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1919 International Harvester F1


Engine Type:
International 201 Cubic Inch 4-Cylinder L Head

Transmission Type:
International 3-Speed Sliding Gear

Truck Information:
This 1919 International Harvester F1 was truck number one for the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum. In the late '60s or early '70s, our founder Bill Moon decided he couldn't stand to see all kinds of old trucks like this one going to the scrapyard. He wanted to save them from disappearing and preserve their rich history. By the time he passed away in 1992, he had collected about 65 trucks. Bill bought this one from a local farmer. It sat outside in a carport for a long time because he didn't have a place to store it. International Harvester's Model F was made from 1915 to 1920. In 1919, nearly 1,600 were made. They cost $1,500 brand new, which was a lot of money at the time. This one has a little four-cylinder engine with the radiator behind it, Renault style. It is also equipped with a Magneto ignition, which was very common for trucks of that era. An International Harvester Model F was the first truck to ever climb Pike's Peak, the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains' southern Front Range. It must have been a long, slow trip because with a 201-cubic-inch engine, it wouldn't go uphill very fast. The trip down would have been even more interesting; it only has brakes on the two rear wheels. Most trucks at this time only had brakes on two wheels because they weren't hydraulic but rather activated mechanically. The strength of your right leg determined how good your brakes were. Top Speed: 17 MPH at 1275 RPM



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