A Truck I Built


| September/October 1998

  • 1912 Reliable truck


  • 1912 Reliable truck

6060 East Joy Road Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105

Here's what can be made with a single cylinder diesel engine, a lifetime collection of parts and stuff, plus some imagination.

It's made to look like a scaled down 1912 Reliable truck that was made in Chicago. It is 8 feet, 6 inches long and 46 inches wide. Rear wheels are Ford model A 4.40 x 21, front 4.00 x 15. I made them using blank rims and Ford Escort rear hubs and front axle is a model T Ford cut down, steering is Ford Escort rack and pinion.

Engine is a single cylinder Yanmar diesel; drive train is Eaton Hydrostat coupled to a Ford Escort four-speed trans axle to make the rear wheel drive unit. Speed is 0 to 15 miles per hour and it has rear wheel disk brakes.



All big trucks need an air horn, plus I have two different steam whistles. Air for these is supplied by an air compressor pump made from the block of a small air cooled engine.

As for the useful side of this thing, it also drives a 110-220 volt 4,000 watt generator for standby electric in case of a power outage.



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