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Steve S. in PA

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  1. I stand corrected on the engine model. The J-4 does have the same bore and stroke. Steve
  2. Your engine is a model J-4 which was quite popular in the 1 to 2 ton trucks of the early twenties. There is a small amount of information available in the Dykes Encyclopedia. Several truck manufacturers used them. Your downdraft carburetor is very unusual. It would be interesting to know how well it works. Republic was known for their yellow frames, as you can see in Blaster Mike,s pictures. Keep those children involved, they will never forget the fun you'll have with your old truck.
  3. This is a Budd wheel as used on GM trucks from the late twenties on. Often the front axle would used five studs, and the rear axle would use ten. The same wheel would fit either axle. Your wheel appears to be rather narrow, perhaps 5 inches wide. If so It is probably from an early thirties Chevrolet. If it isn't too rusty, someone would probably like to have it. There is usually a manufacture date stamped into the wheel.
  4. Mike, I have followed your Humberette progress form the beginning. You have educated me in many ways. Thank you for taking the time to share your work and experiences. Best wishes, Steve
  5. I believe that the Diamond T model 302 wasn't introduced until 1928. According to the Branham Automobile Reference book, 1928 model 302 serial numbers range from 4301 to 42976. 1929 Model 302 serial numbers range from 42976 to 44371. It looks like your truck was built in 1929. You have a very nice Diamond T. It appears to be in very good shape. It's nice to see an old truck in original condition.
  6. The Antique Truck Club of America National Meet at Macungie has also been canceled for 2020. We will be back for our big show in Macungie Memorial Park on Fathers Day weekend 2021.
  7. Mike, the "East Coast club" that Greg mentioned is the Antique Truck Club of America (ATCA). It is a national club, with members worldwide. ATCA has a magazine, Double Clutch, which includes classifieds ads selling old trucks of all ages. This is also the group that puts on the huge Antique Truck Show at Macungie , Pennsylvania each June.
  8. Regarding the question of truck speed, no trucks , gas, electric, or otherwise went very fast in the early days. Speeds less than 20 miles per hour were the standard. As noted, solid tires were a limiting factor, but perhaps a greater limitation was poor roads. As both tires and roads improved, so did truck speed. The REO Speedwagon, introduced in the late teens began a new "race" for faster trucks, and many other truck builders followed suit. These we all smaller trucks, in the 1 to 2 ton range. In the twenties, a truck that could haul 2 tons at 30 miles per hour was known as a "speed truck
  9. The second truck pictured is an Autocar. Trucks of this type are generally considered "seat over engine" rather than cab over engine. Cab over engine trucks began to appear in the 1930's.
  10. I collect old trucks. In my opinion $5000. is too high, unless you have a special connection to this truck or model. (did your grandfather have one?) $2500 to $3500 is a more reasonable range, $4000 would be my maximum. There are more old trucks available than there are buyers for them.
  11. I realize this is an old ad, but does anyone know what became of this truck? Thanks , Steve
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