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Little Mack Brought Back for A Second Generation

| January/February 1999

  • Grandpa Dave
    Grandpa Dave, Mack's builder, walks alongside Little Mack, as Joe Irey drives.
  • LeSueur Threshing Show
    Scott Irey, for whom the truck was originally made, walks along as Joe Irey drives. Both shots taken at LeSueur Threshing Show in 1998.

  • Grandpa Dave
  • LeSueur Threshing Show

6348 Mildred Avenue, Edina, Minnesota 55439-1448

This is a story about a quarter-scale copy of a Mack Bulldog truck. This truck is an original. It was built for our two kids, during the winter of 1972-73. It was driven until about 1983, when our kids were too big to drive it. Also, by now they were more interested in driving tractors. It has been driven by many nieces and nephews, and also neighborhood kids. The kids in the neighborhood used to come over and ask if Mack could come out. They loved to ride in it.

For many years, it was paraded in several local threshing shows and parades. Many times over the years we heard kids ask their parents if they could buy them one just like that one.

In the spring of 1998, Little Mack was taken into the workshop and completely restored, with new chains and a newly rebuilt engine. It was also repainted International Harvester Red, again! It was driven again for the very first time on July 4, 1998, in the Edina, Minnesota, parade by our three-year-old grandson, Joe Irey, the son of the original driver.

Now a little about the construction of the truck. The Mack is propelled by a 3 HP Briggs & Stratton lawnmower engine. The wheels are from a Jari sicklebar lawnmower. The transmission and differential are from a garden tractor. Mack is also chain driven like the real trucks of the 1920s. The frame is l? box steel, has leaf springs on all four corners, and a drive train like the trucks of the '20s. The steering is a homemade rack and pinion. The body is made of wood, the fenders are made of steel. Its weight is 288 pounds, and the top speed is 10 mph. Mack has personalized license plates, 'Mack,' that we found on a vacation in Arkansas.

The truck has been restored for our three grandchildren. The little guy in the photos is our three-year-old grandson Joe Irey. He loves to drive 'his' truck that Grandpa Dave built for him. The photos were taken on August 28, 1998 at the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Threshers Show. This was their 25th anniversary and they featured vintage trucks and Packard cars.


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