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Below is a sampling of the many trucks on display in our Trucking Hall of Fame® Exhibit Hall. Check out our app for more information, photos, and an audio recording for each truck.  Click here to download.

1954 Kenworth COE Bullnose

Engine Type:
262 Horsepower Cummins

Transmission Type:
Fuller RT-910

Truck Information:
This truck is a 1954 Kenworth Bullnose COE. It is a single axle truck with a Cummins engine and a Fuller transmission. It has factory air ride – which is unusual for the time – as well as a sleeper. It also has an ARA white box on the roof. That is an after-market air conditioner. In the ‘60s, it was how you got air conditioning in your truck. To access the engine, a mechanic would get inside of the cab and remove the dog house – a box between the seats. The entire cab does not tip forward on hinges like modern cab-over trucks. The dog house also makes it a little different to get back to the sleeper. A driver would take off his boots, leave them in front of the seat, and then crawl back into the sleeper because there is no flat floor between the seats like a conventional truck. This truck has a very early insulated refrigerated trailer. There are little doors up on the front of the trailer and that's where you would load the ice. The little engine between the doors turns a fan and it blows air over the ice. They had icing stations around the country where you picked up more ice. If your truck broke down and your ice went out, it was not a good thing.

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