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1959 Diamond T Cabover


Engine Type:
Cummins NH 195

Transmission Type:
Fuller 5-Speed Main Transmission with Eaton Electric Shift 2-Speed Rear Axle

Truck Information:
Diamond T’s were extremely popular in the '50s and the Diamond T921 Cabover was one of the company’s best-selling models. UPS had a large number of them in their fleet at one time. The popularity of cabovers was largely due to restrictive length limit laws in place at the time. Interstates were few and far between, highways still went through towns and drivers needed to make sharp turns. Thus, there was a need for trucks to be shorter. Note the aerodynamic shape of the truck. It was very progressive for the time. This truck is still equipped with all of its original drivetrain. It doesn’t have much power for a truck with a full load; an imperceptible grade or even a slight breeze would slow it down. The double-decker trailer on the back is a 1967 Wilson Cattle Trailer. Hauling livestock could be a dangerous task. If you didn’t have a full load, the cattle could shift around. If they all moved to one side, the slightest jerk of the wheel would cause the truck to roll over. Drivers had to take it slow and steady. Luckily, the truck’s lack of power made that easier to do. Top Speed: 46 MPH



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