1954 Chevrolet COE

When in the mid-Fifties you saw a tow truck like this 1954 Chevrolet 5700 Cab over Engine truck coming to rescue your stranded vehicle you knew most emphatically that help had arrived, help that was capable of taking on just about any task. The 5700-series COE chassis was rated at 16,000 pounds, had a wheelbase of 158 inches and that cab, situated atop the 110hp, 192 lb-ft torque 235 cubic inch Loadmaster six engine, stood a whopping 98 inches off the ground, over eight feet in the air with a commanding view of traffic that emphasized its competence. Starting with a 5700 cab and chassis, this truck is built to very high standards around a Holmes 525 power takeoff operated dual boom, dual winch hoist rated 12 tons capacity. The chassis has Hydrovac power-assisted brakes. Finished in bright red with black fenders it has workmanlike brown leatherette and beige cloth upholstery and a full range of lights for both safety and working alongside the road after dark. The cab is equipped with a heater and it has been upgraded with a 12 volt electrical system, alternator and radial tires. It is very thoroughly done with quality paint, upholstery and chrome and has very attractive hand-painted graphics that add immensely to its appeal. Its presentation and cosmetics are particularly good and have left no area undone, far better than most trucks ever receive in restoration. The hoist and all the lights work as they should and this is a truck that will complement any collection but would be particularly attractive as the signature vehicle for a tow truck fleet or auto dealer with a busy collision repair shop.

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