Mack Sheesley of Phoenix, Arizona, has been interested in big iron most of his life. Upon retiring to Phoenix in 1989, Mack remodeled a historic truck terminal into an industrial strength residence and hobby garage so that he could fully enjoy the noise and commotion of his antique truck hobby. In 1995 he bought this 1957 Mack H-63T cabover from Walsh Trucking of Massena, New York, and completed its restoration in April 1998. The H-63 was originally built as a two-axle tractor to East Coast specifications with Dayton wheels (the front wheels were later changed to Budds), but was later converted to a three-axle by Walsh Trucking to accommodate increased weight allowances in the East. By the time Mack bought the H-63, it had been painted black, but he restored it to its current flame red color. It is powered by a Mack END673 engine with a Mack Duplex 10-speed transmission. Walsh Trucking operated a fleet of green H-model Macks, but as the fleet aged out of service and many of them were sold, this one remained with Walsh as a yard goat. Later, it was placed in Francis Walsh’s personal antique collection, though it remained a commercial vehicle titled to Massena Equipment Co. It was used periodically by the company whenever a spare unit was needed for local work. Mack says that on his next time around he promises to settle down, invest, become a quiet multi-millionaire, and stay clean away from trucking – no matter how much fun and adventure he might be missing. Yea, right! We would like to acknowledge and credit our friend, the late Stan Holtzman, for the awesome picture used in this article!!
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.