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David Samson, Published October 04 2010
Portraits: Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson of West Fargo has a thing for trucks. He has more than 200 of them in his die-cast collection that he likes to show off. One of his favorites is the one he purchased two years ago, a real 1949 Mack L Model 95 firetruck. “It has a 707-cubic-inch motor, it holds 11 gallons of oil and 10 gallons of fluids and dual systems like two distributors to keep things running during a fire,” said Johnson. “It was originally from Litchfield, Minn., and was the biggest pumper truck at that time.” His love for trucks began when he was 17 years old working at Broadway Pure Oil in downtown Fargo, where he was a jack of all trades at the service station. Johnson, now 70, enjoys taking his truck to local parades in the area like West Fest and Bean Days in Horace When he is not tinkering on his truck, he spends time refurbishing golf carts at Cheney Motors and enjoys following the sprint car circuit, especially the races of local driver Donny Schatz. He is just a typical good ol’ boy with his toys, his just happens to be full scale.