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1927 Fisher Jr. Express


Engine Type:
Continental 31 L 6-Cylinder 44.5 Horsepower at 2,800 RPM

Transmission Type:
4-Speed: 3 Forward Speeds & 1 Reverse

Truck Information:
This vintage moving van is on a truck chassis called a Fischer Jr. built in 1927. From the size of the truck, you can see that people back then didn't have nearly as much stuff as they do now. Fisher Motor Trucks were manufactured from 1912 to 1933 by the Standard Motor Truck Company in Detroit, Michigan. Albert Fisher was President. The company built 1-ton to 3½-ton models. Their slogan was “Powerful, Speedy Motor Trucks of Latest Design with Inbuilt Quality.” Standard Motor Company purchased parts like engines, transmissions, and axles from others and assembled them into trucks. Judging by the springs, it's not a heavy-duty truck. It has a six-cylinder engine but it is not over-powered by any stretch of the imagination. If anything it would be "under-braked" because it only has rear brakes. It has rod-type mechanical brakes. There was no way to hook them up to the front wheel because the wheels had to turn as the truck was steered. According to a permit badge that was discovered on the truck, this truck was still in use in 1948 and owned by John T. Schaub & Son, Inc. of Newark, New Jersey. The 6-cylinder L-head engine has a 2 and 7/8 bore and a 4 and 3/4 stroke for 185.04 cubic inches. The gross weight capacity of the truck is 5,275 pounds. This allows for a 750-pound body and a 2,525-pound chassis. Bill Moon purchased this truck from an auction at Harrah's Casino in 1982. The truck was restored to its current condition in 2013. The wood body on the truck is completely new and built to original specifications by a cabinet maker. "Furniture, pianos, and fine arts," it says on the side of the truck. In fact, we do have a piano in the back of the truck now. Top Speed: 25 MPH



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