Finally a chance to use this! I really don’t have good enough photos to make a real DIOCCUSA, but this strange truck rusting away down in Old Car City USA just had to be included.
Asymmetrical trucks have never been very popular outside of usage on docks and airports, so I would surmise this had a similar usage.
The engine is still in the middle for some reason, even though that makes the cab quite unnecessarily narrow. In the middle of the grille lies a “chassis by Ford” placard, which means that this strange contraption could have been built by just about anyone. I wonder if the engine is Ford too?
Yup, the interior is pretty spartan. Not much of note here.
This is our best clue to the job this truck performed. It seems a long, wide flat deck was essential. What might require that I have no idea.
So Oppo, what was this truck used for? Can you guess who made it? If anyone can solve this mystery, it is you guys.
LooseonExit pointed out a barnfinds.com post, which can be found here. It contained an Ebay ad for a similar machine using a Chevy chassis. All the glass, lighting, grille, interior bits seemed to be a close match/ The barnfinds truck was a double cab (2 x 1/2 = ?) and had a flip down railing instead of a solid one, but I think we are on to something here.
I think the brand name on my truck says ELDA or ESDA or somthing like that, based on the faded sticker. Someone want to help research? It seems these things are called pipe trucks, which may give a clue as to its strange layout.