The second life of GMC's
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).
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).
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.
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).
GMC Holmes breakdown truck trying to re-erect a collapsed
milk tanker (courtesy of Klaas Klomp and
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.
GMC owned by Haulo recovery services (courtesy of Klaas
GMC breakdown truck of Koopman firm, later sold to Haulo (oicture from Mark Oud).
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).
Nine pictures of French Poclain excavators (courtesy of Eric Affeld, France).
Another three pictures of the first
Poclain, their TU type (from the archives of Ad Gevers).
GMC tipper and GMC-mounted Poclain, somewhere in between
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
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 ).
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. Four examples
are presented below: a Pasal 41A (Ten Pas, Alkmaar), a L&S 400 (Laarkamp &
Schot, Schoorldam), a KV 250 (Koster & Vonk, Rhenen), and a LAG, respectively (courtesy
of Ad Gevers).
As a matter of fact, the American crane builder Bantam Shield
also kept using GMC's as carriers.
Left: simple hydraulic excavator, possibly belonging to Brenk
from Geldermalsen (courtesy of John van den Bosch;
a Pasal dragline owned by F. Bos from Zeist.
Smink from Hoogland used this GMC as a carrier for a
dragline (probably a Pasal) (courtesy of Coen Bouwman of
Van Wijnbergen from Zeist used this GMC as a carrier for
a dragline (courtesy of Ton van Wijnbergen)
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
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
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).
Left: a GMC with a Pasal 41; right: a Koster & Vonk 250 (courtesy
of Harrie Vrienten).
Wrecker built by Kuiper from Balk forLoots-Fritsma from Sneek (courtesy
of Joost Kuiper).
GMC positioning telegraph poles along the Deurneseweg in Venray in 1962
(courtesy of Bert Theeuwen).
GMC with a Fuchs dragline owned by Spreen from De Lier,
being pulled (courtesy of Leo Mes).
GMC with a Koster & Vonk 250 dragline (courtesyf of Jan Stam).
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).
GMC equipped with a Jones-crane, owned by
Bruil from Ede (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC wrecker of Visser from Drunen (courtesy of Jan Stam).
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).
GMC with dragline next to a Ford CMP owned by Van Ditshuizen
(courtesy of Ben van Ditshuizen).
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
Daalder from Alkmaar in action at a demolition site
removing former German fortifications on the isle of Texel (source:
A GMC wrecker beloning to DAF dealer
Bestebreurtje (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
Another GMC wrecker (courtesy of Kees Jonk).
Same firm, yet another GMC wrecker (courtesy of Kees Jonk).
Same firm, GMC pulling a semi with dolly (courtesy of Kees Jonk).
Wrecker of Hendriks from Lobith.
GMC breakdown truck with Perkins Diesel (courtesy of Tyno Tyneman).
and tipper of Besemer firm, Ter Aar (brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC equipped with a Fuchs dragline of Zuidema firm from Wieringen (brought to my attention by Zuidema, Wieringen).
Heavy duty crane on GMC loading a GMC tipper (thanks to Henk Jansen for bringing this to my attention).
Crane of Kuiphuis, Oldenzaal (thanks to Henk Jansen voor bringing it to my attention).
GMC mounted hydraulic
excavator somewhere in Haarlem(source: archive Paul de Keizer).
GMC-mounted cranes of Nederhoff firm from Gouda.
Fuchs cranes mounted on GMC's of Van 't Kruis firm.
GMC wrecker of De Klerk Bros from Middelburg.
GMC-mounted crane with wrecking ball of unknown firm (from the archives of Peter de Groot).
GMC carrying a dragline of unknown firm (thank you Henk Jansen for bringing it to my attention).
GMC carrying a crane of unknown firm (courtesy
of Lucas Rozema, forwarded by Henk Jansen).
GMC (CCKW 352) at work in New Zealand (courtesy of Don McLean).
