Hooniverse Truck Thursday: A 1956 Oshkosh Snow Plow Truck…. For Obvious Reasons!

Welcome to another Hooniverse Truck Thursday Edition. A day after the record setting snowfall we received in New England, I thought this would be an appropriate truck to showcase to the Hooniverse audience.

This is a 1956 Oshkosh WA2206, which was built as a dedicated Snow Plow truck. The engine make is undisclosed, but it does come with a 5 + 2 Speed Transmission, Four-Wheel Drive, and a plow that is detached. It currently runs, and it is a Diesel, so what do you think this antique truck is being offered at. Try $4,000. That is currently scrap metal pricing. See the listing here.

There are also four other Oshkosh Plow Trucks currently offered for sale, and you can take a look at them here.

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  1. Troy_Doering Avatar

    paint it flat black, add a cow catcher off a old steam engine.

    1. Lotte Avatar

      This thing is more Plow King than Mr. Plow, that's for sure.

  2. joshuman Avatar

    That under dash heater even looks like it could dry my laundry. If she were ever to drive this vehicle, my wife would enjoy duct pointed directly at the foot pedals.

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      Obviously to melt the ice accumulation before you experience some unintended acceleration.

  3. B72 Avatar

    That is one seriously reinforced frame up front! On the engine, under the exhaust manifold, I see what looks like spark plugs. On on the other side, we have what look like carburetors, two things that look like distributors, and another set of plugs. This may be a dual plug gas engine, no? Weird setup with the plugs under the manifolds…
    Anyone have a clue as to what all of the levers in the cab are for? I only see one hydraulic cylinder for the plow.

    1. Slow Joe Crow Avatar
      Slow Joe Crow

      The listing has another shot of the cab interior from the that shows "gas only" written on the dash so maybe it isn't a diesel
      Best guess on the levers is that the short white knobbed one on the right is for the dump body, the cluster in the middle is the main transmission (the black knob closest to the wheel) aux transmission (white knob in foreground) plus PTO and either a handbrake or 4×4 control. The plow appears to be controlled by the two levers at the left by the door.

      1. coupeZ600 Avatar

        Ding! Ding! Winnah….!
        I actually drove one of these a long time ago…… The City still has one with a Sno-Go (a gigantic snow-blower powered by an auxiliary engine in the bed that powers these huge Spinning Screws Of Death mounted on the front that picks up piles of snow and tosses them into the back of dump trucks), and I'll grab a pic of it and it's older semi-retired sibling on the way home.
        Truck-Drivers love to tell stories, and here's one of my favorites, as told by the Driver of the Sno-Go:
        (Quick back-story, the City of Flagstaff used to plow all the snow Downtown into the middle of the street and then use the Sno-Go and the dump trucks to haul it away)
        "So I was going south on San Fransisco St. at Aspen with all my little ducks [dump trucks] in a row behind me, the light is red but there's no cross traffic, so I spool that bitch up [the aux engine and augers] and head toward the pile in the middle of the street (so the dump trucks behind can get in front) Goddamn….. Here's this little car that comes from out front and is spinning along banging into the side of my truck as I gun it towards the pile! I never even saw the little F*cker [while I was waiting at the Light]. I jump out, and the augers have completely chewed the sh*t out of the trunk and rear-end, and the first thing she says after I apologize and make sure she's alright is,
        "I thought you were mad at me for something…."

  4. Black Steelies Avatar

    My favorite part is that it leaves the plow option entirely up to you.
    Best option, right here.
    It's possible to invest many times the value of the truck in just a plow.

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      ***Oops I didn't realize it came with a plow detached, but still, V-blade all the way.

      1. B72 Avatar

        Those rollover plows don't look so bad. Raise the plow, flip it the other way, and lower again!

    2. Black Steelies Avatar

      Mandatory plows, ugh, sounds like some terrible terrible cult. For half of those involved.

  5. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    B'Gosh, we don't have cause for anything quite this heavy-duty, not when we have chavs driving around in things like these:
    <img src="http://www.barryboys.co.uk/html/images/jae-shitty-micra-joke-car.jpg&quot; width="350/">

  6. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    Heeeere, zombie zombie zombie. Daddy's got a surprise for you!

  7. Paul_y Avatar

    I used to have this:
    <img src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51nJS24qurL.jpg"&gt;
    …and it was definitely among my favorite Hot Wheels cars. A 1:1 would make me smile just to look at in the driveway.

    1. bzr Avatar

      I still have that, but mine is green. And one of my favorites, too.

  8. salguod Avatar

    Loved the detailed description in the listing:
    4 wheel drive. Front snow plow with truck.
    It's not a truck with a plow, it''s a plow with a truck.

  9. dukeisduke Avatar

    Looking at the data plate, it was built under contract to the Federal government let in 1967. I used to know what the other stuff in the contract number means (like the "F" at the beginning), but I've forgotten all that stuff, except for the contract year part.
    My guess is that it started out life plowing runways and taxiways on an Air Force base – maybe Whiteman AFB, since it's close to KC.

  10. Froggmann_ Avatar