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1922 Harvey 2 1/2 Ton

Engine Type:
Buda 4-Cylinder

Transmission Type:

Truck Information:
Harvey Motor Truck Works was founded in Harvey, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 1911. They specialized exclusively in commercial trucks in a variety of sizes. In 1922, Harvey trucks ranged in size from 1 ½ tons all the way through 5 tons. Each truck was powered by the same 4-cylinder engine sourced from Buda. Like many small automotive companies, Harvey struggled to stay afloat during the Great Depression. The company succumbed to the economic downturn in 1932. Harvey trucks were not produced in great numbers and ours is likely one of few surviving to the present. It is outfitted with pneumatic tires in the front and solid rubber wheels in the back; this was an option Harvey offered for an extra charge. In 1922, many trucks were fitted with solid rubber tires all around. Solid tires made for a rough, uncomfortable ride, but they rarely needed to be replaced. Early pneumatic tires were prone to blowing out often. This truck is fitted with an oil tank, likely for local heating oil delivery. It probably replaced an oil wagon which would have been pulled by a team of draft horses. This truck was generously donated by the Bushley family on behalf of George Thomas Bushley.

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