190 Farmbrooke Lane Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27127
Bill Spaugh and I were sitting, out under his carport last year kicking around some ideas about how to get engines in and out of shows with the least amount of difficulty. As we were talking, Bill was doodling on a scratch pad and he showed me a rough drawing of an old C cab pickup truck. He said with all our junk and scrap we could build a scale model of this truck and drive our engines right into and out of shows with little effort.
Bill and another friend, Red Hinshaw, had previously built a half-scale Jeep, and a couple of Surreys. I had three rear ends out of some type military vehicle that were only eighteen inches wide, and Bill had a couple of Cushman three-speed transmissions. We had a variety of engines lying around, and so with these humble beginnings we started. We decided to build two trucks side by side. We thought about building three, but Red Hinshaw said he would help us with ours and that way he could lay claim to a part of each without building one for himself.
The chassis was made from three-inch channel with brace work made out of whatever we could find (mostly one-inch square stock). The front axle is made from a piece of square stock with a block welded on each end that has been drilled and reamed and a bushing pressed in and a half-inch hardened bolt for a king pin. The front hubs are off an older model Nissan, and the wheels are spare throwaways. We had to bore the wheel hubs out to fit the Nissan hubs. The coil springs came off an industrial bottle capping machine. We used a steering box out of an A model Ford. We used a Briggs and Stratton 16 HP vanguard twin-cylinder engine in one truck and a Cushman 16 HP horizontal bore engine in the other. The transmissions are both Cushman three-speeds. The front end body section of Bill's truck is made completely from scratch and mine uses the radiator cowl from an A model. We split the cowl two ways, cut it to size and pieced it back together. The bed is made of yellow pine with an oak stain and a coat of polyurethane. Bill painted his bed grey and used red pinstripe. The rest of the body is a figment of Bill Spaugh's imagination and is made mostly of half-inch square stock and black iron sheet metal.
We spent about eight months working on these trucks at night, after work. Some nights we only worked an hour or two and other nights we worked for several hours. Cold weather is about to set in and we are thinking about starting another project.