close to the ground. 3 or 4 inches off the ground maybe?

Cool picture.

Thanks to the Shorpy powers that be. Love the site.

That is a whole lot of heavy

Enough steel in this picture to make 20 of today's compact cars.

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