If you pass this truck driving along the road one day, chances are good you’ll notice (and remember) this 1969 Brockway 361. With beautiful beach and snow scenes painted on the dry box, the “Husky House” is a full-fledged motorhome with air-ride suspension and is a pleasure to drive for owner David Hemelright of Lenoir City, Tennessee. In 1989, the original transmission and power plant were replaced with a new Series III Big Cam Cummins with 400 horsepower and a five-speed overdrive transmission. An International front axle and a heavy-duty radiator were added, raising the cab four inches above its original position on the frame. The dry box that replaced the original fifth wheel sports a hand-painted mural created by Chuck Gamber (A.K.A. “Jack of Arts”) of Ellicott City, MD. Beginning on the driver’s side, the artwork shows an enticing beach scene that morphs to a snow scene on the passenger side with Husky dogs pulling a sled. In 2004, a Volvo air-ride suspension with 3:73 gears replaced the single-drive axle with air tug. Add in two bunks, a cook stove and a chemical toilet, plus a Western Star sleeper to improve the visual effect, and you have a rolling home that has traveled to many shows around the Northeast. For more “weird and wonderful old time trucks,” be sure to visit their website at www.oldtimetrucks.org.
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.