There’s an old question out there that we love asking. “Why be normal?” That is exactly what pertains to this video that was taken a while back at a state fair where a tough truck course had been setup. We’re sure plenty of Jeep Cherokees and o there junk bounded around the dirt track, weaving between the cones and getting a little air on the whoop-de-doo jumps. We’re also 100% sure that no one in attendance thought that they would both see an hear a 1949 Euclid dump truck run the same course the pickups did!
This old truck likely lives in a rock quarry or some other place where it spends its days schlepping whatever gets dumped in the bed, around. Powered by what sure sounds like a 4-53 Detroit Diesel engine, the lumbering old animal is neither fast nor maneuverable. We’re sure the guy driving was going like hell inside this thing and even though he has to stop to make a couple of the corners we think he did a good job.
This old truck seems to be in remarkable shape for a working rig. We love the 01 painted on the door of the thing in shoe polish against the orange paint of the dump. Euclid was a division of General Motors for a time in the 1950s but they got the boot when the government went after the company for basically being a monopoly. Boy, we’re a long way from those days, huh?
Most of us think of Euclids as being bright green. As Hitachi bought the company, their colors went to orange in the 2000s but we’re guessing somewhere along the line this thing got a fresh bath of orange paint at the behest of a fleet manager or something. Either way, the no nonsense looks and screaming Detroit Diesel definitely do this fella’s heritage proud.