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​Jim & Dan Plunske/Plunske’s Garage

By Robert Conrad

April, 2019

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Plunske’s Garage is located in the town of Wallingford, CT and it’s the home to what is undoubtedly the coolest collection of classic tow trucks on the planet! Jim and Dan Plunske have taken over the business that their father, Wayne T. Plunske, started in 1949 with just a single tow truck. Sadly, Wayne passed away in 2015, but his strong work ethic and beliefs in customers coming first continue in his sons.

The Plunske Garage fleet is made up of 42 wreckers, ramp trucks, and road service vehicles - all of which are truck working classics in today’s world of towing & recovery. Every truck is in pristine condition, looking as if it just rolled out of a museum when it goes out on a towing or recovery operation. Perhaps the most unique truck in the Plunske fleet is the one you see in our pictures, which is actually 2 trucks in one. The wrecker chassis is a 1960 Oshkosh WB-1600 6x6 with a classic Mack cab sitting on top of it. The truck features a silent hoist Q-40 20-ton crash crane or rotator, and it can certainly stand right beside the modern rotators of today. It’s equipped with a 300 plus Mack diesel engine, 65,000LB Rockwell rears and a 7:87 ratio. The Mack engine is paired with a 5-speed maxi-torque transmission along with a 3-way auxiliary transmission. This is one Bulldog that is a stunning combination of beauty & brute strength and it always gets the job done when Jim has to use it. It’s classic red & black paint combination is accented with yellow lettering and pin striping and the entire truck is polished from the massive front bumper to the sides of the frame rails! 

Jim and Dan Plunske take a great deal of pride in their entire fleet and they certainly represent the entire towing industry with class. Every truck in their fleet works, depending on the situation, and this monstrous Mack/Oshkosh gets the call when the big jobs come up. 

Movin’ Out salutes Jim & Dan Plunske and Plunske’s Garage, for keeping the roots of the towing industry growing year after year thru their incredible fleet of working classics!

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