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Postby 359Huskidrive » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:56 pm

From BTPA Facebook.....

In October of 2014 Bruce Taylor of Rochchester MA received a phone call from a good friend that was aware of Bruce’s Huskie passion. With only a cell photo picture that was shared to go on, and the words “It’s going for scrap unless you want to buy it!”, the simple answer from Bruce was “YES!”. And with a promise of future payment, and a little help from friends and family, this piece of rolling history was saved from recycling and put into safe keeping a state away until Bruce had the time in the off-season to go and retrieve his new treasure near it’s life long home in Rhode Island.
After getting the truck home, and after a wee bit of tinkering, and a splash of gas down the carb, the old girl fired right up! Next step, to make any and all repairs to bring this old workhorse back up to road worthiness, but in doing so, to also preserve all original history that the truck was wearing. Bruce did a below-the-belt resto on the chassis and drivetrain, and also removed the welded-on winch to repair a broken rear cab mount, no doubt ignored over time due to the winch being in the way. Using that opportunity, Bruce cleaned, painted and detailed the winch-frame-back of cab after the rear mount area was repaired.When Bruce received the information from the Mack Museum on this 1964 258T-12 model, he realized then just how special a truck it was. Page after page after page of modifications that the Boston branch office noted for the factory to make during assembly of the truck. Records indicate that the truck was ordered on 6/30/64, with a promised date of 12/64. As serial #63548 rolled down the assembly line it’s 153” wheelbase received a 48FD Continental gasoline engine that twists a 15” single plate clutch which turns a T530 primary trans along with a T591D auxiliary trans that transfer the ignition-fired torque to a radius-rod mounted, No-Spin equipped, R460 rear axle with 6.38 ratio. Predicted road speed- 60mph. The option sheet shows a hand written note that a 1.5428 to 1 speedometer adapter was added on 9/14/64 of the build.
Other notable upgraded options on the list were a Bostrum Viking seat, a jumper for the shotgun rider, dual 50gl. tanks, dual Glover chrome air horns, pancake muffler w/ vertical stack, directional lights on the rear of the cab, chromed radiator shell, rear ¼ fenders and side mounted air cleaner, tinted windshield, grille guard with 7” extensions, West Coast side mirrors, a factory installed flipper valve on the dash to lock the front brakes, heater/defroster, Berg rear axle spring brake assemblies instead of a driveline parking brake (and to allow a larger drive shaft upgrade. More on that in a bit), heavy duty 12cu.ft. air compressor, heavy duty front and rear spring packs, double channel frame reinforcement plates for winch mounting area, six 12.00x20 Good- Year Hi-Miler tires which required a 7/8th spacer along with Budd #393002 wheels “with wheel studs to suit” to be used in the rear for tire/spring clearance, and last but far from least, two factory installed options- a full width sliding rear window that required the deletion of the inside map boxes in the rear cab structure and hydraulic power steering. And let’s not forget the custom shade of green requested #990439R2 International Adirondack Green over top of standard red on the chassis. What was the retail cost of this factory custom-built one of a kind Huskie you say- $9589.35, plus delivery fee of course! That’s roughly $73,401 in today’s economy. On to the owner history.
We at the BTPA were very lucky to have helped put Bruce Taylor in touch with Bob Pouliot, which provided Bruce with the history wrote here. In 1906 the Home Coal Company was founded by Carmel Pouliot in Woonsocket Rhode Island. After WWII the company acquired a pair of old Mack dump trucks and a steam shovel, and began working in the construction trade around the area. In the early 1950’s, major flooding in that area forced an order by the Army Corp of Engineers to require 500 homes be moved to higher ground. This order created a boom in the house-moving business, at which Home Coal Co. jumped in with both feet. After purchasing a new state-of-the-art Unified Jacking System in 1956, it was getting to be time to invest in a new state-of-the-art truck to use as well, which is where the 258 enters the story. Bob Pouliot, age 71 today, a life long employee of Home Coal Co. and grandson to Carmel, shared a great deal of history of the use of the truck with Bruce, and now you. When Bob was asked about the sliding rear window option, he said- “No radios back then” it was added so Bob’s father, grandfather and uncle could communicate during the moves and rigging. He also “cleaned” up the reason behind the gas engine choice, which was against Brockway’s wishes, but was selected because it was felt the diesel smoke would have been too much to deal with while constantly standing and walking beside the truck during moves. Bob’s father was 88 yrs. old when he last moved a house with this truck, and the power steering belt broke that day, forcing him to “armstrong” steer it to the house’s destination. He lived to be 98, and was as tough as his little Brockway.
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Re: 258T

Postby Pokey493 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:23 pm

Great truck! Great story! Pokey
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Re: 258T

Postby Huskiedrive2 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:06 pm

Thanks for sharing Carl! That's a story the needs to be preserved here on the ORIGINAL Brockway web site.
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Re: 258T

Postby 359Huskidrive » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:57 pm

Good one Stan! But Facebook has more Brockway stuff than we could ever have here. More photo's and instant feedback on posts. It's just more convenient than message boards. I'll cross post when I can...stay well.
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