Trucker-photographer Don Christner is chronicling the past and present of rigs he found parked in the former small fleet yard of Junior Elmore in Cheyenne, Wyo. The journey began in the post at this link.
I was 19 years old and fresh off the farm, on one of my first trips to Lincoln, Neb., in 1985. I pulled the W900 Kenworth into Shoemaker’s Truck Stop in Lincoln mostly just to look around. There was a really sharp Marmon conventional there. It was painted black with lots of chrome and the aluminum wheels were all polished.
Whoa, best looking truck there that day!
Then the guy driving it opened the passenger door and a really pretty woman with blond hair all the way down to her waist and a diamond ring as big as the Marmon got out. They were really sharp in that truck. There wasn’t anything like that on the farm.
Although I saw very few Marmon trucks, I was a fan after that. Junior Elmore’s Marmon caught my eye right off as I’d never seen a Marmon cabover in the flesh before. Up close, it’s easy to see why a Marmon cabover was used in the movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” as the Autobot Optimus Prime.
The unit has an air-operated fan clutch, a starting fluid assist system with a electric switch in the cab. External in-line engine block heater. The RTO 12513 13-speed transmission worked well behind the Cummins engine. 12,000-lb. steer axle, 38,000-lb. rears riding on a Neway air ride suspension. Holland air slide fifth wheel, aluminum bumper, 11-24.5 tires with steel bud wheels that are chrome plated (looked like they would still polish up nicely). Air conditioner up on the roof.
Another nice touch is a light placed in the toe hold step on both sides so the driver and passenger could see where to step to get in or out of the cab at night.