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Trucks on Display

 

Below is a sampling of many of the trucks on display in our Trucking Hall of Fame® Exhibit Hall. When you visit, you’ll find more than what is featured here.

1945 Chevy Master


Truck Information:
This is a 1945 Chevrolet Master and a 1941 Herman Trailer. The Dusenberry Family of Tucson, Arizona, donated this to the museum. They bought it new, both truck and trailer, and they used them into the 1950s. It was the first enclosed moving van in Tucson. Moving vans are now much bigger. People didn't have near the stuff they have today. You can tell that by the relatively small size of the van. It's hard to imagine driving this across the country, but there are extra gas tanks on it, so obviously that's what they did. The truck has a 234.5-cubic-inch Chevrolet gas engine, six cylinders, four-speed transmission with a two-speed rear axle, and 81.5 horsepower. It is interesting that they were so precise about the engine. We don't know why they didn't make it even numbers, but some engineers at the time must have had a reason. Top speed is 45 miles per hour, which was probably downhill with no wind. You lose 30 percent of the power as drivetrain losses, so you are down 24 horsepower already just because of the friction in the drive line. Then you have wind resistance and hills to slow you down. It was very generous of the Dusenberrys to donate this truck to us. They had restored it, and it came to us in the current condition.



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