My TOY Truck

| June/July 1998

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.


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