A GMC crane truck at work in Bulthuis saw mill in Oldenzaak (courtesy of Pascal Meijerink)
A GMC crane of Geuze firm from Scherpenisse (www.geuzetransport.nl, thanks Henk Jansen for bringing it to my attention)
A well-known breakdown lorry: the GMC of
GM-Garage of Zwart from Wormerveer, The Netherlands.
Winch work by a DAF 2600 and a GMC wrecker (note the great coach work of extended cab (source: Rob Born via Henk Jansen).
Along a dyke on the isle of Texel, a classic GMC mounted dragline gives room to a modern Orenstein
MH6 excavator (courtesy of Henk Jansen).
Dragline of Barendrecht firm from 's-Gravendeel (courtesy of Henk Jansen).
Various GMC's at work among which a GMC-based dragline of
Kuiper and Leeuwenkamp firm. next to a Mack NO (courtesy of Henk Jansen).
GMC mounted crane on pontoon, positioning basalt at Grevelingendam (courtesy of Rob Born via Henk Jansen).
A GMC wrecker and, probably, a Corbitt/White 666/Brockway wrecker, trying to recover a Bedford TK (from the archives of Ronald Hoekstra, via Henk Jansen).
Fuchs 300 dragline on a GMC carrier (from the archives of AG (Ad Gevers)).
GMC-mounted pole-driving equipment (obtained via Henk Jansen from Mark Oud).
Dragline on GMC carrier of De Moel en Hermes, Alkmaar (source: www.bouwmachinesvantoen.nl).
Dragline on GMC carrier of De Moel
and Hermes, Alkmaar (source: www.bouwmachinesvantoen.nl).
Pick-up from a Dutch canal (source: Mark van Oud, via Henk Jansen).
GMC tipper of Lensveld firm with dragline on GMC carrier (from the archives of Ad Gevers).
Dragline carried by GMC of Van der Wiel firm (courtesy of Henk Jansen).
GMC crane truck of De Graaff firm (picture of L. Hofland, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC breakdown truck of Van Amerongen firm (archive of Hans Gabriel, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC breakdown truck of Jonk firm ftom Purmerend (archive of
Peter de Groot, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC carrying a crane, probably a Fuchs 300 type (from the archive of Rob Born, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC with unknown crane (from the archive of Rob Born, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC carrying Caesar-grabber (from the archives of Ad Gevers, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC tiipper and GMC carrying a Pasal dragline of
Hofmans firm from Oss (archive of L. van Telgen, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC carrying a KV dragline of Van Oord firm from
Werkendam (archive of L. van Telgen derived from Zeeuws Archief, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC carrying a Fuchs 301 dragline (archive of R. Hoekstra, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC CCKW 352 wrecker of
Lagemaat and Wakker firm (archive of Jan Groen, brought to my attention by Henk Jansen).
GMC with crane somewhere in New Sealand (courtesy of Carl Smith).
GMC tipper en dragline mounted on GMC dragline at work in
Houten, the Netherlands (archives of Henk Veenendaal).
House construction per GMC in New Zealand (courtesy of Henk Jansen).
Shield Bantam back hoe.
GMC carrier with grabber in Dordrecht (archives of Jan van Pelt).
Dragline carrier and tippers somewhere in Alkmaar (archives Henk Veenendaal).
Breakdown truck of Van Zijll firm (archives of Peter de Groot).
GMC with Fuchs 300 loading starch potatoes
GMC with hydraulic excavator of unknown brand
Dragline of Van der Wal firm from Zuidland
GMC tipper and a (Koster and Vonk?) dragline on GMC carrier (archives of Ad Gevers)
GMC tipper of Berg firm from Nuland with Fuchs dragline on GMC carrier (courtesy of Henk Jansen)
GMC carrier with Ransomes Rapier dragline (source: Beeldbank Langstraat)
GMC carrying a Fuchs dragline of Pullens firm from Waalwijk, 1963
Another GMC with a Fuchs 300 dragline, at work in
Dragline of unknown firm at work in
Crane of Van Impelen firm
Coles crane of Van der Lee firm