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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.

1954 Kenworth COE Bullnose


Engine Type:
262 HP 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. It has a sleeper. It also has that ARA white box on the roof. That is an after-market air conditioner. That's how you got air conditioning in your truck in the ‘60s. That's the roof-mounted condenser and the evaporator's right underneath it. Access to the top of the engine in this truck is from inside the cab. A mechanic would remove the dog house which is a box between the seats to get access to the top of the engine. 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 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. Not currently on display at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.



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