The second life of GMC's
Hundreds of GMC
tippers must have been working in The Netherlands in the first two decades after
First of all seven pictures of GMC-tippers owned by construction company B. Lute & Zn from Castricum (The Netherlands), the place where I was born. Several of them had their engines substituted by Henschel or Ford diesels, according to plates on the brushguards. As usual, the original open cabs had been replaced by closed so-called Dutch cabs (courtesy of Piet Lute and relatives, of the archives of Stichting Werkgroep Oud-Castricum and of Paul Keizer providing the last picture (note the LPG tank on that one!).
In Castricum it was not only Lute who used GMC's but also Twisk
and Bosman. From a Priestman 'Lion' leaflet I copied one of their tippers in
Under that picture their tippers are at work in Velsen (right) and in (dusty) Rheden (left).
At the background in that picture there is a dragline visible which seems to be
carried by another GMC. Until the 70s Twisk and Bosman used a GMC watertanker to
provide water to their road rollers (courtesy of Alwin Bosman).
The next few pictures orginate from the pesonal archives of Peter de Groot: a tippers of Zegwaard (Ford Diesel), one of Asch (Perkins Diesel) and one of Versloot (Henschel Diesel).
Four pictures of GMC's of Jansen Bros from Rheden (courtesy of son Henk Jansen).
The next four pictures originate from the personal archive of Tiede de Graaf.
The first threeGMC's were used by Sanders from Delft, the last one (equipped
with a Henschel Diesel) by Blok from Rotterdam.
The next three GMC's belongend to De Bruin from Ermelo (courtesy of daughter Heidi de Bruin).
The GMC on the left picture was owned by Kwinten from Westerhoven.
At the background a Ford/Chevrolet CMP can be seen (courtesy of Albert Kwinten).
The picture at the right shows a very common Netam 'three sides' tipper with a Perkins Diesel,
owned by Schapers and De Bont. At the background a Pasal dragline is visible,
mounted on a half track (courtesy of the Van de Ven farmily from Geldrop).
Two pictures of one and the same tipper? This one is
owned by Limpens (courtesy of Limpens firm, Armand Bastin, Jan Kiens en Harry Schols).
Left: GMC's active after the Great Flood Disaster of 1953
in the province of Zeeland, The Netherlansd (source:
rright: a GMC transporting debris for the Durox brick ovens in Vuren (courtesy
of Anton van de Giessen).
Two GMC's of the Kamphof firm from Heino (courtesy of H. Kamphof,
Ad Gevers lent me the five following pictures: a line up of the many tippers
of Mourik from Groot-Ammers,
three tippers built by BUCA for the VAM compost company, and finally a picture
of GMC multi-user Terro from Amsterdam, showing 10 trucks at one time (but the
first competiting Deutz tippers are gradually taking over....).
More Terro-GMC's from the Amsterdam city archives: note the LPG tanks at the
right side of the frame.
GMC tipper of M. Kegelaar and his son Ben (then Maurik,
nowadays Opheusden) (courtesy of Sonja Kegelaar).
GMC's of Verhulst from West-Kapelle (courtesy aan Adrie Verhulst).
From the archives of the Zeeland Library.
As so many others, also Groothuijse from Beek-Ubbergen started their firm with army surplus trucks among which this GMC.(courtesy of aan Theo Groothuijse, http://groothuijse.net/gt/index.php?inhoudsnaam=home).
Winter time: the ideal time of the year for maintenance.
Here we see the men of Verachtert from Kerkdriel at work (courtesy of Huub van Dijk,
www.bouwmachinesvantoen.nl, and Tilly Verachtert).
Nuy firm from Doornenburg: they also used GMC's (and a
White / Brockway / Corbit dragline carrier) (courtesy of Willy Nuy).
Brenk from Geldermalsen also used GMC's (courtesy of John van den Bosch;
Wijnbergen from Zeist used GMC's too (courtesy of Ton van Wijnbergen).
Three GMC's of Pullens from Waalwijk (courtesy of Marcel van der Sluis).
Four GMC tipper of Wassing from Tilburg being blessed by a priest (courtesy
of Marcel van der Sluis).
GMC's of Van Ruiven from Oud Beijerland (and a hidden Studebaker US6).
Unknown GMC's at work in the province of Zeeland.
GMC passing the bridge in the Alblasserwaard polder, 1962.
Six GMC's serving as the heart of the Tiemissen firm (courtesy of Harold Tiemissen).
Another contribution of Ad Gevers, once more illustrating
that Dutch construction companies must have used hundreds of GMC tippers in the
50s and 60s.
A very shiny tipper of Vissers from Drunen, apparently at the day of delivery (courtesy of Jan de Pinth and Bert Theeuwen).
A nice line-up of three tippers: 1x International, 2x GMC
owned by De Werd from 's-Hertogenbosch
(courtesy of Wilma de Werd); right: a GMC with a Perkins Diesel and, not
unusual in those days, adjusted front wheel fenders as a protection against mud (source: Leeuwarder Courant / Topografisch-historische Atlas).
Left: a GMC tipper of Jongeotter from Bergschenhoek (driver: Aad Nieuwland)
and right: a tipper of Vermeulen from Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel (driver: Thijs de Zwart)
(courtesy of Leo Mes).
GMC tippers of De Later from Venlo: the first picture
shows GMC's with Perkins diesels next to a Bedford, the next one at the left
shows a tipper being loaded by Michigan (note the Hogra tipper at the background)
(courtesyf of Anton de Later and Bert Theeuwen).
A GMC owned by Van Seumeren from Utrecht (source: Van Seumeren Mammoet Archief).
The next five pictures show GMC's owned by Schols from Ambij (courtesy of Harry Schols and Hub Rekko).
