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1922 White 15 ¾-Ton


Engine Type:
White 4-Cylinder Flathead 3.75 Bore 5.125 Stroke

Transmission Type:
White 4-Speed

Truck Information:
White Motor Company got its start with steam-powered cars but became one of the leading truck manufacturers in America. Interestingly, the company did not start by producing automobiles; rather, they made sewing machines. White Sewing Machine was founded by Thomas White in Templeton, Massachusetts who moved operations to Cleveland, Ohio in 1876. The first White truck was built in 1911 under the direction of White’s sons. This White Model 15 has a ¾-ton capacity. There are oil-filled shock absorbers on the front. It has both kerosene and carbide lights. The wheels are wood, but the tires are pneumatic. You’ll notice the mount for the spare tire blocks the exit on the driver’s side. On many vehicles from the ‘20s, you could only enter and exit curbside. That’s why for any locking vehicle of the time, the lock was on the passenger-side door. This is a fuel truck; back then people bought fuel in such small increments that a hose wasn’t needed. Rather, fuel buckets were used. The guy driving the truck would put a fuel bucket under the spigot, fill it up, take it to your tank, and dump it in. There is even a counter on the inside of the spigot door to keep track of how many buckets you sold to a customer. Top Speed: 20 MPH



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