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Superior Transport 1952 Kenworth #21. This was the fore runner to Midland Superior. Location unknown. Midland Superior 1952 Kenworth with 220 Cummins and 10 speed transmission. Owner Ray Hilsen from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The driver was Harley Husted. The photo was taken on US Highway 2.
Midland Superior Kenworth CBE (cab beside engine). Owner Ray Hilsen from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. These trucks were light weight and cheaper than regular COE's. However, they were cold in winter and hot in summer. They were not liked by drivers. This unit was traded for a regular COE because drivers disliked it. 1955 Kenworth CBE owned by my uncle, Ray Hilsen from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The photo was sent to me by Werner Schwabe who also drove this truck. The photo appears to have been taken when the truck was new or fairly new. My uncle is the man in the picture. Superior Transport 1952 Kenworth #21. This was the fore runner to Midland Superior. Location Calgary, Alberta.
1950 GMC 4-71 engine with 5 speed transmission and 2 speed axle. Owner Ray Hilsen from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The driver was Lee Skauge from Wetaskiwin, Alberta. This was a short lived lease agreement. The truck and trailer was later leased to Canusa Carriers Ltd. Same 1950 GMC showing the new logos for Canusa Carriers.
Same GMC as above and International R185 with 6 cylinder gas engine with 5&2 speed transmission. Both trucks were leased to Canusa Carriers. The International was sold by Andrew Skauge of Robsart, Saskatchewan, father-in-law to Ray Hilsen. Andrew Skauge was the International dealer for over 50 years. This could have been the largest truck he ever sold.
Bob's 1994 Kenworth W900L with 425 Cat and 18 speed transmission.
A page taken from the February 1973 issue of Overdrive Magazine showing Dave Wilkening's 1965 Mack B73 in the B-Line Express colors. Dave Wilkening's 1965 Mack B73 in the Burns Foods colors.

In 1965 Dave Wilkening purchased this 1965 Mack B73, as a non-sleeper truck with a 220 Cummins engine and a progressive triplex transmission. (This means that there was a 250 RPM split between each gear). Dave put 1.3 million miles on the Mack without overhauling the transmission or the rear ends. The engine was upgraded, first to a 262 hp by adding a turbo, and later replacing it with a 335 Cummins.

The truck originally was a 204 inch wheelbase on spoke wheels. The sleeper was added and the wheels where changed to Budds. Dave called this truck, "The Alligator" and hauled cement from Exshaw, Alberta to Maple Creek, Saskatchewan to start with, and then later with B-Line and Burns Foods. Dave had leased on to other carriers as well, but as these two photos depict, they were taken at the time he was leased to these companies.

The color photo was taken at Burns Foods in Calgary, Alberta, and the black and white photo was taken at a truck stop in Calgary. If you look closely at the black & white photo, you may see the louvers cut in the hood to allow hear from the 335 Cummins to escape.

Dave always kept meticulous care of his trucks and was always improving on them. Note the TK air conditioner on the roof.

Dave lives in Calgary now and he operates a truck services company.

In 1973 "The Alligator" was destroyed in a terrible crash at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

These pictures are of a 1956 Ford T750 owned by Ed Goett who at that time lived in Drumheller, Alberta. He was a WWII vetran who got into the trucking business in that area He did some general trucking and then branched into oilfield work. This truck was neatly set up for thetime but underpowered. Ed said that on a long move the fellows with diesel trucks would stop for the night, sleep and be up having breakfast when he arrived and he would eat with them and carry on. Ed made his living with trucks for many years and supported a large family with his business. Like many truckers he never became rich and famous but was a wonderful dad and a hard working man.
An early 60's KW #5 owned by Hunt Transport of Burnaby and Edmonton. This truck had a 340 HP Cat V8 engine. High power for the time.
1955 KW that was owned by McLean Service and Construction of Drumheller AB. and this was one of the first 5 trucks built in Burnaby in 1955 and bears the distinction of being the first on shipped from the factory at that time. If you look close at the black and white photo you will see that it has propane fuel tanks on it. It was powered by a Hall Scott engine and fired on propane. The thought was that since propane was very cheap at the time this was the way to go. In practice, a large truck loaded with a cat or oil field equipment had difficulty accessing propane outlets which were tucked behind little garages that were not open all the time, so after a little while it was converted over to gasoline. Even in those days of relatively cheap gas these engine burned lots of it so the engine was replaced with a 220 hp Cummins when the truck was still fairly new. The color photo shows how the truck was modified in about 1965 when it was lengthened and repowered with a 262 hp Cummins (by means of a turbo charger) and repainted.
An early 60s Mack B75 owned by McLean Construction photo taken outside Western Mack In Calgary. This is the first diesel truck I ever drove-not for money just for the experience- but I'm glad I was allowed to.
An old 40 something Mack that was owned first by Parge Brothers of Drumheller and later by Cecil McCarthur of Huxley AB and used to move buildings. Here are photos of a COE Ford that I owned powered by a V8 with a 5 and two speed axle ( I always wanted one of these until I owned one)
These pictures show a 1965 Pete that I owned for 13 years the first photo is how it looked when I went to buy it and the second shows it after I cleaned it up a bit. It had a 250 Cummins and a 4X4 transmission. It was bought new by Pete Knight of Calgary as a single axle and he made a winch tractor out of it. When he needed a tandem he traded it on a new KW and the next owned tandemized this truck. It was pretty rough when I got it but not too bad mechanically. 1978 Kenworth that I owned. It had a 290 Cummins and a 15 speed transmission.

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