I’ve always found styling on heavy construction equipment interesting. It’s not strictly necessary, really; nobody who is buying, say, a tandem vibratory roller is making a choice based on looks. In fact, this one, a Cat CB24B, is primarily intended for the rental market! And yet this 36.2 horsepower beast that weighs 6,003 pounds nevertheless has what looks to be a carefully-designed front end. They could have just stuck a basic metal box there to house the grille and lights – we all know aero concerns are not a thing here – but instead someone took the time to make a more pleasing face.
Here, look at it:
I thought it looked enough like a mainstream sort of truck design that I sketched that pickup version you see up top there. Really, though, I feel like this front end would likely be more at home on a school bus or box truck, but I still wanted to feel out how it could work on a pickup. I kinda like it!
Speaking of pickups, I was moving the Marshal, my 1989 Ford F-150, out of my drive way to get my Pao out, and when I got out to move the little Nissan, I saw this behind my truck:
Yes, that’s my trash can. It was behind the truck and I somehow, while backing the truck out of the driveway and onto the side of the street, managed to push it, upright, behind the truck around the corner and up the street a bit. How did it not fall over? I wonder how far I could have rolled this thing?