Superior Trailer Works - Superior Bodies - 1935-present - Fontana, California


Superior Bodies of Fontana, California built wood, metal and pipe hauling bodies on Ford and other chassis in the 1950s and 1960s. The single seat off-highway type cab was typically placed near the center of the chassis, with the driver surrounded on both sides by a flatbed body designed to carry extra-long cargo which was held in place by vertical stakes. pp295 Ford Trucks since 1905 - Wagner  

Steve Morehead & M.J. Thornton formed a company to build equipment for the transportation industry.

Steve Morehead & M.J. Thornton formed a corporation named Superior Equipment Rental Corporation, to manufacture transportation equipment & carry on related business.

The corporate name was changed to Superior Trailer Works. The company began to concentrate on manufacturing transfer chassis, pup chassis and continued to manufacture low beds and specialty trailers.

Steve Morehead died and Charles Richards, a son in law and company engineer, became President. The company continued to manufacture primarily transfers and pups.

Redwood Reliance Sales Company purchased the assets of Superior Trailer Works. JN Pocock, a stockholder of Redwood Reliance Sales Company, ran the company that molded into Reliance Trailer Company, a company formed to do business in Southern California.

Superior introduced the new lightweight transfer bodies. The company continued to distribute the Reliance Product.

JN Pocock and DK Ling purchased Superior Trailer Works from Redwood Reliance Sales Company.

Superior began to manufacture Super Dumps as well as transfers and pups. continuing to market Reliance.

Superior Trailer Works ceased to distribute the Reliance Products. JN Pocock purchased the remaining shares of Superior Trailer Works.

Superior Trailer Works introduces superlight transfers. The new lightweight design wins the Swedish Steel Prize.



For more information please read:

G.N. Georgano & G. Marshall Naul - The Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles

Albert Mroz - Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Trucks & Commercial Vehicles

Denis Miller - The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trucks and Buses

Tad Burness - American Truck Spotter's Guide, 1920-1970

Tad Burness - American Truck & Bus Spotter's Guide, 1920-1985

Robert M Roll - American trucking: A seventy-five year odyssey

David Jacobs - American Trucks: A photographic essay of American Trucks and Trucking

David Jacobs - American Trucks: More Colour Photographs of Truck & Trucking

John Gunnell - American Work Trucks: A Pictorial History of Commercial Trucks 1900-1994

George W. Green - Special-Use Vehicles: An Illustrated History of Unconventional Cars and Trucks

Daniel D. Hutchins - Wheels Across America: Carriage Art & Craftsmanship

Ronald G. Adams - 100 Years of Semi Trucks

Stan Holtzman - Big Rigs: The Complete History of the American Semi Truck

Stan Holtzman & Jeremy Harris Lipschultz - Classic American Semi Trucks

Stan Holtzman - Semi Truck Color History

Donald F. Wood - American Beer Trucks

Donald F. Wood - Beverage Trucks: Photo Archive

Donald F. Wood - Commercial Trucks

Donald F. Wood - Delivery Trucks

Donald F. Wood - Dump Trucks

Donald F. Wood - Gas & Oil Trucks

Donald F. Wood - Logging Trucks 1915 Through 1970: Photo Archive

Donald F. Wood - New Car Carriers 1910-1998 Photo Album

Donald F. Wood - RVs & Campers 1900-2000: An Illustrated History

Donald F. Wood - Wreckers and Tow Trucks

Gini Rice - Relics of the Road

Gini Rice - Relics of the Road - Impressive International Trucks 1907-1947

Gini Rice - Relics of the Road - Keen Kenworth Trucks - 1915-1955

Richard J. Copello - American Car Haulers

Niels Jansen - Pictorial History of American Trucks

John B. Montville - Refuse Trucks: Photo Archive

Bill Rhodes - Circus and Carnival Trucks 1941-2000: Photo Archive

Howard L. Applegate - Coca-Cola: Its Vehicles in Photographs 1930 Through 1969: Photo Archive

James T. Lenzke & Karen E. O'Brien - Standard Catalog of American Light-Duty Trucks: 1896-2000

James K. Wagner - Ford Trucks since 1905

Don Bunn - Dodge Trucks

Fred Crismon - International Trucks

Don Bunn - Encyclopedia of Chevrolet Trucks


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