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Grizzly Trucks

Discussion in 'Forestry Equipment' started by diamondtguy, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. Hank R

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    Job well done will have a Rye and Coke for you tonight been a long time in the works you should be proud of the excellent job . Hank
     
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    Thank you and thanks to all that have followed my build.I sent the previous owner (Jean) the video and she is happy.I am happy with the way it turned out and I am not done yet.Truck #1 has a new life and a new purpose. ...Cory

    And Hank....Yes I have a rye and coke in hand...Cheers
     
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    Looks really good. Great job. Will we see at truck shows? Like Duncan? Thanks Doug.
     
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    It looks too good to use, please move to California with it and only drive on dry days!
     
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    Dang
    I mean
    DANG
    That looks good!

    I'll stick with what I said in post #3 of this thread.

    I'm still pissed that you scored this truck and not me, but honestly, I am not sure if i would have the patience or the skill to do the job that you have done.

    Nice job Cory.

    Trouble is now I want one even more!.

    I am hoping to some day meet up with you and get a first hand look.
    With retirement just around the corner, I will have more time to be able to get to the occasional truck show and such.
     
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    Looks mazing! That's how it should have been built the first time.
     
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    Thanks guys....
    Ben46A....one of my goals was to build it the way it should have been done when new..That being said I am sure they had engineering and financial constraints just getting the 1st one done.Getting the truck out in the public would have been paramount as well...I remember seeing this truck and the 2nd (red one) truck running around North Van.
    I sent the video to Jean last night and she likes what I have done and is happy she sold it to me....
    Yes....I will be bringing the truck to the Island and I will be hitting the truck shows...Larry at Pacific Truck wants me to do the Cache creek show as well.
    Cheers....
     
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    Had the truck out in the fresh air again today.Tent is sweating really bad in this weather so I decided to try the wipers as the truck was soaked.Chucked one blade off and broke the other.Seems I bought the wrong kind of blades for the articulating arm...My fault...more research.
    I put Mary in the truck and she ran it up and down the driveway a dozen times.No problems with the clutch but the hyd assist brakes were something new for her..
    She is looking forward to driving it...(so am I)
    All is good..
     
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    Soon you will be on the road getting thumbs up from everyone.
     
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    Hank...You may be correct on that one...

    So I was reading about the Site C dam which is in Ft ST John..That is where Surerus Pipline is and they have a Grizzly.I checked there site for projects and didn't find site C but I read through there history and they mention Grizzly Trucks...
    Many rumors about there involvement and one thread on the internet suggests they designed them...Non of it is relevant now but this does confirm they had a Interest in Grizzly trucks...How deep the interest was is of no concern to me..They obviously felt the truck would suit their needs..


    [​IMG]
    1963
    Western Adventure
    A teenaged Brian Surerus follows his older brother from Roseneath, Ontario to Northern British Columbia.

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    1969
    Incorporation of Groundhog Enterprises
    Brian Surerus trades in a Ford Ranger pick-up truck for a dump truck and incorporates as Groundhog Enterprises in Fort St. John, BC. Groundhog works for the Department of Highways doing road maintenance.

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    1971
    First Pipeline Project
    Groundhog Enterprises completes its first pipeline project for Union Oil near Fort St. John, BC. Brian finds that pipeline installation is more interesting than maintenance and he changes the company name to Surerus Construction & Development Ltd.

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    1972 — 1979
    Growth Through the 1970s
    Surerus Construction & Development continued to pursue pipeline opportunities throughout British Columbia, eventually expanding into northwest Alberta.

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    1980 — 1989
    Surviving the 1980s
    In 1982, Surerus Pipeline Inc. is incorporated and continues to pursue pipeline opportunities throughout BC and Alberta. While the National Energy Program guts the oilpatch, Surerus is fortunate to own its own land and equipment and avoid the sting of rising interest rates. Being small and nimble allows Surerus to succeed in a challenging economy.

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    1988
    Pipe Gets Larger
    Westcoast Energy awards Surerus the Aitken Creek Extension Pipeline, marking the first time that a mid-inch project is completed by the company.

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    1992
    Grizzly Trucks
    After falling in love with the rugged looking Grizzly Truck prototype at a logging equipment show in Vancouver, Brian invests in the business. Unfortunately only 13 trucks were ever built, one of which remains in the Surerus fleet
     
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    Here are a few more pictures, 67.gif 68.gif
     
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    So a couple of weeks ago I got a e-mail from a gentleman in Ontario named Stephen Ogden.He had a bunch of Grizzly info and pics he wished to donate to me.I got some very nice photo's,newspaper clippings factort lit etc.He saw a Grizzly at a Toronto Truck show and came out to BC to check them out and possibly buy one .He didn't but he kept all of the info..I will scan as much as I can and post it...

    As we were talking about the Surerus oil truck here is a pic of it brand new..
    My thanks to Mr. Ogden
    IMG_0001.jpg
     
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    Another pic from Stephen...This one is interesting as I have never seen this truck before.I now have a photo of one of the missing few..

    IMG_0001 (2).jpg
     
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    Looks like its been stretched out! Surerus that is!
     
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    Couple more of Stephens pics.Pretty sure this is Arts Truck when new.

    IMG_0005.jpg IMG_0004.jpg
     
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    IMG_0006.jpg Another of Stephen's pics..This is the big truck that was originally green and now lives in Whistler as a company truck for Canadian Wilderness Adventures.
     
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    Another truck I have yet to find.Pretty sure I have found the name of the IMG_0007.jpg original owner but have not tracked him down.I believe this to be truck #3.Photo very similar to the one in the brochures..
     
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    A lot of different boxes on the trucks
     
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    And last of Stephens pics.My own truck (#1)
    when she was new...Quietly thinking to my self I like its new look much more


    IMG_0002.jpg when she was new...Quietly thinking to my self I like its new

    look much more...
     
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