Cabrillo Plumbing maneuvers through San Francisco like it owns the town. And maybe now the 15-person company has a better reason to: It’s PM’s April 1999 Truck Of The Month.

Jeff Meehan’s fleet of nine red and white, George Brazil-style trucks fits the hilly terrain of the west coast like a glove. “This type of truck suits our needs in our unique service area for a multitude of reasons,” he says. “We would, of course, prefer to have cube trucks, but they’re a little too big. We could easily close off a small back alley in Chinatown with a cube truck.”

Meehan says the Ford 350 truck is easy to park and provides maximum power. “We have a different geographic area than most areas of the country,” he adds.

The truck, with a suspension rating of 1-1/4 tons, is only 10 bins shy of a cube in a similar configuration. The only entrance into the truck is through the rear door. A solid wall behind the front seats and the side doors only allows access to a compartment that houses the drain cleaning equipment.

Meehan, who is co-owner with Michael Kent of Cabrillo Plumbing, says the heavy drain cleaning equipment is lowered by a power hoist and a drop down steel ramp. The entire interior and add-on exterior features are built out of aluminum and diamond plate steel. The company also has a taxi light on top of the vehicle that lights up, displaying its name.

Editor’s note: If you want to showcase your vehicle as one of our 1999 “Trucks Of The Month,” submit a picture and letter describing the type of vehicle, the interior and exterior of it and other vital (or fun!) information about your company. Send your pictures to Steve Smith, PM, 3150 River Road, Suite 101, Des Plaines, IL 60018.