The second life of GMC's

Trucks

After WW2 there was a tremendous lack of means of transport in The Netherlands. Army surplus trucks hence played a very important role in rebuilding the post-war economy of our country. Being known for our cheese ('kaas') production, this first picture seems very appropriate (courtesy of www.zuiderzeemuseum.nl ).
GMC kaas zuiderzeemuseum

The Edah firm also transported their cheeses with a GMC (courtesy of Armand Bastin, Jan Kiens and Harry Schols). Next to it another GMC with an insulated body. Nose and bonnet have been adjusted to accomodate the Deutz diesel engine.
GMC kaasvervoer EDAH GMC Deutz koelwagen

GMC's were also active in the annual sugar beet proceesing. These pictures show a CCKW and a AFKWX of family Al from Beverwijk (courtesy of Gerard Al).
GMC CCKW van Al, Beverwijk GMC AFKWX van Al, Beverwijk

Too beatiful to be excluded from this website: another 'cab over engine' GMC AFKWX (courtesy of Bert Klanderman).
GMC AFKWX van Verbeek

From the personal archives of Peter de Groot three trucks owned by Pol  from Leeuwarden, respectively the number plates BV-81-28, BV-28-71 and BD-54-BX.
GMC kabellegger van Pol


GMC kabellegger van Pol GMC kabellegger van Pol

Henk Bossinade lent met the next five pics of Pol-GMC's: the BD-54-BX, the BE-05-07 (equipped with DAF diesel), the BE-12-92 (also with DAF diesel) and, once with the old-time blue licence plate and once with the modern yellow licence plate, the BV-81-28. The last two trucks differ considerably from each other, so apparently documents and corresponding trucks were creatively swopped.......
This policy becomes even more evident by comparing these two BV-81-28's with the BV-81-28 on the very first picture from Peter de Groot archives which cab carried a machine gun hole in its roof! Whatever, Pol apparently used seven different GMC's, some converted to diesel. Thanks to Henk Bossinade his  administration we know that Pol has been using these trucks until, at least, 1999.
GMC kabellegger van Pol GMC kabellegger van Pol

GMC kabellegger van Pol


GMC kabellegger van Pol GMC kabellegger van Pol

An illustration on Pol's Happy New Year card of 2011 shows that at least one other GMC has been active: number plate holder NB-17-45.
GMC kabellegger van Pol

As a tribute to their efforts, Pol installed this GMC in front of their office in Leeuwarden (courtesy of Keimpe Bleeker).
GMC kabellegger van Pol

Another few pictures from the personal archives of Peter de Groot's: milk transport.
GMC melkvervoer GMC melkvervoer

Beijersbergen from Wassenaar once used 9 GMC's for transporting their building materials (courtesy of Peter Beijersbergen Sr (standing in front of the truck on the second picture)).
GMC van Beijersbergen GMC van Beijersbergen


GMC van Beijersbergen GMC van Beijersbergen

GMC's were also use for livestock transport (courtesy of Toon van Dijk and Martin Vente).
GMC veevervoer GMC veevervoer

Another two examples of livestock transport; left: one owned by Linders in its final stage in 1956 (courtesy of Albert Linders); right: a truck built by Martens and owned by Wijtmans from Hernen (courtesy of Ben van Nuland).
GMC veevervoer GMC veevervoer

An unknown GMC; note the use of Chevrolet panels under the bonnet (courtesy of Gerrit Langen).
GMC onbekende eigenaar

Not all GMC's were used in their original state. In many case one the tandem axles was removed. The first six pictures originate from the archives of Peter de Groot, the fifth one is from Bert Klanderman and the sixth one from Bart Jonker.
GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser


GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser


GMC veevervoer GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser


GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser GMC veevervoer

Left picture: vegetable transort by a GMC of Van Veldhoven from Loosduinen (courtesy of Armand Bastin, Jan Kiens and Harry Schols); right picture: cereal straw transport by Kor from Blijham (courtesy of Marcel van der Sluis).
GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser

Guus Priem sent me these tow nice examples of truncated GMC's.
GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser GMC montagewagen

JaWiCo from Pijnacker started their firm in 1945 with GMC's, as shown by the following four pictures (courtesyf of John van den Bosch; http://home.hetnet.nl/~trucker/story.htm).
GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser GMC melkvevoer GMC melkvervoer

