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1918 Independent


Engine Type:
4-Cylinder Continental

Transmission Type:
3-Speed

Truck Information:
There were a lot of trucks made in the early years, but not many made in Iowa. This 1918 Independent is a locally assembled truck; it was made in Davenport, Iowa using parts from various sources. This was the only truck brand manufactured in Iowa and they were only made from 1917 until 1921. There is a glass windshield, but no wipers. In 1918 you were lucky to have a roof, door, and window. You didn't have a defroster either; you used your sleeve no doubt to wipe the interior of the window off. You weren't going very fast; chances are the driver put his hand out the window and wiped it occasionally. They hadn't thought of all those creature comforts that we now consider necessities. The front window opens partially; that's your air conditioning. Lots of windshields back then opened from the top and that was your ventilation; there are no other vents in the cab. Top Speed: 15 MPH



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