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Old 12-13-2009, 09:38 AM   #26
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Holmes 475 was their first small Hydraulic unit -single line....the 485 was the twin line ...the 480 was the traditional twin boom...the 475/485 were quickly replaced by the 1100/1200 series.
well it was a twin line, may have been a 485 i dunno. he just claimed it was too much wrecker for a 1 ton and not many were made. thanks for the info!
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:13 PM   #27
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Holmes 475 on a Chevy....
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:45 PM   #28
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cool thanks for the pic!
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Old 12-15-2009, 03:28 AM   #29
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Our rusted out dead '84 1 ton diesel yard mule. Hasn't run right for a year and has just been sitting in the back corner of the service lot for the last 9 months. We've had ice fog for the last week and it's grown on the truck like white algae.
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:44 AM   #30
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Our rusted out dead '84 1 ton diesel yard mule. Hasn't run right for a year and has just been sitting in the back corner of the service lot for the last 9 months. We've had ice fog for the last week and it's grown on the truck like white algae.
Dang that looks cold!
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Old 12-25-2009, 11:19 PM   #31
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sorry to bring this back from the dead buuuut...
i talked with my pop the other day and he said 475ST was the model. he knows 475, and was pretty sure st was on it too. twin line hydraulic extendable boom,looked like the truck 80sport posted but with the stuff i said and a tunnel toolbox behind the cab. google came back with nothing so i didnt know if anybody might know something lol
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Old 12-25-2009, 11:42 PM   #32
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Truck still had the new smell when this was taken,my Dad



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Old 12-26-2009, 12:37 AM   #33
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Hope you guys enjoy my 85 454 4spd.
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:45 AM   #34
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I thought you'd never ask.... from 1990 to 1995, I owned Cowboy Towing in Stillwater OK. I sold it and its still going (although they have retired all the squares). My fleet consisted of a 1988 FI 454 w/a Holmes 175 bed, a 1982 Chevy 454 w/ a Century 442 bed and wheel lift, and my personal truck was a '73 350 w/ a Holmes 480 bed and an electric over hydraulic wheel lift. I made every call in the '73 up to 1995.

I have had 4 or 5 squares over the years, but these trucks sealed my love of them.
Amen brother I love them too.
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:54 AM   #35
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Chief Bail. Nice old 85. reminds me of some I had....
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Old 12-26-2009, 02:44 AM   #36
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Cheif that is one nice tow truck, got any video of it in action?
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Old 12-26-2009, 11:35 AM   #37
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Chief Bail. Nice old 85. reminds me of some I had....
Thanks Man I love this old thing. And it has made me alot of money.
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Thanks my friend let me see is I can find some.
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:28 PM   #38
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Re: How about some pics of '73-'87 wrecker, fire, ambulance, etc?

Here is one from a guy who im buying some parts from


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Old 12-27-2009, 02:03 PM   #39
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here in pace florida the avalon fire dept drives a 70's dodge ramcharger its pretty sweet ill have to get a pic soon
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:59 PM   #40
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I took a couple of pics while I was going to the store today.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:48 PM   #41
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Hard to tell from the angle but if thats a 1/2 ton Burb thats so wrong for it to be an ambulance. Its taking that corner like a waterbed I hope there isn't a patient in the back.
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:04 PM   #42
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Hard to tell from the angle but if thats a 1/2 ton Burb thats so wrong for it to be an ambulance. Its taking that corner like a waterbed I hope there isn't a patient in the back.
That was my first thought also.
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Old 12-29-2009, 02:11 AM   #43
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Yea that sucka is leeeeaning.
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Old 12-29-2009, 11:23 AM   #44
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im in love with those hodges trucks
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Old 12-29-2009, 11:26 AM   #45
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this on ebay right now

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Old 12-29-2009, 01:15 PM   #46
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That thing is LLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGGG.
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:29 PM   #47
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that must be a b!tch to drive, thats when you move up to a C-60
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:27 PM   #48
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:28 PM   #49
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YouTube- Scriven Towing Service Chevy 454 4spd
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:37 PM   #50
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Re: How about some pics of '73-'87 wrecker, fire, ambulance, etc?

Here are some of my dad's '78 K20 with a "King" slide in wrecker unit for those of you that haven't already seen them. Dad bought it new in late '77 and it saw AAA service until 1997. We still have it although it has been sitting for about 10 years.

When it was brand new. Yep, that is me with our dog "Uniflo".


Picture from 1979 or so in front of our old Exxon station.


About the same time frame. Still missing the front left hub cap too.


About 1991 or 92. Pretty much how it still looks today even though it is been parked.
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