In 1955, Biago Pinto of Philadelphia PA with custom truck body builder Robert Giordano, set out to build this mini 18 wheeler. It would be used for advertising and promotion of the newley formed business. It was utilized until Pinto Trucking Service closed its doors in 1984. The choice for the cab would be a 1950 Crosley CD. The CD's either pick up or station wagon back was removed and a 1939 Fruehauf 5th wheel added to pull a custom built 12' semi trailer. For better braking, a Hydrovac form a 50's Caddy was added. A 12' round nose trailer was also built. Fast forward to the late 60's when a 1965 Chevy II 4 cylinder 153 engine and a Muncie 3 speed transmission where installed. In 1972, a MG Midget rear replaced the factory Crosley rear. In 1984 the Crosley was moved to a salvage yard in Middlesex NJ for storage. It eventually was left out in the yard for over 25 years.
I started rebuilding the truck in 2009 and finished most of it by 2016. The work is ongoing. Most recent addition was air conditioning.
My Thing of 34 years was damaged in a flash flood in June of 2018. It is currently at a shop in the Tampa FL area having all of the mechanical work done. The engine, trans, suspension, bearings and the entire brakeing system are being gone thru . Once that is completed, all of the electrics under the dash need replacing. The gas heater unit relays need replacement. I now have all of the parts to do that thanks to Mike at thingparts.com
I hope by the end of January 2019 to have it back on the road.
We have owned this 560 sl since 2016. Finish is Pearl Black with a burgundy interior. The previous owner of 27 years, garage kept it and drove it fewer than 500 miles each of the last 5 years. Showing 71.500 on the odometer as of October 9, 2018. We continue to keep it garaged and the milage low. As menbers of the Mercedes Club of America, Tampa Bay section, we drive it to club meetings and events. One note, it runs on 91 octane and gets about 15 mpg. But it is worth it! The power from the 5.6 liter enging is amazing.