Dump Truck

Dump Truck

Chevrolet G7106 dump truck

Standard 4x4 truck for the US Army during the Second World War. Painted green with a white star on the door.

Despite paint damage due to weathering this 1942 Chevrolet 4x4 dump truck still bears the unmistakeably white star on the door identifying it as a United States Army vehicle. It was used by the U.S Army on the CANOL road. CANOL, short for Canadian oil, was a pipeline system built to provide fuel for the Alaska Highway and the Northwest Staging route.

According to the engineering corps that built the Alaska Highway and the CANOL pipeline project, the trucks were temperamental in the harsh Yukon Climate. The equipment was not designed for sub-zero weather. Army engineers lamented over the fact that trucks had to be kept running 24 hours a day. The cold was so extreme, that if the engineers let the engine cool they would have to warm them before they could get them to move again. At times the only way to achieve this was to get underneath the truck with a blow torch to heat up the transmission and rear axle.


Yukon Transportation Museum, Whitehorse

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