After spending the weekend driving our Goliath truck around with the kids and admiring some other old pieces of iron we saw, we were cruising eBay and stumbled across the ultimate prize for any lover of old trucks. This is a very cool 1958 Mack B-61 truck that is wearing a 1955 Bucyrus-Erie nine-ton crane, and it all works. Normally these B-model Macks are found in short haul big rig configuration, so to see one as a tandem axle, long wheebase unit is rare, add to that the crane, and you’ve got the holy grail for lovers of old Macks.
The truck sources power from an old six cylinder Mack diesel, which makes virtually no power. That engine is hooked to an anachronistic manual transmission with multiple shifting levers and a shift pattern that is the mechanical equivalent of pig latin. The crane is powrered by a 223ci Ford inline six engine, so just on the fact that the vehicle has two engines operating independantly of one another (and probably…no definitely producing less than 300hp for the pair) it is cool.
We’re not sure how long the truck has been out of working duty, but just on the evidence that the whole thing is functional, it has not been too long a time. The crane has a 50 foot boom and is rated for 9-tons. Appparetly a previous owner added a 3,000lb counter weight for good measure a few years back. The outriggers work and as proved by the videos on the eBay ad, the cable spools up smoothly.
Imagine this truck restored to all of it’s shining glory at a car show, outriggers extended and the boom pointing skyward with the Stars and Strips proudly flapping in the breeze from the top! You’d be the coolest dude there, trust us!