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Square Cab Truck


Square cab truck
Loosely based on a Ford cargo truck project from the early '60s, the E-55 (dubbed the new Army 2½ ton truck) was somewhat of a short-lived vehicle due mostly to the additional materials and manufacturing costs of its complex design. It was also said to have suffered lackluster sales... which is rather hard to believe. Processed Plastic began producing this impressive truck in 1965. It was available individually bagged with a TimMee Toys header card or with the The Toy House header card, which was a Minnesota based company that repackaged toys from other companies. Processed Plastic included the truck as part of the #198 US Mobile Combat Unit bagged set, which included the truck, elevating cannon, soldiers and an American flag. It was also released under the B-Line Toys name as the #1198K United States Mobile Combat Unit. This set included both World War II and Korean Era Soldiers, plus a field or elevating cannon.

This cabover truck is a two piece design that features a detailed interior that includes seats, dash and a turnable steering wheel. The removable canopy top is loosely fastened to the truck frame using four pegs and is almost identical in design to the one used on the M35 cargo truck. The main difference being the two corner cut-outs on the front of the canopy. Exterior features included side-mounted fuel tanks, trailer hitch, a front-mounted embossed star, and serial number stickers applied to both doors.

The first production run of this truck included several unique features that set it apart from future production runs. This would include rubber wheels (later replaced with plastic wheels), two 19855 serial number stickers (exclusive to this vehicle) that were replaced by the larger, more familiar 3107245 stickers, and finally a star sticker with an olive drab background that was applied over the embossed star. The sticker was later omitted.


Square cab chassis sections

Square cab interior

Canopy cut-outs

Elevating cannon accessory

Original serial number sticker

Rare grille sticker

#1198K B-Line Toys header card

#198 TimMee header card

#1981 header card

Rare Toy House header card

1965 Department store sales sheet

Quick Facts
Manufacturer: Processed Plastic Co.
Item number: E-55
Production: 1965 - 1970
Dimensions: 7½" L x 2½" W x 3½" H
Scale: 1/35
Colors: olive drab, army green
Stickers: white star, serial #19855 or 31072545

2 comments:

Adair said...

Wow. Any chance this could be re-issued?

TimMee Army said...

A reissue for the square cab truck is highly unlikely unless someone happens to stumble upon the tooling.