1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

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Re: 1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

Post by Jeff L » Sun May 14, 2017 9:39 pm

My parts book says the part number for the correct rear winch on a C2 is a Gar Wood 22Y6359B. I'm not sure of the capacity. The original rear drag winch is located just forward of the rear bumper. In civilian life most C2's, like mine, had the original rear winch removed and a larger one installed in place of the 5th wheel. This added winch used the pto and winch drive from the original. If anyone has an original C2 rear winch, along with the 110 generator, spotlights, and 5th wheel, I'm interested.
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Re: 1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

Post by Jeff L » Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:01 pm

The "new" Federal 606 is here. It is a 606D, s/n 113278 which should make it a 1943, perhaps even a late 1942 model. There is no data plate, but it is 634 s/n's older than my other C2, 113912, which was delivered January 1944. All in all I am pretty pleased with the new Federal. It runs, drives, and stops, builds air rather quickly, and seems to be in overall good mechanical condition. Even the air assist steering works. It has a working inertia starter complete with crank, the original seat and seat tray, and the windshield opening hardware and brackets, all of which are missing on the other truck. On the bad side, the cab and sheet metal is pretty rough. The wood in the cab, particularly the door jambs, is either rotten or gone. The drivers door came off a long time ago, and the passenger door came off in my hand when I tried to open it. The ignition switch was a household light switch, and the wiring to it burned up 10 minutes after we unloaded. There were 3 ways to start the truck, but none of them could be done from inside the cab ! That has since been fixed. The inertia starter really came in handy as the truck arrived with a dead battery. We had to crank it up to get it off the trailer. Fortunately it starts in about 2 fan blades. Here are some pictures.
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Re: 1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

Post by Jeff L » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:44 pm

I had the twins out yesterday for a couple of photos together.
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Re: 1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

Post by 70th Division » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:54 pm

Hello,

Nice save Jeff , on those Federals !!

They certainly are big !!!
Surely, Kings of the Road !!! :D :D :D

Best Regards,

Ray

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Re: 1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

Post by Jeff L » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:42 pm

I made a video of the '43 606 inertia starter in use. It is the same type of starter used by some aircraft in the 1920's and 1930's. It was original equipment on the C2 wreckers and some of the other big WW2 trucks.

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Re: 1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

Post by Jeff Jensen » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:17 pm

Down south Jeff Had my federal running today.
I need inertia starter for mine if you find one.
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Re: 1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

Post by Jeff L » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:00 pm

Up North Jeff,

Most of these trucks had the inertia starters removed years ago, I got lucky that the Matt's garage truck still has one and the crank too. It's an Elipse Aviation Engine Starter. Eclipse was a division of Bendix. I think the model is B-9. It seems like something that might show up on ebay. I'll keep my eyes open.

How is that HXD running ? They are sweet when they are running right.

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