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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.

1963 International

Engine Type:
4-Cylinder Detroit Diesel

Truck Information:
This 1963 International is a mobile corn sheller. In the days before widespread use of combines, corn was picked on the ear. Farmers would store their corn in ventilated cribs to dry. When it was time to shell the corn, they would call up a guy with a sheller and he would come over with a crew and set up a sheller like this. You would set up the escalator-like conveyor next to the corn crib and start unloading the ears of corn. The corn would ride up the conveyor and go into the sheller. It is the same technology as the shellers on modern combines, except it doesn't move. The big tube on top would be aimed off to the side and that is where the husks and cobs would come out. On the other side there is a box coming out at an angle – that's a chain elevator – and it dumps into an auger. You would pull a wagon or truck up under the auger to receive the shelled corn. On the front of the truck, there is a rotating screen cage that keeps the radiator from getting clogged. In the process of shelling corn, a lot of dust and small particles go in the air. The sheller is powered by the truck engine so the engine would be running wide open and not moving while shelling. The truck has a four-cylinder Detroit diesel engine that needs the radiator to keep it cool. The gentleman who owned this machine had a corn shelling and hauling business. In his peak year, he shelled a million bushels of corn.

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