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1958 Kenworth Bullnose KDC 825C


Engine Type:
420 Horsepower Cummins NTC 380

Transmission Type:
5 x 4 Spicer

Truck Information:
This 1958 Kenworth Bullnose KDC 925C had over 5.2 million miles on it when its previous owner, Ray O’Hanesian, stopped counting in 1998. Think about that: 5.2 million miles – that’s enough to get you to the moon and most of the way back. How amazing! A Bettendorf native, Ray owned a few different trucks until he saved up enough money – $25,000 – to buy this one new in 1958. That was a lot of money for the time. Ray ordered the truck with everything he wanted on it. Kenworth had actually discontinued making this model, but they still had the dyes to make the cab, so they honored the order. This was the last Kenworth Bullnose that they made. Ray drove it until his retirement in the mid-1980s. This truck wasn’t the easiest to work on; it’s not a tilt cab like other cabover trucks. To remove the engine, you had to remove the front bumper and grill, then unbolt the engine and take it out from the front. The cab is extra wide and there is a spacious area between the seats that’s covered with what is called a dog house. You would take the dog house out to work on the top of the engine. Most people buy a new truck because they want one with more power or because the one they have is broken down. Ray said, “The heck with that! I like this truck; I’ll just change it to however I need it.” This truck has had 13 different engines and the transmission has been swapped out several times. The original wheelbase of 264” was shortened to 224”. Ray also raised the cab to make room for a larger radiator. In 2010, he generously donated his Kenworth Bullnose to the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum. Top Speed: 78 MPH



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