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Trucks on Display

 

Below is a sampling of many of the trucks on display in our Trucking Hall of Fame® Exhibit Hall. When you visit, you’ll find more than what is featured here.

1949 Kenworth CD-524


Truck Information:
This 1949 Kenworth CD-524 has a Cummins NHRS 275 horsepower engine. It has a mechanical supercharger on it, but it is not a turbo. The engine has a very distinctive sound. When we got this truck it had straight pipes on it. With a supercharger there was nothing in the exhaust to quiet it down. When you have your foot into it the sound is almost like a machine gun; you hear every cylinder firing. It has a butterfly hood, but other than that it doesn't look much different than today's W-900s. This is a very modern-looking truck; Kenworth has always been ahead of a lot of other brands. Until 1974 you could still order a Kenworth with a butterfly hood and needle nose. The only reason they changed was because the engines got more horsepower and needed more cooling. This truck doesn't have any front brakes. Many drivers believed that in slick conditions the front wheels would lock up. That was a common misconception. Now we know that isn't true because when you brake hard the weight transfers forward and you need front brakes. Brakes were not as refined as they are now. When trucks were sold with front brakes, it was very common for people to remove them back then because they truly believed it was safer without them.



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