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Below is a sampling of the many trucks on display in our Trucking Hall of Fame® Exhibit Hall. Check out our app for more information, photos, and an audio recording for each truck.  Click here to download.

1983 Ford 9000

Engine Type:
Cummins Fleet 270 NH Series, 855 Cubic Inch Displacement, 270 Horsepower at 1600 RPM

Transmission Type:
Spicer 1372-A 7-Speed

Truck Information:
This 1983 Ford CL9000 COE – now affectionately known as Ole Number One – is the first truck purchased by Con-way Central Express, an LTL (Less Than Truckload) company launched by Consolidated Freightways, Inc. It has no sleeper because it only made trips from terminal to terminal. This one pulled two short trailers. It was built in Ford’s Louisville, Kentucky plant and it has almost 600,000 miles on it. It was used mostly for runs from Cincinnati, Ohio to Indianapolis, Indiana. Con-way Central Express restored this truck in 1992 and it sat in the lobby of their office building for quite a while before they donated it to us. Several of the drivers who drove the truck were here for the dedication when we received the truck. It is a very basic cabover truck with 270 HP – not heavily powered. There’s only about six or seven gauges in the dashboard. Also, this truck has an air starter. An orange tank on the right side of the truck in front of the fuel tank is for air. When you start it, it goes ZOOM. You know an impact driver at a tire shop? That noise they make? Well, that’s what this sounds like. It’s very loud. And the only thing you didn’t want to do is run out of air because then you’d have to have somebody air you up before you could start it. Despite being a very basic truck, it still has air conditioning. The drivers said that other terminals were always trying to get it away from them; they would call and say they needed a truck, and then the drivers always had to make a call to get it back.

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