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1925 International Water Tanker


Engine Type:
4-Cylinder 283 Cubic Inch, 4¼-Inch Bore With 5-Inch Stroke

Truck Information:
In 1925, International produced 15,500 trucks and of those, nearly 3,000 were Model 63s. This 1925 International Model 63 Water Tanker was owned by the city of Menomonie, Wisconsin; they used it as a street washing truck up until 1957. At the time this truck was built, there were still horses around and streets needed to be washed. Interestingly, it doesn’t have a pump. It just relies on gravity. There are two levers in the cab: one for the right nozzle and one for the left. The driver just opened a valve, and the water spray washed the street. The water tank holds 750 gallons. Though this truck was built around the time electric starters were becoming popular, it still has a crank start. Its engine has a Lycoming design - it uses ball bearings on the crankshaft, which is very unusual. This engine also has inspection ports. You could unscrew a cover and look inside the engine at the crank shaft and connecting rods to inspect them. There are big tow hooks on the front of the truck as road conditions were very poor in the 1920s. The snow was packed down on roads - not plowed - and roads were dirt - not pavement. This truck was used in Wisconsin, so chances are good it would have needed to be pulled out of snowbanks and mud often.



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