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I recently purchased a 1919 Republic X11 Truck. VIN suggests it is a 1 1/2 Ton truck but my truck has added metal on the sides along the frame which looks factory which suggests a higher weight level. It also has factory looking secondary leaf springs in the rear over the Torgensen rear axle. 

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The man I bought it from had the truck for twenty years. He bought it from a man at the Oxnard airport where it had sat for at least twenty years before that. It had been up on blocks or drums the entire time because three of the wheels were eaten by termites. I made some temporary wheels from thick plywood to make it a roller so AAA would flatbed it to my house. 

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The engine is a Continental Mononloc 4 cyl. The tag which reads date actually has the bore size listed as 3 3/4. The stroke is 5 inch. Number 2 cylinder had water in it. The engine is currently stuck and will likely need a sleeve at minimum to run again. I would love any information anyone has one these engines as info is hard to find. 

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Reminds me of my Grandfathers garage. It was an old blacksmith shop. Tucked away in the corner was an early 20's Buick minus the body from cowl back. With a couple of crates to sit on my brother and I would play on it for hours!  What I found out later was that it actually ran rather well. Unfortunately it was destroyed when the building burned.

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Tires can be sourced from a forklift wheel supplier.........it will take some searching, but they are now made from a synthetic material. It’s rather straight forward.

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9 hours ago, edinmass said:

Tires can be sourced from a forklift wheel supplier.........it will take some searching, but they are now made from a synthetic material. It’s rather straight forward.

Overman Cushion Tires can supply them. They are affiliated with Canton Bandag.  Not cheap but.... aside from casting them from polyester yourself (which has been done) not much choice out there.

 

https://overmancushion.com/

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Looking forward to seeing the progress of this restoration.  Seems I run into a lot of trucks of this vintage, in the condition at various locations, but few people will attempt to tackle a restoration on these, for obvious reasons.  I will say, nothing against Model As, Camaros, and Mustangs, but I would much rather see a truck like this at Hershey show field than yet another "Brand x" show car.  I know of a Ruggles truck that looks like this that is sitting in the same condition.  It's a mess, but I think someone could work with it.  Would be really interesting to see restored.  Best of like with the Republic!

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Hi jalopygreg,

ive got an 11X too, mine is 1920, the wheels look ok on mine but they are rotten and need remaking, looks like you need a radiator, a tree fell across the front and damaged the rad but i found another one here, if you google a guy on the internet Joe butcher in Alma michigan, hes a collector/restorer of republics and may be able to help you with some of the missing parts? maybe, worth a try?

good luck with the republic

mike

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 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.

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According to information in my database, the engine would have been a Continental type N, 4 cylinder 221 CID.

 

The original carburetor would have been an updraft Stromberg M-1.

 

The carburetor pictured appears to be a Stromberg from a mid-1930's Dodge.

 

Jon.

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Your intake has been turned upside down to accommodate a downdraft carb as carbking just noted. It looks like your truck has a model AA Ford radiator in place of the original Republic truck radiator.

 

I would offer a word of caution in your efforts with this old truck. You can invest more money in it than you will ever get out of it in a heart beat. For this reason, I would suggest you perform a mechanical restoration and leave the rich patina of nearly 100 years of service and neglect alone. As you say, the motor will likely need to be bored and sleeved but the bearings may be serviceable. If you cannot find a republic radiator, you could continue on with the AA that is on it. Your next big expense will likely be wheels and rims with tires. If you get this far, you could purchase some barn wood and rebuild the cab and bed and have a nice period piece without great expense. Slather the running gear with oil and off you go.

 

A vehicle can always be restored but the rich patina this truck has cannot be duplicated. I have a 1924 model T converted to a truck. There is no paint left on the entire vehicle but setting next to ten 1st place winners at a car show, there is more interest in my truck than all the other ten.

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The picture with your kids is priceless! I have similar pictures of my kids when my Lasalle looked like your truck. My kids are 17-21 now and despite a lot of progress it is still not finished.  

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Yeh i agree with Aha the inlet is turned upwards to accomodate the downdraft carb, i now have the correct m1 carb but not the inlet with the distinctive alloy plate on the outside of the tube, it may be that you could find some old steel solid rubber wheels instead of the expense  of having mew wooden ones made? just a thought and it would still look period?

the engine is a cont N4 as carbking stated, chassis nos is on the top of the left frame rail oposite the engine, stamped in big letters and numbers

mike

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