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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.

1919 Ford Model TT


Truck Information:
This 1919 Ford is actually a Model TT, which is a little heavier duty truck than a Model T. Most TTs have a planetary two-speed transmission; this one also has a three-speed auxiliary transmission. That gives it more gears to haul heavier loads. Road conditions back then were lousy. They were driving in mud and they certainly didn't plow the snow off the roads. With a two-speed transmission you would have a narrow power band. In one gear it would be running wide open, in the next gear it would be lugging. If you had more gears to choose from, you could find the ideal spot to actually run the truck. The engine in the Model T trucks was the same as the Model T car; it had very little power, four cylinders, very simple. Just about anybody could afford one and about anybody could fix it. This truck came from the factory with just the chassis, hood, fenders, steering wheel, and a place to sit. It was up to the buyer if they wanted to add a cab with a roof, windshield and bed. A truck could have been bought from the factory with a cab and bed, but many people chose to make their own. There weren't any safety standards or requirements to comply with, so people just built what worked for them.



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