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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.

1959 GMC 860


Truck Information:
This 1959 GMC 860 has had a busy life; it has a lot of old friends who remember it fondly. Mc-Mor-Han, a milk and livestock hauler in Wisconsin, purchased this truck new in 1959; it was the first of hundreds of diesels in the company's fleet. The trucking company was also a GMC dealer. It has a 6-71 diesel engine, a 5 x 2 transmission with overdrive, and a belt-driven tag axle which has been removed. For several years this truck often did double duty, hauling livestock at night and milk in the daytime. It was used to haul milk from a dairy in Plattsville, Wisconsin, to Champaign, Illinois, a 12-hour round trip. Drivers recalled that it was the fastest truck between Plattsville and Champaign. It was the first diesel that several rookie Mc-Mor-Han drivers handled; many of them retired as drivers years later with great memories of the GMC 860. Jim Francis, a truck and farmer who bought the truck long after it was retired by Mc-Mor-Han, used it to haul his Case dozer for many years. When buying parts from the GMC dealership that was owned by Mc-Mor-Han, it was discovered in the year 2000 that this was the original diesel in the Mc-Mor-Han fleet. The now-retired drivers who were rookies when they first drove this truck, were happy to be reunited with this GMC 860.



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