New Look for an Old Cushman Truckster

Building a custom truck from Cushman parts

| May/June 1998

  • A Cushman 'Truckster'

  • A Cushman 'Truckster'

In August of 1989, Bud Yaholnitsky and I were traveling through Colorado when we ran across a Cushman Truckster powered by a 2-cylinder opposed OMC air-cooled engine. After looking this unit over, we decided we should have it. We were able to agree on a price with the owner and made a deal.

We didn't have room for the entire Cushman in my already partially loaded half-ton pickup, so we got our wrenches out and removed the engine, transmission and differential and loaded them, leaving the rest of the vehicle.

As time went on, we were trying to decide what to do with these components. In the fall of 1995 we decided to build a miniature truck.

After drawing some sketches on the shop floor, we bought some 1x3 rectangular tubing for the frame and mounted the Cushman rear axle and the front axle from a Ford Prefect car using four trailer springs.

We bought two rear hubs and wheels from a Honda car and mounted them on the Ford spindles for the front wheels. We got four more Honda wheels and modified the center portions so that they would fit as duals on the Cushman rear axle. We bought six 4.80-12 trailer tires, mounted them on the wheels and thus had a running gear.

Next we mounted the engine and transmission in the frame. Since this was to be a parade truck, we wanted it to be geared rather slowly. Dennis Reid gave us a transmission from a 1926 Hub mobile car which we mounted behind the Cushman transmission. Then we made adapter plates and installed a Toyota driveshaft between the second transmission and rear end.


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