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Awakening the 8 ton Lombard Dump Truck

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Photo Awakening the 8 ton Lombard Dump Truck

For some time now Paul and Herb and I have been plotting to get Paul's 1928 Lombard model "T" Lombard re-awoken and hopefully placed on loan to the Maine Forest & Logging museum for a while.

Lombard had worked from very early on to try to break out of its traditional market of supplying heavy tractors to the northeast timber industry. While machines such their 10 ton model NW (and earlier 20 ton steamers) were well suited to hauling long trains of sleds heavily laden with logs or pulpwood over iced roads their adaptability outside of that was more limited.

Thus in 1928 entered the Model "T" was just such an effort. The model "T" was aimed squarely at the construction and municipal markets - road construction and repair, heavy hauling and plowing.

While following the standard Lombard pattern it differed in a number of key features. The first of which was the use of boggie wheels rather than Lombard's traditional roller chain setup and using a four-cylinder Hercules YXC-2 in place of the massive Wisconsin engines used in the 10 ton models. The Model "T" also featured a dump body and overall smaller dimensions and a slightly different track design.

This particular machine was delivered to the Town of Gorham, Maine in 1928. Later, it was used by the Starbird Lumber Company. This is only one of two of the model "T" that has survived. Paul's family owns both.

Anyway, the job now is to bring this beast back to life after a long slumber. Yesterday Herb and Paul paid a visit to Clement's Starter & Alternator in Carmel, Maine. Reggie had rebuilt the magneto and generator adding a manual advance as part of the work.

Reggie's shop is one of those gems that is the salvation of lovers of old machines and a very enjoyable time warp. Here are two videos Herb shot:

Once back at Paul's they worked to get the magneto installed and timed and the generator installed. We were hoping the beast would fire right-up but it wasn't to be. There is plenty of spark but... no fuel.

Next step (later this week) is a close look at the fuel system and carb, then... fingers crossed... it hopefully will come alive!

Attached is a photo of it in as-found condition and shortly after restoration.

Best regards,

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