Serial #LF2D 2383D
Specs: Cummins 220, Mack 5 speed main box, Mack duplexer auxiliary transmission, Spicer 3 speed auxiliary, Mack Bogie single speed rear ends, Wentworth-Irwin logging trailer, Williams Air Co. water control box, Peerless truck & trailer bunks, Peerless cab guard & water tank.
History of the 1951 Mack LF by David Hull
My Dad, Homer Hull purchased this truck brand new in 1950 from Gene Pitchford of Pitchford Motor Co Mack Sales & Service in Eugene, Oregon. This truck was built at the Mack Truck Factory in Allentown, Pennsylvania in December of 1950. Though it was completed in 1950, it was titled as a 1951. At that time, my parents, Homer & Joan Hull flew to Allentown and drove this truck home from the factory to Eugene, Oregon. My mother recalls that they left Allentown driving all day, all night and all of the next day. They would spend every other night sleeping and then repeat driving straight through the day and night until they reached Oregon. Mother also stated that while going across Wyoming, they were caught in a snowstorm. They covered up with a blanket and my Dad left the truck running for warmth. Finally they made it to Oregon just before Christmas.
My Dad had the truck outfitted as a logging truck and was going to use it to haul logs to his sawmill, Hull Oakes Lumber Co., Inc. located in Dawson, Oregon. This Mack truck joined the two trucks in his fleet at the time; a 1941 Mack FP and a 1947 Mack LJ. Dad put a cab guard, water tank for cooling the brakes, cheese block style bunk equipment and a new Peerless logging trailer.
Most of the logs that were hauled on this truck were between 40 & 100 feet long. In addition to hauling logs, this old Mack was used to haul the loading donkey when the logging side was moved and to haul the Cat 2U D*. Originally this old Mack came from the factory powered by a 672 cubic inch Mack diesel engine. In 1957, this engine was replaced with a Cummins 220. West coast style mirrors were also added at this time. In the mid 1960’s it was given a more modern update. The cheese block style bunks were replaced with newer bunks that had 36-inch tall stakes.
Circa 1970 a 3,200-gallon water tank was put on the truck and it was only used in the spring and summer as a fire truck and to haul water to newly built logging roads for processing purposes. This was its purpose until about 1987 when it was retired and parked at the west end of the sawmill millpond to die a slow and rusty death!
In March of 2002, I had the water tank cut off and pulled the truck down to our shop to begin restoring it. I used parts from another truck to complete the restoration. Many original parts were replaced. The front and rear axles, truck & trailer bunks, and cab guard are the only original parts. When the truck was turned into a water truck the pointed end on the back of the frame was kept but the original logging trailer was scrapped. In 2004 I located a Wentworth-Irwin logging trailer in Prineville, Oregon to match the original.
This truck was purchased new by my family and has stayed family owned. As a matter of fact it only hauled logs or water for one sawmill and never left Dawson, Oregon.
I would like to pay tribute to Lloyd Ingram, Don Coleman, and George Davenport, three veteran log truckers who spent many years behind the wheel of this old Mack.