The second life of GMC's
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 ).
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
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).
Too beatiful to be excluded from this website: another 'cab over engine' GMC AFKWX (courtesy
of Bert Klanderman).
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.
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.
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.
As a tribute to their efforts, Pol installed this GMC in front of their
office in Leeuwarden (courtesy of Keimpe Bleeker).
Another few pictures from the personal archives of Peter de Groot's: milk
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's were also use for livestock transport (courtesy of Toon van Dijk and Martin Vente).
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).
An unknown GMC; note the use of Chevrolet panels under the bonnet (courtesy
of Gerrit Langen).
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.
Left picture: vegetable transort by a GMC of Van Veldhoven
(courtesy of Armand Bastin, Jan Kiens and Harry Schols); right picture: cereal
straw transport by Kor from Blijham (courtesy of Marcel van der Sluis).
Guus Priem sent me these tow nice examples of truncated GMC's.
JaWiCo from Pijnacker started their firm in 1945 with GMC's,
as shown by the following four pictures (courtesyf of John van den Bosch;
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,
A GMC of the Dutch army Photo and Movie service, visiting
an event in Wageningen in 1963 (courtesy of ....?).
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.
Wassing from Tilburg having their tractor blessed by a
priest and his young assistant, just to be sure (courtesy of Marcel van der Sluis).
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).
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).
The Belgian firm Stevens also carried out extensionscourtesy of Bart Jonker)
Inter-Limburg used extended GMC's as well (courtesy of
Armand Bastin, Jan Kiens and Harry Schols).
Another two examples of extended GMC's; left:
Twentol Deventer oil and lubricant traders;
right: Hauber iron traders (courtesy of Henk Jansen).
De Tijdgeest haulage in Utrecht used several GMC as shown
on these 1959 photographs (courtesy of Cees Reimus).
During the construction of a new suburb near Amsterdam,
this picture was taken in 1976 (courtesy of Eduard 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 .
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.
Louis Ploemen from Meersen (courtesy of Hub Rekko (www.transportnostalgiezuid-limburg.nl
GMC's of Brand Breweries (coutesy of Hub Rekko (www.transportnostalgiezuid-limburg.nl
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).
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 snow plough (brought under my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC owned by Lommerts from Delfzijl (source:
GMC owned by Vermeer constructors (brought under my
attention by Henk Jansen).
Beutiful GMC truck once owned by Transneerlandia (courtesy of John Bosch and Henk Jansen).
Truncated GMC tractor of Frederiks movers (courtesy
of Tonnie Evertse and Henk Jansen).
Two GMC de-icers of Arnhem council..
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).
Altro from Kampen, The Netherlands, delivered goods for Schokbeton
(courtesy of Peter de Groot).
Retired or spared AFKWX's of
Altro: good for canibalism (courtesy of Peter de Groot).
GMC fitted with Henschel Diesel for
Truncated GMC of Van Werken, Aalst, with its driver Jan Biesheuvel (courtesy of
Lia Schaap-Biesheuvel) brought to my attention by Henk Jansen.
GMC of Hovenga, Dokkum, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen.
Truncated GMC tractor of GTW
from Peter de Groot his archives, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen.
GMC of Van Bree firm hauling Red Cross goods (courtesy of mr Koenen).
Post-war adjusted pantechnicon GMC's of Van Dijk movers.
GMC, elongated by Deckers of Zoeterwoude, with movers trailer owned
by Van Leeuwen from Leiden (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC workshop body of Overdorp IJmuiden (source: https://www.facebook.com/NostalgieOverdorpIJmuiden).
GMC livestock transport (from the archives of Peter de Groot).
GMC (truncated) tractor with low bed trailer of Besemer firm, Ter Aar (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC of Derk de Klein from Emmen (courtesy of Jan de Klein).
GMC tranporting peat for fuel (courtesy of Klamer Bos, Gieten).
GMC truck with low bed trailer of Mens firm from Hillegom (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC tractor with semi of Kazemier firm from Aduard (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC of Van der Stek
firm from Puttershoek (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC of Zijderhand firm (courtesy
of Mr Flikweerd).
GMC, supplied with bolster truck tyres, belonging to Gelders Overslag Bedrijf (source: Geldersch Archief).
GMC's of tank transporter Van der Laan from Lekkerkerk (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC of Derksen firm, Arnhem (courtesy of Wimpers vd Kamp).
GMC with extended frame belonging to a
Dutch hering trader(brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC dedicated to milk transport,
owned by Klomp Zwolle.
A GMC of NWM firm equiped for spraying tarmac (from the archives of Peter de Groot).
A truncated GMC of Hoogvliet firm for livestock transport.
A truncated GMC of Zeelenberg firm for milk transport.
A GMC of Drenth firm hauling sugar beets.
A GMC of Portena firm.
GMC tractor semi-trailer for log transport (courtesy of Arie Pieters).
GMC concrete mixers of Cirkel brothers ('BCA') from Amersfoort.