Category Archive: BangShift XL, XL Big Truck Feature, XL Truck Feature, XL Videos

Video: Meet The Coolest Firetruck Ever: Custom Built By Four Companies In The 1950s, It Has 7,000 Miles On it, 4WD and More!

We have showcased many vehicles that OCD Resto has profiled on their YouTube page but none of them has been as cool as this. If you have been living under a rock, OCD Resto’s magic centers...

King Of The Cab Overs? The Iveco-Astra Line Of Trucks Is Built To Dominate Loads And Terrain

Remember Iveco trucks? Scanias and Ivecos were pretty commonly seen in the USA up until the middle 1990s or maybe even a little after that when both brands removed themselves from the market in the...

Rig Rod Feature: This Detroit Diesel Powered Rod Started Life As A Fire Truck!

(Words and photos by Mike Bradford) – Jay Ouellette is the owner of Bumper to Bumper Auto Repair in Twin Mountain NH and like many of us grew up reading Hot Rod and other similar magazines...

Big Uglies: We Found A Pair Of Cool, Old Hendrickson Trucks Resting Comfortably

(Words and photos by Greg Rourke) – Ever seen a Hendrickson truck? If you live outside of the upper Midwest, probably not. Hendrickson started building trucks in Chicago in 1913, and in 1926...

The Awesome History Of The Black Beetle A Jet Powered High Speed Train That Went 184 MPH In 1966 – WITH VIDEO!

(By Greg Rourke) – High speed rail is and area where the rest of the world has it all over us. All over Europe and Asia trains regularly run at over 180 MPH. In France and Japan there is...

The International Harvester Sightliner Definitely Fits In The WTF? Files, But Visibility Was Great!

(Words by Greg Rourke) From the WTF? files comes a truck International Harvester designated the ACO and ACOF series, better known as the International Harvester Sightliner.      First question...

Remembering GMC Crackerbox Trucks – Stubby, Square, and Tough!

(By Greg Rourke) – Yes, more big trucks, more cabovers. GMC called their all new, aluminum tilt cab trucks the F model, but truckers called them the Crackerbox. It’s easy to see why. All...

Dodge Once Made The Coolest Cab Over Trucks In The World – The Story of The L600 and L700 Here

(By Greg Rourke) – We love old trucks here at BangShift, and I love cabovers in particular. Medium duty cabovers are now dominated by offshore produced trucks, but once upon a time we made...

Lohnes’s Two Favorite Cab Over Trucks From SEMA 2015 – One Ford and One Chevy

If you had told the engineers and designers that were making these trucks come to life decades ago that the yeoman equipment they were working on would be considered iconic Americana in the next...

Luxo-Rig! This Kenworth Has One Of The Most Awesome Rolling Apartments We’ve Ever Seen On Its Back

(By Greg Rourke) – We love trucks here at Bangshift. We also love RV’s, and there has been a smattering of custom vans lately. So it’s only natural that we would like all three...

Locomotive Breath: A Look At The Massive And Monstrously Fast Joint Venture Freightliner Truck

What you are seeing here is 228mph. Sure it was at zero when we shot most of the photos and just a couple miles per hour when being pushed to the tech line, but as far as an impressive and an...

Wandering Colossus: This Former Big Foot Truck Went From Major Movie Stardom To The Corner Of A Florida Midway- How?

In today’s world few people likely remember the story of legendary boxer Joe Louis. The man had an incredible career that literally made him an American hero at its peak. Like many boxers he...

Western Star Under Glass? This Truck Has Not Been Waxed In 10 Years, Looks New, And Is Encased In Glass – Seriously

(Photo Credit: Dick Theberge) – Bill Kolias’ truck is so special that he keeps it under glass. Literally. His 2003 Western Star 4900 EX and its matching custom RV trailer are covered in...

A Turbine Powered Fire Truck? You Bet, The Turbo Chief Was In Service For Nearly Two Years!

During late 1950s and into the early 1960s the world was turbine crazy and as propellors gave way to fans, the companies building the compact and powerful engines were looking for all sorts of...