Re: nice scene showing a bulk oil dealership

Mont Switzer

The individuals and/or companies offering tank wagon servcie were typically independent contractors.  They owned the chassis as Dennis mentioned.  However, where branding was involved (like Standard Oil, Shell, Conoco, Mobil, D-X, etc.) then tanks were typically owned by the oil company and bore their graphics on the sides and back end.

The men that I knew in this business purchased their chassis locally.  They had to meet certain specifications, but then the owner could roll in his own perks or preferences.  Once the chassis was acquired, typically factory painted the correct color, the new owner then drove it to the oil company maintenance shop and later the tank manufacturer's facility where the pre-painted tank was installed.  

Tanks were built so that mounting pads lined up with frame rails.  They were usually mounted on 2 x 4 hardwood spacers and secured with U bolts.  Later frames were drilled and mounting brackets on the on the tanks were secured with grade 8 bolts.  A PTO (power take off typically factory installed on the transmission)  also had to be hooked up to the tank to operate the pump or pumps.  5 compartment tanks were typical.

The tanks often outlived the chassis.  You could therefore see some pitifully small older tanks on a more modern chassis.

Tank wagon chassis lived a pretty good life and were popular with farmers as second hand purchases.  You might see a yellow grain truck at the elevator that was obviously a former shell jobber chassis, as an example.

I remember when SUNOCO took over the D-X petroleum distribution in my area the local jobber Don Butler drover his truck to Indianapolis to get the paint changed from red to blue and gray with yellow lettering.  Don bought a new chassis (blue cab) a year or two later and had the same tank mounted on it.  The end customer might not have noticed.

My Dad. William M. Switzer,  was a D-X jobber in the late 1940's and early 1950's.

Mont Switzer  

From: [] on behalf of Dennis Storzek [destorzek@...]
Sent: Saturday, May 02, 2020 11:36 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] nice scene showing a bulk oil dealership

On Sat, May 2, 2020 at 06:22 AM, Douglas Harding wrote:

The Jordan trucks were Mack Bulldogs. This is not a Mack bulldog. Might be a Fageol, predecessor to Peterbilt. But I’m not sure.


Doug, I'm sure he meant the tank and tank fittings, which DO look like the Jordan tank truck model. These trucks date to the time when all you got from the truck manufacturer was the chassis and engine bonnet, and had to go to an independent body builder for the rest.

I agree with Fageol, it looks like their name in script on the radiator tank.

Dennis Storzek

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