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Old 09-05-2011, 03:54 PM  
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As much as I hate the word Steampunk, there isn't a better descriptive term.

It was called an Auto wash bowl (right there in the photo) and probably existed until the modern car wash idea






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Old 09-05-2011, 04:42 PM  
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Count de Sakhnoffsky, designer

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He was amazing in automotive design work.... having designed for Austin, Bantam, Cord, Auburn, Packard, the '33 Nash, the '34 LaSalle, the 1935 Chrysler Airflow, the 1937 D-35 Jungle Caravan, and notably, the 1934 12cyl Packard 1108 Sport Phaeton (for LeBarron), said to be one of the most beautiful designs of an American coachbuilder.... however he may be most easily remembered and revered for the design of the LeBlatt's Beer trucks. Beer and alcohol advertising in post prohibition was hghly restricted in Canada and the Labatts Company needed public attention so they commissioned him to conceive a tractor-trailer that would both haul huge loads efficiently and serve as an instantly recognizable travelling billboard, and with customized "cab over engine" White Motor Company tractors pulling brilliant red and gold streamliner trailers. Vicktor Schreckengost (who replaced him at Murray Ohio Bicycles) assisted him in the design of the first-cab-over-engine truck for Cleveland's White Motor Company.

There is reference to his design of furniture, and interior home elements like radios. He also had been the chief bicycle designer for Murray-Ohio prior to 1938. He was perhaps the greatest pedal car designer of all time... in 1937, Steelcraft, the Cleveland-based pedal car division of the Murray Ohio Manufacturing Co claimed as much anyway, and he was the winner of the Grand Prix at Monte Carlo for six consecutive years in the Elegance Contest for his "juvenile automobile" designs. His 2nd version for LaBatt, produced in 1936, was the winner of the ?Best Design? award at the New York World?s Fair in 1939.

Esquire magazine, in 1934 hired de Sakhnoffsky to become the technical and mechanical editor. The magazine immediately became a showcase for Sakhnoffsky?s design concepts of cars, trucks, boats, bathtubs, movie theatres with alternating seats for more legroom lepoix.de - Lepoix , a swimming pool with rubber escalators, executive desks, and an air-conditioned jungle caravan. Joining the US Army in WWII he rose to the rank of Lt. Col. at war's end.

He even published a book "A Portfolio of Antique and Modern Horseless Carriages"
Just a Car Guy: Count De Sakhnoffsky

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In the period following prohibition in Ontario, heavy restrictions limited the ability of alcohol producers to advertise their product. Thinking laterally, in 1935 Labatt?s Breweries commissioned world famous industrial designer Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky to create a distinctive delivery truck that would give the company instant brand recognition. The Canadian made Labatt Streamliner hit the roads in 1936, garnering tons of attention from the public and winning awards for its unique design.
Sakhnoffsky designed three different versions of the Streamliner. Production of the third (1939) version was delayed until 1947 due to war rationing. A restored version of that final model, built by Joe and Bob Scott is shown here.
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:36 PM  
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The Legends Live on at Labatt Breweries of Canada in both the Streamliner
and the 1919 Antique Keg Truck.
When John Labatt Brewery began converting from horse-drawn vehicles it
chose the 1919 White Model 45 motor truck. The 1919 Keg Truck gave way to
the Labatt?s Streamliner, which became the king of the road well into 1960.
Today, these legendary vehicles can be seen in local parades and fairs
across Canada. And for those collectors who would like an everlasting
memory of these beautiful vehicles, artist Greg Backwell, has made some
paintings and prints available.
A Brief History
The Streamliner legend was born in 1936 with the delivery of the first Labatt
?Streamliner? truck, conceived and designed by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky,
the famous French-Russian technical designer.
The tractor chassis was produced by the White Motor Company of Canada
Ltd. Smith Bros. Motor Body Works of Toronto crafted the bodies from
hardwood and aluminium panelling. The need of the day was for an efficient
and highly recognizable truck to deliver Labatt beer? and that is exactly what
the Streamliners accomplished.
Labatt Streamliners brought a dramatic aerodynamic design to roads
populated with trucks of square drabness. They also gave Labatt instant
identity with their bright burst of red colour and gold graphics.
The second Streamliner model, produced in 1936, was bolder in its look,
winning the ?Best Design? award at the New York World?s Fair in 1939. Labatt
and The White Motor Company were well aware that this truck had the
makings of a legend. A third design was commissioned by John and Hugh
Labatt, a design that would see even more sweeping curves added to the roof
of the tractor and long tail fin added to the trailer.
World War II interrupted commercial production of trucks and it was 1947
before Labatt began receiving regular delivery of Streamliner trucks. Even
then, 15 years after they first appeared, Labatt Streamliners were a unique
sight on Ontario?s roads and provided the company with a powerful and instant identity? an identity that also received worldwide attention in trucking
magazines.
The Streamliners were seen on Canadian highways for almost 20 years. In
1977, Labatt contracted former President of White Truck Sales Limited in
London, Ontario, Joe Scott, to begin putting together a plan, with the help of
his brother Bob, to find and restore an original Streamliner. A classified
advertisement announced that Joe Scott was posting a $500 reward for
anyone who could locate a Streamliner tractor and trailer.
Newspapers across Canada picked up the story, and what followed was an
unexpected barrage of replies. People phoned by the hundreds, from as far
away as Sweden, with clues to the tractor?s whereabouts. It seemed that the
Scotts had finally made a breakthrough in their search. Joe flew down to
Colorado to follow up on one lead, and after driving about 1,500 miles in and
around the state; he discovered that the tractor had been scrapped.
Another lead took Joe to Revelstoke, B.C., where he had to contend with a
community of Doukhobors, who were convinced he was an RCMP officer up
to no good. Once again, he came away empty-handed.
After exhausting all of their leads, the Scotts found two Labatt cab over
tractors of the same year? 1947. They decided to build the cab itself, from the
ground up.
Although blue prints of the Streamliner had long disappeared, the brothers
decided to make every effort to restore the truck to its original shape. By
feeding old photographs into a computer, drawings of the tractor- trailer were
produced that were accurate to within one thirty-second of an inch. These
drawings would become a constant guideline for the duration of their work.
With patience and determination, they rebuilt the frame with hundreds of
pieces of wood of varying shapes and sizes.
An antique roller, that had been discovered in with old machinery at
Fanshawe, a local college, was used to roll the aluminium body parts. And
more than 30 different hammers were used to pound the metal parts out on a
leather sandbag. Piece by piece, the body began to take shape.
The original fenders, which needed replacing, were made from a complicated
wire bead no longer available in North America. It would have cost $6,000 just
to buy the die for the right roller.
Fortunately, Joe discovered exact fenders needed during a trip to Holland,
and a set of six was shipped home.
The brothers went to great pains to reproduce the lustrous glow of the original
units, using five primer coats, five coats of bright red paint, and five clear
coats to protect the finish from wash and wear.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:11 PM  
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Alexis De Sakhnoffsky's 1947 Streamliner

