Ray Splinter of Portland, Oregon loves Dodge trucks. This nicely restored 1966 Dodge C800 is just one of the vintage Dodges in Ray’s collection, and it is not your run-of-the-mill dump truck. It is equipped with a 32-yard wood-shavings delivery box, which is not in itself very unusual, but because it was used to deliver shavings inside horse and poultry barns, it could not tip in order to dump its load. To solve this problem, a PTO-driven winch was installed behind the cab to operate cables that pull the bulkhead to the rear of the box, forcing the load out. Ray sometimes loans his truck to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River, Oregon, where it is displayed with more than 50 vintage aircraft, as well as 30 vintage cars and trucks. Ray also owns an all-original 1947 Dodge WF 32 that worked every wheat harvest season in eastern Oregon through 1991, but is now on loan to the Pacific Northwest Truck Museum in Brooks, Oregon. Two more 1947 Dodges round out the collection – an unrestored WR 69A three-ton truck and a fully restored WF 34 flat bed truck. Ray says that his restoration projects keep him out of trouble, and attending truck shows gives him a chance to show off his treasures.
John & Shirley Sponholtz have been involved with old trucks for over 20 years. Shirley was editor at Wheels of Time for 12 years before going out on her own and starting Old Time Trucks magazine in 2004. John is an avid photographer who enjoys taking pictures of odd and/or rare trucks (he provides most of the pictures for this article and their magazine). John & Shirley, who are from Richmond, Indiana, have been regular contributors to 10-4 Magazine since 2006.