Groothuijse from Beek-Ubbergen started as so many others with army surplus trucks. One of their GMC's had its rear axle removed (courtesy of Theo Groothuijse, http://groothuijse.net/gt/index.php?inhoudsnaam=home).
GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser

A GMC of the Dutch army Photo and Movie service, visiting an event in Wageningen in 1963 (courtesy of ....?).
GMC van de leger foto- en filmdienst

Pullens from Waalwijk used skips before they had been invented (note the cable from the winch passing the roof of the cab) (courtesy of Walter Pullens, sitting on the left fender, and Marcel van der Sluis.
GMC van Pullens GMC van Pullens

Wassing from Tilburg having their tractor blessed by a priest and his young assistant, just to be sure (courtesy of Marcel van der Sluis).
GMC van Wassing krijgt de zegen

Left: a GMC tractor pulling a semi during carnival in Den Bosch in 1950 (sourve: Fotopersbureau Het Zui den, brought to my attention by Duijndam); right: a GMC tractor pulling a semi during carnival in Maastricht in 1949 (courtesy of Hub Rekko).
GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser

Although some firms decided to shorten GMC's, other firms felt the opposite and had their trucks extended. The Mill firm from Gorinchem, The Netherlands, managed to elongate the truck by 200 cm whilst extending the wheel base by 89 cm. The transfer case was transposed by 89 cm too and the larger distance between that case and the gear box was bridged by the former transfer shift to the front axle. The original 6x6 thus became a 6x4 but, combined with a compact Dutch cabin constructed by Van Eck from Lexmond, the truck bed was as much as 215 cm longer (courtesy of Peter Albers).
GMC voor verlenging GMC na verlenging

The Belgian firm Stevens also carried out extensionscourtesy of Bart Jonker)
GMC na verlenging

Inter-Limburg used extended GMC's as well (courtesy of Armand Bastin, Jan Kiens and Harry Schols).
GMC na verlenging GMC na verlenging

Another two examples of extended GMC's; left: Twentol Deventer oil and lubricant traders; right: Hauber iron traders  (courtesy of Henk Jansen).
GMC na verlenging GMC na verlenging

De Tijdgeest haulage in Utrecht used several GMC as shown on these 1959 photographs (courtesy of Cees Reimus).
GMC van De Tijdgeest GMC van De Tijdgeest


GMC van De Tijdgeest GMC van De Tijdgeest


GMC van De Tijdgeest GMC van De Tijdgeest

During the construction of a new suburb near Amsterdam, this picture was taken in 1976 (courtesy of Eduard Hattuma).
GMC Hattuma

The municipal public transport company of Amsterdam (GVB) purchased 10 CCKWs in the spring of 1946. In 1947-48 five of them (truck numbers 56 to 60) were converted by Geesink Weesp into two-axle trucks equipped with a liftable platform,, two other into welding trucks. These five trucks served the GVB during twenty years after which they were sent to a scrap yard (thank you Hans Stoovelaar for the provided information). These pictures show platform Nr 59 twice (1947-1968, number plate ZZ-00-76; photographer Ben van M eerendonk), her retired sister Nr 60 (1947-1975, number plate ZZ-00-89) and platform Nr 58. The final picture shows a welding truck (Nr 61, 1949-1969, number plate RB-06-37) (source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/henkg/7794519824/ , courtesy of photographer Henk Graalman .
GMC van GVB Amsterdam GMC van GVB Amsterdam


GMC van GVB Amsterdam GMC van GVB Amsterdam


GMC van GVB Amsterdam

De Boer firm (left picture: working for Blauwband Express charters; right: transporting for their own tent rent firm: in the back their first brand new hangar tents from US surpluses) used GMC's too (courtesy of K. de Boer).
GMC van De Boer GMC van De Boer

Louis Ploemen from Meersen (courtesy of Hub Rekko (www.transportnostalgiezuid-limburg.nl ))
GMC Louis Ploemen GMC Louis Ploemen

GMC's of Brand Breweries (coutesy of Hub Rekko (www.transportnostalgiezuid-limburg.nl )).
GMC Brand Bier

Left: a GMC tractor pulling a (Italian?) timber semi; right: a GMC tractor pulling a mover's semi of Simons from Breda (courtesy of Armand Bastin, Jan Kiens and Harry Schols).
GMC boomtransport GMC Simons

