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Trucks on Display

 

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1936 International A7F


Engine Type:
6-Cylinder

Transmission Type:
5-Speed

Truck Information:
This 1936 International A7F was built to travel around the United States and test public scales. It was in service from November 5, 1936 to May 17, 1941. Before 1935, truck scales were not correctly monitored and the federal government wanted to start a program to check the accuracy of public truck scales. There were 18 trucks built for this task. The operator would use the truck’s crane to place 15 1,000-pound weights on the scale and record whether or not the scale was accurate. When the final reports were tallied at the end of the program in May 1941, it was determined that an astounding 71.2% of the scales were inaccurate and it became obvious that national standards and monitoring was needed. This is a heavy-duty truck and one of the largest made at the time; it has spoke hubs - eight of them on each wheel. Most trucks had five or six spokes. It also has a tandem twin screw rear axle, both rear axles drive. In modern trucks, the drive shaft goes through the front axle to reach the rear axle. On this truck, however, there is a separate drive shaft for the rear axle. Two output shafts come out of the transmission and go to the axles. They call that a spaghetti drive.



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