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1922 Packard EX

Engine Type:
Packard 4-Cylinder Flathead

Transmission Type:
4-Speed Packard Sliding Gear

Truck Information:
Packard was a very high-quality truck maker that began building trucks in 1903. Unlike many other companies of the time, Packard made all of their own parts. In 1911, a Packard made the trip from New York to San Francisco in 46 days. It was the first truck to haul freight cross country. This Packard EX was made in Detroit, Michigan in July of 1922 and sold new in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A year after its manufacture, the company quit making trucks and concentrated solely on cars. There is a gravity dump bed on this truck. To dump a load, you opened the tailgate and released the box. After the load was dumped, you pulled the box down by hand and latched it. If you didn’t open the tailgate before you released the dump box, the gravity bed would still tilt down, and the front of the truck would go up in the air. Then you would have to shovel your load off to get your front end back down on the ground. A driver would only make that mistake once! The radiator on this truck, like other trucks of the time, is made of individual tubes with fins on them. You could replace a damaged tube without replacing the entire radiator coil. Though this truck has a dump bed, the same truck chassis could have had other uses. For instance, it could have had a flatbed, a semi to pull a trailer, or a moving van body. Top Speed: 28 MPH

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