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From the cabover collection: Bevy of new photos of classics by Don Christner

| October 20, 2016

Reader and sometime Overdrive content contributor Don Christner, based in Wyoming, took all of the photos in the post at a military-supply store called Supply Sargent in Cheyenne. “The family has owned the property since the 1950s,” Christner says. “Behind the store is a fenced-in yard where they used to run a trucking company. The trucks are just what they’ve bought and sold and traded for that are left.”

The store, something of a veterans’ hangout, says Christner, he hung around this past Saturday afternoon for “about an hour before I asked them if I could take photos,” he says, figuring he had about a 50/50 chance shop owners would let him. But let him they did, for about an hour more. The Dodge cabover above he says seems to have been last licensed in 1974. “It’s probably a mid-’60s model, with a 335 Cummins with a 4×4 16-speed transmission, still wearing its work clothes and flying Hunt Transportation markings. It was definitely the most unusual and interesting truck there.”

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This 4070 International had had its “frame stretched, welded and fish-plated,” Christner says. “That told me that it had operated up into the 1980s, when length laws relaxed and short tractors were lengthened. There were a lot of trucks with lengthened frames on the road at that time.”

This cabover Pete "was in very good condition," Christner says, "but I never looked under the cab to see what engine it had."

This cabover Pete “was in very good condition,” Christner says, “but I never looked under the cab to see what engine it had.”

The White Freightliners you see in the slider below were Safeway fleet tractors from a time when Safeway had a “very recognizable fleet of trucks out of Denver,” Christner says. “They have NTC 335 Cummins engines. A lot of drivers will recognize them.”

Another White Freightliner on the premises had “centerpoint steering,” noted Christner, “where you have to pull the steering wheel back to center after turning a corner, instead of just letting go of the wheel to let it center.”

The White Freightliner mentioned above..

The White Freightliner mentioned above..

This White Freightliner "would have been very pretty when it was new with that paint job," says Christner.

This White Freightliner “would have been very pretty when it was new with that paint job,” says Christner.

 

The following two photos of this Cummins-powered Kenworth COE ended the shoot, he adds:

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“I’m pretty sure that window opened and closed for just a one-time shoot,” Christner says. “I told them I would post the pictures to Overdrive on the Reader Rigs gallery. They seemed to like that, and I thanked them for their time.”

We like it too, Don, no doubt!

Catch more of Don’s photo work in rodeo and other photography via this link to his website, and in some of the past work he’s been kind enough to send to Overdrive from his trucking journeys:

Runaway truck!

A Rocky Mountains disaster averted by quick thinking, teamwork and a little luck -- driver Don Christner's retelling of a hair-raising moment on Colorado's Loveland ...

Don Christner presents ‘Mike and I chained up on Loveland Pass’

"At nearly 12,000 feet there is a generous safety bonus -- you see, if you do your job right, you get to live."

One bull hauler's mid-1980s test

One bull hauler’s mid-1980s test

The 1979 Kenworth W900 -- pictured above hooked to a 1976 Barrett cattle trailer -- is the truck Don Christner was running as a company ...

Driver dispatch from a series of wintry hazmat loads over Loveland Pass

Driver dispatch from a series of wintry hazmat loads over Loveland Pass

With the city of Buffalo under multiple feet of snow in November, driver Don Christner and his running partner were quietly but heroically hauling hazmat ...

Holy snow-banks! Winter rolling vid over Loveland Pass

Holy snow-banks! Winter rolling vid over Loveland Pass

Another couple vids from the GoPro Camera of young Caleb Christner, son of Don Christner, the Reed Hurst Trucking driver whose dispatches from the road ...

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