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Posted By JMBAXT Thursday, July 07, 2011 8:34 AM
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That is what I would think.  Late 59-early 60 Kenworth with the narrow tilt hood.  Peterbilt didn't offer a tilt until the mid-60's.  The tilt hood also coincides pretty closely with the tilt cab COE within a couple years. 


I believe Kevin is right on the call for 1959 for Kenworth and the first fiberglass tilt hood. Here is a promo picture Kenworth had. And it is so true we worked on our truck last month.When my brother and I moved the hood I reminded him of this picture.

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The U series Mack (like the R model but with an offset cab) debuted in 1964, a year before the R model in '65. This is from John Montville's Mack book. I think all these trucks were available with tilt hoods.

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That is what I would think.  Late 59-early 60 Kenworth with the narrow tilt hood.  Peterbilt didn't offer a tilt until the mid-60's.  The tilt hood also coincides pretty closely with the tilt cab COE within a couple years. 


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I believe Kenworth holds the claim for the first factory installed fiberglass (or similar such as Royalite) tilt hood assembly circa 1960.  The White group was second I believe (White, Diamond T and REO), followed closely by Peterbilt (1965 with the 288/358), Mack (late 1966 with the R Model family) and GM (J series).   
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John, are you talking about fiberglass over aluminum? Or tilting hoods in general? I can't see that there is much difference in the former as the weight would be close and either could be fitted with counter weights, torsion bars, springs or air cylinders. As for the latter, the tilting hood was designed for ease of maintenance. I have an N series Ford that has a nom tilting hood and it is a bear to work on with the fenders in the way. Whereas my LTL with the tilting hood is easy. 

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Someone will come along that knows way more than me on this.

I did a quick search and here's a link to a past discussion, not about the first fibreglass hood but all of the options offered by Peterbilt. After reading it the answer you get may be clear as mud, http://forums.aths.org/InstantForum2010/10777//Class-of-76-Hood

Alum & steel hoods, combination fibreglass and steel hoods.




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An older member of the industry suggested to us at Overdrive the tilt hoods made of fiberglass were a breakthrough because they made it much,  much easier for drivers to tilt the hood without injuring their backs. Does anyone know the truckmaker and year when these were introduced?

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John Baxter

Equipment Editor

Overdrive

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