Left: Skip delivery by a GMC of Van der Stoel from Vijfhuizen (courtesy of Gerard Veldhuijzen, Van der Stoel Milieu); right: a GMC truck of Van der Lingen from De Lier (courtesy of Leen van der Lingen).
GMC van Stoel GMC Van der Lingen

GMC snow plough (brought under my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC sneeuwschuiver

GMC owned by Lommerts from Delfzijl (source: www.noordelijktransport.nl ).
GMC Lommerts

GMC owned by Vermeer constructors (brought under my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC Vermeer

Beutiful GMC truck once owned by Transneerlandia (courtesy of John Bosch and Henk Jansen).
GMC TransNeerlandia

Truncated GMC tractor of Frederiks movers (courtesy of Tonnie Evertse and Henk Jansen).
GMC Frederiks

Two GMC de-icers of Arnhem council..
GMC strooiwagens Arnhem

Left: a great combination of Sonnenberg from Deventer; right: a GMC truck of Spronsen from Monster.
GMC van Stoel GMC Van der Lingen

Left: an elongated GMC of Onderwater firm; right: a GMC tractor of Egeraat movers.
GMC van Stoel GMC Van der Lingen

Another three GMC's of Onderwater live animal transport from Zoeterwoude: one with an extended cab to accomodate the market team, one in which probably a diesel engine had been installed in view of uncommon grill, and one with a kind of box on top of the cab (thanks to Henk Jansen for brining it to my attention).
GMC van Onderwater GMC van Onderwater

GMC van Onderwater

Left: a GMC of former national haulage firm Van Gend & Loos; GMC and trailer of ELKA transporters (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC of Van Gend and Loos GMC van ELKA

Altro from Kampen, The Netherlands, delivered goods for Schokbeton (courtesy of Peter de Groot).
GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser

Retired or spared AFKWX's of Altro: good for canibalism (courtesy of Peter de Groot).
GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser

GMC fitted with Henschel Diesel for forestry work.
GMC Henschel

Truncated GMC of Van Werken, Aalst, with its driver Jan Biesheuvel (courtesy of Lia Schaap-Biesheuvel) brought to my attention by Henk Jansen.
GMC omgebouwd naar 2-asser

GMC of Hovenga, Dokkum, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen.
GMC vrachtwagen

Truncated GMC tractor of GTW from Peter de Groot his archives, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen.
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC of Van Bree firm hauling Red Cross goods (courtesy of mr Koenen).
GMC vrachtwagen

Post-war adjusted pantechnicon GMC's of Van Dijk movers.
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC, elongated by Deckers of Zoeterwoude, with movers trailer owned by Van Leeuwen from Leiden (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC workshop body of Overdorp IJmuiden (source: https://www.facebook.com/NostalgieOverdorpIJmuiden).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC livestock transport (from the archives of Peter de Groot).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC (truncated) tractor with low bed trailer of Besemer firm, Ter Aar (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC of Derk de Klein from Emmen (courtesy of Jan de Klein).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC tranporting peat for fuel (courtesy of Klamer Bos, Gieten).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC of Sipma firm from Rolde (source: www.sipma.nl ).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC truck with low bed trailer of Mens firm from Hillegom (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC tractor with semi of Kazemier firm from Aduard (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC of Van der Stek firm from Puttershoek (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC of Zijderhand firm (courtesy of Mr Flikweerd).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC, supplied with bolster truck tyres, belonging to Gelders Overslag Bedrijf (source: Geldersch Archief).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC's of tank transporter Van der Laan from Lekkerkerk (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC van der Laan GMC van ELKA GMC van der Laan GMC van ELKA

GMC of Derksen firm, Arnhem (courtesy of Wimpers vd Kamp).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC with extended frame belonging to a Dutch hering trader(brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC dedicated to milk transport, owned by Klomp Zwolle.
GMC vrachtwagen

A GMC of NWM firm equiped for spraying tarmac (from the archives of Peter de Groot).
GMC vrachtwagen

A truncated GMC of Hoogvliet firm for livestock transport.
GMC vrachtwagen

A truncated GMC of Zeelenberg firm for milk transport.
GMC vrachtwagen

A GMC of Drenth firm hauling sugar beets.
GMC vrachtwagen

A GMC of Portena firm.
GMC vrachtwagen

GMC tractor semi-trailer for log transport (courtesy of Arie Pieters).
GMC boomstammen GMC boomstammen

GMC concrete mixers of Cirkel brothers ('BCA') from Amersfoort.
GMC betonmixer GMC betonmixer

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