Table I. Specifications of the original 1947 Streamliner
Overall dimensions
Length - 36 ft., 10 in.
Wheelbase of unit - 28 ft., 5 in.
Wheelbase of tractor - 121 in.
Height - 9 ft., 8 in.
Width 8 ft., 5 in. Tractor
White Model W.A. 122
Engine - Super Power Model 140A
Displacement - 362 cu. in.
Transmission model 501B, 5 speeds ahead
Rear end ratio 29
Smith Bros. streamlined tilt cab
Air windshield wipers and horn (air)
Anti-jacknife equipment on fifth wheel Trailer
Overall length of semi - 28 ft.
Inside capacity of trailer - 825 cu. ft. (approx)
Fruehauf Drop Frame Chassis
Smith Bros. Custom Built body.



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It is often claimed that the streamlined beer trucks of the late 30s' appeared as traveling billboards since advertising of beer was prohibited in the media [1]. However, it should be noted that the so-called 'Streamline design' was the order of the day. Raymond Loewy successfully applied it to locomotives, long distance busses and automobiles, while design projects of Norman Bel Geddes ranged from airplanes to ocean liners. In fact 'streamlining' became so popular, that it was used to stylize virtually any kind of consumer product, including completely static ones [2]. Moreover, even for the moving objects, their seemingly 'aerodynamic' shapes were mere fruits of imagination of their creators, as actual experiments with wind tunnels were seldom conducted.

Streamlining of trucks was probably started by The Texas Company (later Texaco) already in 1931 [3]. Their 1933 Diamond T-based tanker [4,5], also known as the ?doodlebug?, exemplifies the early efforts in streamlining of fuel tanker trucks. This was followed by other companies in the field as well tank body manufacturers. One of the most popular platforms for these trucks was Dodge Airflow, first introduced in December 1934 [3].

Count Alexis De Sakhnoffsky (1901 - 1964) was a prominent industrial designer who had a long association with the White Motor Company. As an assignee for the company he was responsible for designing streamlined tankers based on conventional and coe trucks [6-8]. The design for the first generation of streamliners for John Labatt Limited was patented by de Sakhnoffsky in 1938 [9]. Apparently related to Labatt's streamliners were designs of a trailer patented in 1937 [11] and a tractor in 1938 [11]. However, Labatt's was not the only brewery that operated streamlined vehicles at that time [12].

Four generations of streamliners were built for Labatt's [1,13]. These included semis and vans of similar design. All the designs were drawn by Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. The streamliners were built by the Smith Brothers Motor Works of Toronto. The coachbuilder used Canadian-built White tractors and Canadian-built Fruehauf drop-frame trailers to construct the vehicles [1,13]. The bodies for the units were hand-built of aluminum sheets pined over the wooden frame of white oak and ash [1,13,14].

Labatt's initial order for the forth generation of streamliners was placed in 1941. Original plan included 15 units for Labatt's and one unit for Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, as a vehicle for transporting ponies. Manufacturing was however disturbed by World War II and the work resumed only in 1946. Eventually eleven units were built, ten for Labatt's and one for Princess Juliana [1].

The 1947 Labatt's streamliner was different its predecessors, the trailer was set lower and was rounded at the front and the rear, it also sported a decorative stainless steel dorsal fin. The tractor had a longer 121" wheelbase. The specifications of the streamliner are given in Table I. The vehicle was painted red with distinctive stripes and lettering in golden leaf; the two tone (red/dark blue) paintjob characteristic for the previous generations of streamliners was dropped [13].
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That Labatt's truck looks a bit like the Wienermobile
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That Labatt's truck looks a bit like the Wienermobile
Only if you has weiners on your mind............
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Nice. Thanks.
Same general design principles.
Major retro look.
I feel sorry for the Wiener Gals.
They look like they could use a little heat
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I feel sorry for the Wiener Gals.
They look like they could use a little heat
We chatted with them 2 Summers ago. It's a great job fought for by college kids. They have several wienermobiles each working a sector of the US. My personal view is that hotdogs are only useful for feeding feral cats. It's not easy finding cheap toss-able protein.
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I'm not a big fan of hot dogs either, but they will do in a pinch.

I've been known to slice up a few dogs and toss them into the mix with some Lipton Chicken Noodle soup in a desperate attempt to spice it up.

Wieners and deep brown beans with some garlic dill pickles on the side also works for me.

But I digress....
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