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1956 International RF 405


Engine Type:
400 Hall-Scott Gasoline 1,091 Cubic Inch 320 Horsepower

Transmission Type:
5-Speed with an Auxiliary 4-Speed

Truck Information:
This big truck is a classic looker; it's a 1956 International RF 405 with an air filter out the side, a luber-finer on the other side, and a bold grill. This particular truck has a Hall-Scott gasoline engine. Hall-Scott also made boat and airplane engines. With an overhead cam shaft, they were very sophisticated for their time. The power of this gas engine was equal to the diesel engines of the time. But as diesel engines improved, they became more powerful and gas engines were phased out of large trucks. Gas engines cost more to operate, they need frequent tune-ups, and they have ignition system failures. With diesel, the heat of the compression fires the fuel so you don't have an ignition system and spark plugs. You don't have vapor lock because when gasoline gets too hot, it vaporizes in the fuel line and the truck won't run. This truck was purchased new by Pacific Gas & Electric Company - the public utility for northern California - to haul large and heavy electrical transformers wherever they might be needed on a temporary basis. This truck spent 35 years in California and was bought by a collector in Sacramento in the late 1980s. Richard Guerrera purchased the truck in 1990, and it was trailered to Connecticut. The truck was completely restored from the frame up by Guerrera in 1991. The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum purchased this truck in 2011. Top Speed: 30 MPH



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