They remind me of my TT Huckster truck.
That one looks like it would be more at home on the rails
Those folks that drove those trucks with hard rubber tires back in the day must have been tough as nails. Can you imagine driving that in the Heat, Rain, Mud, Freezing cold, Deep snow for ten hours a day with cow paths for roads.
Yes to everything you said Will, plus doing it all in a truck that looks to have a suspension system equivalent to that of a well designed brick.
I always thought that those hard rubber tires would shake fillings out until I acquired a 1923 Mack AB fire truck. When I got it running and went for my first ride I was amazed at how nice it rode. If I still had it I would bet if I gave blindfolded rides most people would be shocked to learn they were riding on non-pneumatic tires. The engineers must have really done their homework when they worked up the suspension for that Mack.
Pretty neat "cab over" for it's time. Also check out all the bolts through the wheel feloes to help stop the felloes from splitting due to shock from the spokes. Chip your teeth driving that thing; to say nothing of saddle sores.
When you consider what teamsters dealt with before trucks I think it would have seemed like a great improvement. Think about having solid tires, little or no suspension and staring at the back end of a horse all day!
Like so many things. It is all about what you are used to. Trucks were faster and easier to care for than horse teams and wagons. A truck like that was such a step up, and they had no clue what our modern trucks were like.
The same holds true about driving open cars in the rain.
Great photo! The truck looks a lot like an Autocar. However, there actually were several truck builders that had trucks similar to that. So I am just guessing.
Thank you Herb! And all!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2