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The Motherlode!
« on: March 16, 2012, 02:02:48 PM »
Wow!

http://tinyurl.com/7o2crmk

That's incredible! The auction description says it's a complete Bell Service Truck, untouched since 1975.





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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2012, 02:05:33 PM »
I'm guessing somewhere on the truck is "Bell system property, Not for resale".... :D

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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2012, 02:38:01 PM »
It probably says that EVERYWHERE on the truck - no Bell System anymore though!

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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2012, 02:53:11 PM »
Yes, isn't it incredible. There has been a lot of talk about it on other lists also. Now, I am a tool guy, but couldn't even come close to affording this!

It is a sight to behold!

Love that '57 F-100! Remember the old Janis Joplin song, "Oh Lord, Won't you buy me a 57 Telephone Truck (Mercedes Benz) "!

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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012, 05:03:51 PM »
That would be one HECK of a shipping charge. ;D

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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2012, 05:16:00 PM »
This thing really belongs in a museum.
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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2012, 08:22:21 PM »
This thing really belongs in a museum.

I absolutely agree. Hopefully whoever buys it doesn't part it all out.
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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2012, 08:11:05 PM »
This really is an awesome collection. 

The display case with all the individual dial parts is very nice and has it's own carrying case.  I doubt you will find many of these around. 

He was obviously a collector of phones and phone company related items and threw in some phones to go with the sale.  Based on his buying feedback, the hard hat, pressure gauge, ashtray and many of the tools were bought within the past year and added to the collection.  It's very possible none of the equipment in the sale was ever in use with this actual truck when it was in service, but it would be nice to know if any were.  Either way this is an outstanding collection and the service truck itself would be a great restoration project

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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2012, 08:47:41 PM »
Holycrap. That is exactly what my uncle's been looking for...
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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2012, 11:49:57 PM »
What on earth would a telephone installer do with a hatchet?   ???
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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2012, 12:01:06 AM »
Good, old-fashioned Customer Service. The stuff the Bell System was known for!
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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2012, 08:01:11 AM »
What on earth would a telephone installer do with a hatchet?   ???

For cutting up wood to use for a woodgas powered car or truck? :D

Or more likely, trimming trees to clear the lines of arborial interference, or cut notches in things to pass wires around, or to chase after kids telling them to "git off the darn lines!!!"... :D

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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2012, 09:54:57 AM »
What on earth would a telephone installer do with a hatchet?   ???
Used for various purposes as suggested above and for cleaving those tough meat sandwiches and biscuits your wife packed for your lunch.

Designed for pole line maintenance, chopping and leveling the area where cross-arms mount, and Bell issued hatchets contain a sport a fashionable square cut-out to allow the hatchet to be used to loosen/tighten pole hardware.

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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2012, 10:15:33 AM »
This thing really belongs in a museum.

That thing IS a museum.
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Re: The Motherlode!
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2012, 04:03:25 PM »
It's very possible none of the equipment in the sale was ever in use with this actual truck when it was in service, but it would be nice to know if any were. 

The wording of the ad seems to be constructed to avoid saying the items have been in the truck since 1975.  It says the auction is for a collection of tools and a truck.  It's a clever way of avoiding saying all the stuff was on the truck when it was parked, while leaving the impression that it was.

Even so, the truck is a great piece for the collector who has everything, and the parts are just icing on the cake.
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