My TOY Truck

1917 IH one-ton truck

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4600 N. Urbana-Lisbon Road, Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044

I have been going to tractor and engine shows since 1959, and have seen and enjoyed everybody's riding toys. I built a scale model of a 1922 cross motor Huber for my two boys in 1977. It now sits in the shed for want of a driver.

It's time to build one for myself. What to build? Since I retired from Navistar IH, I decided to build a scale model of a 1917 IH one-ton truck.

I started with an old Cushman motor scooter engine and a Case yard tractor hydraulic rear end. The wheels are early Chevrolet in front on a Crosley axle, and model T Ford in the rear. The wheels are cut down and motorcycle rims and tires put on. The steering is Cushman golf cart parts which turn backwards and had to be modified. The hood, fenders, body and all small hardware were hand built by myself.

The body is made of 1' oak copied as close as possible to the original. The small size made this hard to do. I spent most of the winters of 1996-97 building a pattern body and then transferring it to the oak hardwood. This kept me from ruining the expensive wood.

The front springs are from an old wagon seat and the rear springs are from the same old Chevy that the front wheels came from.

After many problems: how to make the two speed rear end work, how to make the wheels, how to make the hood, and how to keep the little wife happy, things finally went together. Julia was understanding and even helpful most of the time.

After two long years of hard work and much head scratching, it was done for the 1997 show season.

I spent most of the '97 season talking to lots of people about my toy. Kodak made a profit, too, from the amount of pictures taken of it.

I repair magnetos in my little red barn, at shows in our home area. I didn't have much time to repair mags, but I sure had a good time talking to all the people who stopped and looked at my toy truck.