While the GMC and International in our photos are well known makes, the Hayes-Anderson in the left thumbnail, below and the Day-Elder on the right may be less familiar names. Rarely seen in the U.S. outside of the northwest, Hayes-Anderson (later Hayes) was a well known Canadian West Coast truck manufacturer and made their reputation building strong, capable and enormous trucks for the logging industry. The British Columbia-based company was established in 1922 by Douglas Hayes, a parts dealer, and partner W. Anderson. It was acquired by Mack in 1969 who in turn sold it off to Kenworth-Paccar who liquidated the company in 1975.
Founded in 1919, Irvington, New Jersey-based Day-Elder attained a level of success in the early twenties that was the envy of other “assembled” truck manufacturers. Using Continental or Buda four cylinder engines, Muncie and Brown-Lipe transmissions and Timken, Sheldon or Columbia axles in their one to five ton models, they achieved national distribution with even some sales in Canada. They promoted their smooth and quiet worm gear final drive by adopting it as part of their logo. We ask our readers to help us to identify the truck in the center thumbnail, above. You’ll find many more pages covering trucks, buses and equipment on The Old Motor. Our photo by Stuart Thomson is courtesy of the City of Vancouver.