The second life of GMC's

Cranes and excavators

The following two pics refer to GMC towing trucks the Boogaard firm in Beverwijk (The Netherlands). This picture nicely shows the difference between the original closed cab (left) and the post-war Dutch cab (right) (courtesy of Bal Molenaar).
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Boekestijn from Maasland (www.boekestijnbv.nl) has used 6 GMC's The first pictures shows one from the mid 50s. Don't let the Studebaker US6 cab fool you: the remainder of the truck is still a GMC CCKW indeed! The second two pictures refer to their third GMC, the last two to their fourth GMC. Fortunately, that one still exists, as shown in the folder Not too late on this website (courtesy of L. Boekestijn).
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From the archives of Peter de Groot a yard crane (probably owned by the Jonk bros from Purmerend) and a very special crane owned by firma Oomen from Venlo.
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The next four pictures show the GMC breakdown truck of Poort from Hoogkerk. Note the inflatable boat on top of the roof! (courtesy of Rob van der Laan).
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GMC Holmes breakdown truck trying to re-erect a collapsed milk tanker (courtesy of Klaas Klomp and www.zijpermuseum.nl/niestadt/bbank.html ).
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Also derived from the www.zijpermuseum.nl/niestadt/bbank.html photographic archives: another tanker truck in trouble. The breakdown truck was allegedly owned by Oene Koopman from Schagen, The Netherlands.
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GMC owned by Haulo recovery services (courtesy of Klaas Klomp).
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Left: Kwinten from Westerhoven did not just use GMC's as tippers but also as carriers for the dragline (probably a Pasal dragline) (courtesy of Albert Kwinten); right: Fuchs 300 dragline operated by Egbert Ottens, Emmer-Compascuum, mounted on a GMC (courtesy of Simon Ottens).
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Nine pictures of French Poclain excavators (courtesy of Eric Affeld, France).
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The Dutch Nooteboom firm (nowadays a leading producer of low bed trailers) once used GMC's as carriers for hydraulic cranes (courtesy of Peter de Groot and Harrie Vrienten).
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Groothuijse from Beek-Ubbergen used CCKW's but also this AFKWX as a carrier for their Fuchs 300 dragline (courtesy of Theo Groothuijse, http://groothuijse.net/gt/index.php?inhoudsnaam=home ).
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In the 50s and 60s there was a quite extensive dragline industry in The Netherlands, as memorized by Ad Gevers in his book 'De Nederlandse dragline' (2001). Several manufacturers used GMC trucks as carriers. Three examples  are presented below: a Pasal 41A (Ten Pas, Alkmaar), a L&S 400 (Laarkamp & Schot, Schoorldam), and a KV 250 (Koster & Vonk, Rhenen), respectively (courtesy of Ad Gevers).
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As a matter of fact, the American crane builder Bantam Shield also kept using GMC's as carriers.
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Left: simple hydraulic excavator, possibly belonging to Brenk from Geldermalsen (courtesy of John van den Bosch; http://home.hetnet.nl/~trucker/story.htm); right: a Pasal dragline owned by F. Bos from Zeist.
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Smink from Hoogland used this GMC as a carrier for a dragline (probably a Pasal)  (courtesy of Coen Bouwman of www.smink-groep.nl).
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Van Wijnbergen from Zeist used this GMC as a carrier for a dragline  (courtesy of Ton van Wijnbergen)
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Right after WW2 Rotterdam Council built a GMC wrecker ('number 3') to remove broken-down vehicles from the Maastunnel. Note the differences between the core version and the pimped final version: less open fenders, head lights built-in, bent wind screen. The crane on the front could lift 2 tons, the one in the back 5 to (topped position) 7.5 tons. Both cranes were built from scrap material left in the bombed Rotterdam harbor (courtesy Leo Stolk).
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Left: GMC carrier with Fuchs dragline owned by, probably, Dijkhoff (courtesy of Peter Dunki Jacobs); right:  GMC carrier with LAG dragline of the Langen firm (courtesy of Gerrit Langen & Hub Rekko (www.transportnostalgiezuid-limburg.nl ))
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Left: a Laarkamp & Schot dragline on a GMC carrier owned by Lute from Castricum in 1966, featuring mr J. Lute sr., the operator of the dragline (courtesy of Jo Lute jr.); right: the same L&S dragline (courtesy of Loek van Straalen).
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Left: a GMC with a Pasal 41; right: a Koster & Vonk 250 (courtesy of Harrie Vrienten).
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Wrecker built by Kuiper from Balk forLoots-Fritsma from Sneek (courtesy of Joost Kuiper).
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GMC positioning telegraph poles along the Deurneseweg in Venray in 1962 (courtesy of Bert Theeuwen).
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GMC with a Fuchs dragline owned by Spreen from De Lier, being pulled (courtesy of Leo Mes).
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GMC with a Koster & Vonk 250 dragline (courtesyf of Jan Stam).
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GMC wrecker (left) converted from a worn tipper (right); note the Bedford OY (?) cab (courtesy of Jan Stam).

Truncated GMC wrecker (courtesy of Jan Stam).
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GMC equipped with a (Coles?) crane, owned by Bruil from Ede (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
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GMC wrecker of Visser from Drunen (courtesy of Jan Stam).
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GMC with a Fuchs dragline, carried on a Nooteboom low bed semi, pulled by a DAF DO 2000 (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
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GMC with dragline next to a Ford CMP owned by Van Ditshuizen from Zevenaar (courtesy of Ben van Ditshuizen).
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Left: an A-frame on the bumper of Maarten Steenhoven his GMC (courtesy of John Bosch via Henk Jansen); right: dragline owned by Wim Ruijs in 1963.
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Daalder from Alkmaar in action at a demolition site removing former German fortifications on the isle of Texel (source: http://www.tessel.waddengebiedindeoorlog.nl/na-de-oorlog/).
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A GMC wrecker beloning to DAF dealer Bestebreurtje (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
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Another GMC wrecker (courtesy of Kees Jonk).
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Same firm, yet another GMC wrecker (courtesy of Kees Jonk).
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Same firm, GMC pulling a semi with dolly (courtesy of Kees Jonk).
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Wrecker of Hendriks from Lobith.
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GMC breakdown truck with Perkins Diesel (courtesy of Tyno Tyneman.
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GMC dragline and tipper of Besemer firm, Ter Aar (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
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GMC equipped with a Fuchs dragline of Zuidema firm from Wieringen (brought to my attention by Zuidema, Wieringen).
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Pasal dragline on GMC carrier, owned by G.P. Groot (courtesy of Jessica Groentjes of G.P. Groot, Heiloo, www.gpgroot.nl ).
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Heavy duty crane on GMC loading a GMC tipper (thanks to Henk Jansen for bringing this to my attention).
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Crane of Kuiphuis, Oldenzaal (thanks to Henk Jansen voor bringing it to my attention).
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GMC mounted hydraulic excavator somewhere in Haarlem(source: archive Paul de Keizer).
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GMC-mounted cranes of Nederhoff firm from Gouda.
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Fuchs cranes mounted on GMC's of Van 't Kruis firm.
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