Overdrive Magazine

July 2019

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8 | Overdrive | July 2019 Visit Senior Editor Todd Dills' CHANNEL 19 BLOG at OverdriveOnline.com/channel19 Write him at tdills@randallreilly.com Twitter: @channel19todd During a recent brief trip into a truck stop lot mid-aernoon in Leroy, Illinois, owner-operator Mike "Mustang" Crawford was walking back to his truck, getting ready to leave. He noticed anoth- er hauler easing a rig through the lot, looking for a space in the crowded lot, and waved at him. "I thought, 'Why not?' " he says, recalling a conversation he'd had with a friend. "I was joking around aer he reserved a spot once: 'When you get ready to leave, holler at somebody, and see if they want to buy it from you.' " Crawford told the trucker in Leroy that he planned to leave soon but would consider an offer. "ey're charging $15 for the reserved spots on the other side of the lot," Crawford said. "For this nice, easy parking space, give me $5, and I'll leave right now for you." e trucker squinted at him, not sure whether this was a joke. Crawford wasn't so sure himself, truth be told. To his surprise, he le that day $5 richer, he says, from the front lines of what might be charitably described as a new underground driv- er-to-driver courtesy tip market for coveted space. PLAYING MIDDLE MAN IN TRUCK PARKING MARKET James "J.D." Green is a heavy equipment operator for the Gerken Asphalt and Materials company, based in Napoleon, Ohio. He reached out in May looking for an old Overdrive story that featured a pristine blue and white Autocar with a gold stripe, a paint design he'd come to know quite well in subsequent years. When he was a kid reading his grandfather Jim Frazier's copies of the mag, he brought this picture home to his father, owner-op- erator Harland "Harley" Green, who in 1981 based a new paint design for his own 1971 Autocar on that very truck. You can find the original story, along with pictures of Harley Green's Autocar and its repainting, by searching "James Green" at OverdriveOnline.com. Owner-operator Frazier of Fremont, Ohio, had purchased the Autocar brand- new as a glider from the White dealership in Fre- mont, his grand- son says. Harley Green "wrenched for him" at the time, when James Green was a mere toddler. "Dad bought it from my grandpa and had it for a few years" before making moves toward repainting the truck. Green was about 10 years old when he saw the Overdrive story. Frazier, Green's maternal grandfather, was driving trucks before World War II, in which he served. "He and his dad, my great-grand- father, both had Diamond Ts in the 1950s and hauled steel together," Green says. Frazier had Diamond Ts "most of his entire career." When Diamond Reo was formed, in 1973, Frazier bought the new 1974-model tractor pictured on this page. He drove it through 1994, when he passed. e truck spent the next 25 years in his grandmother's garage, Green says. "Occasionally I'd start it, drive it around and keep everything moving on it. My grandma passed away in January," and the family donated the truck to the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott. Green and family drove out to Iowa in April to visit the '74 in her new home. Go online for more pictures of the rig. When the odometer on Mike "Mustang" Crawford's 1994 Freightliner hits 4 million miles, he will have run his entire 4M-safe-mile milestone in this very truck. Courtesy of Mustang's Truckin' Aer a lengthy hibernation, a Diamond Reo goes public Courtesy of James "J.D." Green This 1971 Autocar (top) featured an 855 series 350-hp Cummins and a four-by-four two-stick transmission, says James Green, son/grandson of the former owners. Green had the pleasure of delivering the other rig, a '74 Diamond Reo, to the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott.

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