Little boxes!

Little boxes hauling little boxes.  You see them on the streets of most towns and cities in the United States.  I’m talking about the little old mail trucks.  They are nondescript yet very familiar.  They are known as the Grumman LLV, or Long Life Vehicle.  They were built by Grumman, the same company who made airplanes.  They were built between 1987 and 1994 and used the engine and frame from a 1982 Chevy Blazer and the body was built by Grumman.  The front axel is from a two wheel drive S10 Blazer while the real axel in from a four wheel drive S10 Blazer.  That means the rear wheels are slightly farther apart than the front wheels.  This stance makes the mail truck not perform well in snow, which is why you’ll often see them with chains on during a snow storm.  As the name suggest, they were designed for a long service life.   In the original contract the Postal Service wanted a vehicle that would last 24 years, but that was extended to 30 years in 2009.  That means the fleet is nearing the end of their useful life, but fear not because also in 2009 the Postal Service spent 524 million dollars to make repairs to the aging fleet.  It’s estimated that it would cost over 4 billion dollars to replace them.  There are over 140 thousand Grumman mail trucks in service in the US and Canada.  Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Little boxes!
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