Truck & Trailer Limited was a Vancouver-based Canadian manufacturer of heavy trucks famed for their durability. Pacific built both highway and off road trucks, particularly for the logging industry, heavy haulers and fire trucks.
Pacific was founded in 1947 by 3 ex-Hayes employees, Claude Thick, Vic Barclay and Mac Billingsley
The trucks are Pacific model P12W3
Pacific Truck & Trailer Roughnecks
1963 Pacific 6x6
The trucks are Pacific model P12W3
In August 1971 Pacific received an invitation to tender four trucks from International Harvester of South Africa. The South African Railway was to be the end user of these trucks. And were to be used in hauling 150 ton to 370 ton loads. Most of the loads were for Thermal Power Plants, although they could be used to haul any heavy loads. These trucks were 600 hp each. Pacific received the tender and advised International that it would not submit a quotation until Pacific's manager of sales engineering and product development Mr. Gwynn Jenkins had consulted with the final user. Mr. Jenkins went to South Africa September 1971. In the first week of October Pacific submitted a bid for a Model P-12 truck that had never been built. May 1972 Pacific was informed that it was the successful bidder. August 1, 1972 final layout and shop drawings were completed. November 22, 1972 all four units were shipped by ship to Johannesburg South Africa. Amazingly this full sequence of events from receipt of order to full service had taken only 12 months. In the 1970's 18 of these trucks were built, 5 of these trucks were built called Ultra with 800 hp, powered by a Cummins V-12-1710 rated at 800 hp. These trucks had huge radiators since they operated where temperatures would be 40 degrees C. From the top of the cab to ground was 13 ft. In 1973 the P-12 became a regular production truck.
In September 1981, International Harvester sold Pacific Truck and Trailer (Vancouver) to Inchcape Berhad (Singapore). Pacific Truck became a casualty of both the Canadian recession and the financial woes of International Harvester. Inchcape's interest in Pacific Truck was due to Inchape's involvement in the S.E. Asia forestry boom. Inchcape's strategy was to first supply vehicles to the logging and mining companies in Malaysia, Indonesia and New Guinea, then return Pacific Truck to a profitable, respected world-class custom builder, and the growth would come mostly through the distribution of parts to the heavy-duty aftermarket. In 1988, Inchcape attempted to reformulate their strategy, down size the truck plant by outsourcing all fabrication and thus doing assembly only and grow the parts business through acquisition.
Early in 1989, Inchcape Berhad (Singapore), through their Pacific Truck (Vancouver) arm, purchased the Western Canadian region of Hayes Dana's Trucktrain Division headquarters in Edmonton
In early 1994, the parent company (Inchcape Berhad) decided that Pacific Truck had become saleable and one year later Crane Carrier Inc. purchased the newly styled and profitable company. Crane Carrier Inc headquartered out of Tulsa, Oklahoma is first a major distributor of heavy-duty parts across the US and secondly a manufacturer of vehicles so the fit became obvious from day one.
In the summer of 1995 the Vancouver depot built the last Pacific Truck in the back of their parts warehouse. A hand-built 100 tonne capacity ore tractor, model P12W3. It weighed in at 57,220 lbs (dry).
On February 1, 2002 the corporate parent, Crane Carrier Inc. decided to close the Pacific Truck (Surrey) location and to consolidate all business activities from the Edmonton, Alberta office of Pacific Truck & Trailer.
Crane Carrier Inc. consolidated only the parts and re-man operations to Edmonton. The Pacific Truck proprietary business, i.e.: business/parts pertaining to the actual trucks themselves, was sold to Coast Powertrain Ltd. of New Westminster, B.C., Canada.
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