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1926 Autocar Model 27

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This 1926 Autocar Model 27 is a cabover dump truck that was purchased by the Iowa 80 Museum from Pennsylvania. Its chassis weighs 7,400 pounds, and the truck can carry up to 22,000 pounds. The dump box on the back was used for commercial hauling of dirt, rocks, etc. This model was also very frequently used in World War II by the U.S. Army to carry the mass quantities of supplies needed by troops. Additionally, it could tow a variety of semi-trailers including flatbeds and communication vans. This specific truck has 118,000 miles on it. The lift arms are gear-driven out of the transmission. The driver would engage a lever in the cab; it would drive a gear to raise or lower the box. Lifts on dump boxes today are controlled by hydraulics, but the gear-driven boxes were fairly common for the time. This may just be the-most-difficult-to-get-in-and-out-of truck ever built. The hand brake is in the way, there is no room in the cab because of the placement of the engine, and there is a drive shaft for the radiator fan coming up between your feet and the passenger’s feet. Not to mention the gas pedal is between the clutch and brake; although not all that uncommon at the time, it was still inconvenient. The dump box is quite large for the truck size; it would not have been good for maneuvering in small spaces and on narrow streets. Autocar made high-quality cars and super heavy-duty trucks in Exton, Pennsylvania. The company made trucks for 100 years (1897-1997). Now there is a new Autocar company that builds garbage trucks. Top Speed: 30 MPH

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