Well, td25c asked me to post a couple of pics. So here ya go bro.
My dad ran his own company since i was a little runt up until he passed away. All manner of work related to the building trades. In the late 70's, he purchased a used boom truck. 1962 White 4000 with a C160 Cummins, Fuller 5 speed main box and 4 sp auxilliary, 15 ton Scott/Midland boom. Set a bunch of trusses with this rig. Believe it or not, that truck was such a long wheelbase, and with the flotation tires...it road like a dream.
This was at McGhee-Tyson airbase. A local door company sold the door, but they didn't have anyone who could do this installation, so they contracted us to do it, as commercial doors was our primary business. This was a hanger for refueling planes, designed for the old prop engine refuelers. When the Air Force switched to the KC-135 refueler, uh, tail wouldn't allow them to go into hanger. Solution? Cut a notch in hanger and install a door with the bottom of door about 30 feet off of ground. Piece of cake! The boom lifts were loaned to us by the Air Natl Gaurd to do project.
This is another the same company sold the door, but couldn't install it. It was a steel supplier that had rail tracks going into building at an extreme angle. The door was 30 feet high, and to obtain the proper clearance for a rail car with tracks coming into building at an angle the door had to be 50 ft wide. To my knowledge, this is the largest single rolling door in this area. That was one of my brothers on the scafflold and dad standing next to crane.
This one we purchase in the early 80's. Bucyrus-Erie 45C Series II, 30 ton. 100 ft of main boom, 30 ft jib. Detroit 6-71 lower and 6V-53 upper engine. The exhaust system on the lower engine was perfect. That 6-71 would sing when you were grading a hill with it pegged on the governor. This is one of the smoothest operating cranes I have ever ran. This project was a pre-fab steel structure we installed over hazardous material tanks at a waste incinerator in Oak Ridge TN.
This was a large church that grew weary of painting the steeple base. So they hired a contractor to install vinyl siding. The contractor called us to lift their crew in a man basket. That blue and white '85 F-150 is my daily driver still today. I love that old truck.