A GMC bult by BUCA of Tol from Heerlen and a GMC of Ploemen from Meersen (courtesy
of Hub Rekko).
A GMC tipper of Klomp from Harderwijk.
A GMC of Sleegers from Bakel and three GMC's of Kluijtmans
from Vught (courtesy of Armand Bastin, Jan Kiens and Harry Schols).
Left: Jan Vrienten standing in front of his GMC, owned by Elissen
from Tilburg, at the background a Hovers 380
dragline; right: three other tippers of Elissen (courtesy of Harrie Vrienten).
Tipper unloading tarmac for the lining of a dike (courtesy of Harrie Vrienten).
Less common probably, but DAF too provided diesel engines
for GMC (courtesy of Harrie Vrienten); Kees van Doorn (sitting next to the
driver) informed me that this is the first GMC adjusted by Terberg from Benschop:
reinforced frame and axles, a 120 HP DAF Diesel and a radio on board!
GMC tippers filled-up by a Boom dragline (left) and a Boom hoe (right)
(courtesy of Jan Rijsdijk).
The Nieuw Lekkerland cemetary under construcion by
tippers of De Waard and Hak (courtesy of Ad de Waard).
Five GMC's of Spreen from De Lier (courtesy of Leo Mes).
Tippers of Van der Lingen from De Lier (courtesy of Leen van der Lingen).
Tippers of an unknown firm (courtesy of Harrie Vrienten).
Van Burik from Apeldoorn was specialized in converting
former army trucks to civilian tippers. The conversion included the installation
of a Netam 'three sides' tipper body, a so-called Dutch cab and replacement of
the petrol engine by a DAF Diesel (courtesy of Peter van Burik,
GMC tipper of Gruno (source: www.noordelijktransport.nl).
Lensveld from Vlaardingen: once a multi-user of GMC tippers (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
Another example of post-war adjustments: a improved cab,
streamlined fenders built-in head lights, and a Henschel Diesel engine installed: Boer firm from Nieuwerkerk upon IJssel
(brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
Verheul from Hazerswoude also used GMC's (coutesy of John Bosch via Henk Jansen).
An unknown driver standing beside an unknown tipper.
Two GMC's of Verhoek from Kapel Avezaath ploughing snow (courtesy of Henk Jansen).
GMC tipper of Roetman firm from The Hague.
As common as this were GMC tippers in the 50s and 60s: six trucks being filled-up in a sand pit (note the Dutch cabs and the diesel conversions: Henschel in the first one, Perkins in the second one (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC tipper of H. Cirkel (courtesy of Peter de Groot).
GMC tipper of Altro, towing a warf crane (courtesy of Peter de Groot).
Another tipper of Kolk firm from De Wijk (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
Tipper of De Moel from Alkmaar (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
Tipper of Van Leest from Emmen(courtesy of Peter de Groot, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMCs receiving their load of cold tarmac (from the archives of Ad Gevers, brought under my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC of Van Drooge firm from Harlingen (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC filling the Vliet canal in Leeuwarden (courtesy of Grutte Klier and Peter de Groot).
GMCs at the Velser tunnel construction site (courtesy of Loek Tholen).
GMCs at a unknown excavation pit (courtesy of mr Verdriet).
GMC of Spaansen from Winkel, equipped with Henschel Diesel (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC tipper at work in Buiksloot, loaded by Atlas 1200 'May bug' (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
Proud kids in front of the GMC tipper of father, uncle or neighbour, employed by Dasselaars from Vriezenveen (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
Three pictures of GMC tippers of De Roon firm (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen)
A few more from unknown firms (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen)
GMC with Perkins diesel and, later on, an auxiliary hydraulic crane, owned by A. v.d. Hoek from Capelle a/d IJssel/Rotterdam (courtesy of Piet Klomp)
GMC tippers of Schaafsma firm from Appelscha(brought to my attention by Henk Jansen)
A GMC-tipper equipped with Dutch custom cab (and the typical Veedol babe!) of the from Malden (www.vanweesmalden.nl).
A GMC-tipper of Van Baarsen with a typical LPG holder aside to save fuel.
A GMC tipper of, presumably, Bos from Zeist, loaded by a NCK 304 of Van der Linden (photographer Paul Keizer, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
A GMC tipper owned by J.G. Nelis from IJmuiden equiped with a Ford Diesel and at the back ground an Atlas 1200 excavator (photographer Paul Keizer, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
A line-up of GMC tippers, equipped with locally manufactured steel cabs, owned by Hendriks from Lobith; note the diesel substitution: first one Perkins, second one DAF.
A GMC tipper of Van Hoeks from Valkenswaard loaded by their Rapier dragline mounted on a half-track (from the archives of Ad Gevers).
A GMC tipper equipped with a Ford Diesel engine, owned by Dienaar firm from Den Helder, loaded by an Atlas 1200 (from the archives of Peter de Groot).
A GMC tipper of Wink firm from Zuidwolde
A GMC tipper of Bakx firm from Bergen op Zoom
Two great pictures of the tippers of the Van der Linden firm from 's-Gravendeel: on top a line-up van converted (Ford Diesel) tippers and at the bottom a GMC with a Ruston Bucyrus on a low bed trailer (courtesy of Arie Pieters).
A GMC tipper of the Moret firm under the sand hopper (courtesy of Arie Pieters).
GMC's ready for mounting the tipper body and delivery by the Groko firm
The Groko worshop and several GMC tippers under construction.
A GMC tipper with Dutch custom cab under the hopper somewhere near Haarlem (source: archive ofPaul de Keizer).
Four tippers, somewhere in Zeeland (courtesy of Opa Ko de Ronde).
Een beautiful green tipper with Dutch cab and proud driver.
GMC tippers at work building the Haringvliet dam, possibly owned by Van Ruiven.